Thursday, November 17, 2016

Welcome and Small Business Saturday


Welcome to everyone who talked to me at U-Con last weekend!  I sincerely enjoyed meeting all of you.


Having a merchant booth for the first time was a great experience.  I'm currently aiming to repeat this at Penguicon in April, and maybe some other conventions.


Until then, you can always buy many of the same items you saw this weekend in my Etsy shop.  Take a look at your Christmas shopping list for those you love and pick something for them!  A great day to buy something would be on Saturday, November 26th, when a 10% off coupon will be available for Small Business Saturday (enter Level8SBS at checkout on November 26th for 10% off).  I am the smallest of small businesses - it's just me!  All proceeds go directly back into the business and keeping a roof over my head and my creativity flowing.  :)


Only about half of my merchandise is currently in the shop.  I'll be adding the rest in the coming months.  If you think you remember a specific piece that is not in the shop yet that you want, let me know, and I'll add it for you.


My current new commissions list doesn't start until January-February, but I will sneak in a few small commissions of custom bookmarks or dice bags before the December winter holidays start, if you want one for a special gift - just send me an Etsy converation to get that started.


I love looking at the colors in these photos.  Earth tones are definitely my favorite colors!


Here are some of the bookmarks I made special before U-Con.  Pyrography is a fun art that I'm still exploring the limits of!  I love how there's always something new to learn with the creative arts.


I wish the best to all of you, and hope you're taking care of yourselves right now.  With everything going on, remember that self-care is an important part of life, too.  Peace and love to you and yours.

~Kell
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Thursday, November 10, 2016

U-Con Gaming Convention this weekend!

Is anyone else excited for U-Con?  Because I am!  I'll have a booth all weekend, Friday to Sunday, in the Exhibitor hall - come say hi!  I'll have more than twice the merchandise as is currently in the Etsy shop, as well as a look book going over custom commission ideas that I'd love to talk with you about!  Not only would you be buying a unique hand-made leather item, made with quality materials and years of learned skill, you'd also be helping to support a local independent artist (me!).  All proceeds go directly into the business and helping me keep a roof over my head and making more awesome leatherwork. 

Speaking of the Etsy shop - it's been put in Vacation Mode for the weekend, so I won't accidentally have in person sales of something someone is trying to buy online.  It'll go back online soon after the convention, after I finish going over the revised inventory list.

See you tomorrow!

Kelly
Level 8 Craftling, Owner and Artist
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Monday, October 24, 2016

Exhibiting at U-Con!


In just two and a half weeks, I'll be one of the exhibitors at U-Con Gaming Convention in Ypsilanti, Michigan.  This convention is really fun: three days packed full of all kinds of games, from board games to table-top roleplaying to LARPing.  You should come out!  See my wares, including a bunch of convention-only items.


Here are some quick pictures I took of some of the items I've made just for convention!  I've been a busy bee for the couple months.  I shifted from opening the Etsy shop to immediately prepping for having a merchant booth at U-Con.  Please come by and say hi to me in the Exhibitor room!


Who's going to U-Con?  What other conventions do you particularly love?

~Kell
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

THE SHOP IS OPEN!!!!!!!!

Did I put enough exclamation points on the header for this post?  I'm not sure it adequately expresses my excitement.

THE SHOP IS OPEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That's better, isn't it?

There's a new link at the top of this website (two actually - I finally linked to my Facebook page in addition to the new shop), because the Etsy shop has been opened!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/Level8Craftling

What's your favorite thing in there so far?

I'll be adding more items in the coming months, as this is only about half the finished items I have so far, so keep coming back for more!

If you see anything you'd like in another variation, you know I love doing custom work - message me and we'll definitely work something out to get you that awesome custom piece of leatherwork to fulfill your nerdtastic dreams.

And if you find any spelling errors (or other mistakes), please let me know!  I may have overlooked something.

THE SHOP IS OPEN, WOOHOO!!!!!!  :D :D :D

~Kelly
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Monday, July 25, 2016

Etsy Shop Preview!


Before I go on a blogging hiatus for a short while (I have more projects to post soon!), I want to share exciting news: I'm definitely still working on putting the Etsy shop together!  All of the photos in this post are previews of items going into the shop.


All of the photos have been edited!  All of the work researching and planning for prices has been done and decided!


I'm working now on filling in the giant spreadsheet of information needed for each initial listing (size, weight, type, tags, color, description, section, shipping info, etc).  It is truly an impressive amount of detailed information that Etsy wants.  It definitely makes sense - customers should have all of the information available to them! - but it will take me some time to put it all together on top of my day job.


I'm so excited for when I do get it all put together!  


So: coming soon, Level 8 Craftling, selling items to the whole wide world.  All items handmade by me and one of a kind.  You'll even be able to custom order some of the items to your desired specifications.


See you soon, after I take a short break!  Have any questions or things you like, don't be shy about mentioning it in the comments.  And, as always, I am taking custom commissions and leather repair work.

~Kell

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Kittehs!


Just some pictures of my favorite sewing helpers.


Someone decided that the camera was nonsense and just wanted pets.


Hey, Mama, you're not using this, are you?


What?  It's comfy.


Plus, you can't resist petting me before moving me.


Hihi!  Why aren't you petting me yet?  I'm totes helping.


They're so pretty, my babies.  They turned four last month!  Can't believe I've had them so long.  Who else has sewing "helpers" around?

~Kell
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Rapier Marshal Hood


Last November, I was Marshal in Charge at a rapier event, and I wanted a fancy garment to show that I was acting as a marshal.  For years, I'd always heard the phrase "marshal tabard," but I never wanted to wear a tabard.  Then a member of my barony made a gorgeous marshalling German capelet, and it opened my eyes to the possibilities - I could make a different piece of garb, one that fit my aesthetic, to be my marshalling "tabard."

For those who aren't familiar, a marshal is someone in the SCA who is thoroughly trained in the safety procedures of a particular martial art.  It takes somewhere from three months to a year to finish all of the required training to become a rapier marshal, and every moment of it is useful.  A marshal can run martial practices and events, including all the paperwork and reports involved.  They watch other rapier fighters to make sure everyone is having a good time and that everyone is behaving safely, they authorize new fencers, they routinely inspect equipment, they mediate disagreements, they adjust spacing and timing of fights so that the most people can have the most fun at the same time safely, and, in bad cases, they have the backing of the crown to pull unsafe fighters off the field and tell them they aren't allowed to fight anymore.  I thoroughly enjoy being able to give back to my rapier community through marshalling.

Here are photos of the linen marshal's hood I made!  I am beyond happy with how this turned out.  The insignia of the rapier marshal is black and yellow slanted stripes (similar to caution tape), and crossed yellow rapiers on a black field.


The ever-present cat sewing helper...


I love linen hoods because they keep the sun off my neck and shoulders (to avoid sunburn) and out of my eyes (the sun gives me headaches), without overheating me by adding more layers to my torso.


All of the seams in this garment are french seams.  ALL of them.  These stripes are all french seams that match up in a perfect chevron.  It took forever, but is soooo worth it - these seams will not fray!


This photo shows off the crossed rapier insignia of the rapier marshallate. 


The rapiers are entirely embroidered by hand.  The texture is so neat!


The inside of the finished hood.  Look at all that hand embroidery and those beautiful french seams.


Here's the best photo I have of me wearing it, as I read the results of the rapier tourneys into court at Grand Day of Tournaments last November.



Anyone else working on cool marshal "tabard" options?  I'd love to see them!

~Birke
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