This past year has been busy creating urban and trail bags!
If you read any of my other posts, you will see that I have a love for cooking and creating a life using old ways and traditions. So, developing a small home business where I can use my homesteading skills came naturally to me. It all started when my husband and I go camping and hiking around the hill country where we live. We like to take day hikes and explore the areas that we camp in. Both of us are gatherers of rocks and unique findings that we stumble across. I have always tried to incorporate my findings into cabochons for my jewelry or to work them into my leather work.
What we found, was that on our hikes we needed more of a gather's bag for our collections rather than a traditional day pack. I started to play with a few different patterns and found most didn't fit our need.
I then set out to create a few that we could use on our trips and for training with our dogs. We have trained them to search and find us if one of us should get separated from the other on the trail. Treat bags have become a handy tool while training the two.
I have had several people ask about, and request the bags and leashes that I make. This brought me to the decision to start selling them on Treesees. Over the last few years I have increased my sells and have had requests for more of a urban bag to carry cell phones and other essentials. This year I am advancing into more unique one of a kind items that are functional for daily use. I will post them as I make them. My new line will be stamped with my original stamp and numbered in the series of the item. This is to insure that you have a specialty item made exclusively by me, Treesees.
Besides my love for cooking and living a small homestead life on the hill, this new outlet has allowed me to use my creative skills and those that have been handed down to me from my family and close friends. I love that I use the old craftsmen skills that are hardly ever seen in industrial goods, those that are sold in large box stores and knock offs that I have even seen in small Chic boutiques!
When making my items, I use the tried and true way of doing things. Most all of my leather goods are hand sewn using a two needle saddle stitch or decorative stitching. Every stitch is made by me with my needle and thread. There is an old saying that when you hand stitch a leather item, you honor the circle of life. Every up stitch represents the spirit rising from earth, and every down stitch represents the spirit re-entering earth to complete the circle of life.
Each item I create has a spirit of its own and will form into a wonderful piece that you will embrace as yours-- each scratch, smudge or spot that is added to the leather over time will blend into a beautiful piece that will tell your story!
Please check with my store throughout the year for my signed, numbered, items that will be appearing this spring!
Get out and take a walk! It does wonders!