I love to do custom projects……..so much more rewarding. The client has something special in mind – certain objects they like – such as my pine cones; and they would like their purse/bag to reflect their personality. The client can choose the color, the amount of pockets, the lining color and/or the type of clasp/opening. Some like very tailored purses, some whimsical, some western, and some “native american”. Some like them BIG, some small, some with cross body straps, no straps, shoulder straps and even chains for straps. The choices are endless. If you call or write and order a bag/purse, we can decide what your preferences are. Here is an example of “custom made”.
Since I can remember, I’ve been fascinated by pine cones. For years I have collected all shapes and sizes. ( not only “pine”, but “fir”, “cedar”, “redwood”, etc. ) They are displayed in my house, my yard, and even in my car. In fact, I had so many on the dash that I called them my “curve speed sensors”, as they would all sail off as I rounded a turn. I finally glued them onto a pad, and they stayed.!! I am so enchanted with their delicacy and strength. The subtle nuances of color are so like the colors in the leather that I use. You will find a pinecone on most of my items, either in a charm or a lining material, or somewhere. I’m just on the verge of creating a leather pine cone for my next purse – stay tuned.!!!
Wow, what a topic.!! How did I start that, you ask?
Being the thrift store junkie that I am, it was only a matter of time before I found a jacket that “looked like it could be a purse”…..or a pair of leather pants that happened to be a very large size! Wow…at least 4 purses! And, Oh the color selection.!! I also realized that the leather is already treated, so it’s easier to care for. A friend challenged me one day , saying that if I could find a jacket in a pea green color – she’d like a purse out of it……….You guessed it – I found one and made the purse – she loved it.!!!
And so she told her friends, and now I get quite a few orders like that. It’s so rewarding to make special orders…. it’s like making someone their favorite meal.!!
What I do is first take a picture of it – then cut out all the lining, (I also don’t use the underarm sections, just in case you wondered.) I use some leather cleaner and conditioner on it, and lay it out to see what kind of purse it will be. Oh, I’m so excited when I find a jacket with a belt of the same leather – that’s the purse strap.!! I also pick up thrift store purses having interesting buckles, straps, rings and things, that I can use on another purse. As for the leather pants and skirts – I don’t use the lining or the “crotch area” (just in case you wondered again.!!) I do try to incorporate the pockets however, and sometimes even the jacket cuffs………I see a new design in every piece of leather I find…….Recycling is an exciting and fun way to “lighten the load on the planet”, too. So, I feel I’m doing my part. Some of my purses are lined, and some aren’t – depending on the nature of the “backside” of the leather. I do some seams with the sewing machine, but mainly my purses are hand laced, and/or hand sewn.
I now have my daughters, my sister, and friends on the lookout for nice leather items. They love having something to look for when they go thrift store shopping, so it’s just fun for everyone!
Taken at my sister Carol’s house, just recently. Sure wish I had a more glamorous shot, maybe someday………
Always something new going on here. Each design leads to the next and keeps on going.