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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

GIVEAWAY: Leafy Treetop Leather

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Simple Split Leather Cuff: Rustic Brown
I have been absent on the blog, but busy in the shop.  The last two months flew by after opening Leafy Treetop Leather.  I have loved making custom leather cuffs, and shipping them around the world.  To celebrate my 100th sale, I am doing a giveaway.  $100 split two ways.  Follow me on Instagram @leafytreetopleather for a chance to win one of two $50 credits to my shop.  Giveaway runs through August 31, 2016.  Details on Instagram post.



Triple Wrap Leather Cuff: Dark Brown


Rustic Brown Cuff with inset Pearl Beads
Store credit is the best, because you can take your pick of leather cuffs, leather wrap bracelets, or even a pair of ultra light weight leather earrings.  So, hop on over, tag a friend, and score some leather goodies for yourself.  If leather isn't your thing, start your Christmas shopping early, and find something for a friend.


Light Weight Leather Earrings in Aquamarine
Leather Teardrop Earrings in Rose Gold

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Leafy Treetop Leather: Custom Leather Cuffs and Leather Drop Earrings

Leather Wrap Bracelet with Ring

DIY leather projects have popped up on my blog since I started it so many years ago.  You can find tutorials for my leather bows, coiled leather cuffs, leather cord keepers, and leather bookmarks, and leather frames (which are still hanging on my fridge).  

Black Leather Wrap Bracelet
I fell in love with leather when working with it in a book binding class in college.  I wandered into a leather shop looking for scraps to bind the spine of one of my books, and from that point I have been coming up with my favorite scrap busting leather projects.

Black Leather Drop Earrings


During that time I also started selling many of my leather items in local boutiques and craft shows.  It has been about 5 years since I first started selling my leather goods.  I have always held off on listing them online, because making one of a kind goods is labor intensive, and listing them online makes it even more of a hassle.  

Brown Leather Cuff with Ring

But, now that my kids are getting a little older, and becoming slightly more independent, I feel like I can finally focus a bit more on the business side of my Etsy shop.  I will now be offering custom sized leather cuffs.  Each cuff will be specially made for you .

Beaded Leather Bracelet with Turquoise and Gold


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To make things even better, I am celebrating my Grand Opening with a sale.  Use Promo Code "Welcome16" to save 35% off your purchase through 6/30/16.  However, my social media besties can use promo code "insta40" for 40% off through the end of the month.
Bronze Brown Leather Earrings



In addition to my leather cuffs,  you can find my handmade leather earrings.  Lightweight, and statement makers, these leather earrings will become quick favorites.  Choose your preferred metal choice :  Bronze, Silver Filled, or Gold Filled (great for sensitive ears).


Brown Leather Cuff With Turquoise

Do you have a favorite piece of leather jewelry in your collection?  Ever worn leather?  



I'd love to hear what you think of the shop, and what your favorite items are.  If you stop by be sure to favorite your favorite items in the shop, favorite my shop, or stop back here and let me know what your favorite items are.  I'm planning a giveaway in July, and I'd love some ideas on what would most interest everyone. Feel free to follow me on Instagram @leafytreetopleather .

Brown Braided Leather Cuff
Any leather tutorials you'd like to have here on the blog.  I know it has long been abandoned, but I'd love to get back to it.  Maybe on a weekly basis.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Chocolate Dipped Strawberries Are Better Than Gift Cards


Alright, not everyone will agree with me about dipped strawberries being better than gift cards, but they sure change up the gift giving game. And let's be honest, they are a pretty perfect gift for any occasion, be it Mother's Day, Father's Day, Valentine's Day, or Teacher Appreciation Day. When it comes to teacher appreciation gifts I never really know what a teacher needs.  I know that no teacher NEEDS chocolate or strawberries, but I know that indulging in a delicious treat helps calm my nerves, and lets be honest, we are nearing the end of the school year.  If kids are going crazy, teachers are too.


If I were a really awesome blogger I would have written up teacher appreciation gift ideas in February, but I can't even be considered a blogger at this point.  So, I thought I'd just share this for next time, or a last minute Mother's Day gift idea.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

New To The Shop


It's been awhile.  The past six months I've been busy sewing, beading, making, and craft fairing; but definitely not blogging.  In the past six months we also packed up our first home, and moved across the state to a new home,  a new job, and a new neighborhood (that was a given, right?).  We are finally starting to settle in, and feel at home in our new area.


Since the move I decided it was time to revisit the idea of having an etsy shop.  I opened my etsy shop long before I ever started my blog.  I actually started my blog as a way to promote my shop.  After not much time I realized that my blog had become it's own thing.  I enjoyed writing up tutorials, and being able to create a variety of items without having to have a cohesive collection of items.  I love to work with different materials, and sew for different people.  Made By Me & Shared With You, became a way for me to explore and share all of my creative projects, be they: knit, knotted, stitched, serged, or glued together.


Shortly after starting my blog I then began selling many of my items in brick and mortar boutiques and craft fairs.  I love this, but I have done well enough that the demand for my items soon took away from the time I had available for blogging and creating my own items.  How sad, and how happy all at the same time.  So, when craft fair season rolled around last year I told myself I didn't need to feel obligated to blog, and I didn't.  Somehow six months passed.


Now with the move, I feel that I have come full circle.  I'm still a part of a couple of boutiques on the East side of Idaho, but now that I'm in Boise, I feel a need to regain my online presence.  So, I've stocked my etsy shop with some of my biggest sellers, and have plans to add additional items and stock.


Currently you'll find many of my chunky bubble gum beaded necklaces.  They are so fun for girls!  Great statement pieces, perfect photo props for cake smashes, accessories for flower girls, and great for everyday wear.



Along with the necklaces,  I have a few of my bib-dana dribble bibs.  One of my most popular tutorials, not only are these absolutely adorable on little babes, but they are practical as well.  So, visit my tutorial and whip some up for your next last minute baby shower gift, or pick one up in the shop.

I hope that along with my return to Etsy, I can revisit the blog.  I don't anticipate daily posts, but we'll start with semi-regular posting and see what happens.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Girl's Skater Dress with Lace Overlay


This may be my favorite project of the year.  My niece was having her birthday, and I thought she deserved a dress of her own.  So, I set out designing an age appropriate semi formal dress.  I had this beautiful lace that I bought from Fabric.com, and had intended to use for scarves, but it just wasn't the right weight for scarves, so it became a lovely lace overlay for a skater dress.

The pattern is self drafted, and I used a half circle skirt for the skirt of the dress. I've been hanging onto an oversized lavender zipper, and it was the perfect detail for the back of the dress.



Unfortunately, I didn't factor in enough seam allowance to account for the structure of the lace.  I ended up haven't to make the seam allowances quite a bit larger, which made the bodice quite a bit smaller.  Unfortunately, the dress didn't end up fitting my 10 year old niece, but fortunately, she has two younger sisters, and it fit her petite 8 year old sister perfectly.

I'm glad that someone gets to wear it, and I just might have to make myself a matching dress.  It's just too cute.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Balanced


I honestly don't know how time manages to pass so quickly.  The past month has been a whirlwind, and I hardly feel like I can keep my feet on the ground.


Amongst other things, my oldest starting kindergarten has thrown our family for a loop.  I really didn't think that it would be a hard transition for me, and emotionally, it hasn't been.  Half day kindergarten, however, takes over your life.  It's going to be a new phase in our family's life, and I am trying to adjust.

I've been hoping to find a nice structured routine for all of us, and I suppose that it happens a bit naturally. Originally I thought that I'd sew/work while Clark was in class, but so far that hasn't happened.  Any and all sewing has been in the early morning, with errands being run during school time.  With craft fair season on it's way, I have to find a bit more work time.


Do you have any suggestions for finding a good work/family life schedule.  Balance has always eluded me. The idea of working from home sounds like a dream, right?  You're able to work in your pajamas, stay home with your children, and make a little extra money.

I've come to think that working from home might be the hardest job ever.  Having to balance your work  and family responsibilities is nearly impossible, not to mention keeping your home in good repair. Sometimes I fear that I'm doing a disservice to my children working from home.  I don't want to send the message that they are less important than a project or a deadline.  They don't often get my full attention, but instead a frazzled and frantic momma.





Like I mentioned, I'm hoping to find a better routine, and a balance, until that happens, posting will continue to be light in these parts.  I can't do it all, and I'm trying to admit that to myself, and the harder part, accept it.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Toddler Swimsuit


Summertime is fading, and to be honest, I'm pretty sad about it.  Normally I'm ready to welcome in cooler weather, but this year my oldest will be entering kindergarten.  It will be a new phase of life for our family.  Our schedules will never be the same.


In an attempt to make the most of the remaining summer, we hopped in the car a few weeks ago, and had a big summer road trip.  We started out camping at one of our favorite lakes, and ended up spending some time in the sand and sun in California.  With all of the swimming and sunshine, a second suit was in order for August.  


I had purchased this adorable swimsuit material about a year and a half ago, and finally put it to use.  I absolutely love the little lobsters.  The red athletic knit for the rash guard was purchased at Wal-mart of all places.  I used a combination of the knit and the swimsuit fabric for the hat.  My little Gus and an anything but little head, so having a nice knit on the sides provided the stretch that his head needed.

The bucket hat was made using Abby's (Sew Much Ado) free pattern.






Friday, August 1, 2014

Princess Anna Inspired Costume



In addition to the Snow White costume, I also sewed up a winter princess costume for our princess meet and greet.  We had the very best Elsa and Anna, and they deserved to have something pretty to wear.  



For Anna's costume I ended up ordering the aqua blouse online, and that saved me quite a bit of time.  The vest and skirt were self drafted patterns.  The vest was a bit of an adventure.  I've decided that I really need to invest in an adjustable dress form, it would have made the pattern making process much easier.  I used black satin, gold double fold bias tape, and iron on flocked vinyl, from Expressions Vinyl,  for the vest details. My silhouette cameo saved me so much time, cutting out the intricate designs for me.



I also designed some floral details for the skirt, once again, vinyl and my silhouette did all of the work.  You can see that I didn't do the scallop detail on the skirt, I just didn't have it in me.  


Better than the dress, was the princess wearing it.  Both "Elsa" and "Anna" did a wonderful job, and were so adorable and sweet.  There were lots of star struck little princesses.



I didn't make Elsa's dress, I ordered it.  Yep, I broke down and bought a dress.  I'd originally planned on making it myself, but after pricing fabric, I just bought it.  Her crown, however, was all me.