This page is intended to be a showcase for those items that don't fit in the
horse gear category.
Please click on the photos to enlarge.
Basket stamped business card case with 2 interior pockets. Lined with smooth
Here is a Western looking tote bag. It is large enough to be a tote
bag, but small enough to work as a large purse. It measures 14-1/2"
wide and is 9" deep. The gusset is 6" wide and has a firm insert
in the bottom also. I made this one out of a firm tan chap leather and
then did the gusset and overlay out of dark brown chap leather. The
handles are dark brown English bridle leather 24" long and allow for
comfortable carrying over the shoulder. The hardware adds visual interest
and lets the handles to fall easily out of your way as you reach in the
||Shy made a few of these handy
zipper pouches the other day. They are about 4" by 6" and are
available in a variety of colors. She has more planned, so be sure to ask
if there are any other colors. Some have a wrist strap and others do not,
so be sure to ask. From left- dusty rose, peanut butter alligator (dark
brown on the other side of this one) and dark brown with a wrist strap.
||We all know pocket can come in
handy on a pair or chaps or chinks, so why not take that pocket with you?
This soft chap leather purse was inspired by the aforementioned pocket.
This one also features the traditional leather button closure. The long
strap can be worn over the shoulder or across the body, whichever you
|Just what every chef needs! Who says leather belongs in the
tack room? These leather potholders are both unusual and useful. They work
better than any cloth one I have tried and I have yet to set one on fire.
Can't say that for the quilted cloth one that was left on a frying pan lid
and got burned to a crisp this spring. Made of chap leather, some are one thickness and others are two,
depending on the thickness of the leather we used to make them. We offer
these in three sizes and several styles. Regular- $10, Large- $11, Extra
Large- $12. In the plain square style, Regular are 6" by 6",
Large are 7" by 7", and Extra Large are 8" by 8". In
the round, scalloped round and scalloped square styles, only Large and
Extra Large are available. They measure approximately 7 1/4" and 8
3/4" across respectively. Note the new heart shaped potholders. We
did these at the request of a client and liked them so much we decided to
offer them here.
||Now if this wasn't fun I don't know what is. My daughter
Maysa and I dressed up this palm leaf straw hat for her this summer. We
used some punches to cut out the flowers, sewed the flower centers on by
hand and then glued them to the brim. Maysa selected the colors of leather
and helped with the flower placement as well.
||Here's the lucky girl modeling her new headgear.
This is a project I've been meaning to do for a year or so, a purse for
myself. The way it turned out, it is more of a briefcase than a purse, but
I just love the roominess of it. It's 14" wide and 8-1/2" deep
and has a 4-1/2" wide gusset, so it can hold a lot of
"necessities." Because of the weight, I chose a short handle
more like for a briefcase, but attached it to the gusset instead of the
Here's a good close up of the concho on the front flap. It's more than
3" in diameter and solid sterling. My sister, Vandy Douglas, made
this and all of the other silver trim for me. Note the brightness of the
art deco-inspired initials in contrast to the oxidized background.
These are the small conchos at each end of the strap.
Here is a nice shot of the three piece buckle set that completes the trim.
That girl sure knows how to engrave, doesn't she?
A good look at the serpentine border and the basket stamping on my purse.
||This was a very fun project to say the least. I made
this purse for my friend and able assistant Shy for her birthday last
summer. I had a pretty good idea what she wanted and this is how it turned
out. It is medium brown English bridle leather. The lining and gusset is a
dark brown chap leather. Although the strap isn't visible in this picture,
there is a steer head concho at each end of the strap and a three piece steer head
buckle set provides adjustment for the shoulder strap. She wanted the
stamping to be simple, so I did two beaded borders with a serpentine stamp
in between them.
||Here is the same purse six months and one concho later.
We gave Shy this concho as a Christmas gift to match the two at each end
of the strap at the buckle set on the strap as well. It really dresses it
up I think.
A 3" by 5" legal pad inspired this project. I found these little
legal pads when shopping for office supplies and thought they would be
just the right size to carry in my purse. Knowing that a cover for it was
in order, I copied one my dad had made and given me for a larger notebook
years before. This was the result.
||Here's the front of the notebook cover. Note the
interesting basket stamp I used. The tool was made by Bob Beard and has a
very tiny Sheridan style flower in the center.
||Here are a pair of checkbook covers I've been meaning
to make for about ten years. Shy finally talked me into doing something
for myself, so I decided to replace my plastic checkbook covers with
something a little classier. The one on the left is for my personal
account and is just two beaded borders with a diamond stamp and seeder centered
between them. At right is the more elaborate business account checkbook. I
used a braid center basket stamp for the body of the piece and did a San
Carlos border framed by a beaded border around the outside. I wanted them
to be very different so I could tell the two apart at a glance and think I
achieved that goal.
||This is a checkbook cover I made for my husband at the
same time I did mine. His features a double beaded border around the
outside edge, San Carlos border and then a very small beaded border at the
edge of the basket stamping. The basket stamp with the flower center was
custom made by tool maker Bob Beard. When I teased my husband about
wanting a flower center basket on this piece he told me it takes a real
cowboy to pull it off. He's just the man to do it.
||This is the inside of Lee's wallet. He wanted his
checkbook to be all-inclusive, with spaces for credit cards as well as his
checks. Note the little leather flap on the left for putting between
duplicate checks to prevent write-through.
||This was my solution to the credit card problem. I
would rather have an extra case in my purse than try to write checks over
the bulk of cards jammed in my wallet, so I made a separate case for them.
The body of the case is an association basket stamp framed by beaded borders
with a serpentine border in between them.
||Here's the inside of my card case. There are four card
pockets on each side and then a pocket behind the card slots for cash or
notes. Quite handy, if I must say so myself.