Keep Track

I made a special little notebook cover, for a very special friend. She requested Paisleys, turquoise and purple.  Freedom within constraints. 

This notebook was made for Midori Traveler notebooks, in the passport size. Custom inquiries are welcome, drop me a note- crbabbie {at} gmail.com or the contact for in the 'About' tab above.

 

(Big thanks to C, for taking these photos for me.  I was too excited when I finished and sent the cover off without taking any photos! We also added a tab to the bottom, to better hold the pen.)

Sheridan, Wyoming

First, we met in Montana, in the most stunning lightning storms I've seen in ages, perhaps ever.  In the morning we drove down the winding, gentle hills into Sheridan and slipped into King's Saddlery museum. Al Stohlman's workbench is traveling, and we were lucky enough to see it. 

Then we took a lecture from the one and only Gordon Andrus, and proceeded to add to our tool list. His knowledge was shared freely, the work below is his.  (The notes pictured here were taken over the shoulder of a fellow classmate, too pretty to pass up capturing). 

The next day we shopped and talked and shopped and talked.  I was blown away by the kindness of our fellow artisans and craftspeople. Everyone was generous in time and knowledge. We ate a beautiful lunch and followed a road until it turned to gravel, until it turned to dirt. We stopped and breathed in the fresh air, marveled at the birds. We stuck hands in cold creek water and took the stones that called our names. It was magic.

My tulip purse was graded fairly, with feedback I agreed with.  She has a home now, which makes me so happy!  

 I'm looking forward to next year already. 

Stone Cuff

Leather, hand-cabbed stone (99% sure it's parrot wing jasper), waxed thread, snap.

Two hands, and time.

Reserved for Teresa

Carry it all

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Get lost in the forest...

Where do you wander?

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A Year to Come

I start thinking about the end of the year just before Solstice, on my birthday, as we all do. It seemed especially labyrinthine (new word!) this year, with my new year, the Solstice, the Christmas holiday-travel and the New Year feeling like they all happened at once.

It's a time for reflection, self care, beginnings and endings.  Excitement, shedding of the old and well known, nurturing of the mysterious new... This year how I create changed in strong, spark-starting ways.  This year was perhaps, about finding myself within my art. This year, my goal is to take what I've learned and run with it, scattering it like seeds into the world.

I'm ready to trip over scary things, leap with joy with new skills and connections. I want to hone my craft, to tool, stitch, and weave with confidence and share what I create with you, the world.

It's going to be huge.

These are the things I hope to accomplish in this new calendar year, in addition to continuing to do what I've found this past year. I split them up between art and self, but we all know it's really the same list.

for my Work

  • Be in the Studio every day. Even if it's just sitting in the quiet in my grandmother's chair.
  • Write more about my real world of creating. The balance of creating what makes my soul sing vs. having a day job, paying bills, learning new methods of moving through my art, sleeping enough while trying to make enough art.
  • Explore different options of photographing my work
  • Make the clogs
  • Paint more, on leather and paper
  • Practice for practice's sake
  • Collaborate with patrons to make belts & bags
  • Weave more custom scarves (this is going to be exciting!)
  • Explore wet felting as a cocoon making option
  • Teach those who want to learn

for my Heart

  • Move my body more often. Be it at the gym, yoga class, or on the living room floor, I found myself missing the quiet of physical, blood-pumping movement this year.
  • Bake bread, eat it with cultured butter
  • Cook more dinners, and try new recipes
  • Keep my heart open
  • Remember to breathe
  • Drink hot tea (and whiskey) slowly, savor the moment
  • Putter about the yard
  • Take trips
  • Nap in the hammock
  • Visit with friends, near and far (dessert dates, letters, phone calls)

I'll continue to explore my mediums, work with intent. I'll snuggle the kitties and humans I adore, drink lots of water, and bake cookies.  I will continue to learn to listen to my true-self, and to ask for help when it's needed. 

This is just the base of the mountain.  I am ready.

What will you do this year?

Into the Wild

This one is so sweet to see, I made it a few years ago. When I was deep in Mandalas, in my own practice, and leading Mandala making workshops.  It may be time to dive back in to the circles.

Blue Mandala Clutch with grey suede. 

Thank you, Tami, for the images! 

Fruits of Intention

Remember this post, where I talked about working with intention? Here's what I have to show for it, from the leather bench.

 

The Honeycomb cuff, when your sweetness needs an edge, and your edginess needs to sweeten.  This one is special. I'm not going to give it a snap until it is claimed, it will fit it home. 


Flying Feather Cuff. A traveler's companion, a feather dancing in the wind, making it's own journey, away from what's known, and towards the greater light.  Created for the daydreamers, adventurous, path cutting people, and those who need a lightness in their step. 

Quiet Ferns. For the forest in your heart. The roots in your legs, the breeze in your hair. 

Keep making. 

xo