I had a light bulb moment yesterday. I'm talking a great big "spotlight bulb moment"! I'm off to buy a couple new supplies and will be back later to show you what the mystery is all about. In the meantime for your viewing pleasure watch this video and listen "Centerfield" by John Fogerty. I dare you not to smile while watching...
Monday, September 27, 2010
Summers were spent at the baseball diamond when I was young. My brother played on any and all the baseball teams he could. As a dutiful, loyal sister I went along to cheer him on. The fact that there were a LOT of cute boys at the same place certainly made it more appealing.
In early June of this year I saw a beautiful, simple painting of a baseball. Waves of nostalgia hit me and I began to wonder if I could incorporate this feeling into some of my work. The baseball itself is the key, or more specifically, it's the stitch.
After much practice and trial and error, I learned to make this intricate baseball stitch. Visions of a new line of leather cases featuring this stitch began to take shape. Several different prototypes were made before settling on the final designs. The first case to be introduced is the iPhone case!
The cases are cut from one single piece of leather, making them very sturdy. The protective flap slides into the strap closure keeping your phone safely inside. This closure will be tight at first, but will loosen up just the right amount with use. Just like a new pair of quality leather boots or shoes. Monogramming is centered on the bottom portion of the flap and at no extra charge!
The real star of the case is the baseball stitch. Strong, sturdy braided cord is woven in and out of the hand punched holes to create the well known stitch up the sides of the case.
You can see these leather iPhone cases in my Etsy Shop, or on my Website. I hope you'll take a look!
As the week progress more leather cases with this look will be released. Stay tuned!
Sunday, September 26, 2010
As you stand in the entryway of our home, you can tell right away this is no ordinary house in the suburbs of Indianapolis. The enticing smell of leather, waxes and oils lingers in the air as you walk into the open living space. The walls are lined with stacks of paper and rolls of leather, along with assorted machines and tools. In the center of it all is the workbench. Everything needed to craft our leather journals and accessories is within arms reach.
The sounds have become familiar to all of us. The kids hardly bat an eye when the sewing machine is clacking at a furious pace, or the hammering sounds of punching holes is non stop. The volume of the television and conversations ebbs and flows with the noise from the workspace. I never hesitate to pound or stitch into the early hours of the morning. No one wakes up, not even the dogs. They've all grown accustomed to the sounds of "home".
This is the center; the hub of our family business and our home. In the last few months we've been considering moving the workshop to a different location. To take more of our living space back, work normal hours and be able to entertain again without putting everything away. The decision, made by a family vote, was to stay put for now. Each member of our family plays a vital role in the running of this shop. Even teenage friends that stop by will lend a hand if asked. This place works for us. Here in the suburbs of Indianapolis we have the very definition of a comfortable working home.
In the next week we'll be releasing a whole new line of leather accessories. We've worked hard all summer to get them ready to show you. Today the final preparations are being made. We hope you'll join us this week each day for a close up look at each item. We think you'll be glad you visited.