Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Long time, no see!

Hi, world!

I've been super scarce since November due to things like:
- going to the gym more!  Hooray!
- learning how to be more of a political activist
- having a health issue pop up that messed up my sleep for three months
- job hunting, as the grant funding for my science job was running out

Now I might continue to be scarce for the next few months, as I adjust to starting my new job next Monday.  I'm going to be a full time Lab Manager!  I have no idea how well or quickly I'll be able to adjust to this, and the need for political activism isn't going away anytime soon, so posts here will continue to be sporadic for the foreseeable future.  Someday I imagine I'll get back to it.  I have pictures of lots of projects saved up to share!

My Etsy shop will continue to run, though, so feel free to drop in and say hi and tell your friends about it!  And I am always interested in hearing about custom leather commissions to make, and will make time if you have a project you want me to make for you around my day job.

Have some adorable pictures of my fur babies to tide you over.  I love this critters so much!

Happy spring, everyone!  Michigan has been filled with beautiful sunshine and warm (but not too warm or humid!) weather this past week and has been pretty much perfect.  My garden is mostly planted!  What have you been working on?  What are you excited about?

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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.

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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!

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?

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Thursday, August 25, 2016


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!


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.


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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.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016


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?

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