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Number 2 Leather Handbag completed!!

Yeah! I just finished handbag #2. I really love making these bags. I call it "Seeing Stars!" There are 6 tooled stars on the front and 6 tooled stars on the back. The closure is a simple leather strap that slips into a leather loop that is riveted onto the bag.
Completely made from a large piece of 1/8 inch thick leather hide. That I cut from my pattern, tooled, turquoise color added, dyed, stained and sealed. I then laced the bag up with white leather lacing.
The dimensions are: 12 inches wide 8 1/2 inches tall 3 inches deep.
The strap measures 34 inches long. With hand stamped stars. The handbag hangs nicely at your side.
Please e-mail me with any questions.

Backside view
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Yet another handbag!

Here is a pic of the front and back panel of my newest handbag in progress.
I love trying different proceedures with this leather :)

My "Blaue Blume" tote is complete!

Here is my first go at making a leather hand tooled tote. I am very pleased with the way it turned out.
I call it "Blaue blume" which means "blue flower" in German.
It is made from a thick leather, approximately 1/8 inch thick.
I made the pattern, then cut it out from the leather. I then hand tooled the design.
The flowers aka "blume" are hand painted in a sky blue with periwinkle accents. The bird and butterflies in the back panel are a deep yellow.
I then dyed, antiqued and sealed the tote.
It is all hand laced in a medium brown leather lace.
There is a 21 inch long strap with tooled flowers, that is removable.
The closure is a leather strap. Attached with rivet's on the back and a snap on the front.
The size of this tote is:
11.5 inches tall, 10 inches wide, 3 inches deep.

This tote is ready to go!
I would love to hear your thoughts on my tote bag.
If you have a special request on a design, feel free to ask me.


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Leather Tote Bag

Here is the front design of the tote bag.
It took me most of the day to do it, but I am fairly pleases with the results ;)
I started on the back of the bag last night. Will try to finish the back design today... fingers crossed.

Leather tooled tote bag

Here I am starting another project :) When we were in San Antonio a few weeks ago, I purchased some leather at a Tandy's Store. I have been working on a pattern. This is the major pieces to it. 

Cutting into this massive piece of leather was as fearful as when I cut into mohair for the first time. Very afraid that I would mess up and ruin this expensive material.
So I went for it!

I splurged and bought myself some fiscar left handed scissors. What a waste of money... First, they were way to long to cut something this thick of leather. Second, I could not get use to the way they cut as for a lefty as I am. For so many years in school and even when I was a hairdresser, I never used left handed scissors. Probably never will again... So I ended up using a zacto knife with a metal ruler. It really was easier than with the scissors. I have hand tooled the front piece of the tote and added color and dye. Will post a pic of the front piece shortly.

We are getting things together for a weekend trip to Fredericksburg TX. Looking forward to getting away. Going shopping, eating jagerschnitzel, drinking spaten, and drinking more spaten... ;oP
 Hope you all have a safe, fun weekend!

Happy September 1st!

After giving my arm I had injured in an accident a rest this summer I am so ready to get back into making teddies! My mind is exploding with new ideas. I have been accepted to be a part of an online show this coming November 18-20 called "Teddies Worldwide "Christmas Treasures" Online Bear Show! I had signed up to be in a online show last November, but had to back out. My Dad had passed away. So please check back with me from time to time to see what teddies I have available! Also, be sure to mark the date for the online teddie bear show in November.