“Fire Cider”

About 2 weeks ago I decided to start a batch of fire cider. There are recipes all over pinterest, but I just used what I had on hand… Organic Apple Cider vinegar, chopped garlic cloves, ginger gratings, lemon slices, jalapeño and cherry pepper slices, turmeric, and some rosemary. I didn’t have any onion or horseradish, which are often standard ingredients.  This stuff is great for boosting the immune system, or for knocking out a cold quickly. Some people take it every day, but I tend to just use it when I’m feeling run down.

fire cider

It still needs to ‘cook’ a little bit longer, but I wanted to remember how I made it for next time.

Interestingly, when searching for recipes, I discovered that someone trademarked the name? That seems weird anyone would be allowed to do that since it’s a generic term for a centuries old tonic.

More on that, here:


making a harness

making a harness

One of the great things about the new machines I got is once again being able to sew leather. (or in this case faux-leather) A friend had a vision for a “gunslinger” Cupid costume for an event in town and asked if I could design a harness top and gunbelt to go with it. Of course!

I modified the holsters slightly after this was taken, but here is a shot of it on the mannequin, then photos of her at the fitting. The shot above is by Dorn Brothers, taken after the event.

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More Cosplay

More Cosplay

Two new cosplay pieces, both in the shop.

First, Assassin’s Creed inspired white faux leather capelet with a deep red satin lining. After looking up the images the client sent me, I have to say this game looks intense and I might have to play it. I love the scenery and costumes the various characters wear.


Next is a piece I actually made last fall, but just recently got sent client photos. She wanted to be the angel Castiel from Supernatural, except as a girl. So, I turned his iconic trench coat and blue tie into a short cape with a trench collar, and handpainted angel wings inside. She sent me these shots of her meeting the cast at a con. So fun!

Castiel  Castiel

Vintage sewing machines

Vintage sewing machines

A few weeks ago, I lucked into links for an auction of several vintage sewing machines and sergers. I won the auction for this 100 year old Singer powerhouse, which means that I can once again sew leather with ease.


My Husqvarna would sew leather, but since I use it approximately 40 hours a week already, I feel better about having an alternative for anything that might put added stress on it. I was also lucky enough to snag this Pegasus overlock from the 1960s. Finally! A working overlock. That’s been on my list ever since my former studio mate moved to Florida and took hers with her.


So say hello to my two newest friends!