Adios, PC

there's a Mac in our future!

So, we've decided to ditch the idea of getting our dumb old tower repaired. I'm sorry, boogie, but you were a tired old heap and you know it! Our 'computer guy', Joe (we LOVE you, Joe) is putting a Mac tower together for us! We are so ridiculously excited! Can you say video tutorials, anyone? ...Anyone?

Our main hope is that all the data we haven't been wise enough to back up recently is recoverable...Joe seems to think so.

We're sorry as the dickens about not being able to blog and work our Etsy to death and post on our various favorite sites, but soon enough dear internets, you'll be ours again!

Tomorrow is (hopefully) the delivery day...It's a tweaked up G4 tower.

Old in its own right, but you darling devochkas just haven't got a lot of cash. Besides, we're saving our loot for a fancy schmancy MacBook Pro!!!



Our computer died a painful death a few days ago. We were forced to borrow a computer from a dear friend. (Thanks, Amanda!) We've only got use of it for a coupla days while our old beast is getting repaired. (Thanks, Joe!) Not that I'm all that technologically advanced, but here's the deal...we got error after error after error. Tried repairing windows. Nope. Tried reinstalling. Nope. Tried putting a few new hard drives in. Nope. So it seems a chip on the motherboard dumped for us. WAAAAAAH!

Good thing? We found a hook up on a (being) refurbished MacBook Pro. Let's hope the money finds it's way to us.

There will not be too many blogs for a minute, but keep checking back. We'll let you know as soon as we get up and running again.

The mold-making tutorial will be one of the first things up once we're back on...


For a limited time only!

A short time ago, I rescued a stack of gorgeous!!! leather from ending it's life in the dumpster outside a local furniture store. It seems that one of the makers had discontinued a ton of colors, and the shop was sick of having them lying around.

Now let me say first, that I am vegetarian, have been for years, and do not purchase leather, not even belts, but I couldn't stand to see it get dumped in the landfill. Too shameful. So I scuttled home with my stack and heaved it down in the middle of my work table...

I made a wallet, which I hated and shall not post here or anywhere. Then I started on cuffs. Super sexy, snazzy little cuffs. Modern, wide cuffs. All sorts of cuffs. When the leather's gone I'll start working in fabric again, yum.

Also, as this week's installment of Whip it Out Wednesday! A rubber backed houndstooth belt! It snaps so you can exchange buckles (handy since I make buckles too.)

The leather:

The cuffs:

W!O!W! belt: brown/green super houndstooth cotton on orange rubber. Baby blue bias. (I love me some contrast!):

And finally, I just wanted to take a moment to share with you a podcast that I listen to at work. I am lucky to have a job that allows me to listen to about 7 hours of podcasts daily... CRAFTCAST by Alison Lee. Alison speaks with a different cutting edge artist every week. I call them cutting edge because these are the envelope pushers. These people, who take skill in their chosen medium(s) to a who' nudda level, speak openly and (hopefully) honestly about their creative process, designing new processes, what helps them out of lulls, sparks their engines, and keeps them going even when they're exhausted. There are marketing tips, ideas, and artists I look up to regularly! Her craftcast site is enjoyable, navigable, and inspirational in it's own right. Check it out!

Toodles, fiends!