Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Friday, January 30, 2015
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Friday, January 9, 2015
January 15, 2014 -- Small project workshop (5pm to 9pm)
January 24, 2015 -- Intro to Leathercraft, full day workshop (9am to 5pm)
February 7, 2015 - Intro to Leathecraft, full-day workshop (9am to 5pm)
February 11, 2015 - Small Project workshop (5pm to 9pm)
February 28, 2015 - Intro to Leathercraft, full-day workshop (9am to 5pm) SPACE AVAILABLE
March 11, 2015 - Small project workshop (5pm-9pm)
March 14-15, 2015 - Handbag workshop, two full days (9am to 4pm each day) SPACE AVAILABLE
March 21, 2015 - Small project workshop (1pm-5pm) SPACE AVAILABLE
March 28, 2015 - Intro to Leathercraft, full day workshop (9am to 5pm)
Small Project Workshop - This four-hour workshop is ideal for anyone who has a small item they would like to make out of leather, and needs a little help to get started. Participants will have the option of creating a smartphone case, cuff/watch, belt, small wallet or flask. All tools and materials provided and participants will go home with a finished piece. ($175)
Intro to Leathercraft - This full-day workshop is a little more intensive and participants have the option of creating a larger, and more complicated, piece than in the half-day workshop. Participants will learn about tools and materials used in leathercraft including pattern making, pyrography (branding), carving, dyeing, finishing, hand-sewing and adding basic hardware. Participants will have their choice of project including several small bag/clutch patterns from our original patterns. Each participant will go home with a finished project. ($350)
Handbag Workshop - During this two-day workshop participants will design and create their own vegetable tanned leather handbag. No prior experience is necessary, and each student will learn the basics of leathercraft including pattern making and design. Students are encouraged to bring sketches and ideas, and I will walk them through the pattern making process in addition to teaching the skills of our Intro to Leathecraft class. ($750)
Monday, December 29, 2014
The holidays this year were HARD. I’m not going to lie. I had so many reflections I wanted to share on my blog and honestly, I’ve forgotten all of them. In the midst of the normal holiday madness, I took a week away from both kids, and my husband, and went to Chicago for the One of a Kind Show. It was great. I’ll go back next year.
Being there, by myself, made me realize how seldom I am actually alone. I haven’t traveled by myself in the last eleven years and my literal stance has changed. I no longer carry myself with a “don’t f*** with me” attitude. I’m somehow softer. I smile, I talk to strangers. I make friends with the person next to me on the airplane, the cab driver, or the electrician who adjusts my lights at the show.
Leaving my family for a week on a “business” trip was new. I was totally alone in Chicago, staying in a condo and cooking myself simple, paleo, meals. All I honestly did was eat, sleep, work, and exercise. For five days. It made me wonder a little bit if that was what my life was before I had a husband and kids. Before I had a family.
Needless to say, I was glad to return to the love and commotion of my home and family. I missed my people, and my pets, while I was gone. And when I got back it seemed everyone was in full-fledged holiday mode. There was a decorated tree, the kids were making ornaments, Christmas music was playing and within hours of my return, we were doing Christmas shopping.
We were busy fulfilling custom orders right up until the end of the day on the 19th – we shipped everything a day early this year per the USPS guidelines, but somehow they still managed to deliver about 10% of my packages after Christmas. I don’t understand what was going on, but it was frustrating. I planned ahead, I didn’t overload myself, I gave everything an extra day in transit. Apparently, it wasn’t me.
Now that the holidays are over I’m ready to say GOODBYE to all this stock – see all this stuff? I made it for you. We need to clear the shelves to start our 2015 line, so for some incentive – 45% off moxieandoliver.etsy.com through midnight on December 31, 2014 with code “MOREMOXIE45”
And this is me. The holidays made me tired. Family drama. Travel. Post Office drama. Employee drama. Kid drama. I’m pooped, but enjoying a few days “off” of work – still answering emails and working on computer related Moxie & Oliver things, but in my PJs, all day.