Grand Opening of Online Store!

As I've mentioned in previous posts, we've been doing more car camping than anticipated. So what do I do all day while Ra is working?  Well, after cooking and doing dishes, scrounging for fire wood, walking Baron, reading or writing, I've gotten into making dog leashes out of Parachute Cord, or Paracord.  I thought/hoped we'd be on the trail more than 'at the campsite', so I hadn't planned on working on this adventure.  I don't really have any skills that lend themselves to working remotely and being a digital nomad.  What I do like to do, and can do well, is make stuff!  

 Ra and I both needed new belts, so I figured why not Paracord?   

Ra and I both needed new belts, so I figured why not Paracord?

 

My Mom was very crafty and my Dad very handy.  I have fond memories of helping my Mom make Christmas ornaments and participating in craft fairs.  For awhile she was into ceramics and even had her own kiln.  Later, she had a stained glass business and I would help with that, too.  She was a gifted seamstress and taught me how to make some of my own clothes in high school To this day I love the smell of sawdust because it reminds me of working with my Dad in his wood shop.

I suppose that's where I get my desire to create and make stuff, which includes food and my love of cooking.  Over the years I've been into all kinds of crafty stuff.  Making beaded friendship bracelets, Christmas decorations, furniture, or cross stitch.  It was really bad when I worked for a nursery and craft store in New York - I wanted to make everything! I had SO many containers of craft supplies.

 Haha - I believe this was my first ever cross stitch piece.

Haha - I believe this was my first ever cross stitch piece.

So, in trying to think of a way I could potentially earn a few clams while on the road, this is what I came up with.  I'm also hoping to make a difference by donating 15% of proceeds to Saving Paws. I realize there's quite a few sellers of Paracord creations out there, but I work hard to make mine better and stronger.  I'm addicted to learning new weaves and am starting to like making collars even more than leashes because it allows for more creativity. Yes, I've gone down the paracord rabbit hole! I'm so excited to keep weaving and learning. 

 Dog collar with half check chain.

Dog collar with half check chain.

I've also realized paracord makes the perfect hiking and camping jewelry since it is flexible and washable.  I must confess that for sometime before we embarked on this adventure, I gave considerable thought to what jewelry I would wear on the trail.  It's important to be properly accessorized, after all.  I started looking for cool leather jewelry at farmer's markets and thrift stores and was lusting after these cool silicone rings.  As I kept making leashes and collars, the scraps started accumulating, so I started making rings I plan to give to people we meet along the way.  Bracelets are also a fun way to test collar designs and use up scraps.

Help me make a difference for SPR and share this with anyone you know who could use a fancy, handmade collar or leash. I will send anyone who orders a free fishtail bracelet! Cheers~