Other wallets…

As I'm on the subject: For the chevron wallet, go here.  I found this William Rice painting the other day and liked it very much. And the yellow is my absolute favorite interior. Such a great color! For the William Rice wallet, go here. And a fox, of course. I thought the addition of fuchsia to the teal would be fun. For the fox wallet, go here.
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Wallets

Tooled leather wallets... First men's wallet. Red foxes are important to wallets, I have found. It can be found here. And Clarke, even with five cards, a driver's license, and some money, it's still not very thick. :-P The third letter fold wallet. The fuschia color behind it will be inside when it's all sewn together. Red fox with black accents.
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Big News

No, we're not expecting. But we did get bunkbeds for Kai and Rollie, and they are SUPER excited. Also: As you can see, we bought a little violin for Kai. And another one is on its way for Rollie. Kai was so excited (he's been longing for one) that he ran through the house yelling, "This is a day I'll never REMEMBER!" Hmm. I'm sure he'll grow tired of the idea of practicing very quickly, especially as there is a steep learning curve to the violin and his attention span is remarkably short. However, we're…
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A brown paper Christmas

Over the last few years, I've really gotten quite fond of brown paper. I'm under no illusions about being an artist, but I did enjoy decorating the packages this year, and I dare say the practice did me good. Of course, you've already seen these two. Marty made these for Micah, Clarke, and Evan -- cigar boxes disguised as books. I made a leather back for them, and then Marty sketched on them with a gold pen. Came out pretty cool! I made a tobacco pouch for Dad and Wes... And this for Allison, as…
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December

How Jacobsons toast Creme Brulee: Mwahaha... Now, I'm sure my brother, Evan, would have used a blow torch. Puppets! Making cookies with the boyos. Marty brought home some gas masks. Heh. Jack calls them monster masks. Early December projects. Long past those, but alas, I can't post the ones I'm working on. Some drawings I did for Kurt and Kelly's wrapping paper... Marty's latest project. It's beautiful. Maple and malachite inlay, cocobolo fretboard and headstock, redwood top (I think) and babinga sides (or the other way around, possibly)... Marty strung it up last night, and while it…
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One of the Christmas presents I’m making…

I'm making some baldrics for the boys. Right now, they are using my belts or Marty's belts, and Marty finds it quite inconvenient when his belts run off when he needs them. I bought some vintage military pins that I've added to it. Things like five years in the Red Cross, and such. If you're one of those people who gets upset when people wear military stuff, cool it -- I think imitation is the highest form of flattery, and little kids love to imitate. So anyway, I'm super excited. They've been wanting something like…
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November

November might be my favorite month of the year. Might be. There are so many to choose from. Last night we built a fire on the empty lot beside our house. So very pleasant! We pulled up some chairs and logs and drank hot cocoa. Marty was digging around in the fire, as men do, and Rollie said, reflectively, "I want to look like Dad. See, I will put some hair in the middle of my ear." And he fiddled with his hair. I was confused for a moment, but then I realized he was…
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Terrible News:

The RAT IS BACK! Excuse me while I go tear out my hair. When I found a nibbled sweet potato I briefly considered rats and then discarded them in favor of Jack; I often find a nibbled onion, raw potato, or apple that Jack has pilfered. However, the next morning a banana up on a shelf had been delicately bereft of some of its insides. Marty was still uncertain, but another banana this morning confirmed all of my worst fears. Alas! And woe betide the day. And thus the war begins. I've already started on…
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November in Atlanta is always marked by a profusion of falling leaves and Camelia blooms.   And Edelweiss. I finally finished Marty's sketch book pouch... The dying isn't perfect, but it's pretty nifty looking regardless.    
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November

I'm really getting into the spirit of Christmas, this year. I'm so excited! We went thrifting for the first time in a while and I found the exact same set of Christmas cookie cutters that we had, growing up! Now, that's not to say that they are terribly special, but I always loved them. So, I'll be making Christmas cookies with the boys as soon as we get back from Thanksgiving in Florida! I also found a stoneware gingerbread house mold, so we'll try it, though not necessarily with gingerbread. Exciting! We've never made a…
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