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No sense starting small…

When starting a new hobby, I have never been one to start with something small and work my way up.  For example, my first woodworking project was an 6 1/2′ bathroom vanity with inset doors and drawers.  A few months after getting my first mountain bike, I entered a race in Moab.  So, in true form I decided to make a wallet.  In the grand scheme of things, it really wasn’t all that hard nor large of a project.  However, I borrowed a pattern and started with a shoulder of leather, vs buying a prepared kit.

This was my absolute first experience with leather, never having done any type of leather work what-so-ever.  And here it is…

Veg Tan Leather Wallet veg_tan_leather_wallet_2

As I had not purchased any tools for edge burnishing, I went with a black edge paint.  It took me a bit to get the hang of the applicator.  I can’t believe how much I learned while working on this project and would do things a little different next time.  All in all, I am rather pleased with the outcome.

Now, onto a pencil case.

And yet another hobby!

One thing that I have found about having such an involved hobby such as woodworking, is that it takes quite a bit of a time commitment to achieve anything.  With Laura taking on her sewing and embroidery, I thought it would be fun to find something to allow me to still create, but in short 30-45 min blocks.  And most importantly, allow me to be in the same area as the family.

For many years I have had an interest in leather working, but had always thought there was a huge barrier to entry.  Until I came across this video…

And from this point on I was hooked.  I signed up for Pinterest and began pinning like mad!

Having spent hour after hour tying flies, I immediately knew I would enjoy this for many of the same reasons.  I immediately ran to Tandy Leather and after 3-4 trips and about a week, I had all of the supplies and leather I needed to get started.

Now I just need to find something to make…Pinterest here I come!

Awesome Lego technic bucket wheel excavator!

This set is really awesome because it was made for 12 to 16 year olds and I am 8 !

This is based on the bucket wheel excavator (or the bagger 2-88 as some call it ) and both the real thing and the set are truly hugely awesome! First of all,the boom (the big part where the bucket wheel is and conveyor belt) lifts up and down really slowly though.It moves back and forth very slowly and the bucket wheel turns with the conveyor belts but of course it moves very slowly. The best part is that the whole part above the tracks swivels around a 360 degree angle. This is a very cool set because I made it in a couple of days but, I was missing a piece so I made a new one (not the same color).

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Felt Christmas Ornaments

Our local craft store had a big felt sale a couple of months ago and we stocked up for Christmas ornaments and crafty gift ideas. This years Christmas ornaments were all made from felt (dog ornaments were a particular specialty), we also created the ornament gifts featuring an antique sewing machine and a pipe organ.


Flower Fairies 

Cora shows how to make a fairy from a fake flower, wire, embroidery floss and a wooden bead.



Christmas has gone to the dogs

Every year our family Christmas tradition is making ornaments. This year we decided on a dog theme, making ornaments from felt using a blanket stitch to sew profile together then stuffing them slightly. Porter suggested the dogs should wear Santa hats and sweaters. We also added ribbon for scarves with miniature jingle bells. Final count we made over 30 dogs of all different breeds: golden retrievers, labs, akitas, chihuahuas, dalmatians, greyhounds, shepherds and one abominable snowman dog.

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Lego oil tanker

This ship is really interesting because I used my biggest hull and covered the top with numatic hoses for pipes. I made the bridge so I can fold the roof up.Under all the stuff above the hull,there are still more numatic hoses acting as pipes.

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Lego Camping!!

I really like this build because it’s really detailed.This has two sections to it the Ford : F-150 and a camper trailer.The truck has a dually stile build and has twin exhaust pipes and a busted headlight.The trailer has a full interior (a couch ,a big screen tv, a bed , and a coffee maker. It has a step so mini figures can get inside and a green door. The colors are maersk blue and white and it uses wheels three Lego bricks tall. The trailer uses a gooseneck connection to the truck.

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Lego Tanker Truck 

This is an original build. I built it on December fifteenth 2016.I think it is really cool because it is my first time making one.

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