Broken vehicle adventures are coming to an end!! I Hope.

A couple days after Boxing Day I went out to start my van and the weirdest thing happened.  I turned the key and it clicked and honked!  I tried it a few more times until it started acting Really strange.  Lights flashing and wipers going…. Even the wiper on the back window that hasn’t worked for over a year!

WHAT?!?

First stop was google.  No luck. 

Next I called the mechanic who fixed the leaky power steering and coolant fountain.  He said it sounded like maybe the cold snap had killed the battery and knocked out the security system computer. 

His suggestion was to try and get it to re-learn my key.  Apparently you get in and shut the door, then turn the key to start and let it fall back to accessory and just sit there for 8 to 10 minutes. 

Well all that accomplished was to Completely drain the battery!   

The next day I tried calling CAA.  It was right in the middle of the cold snap so it was almost an hour wait.  

And…

It didn’t help.

The guy got his battery booster all hooked up and we turned the key.

And it clicked and honked…. but would not start.

Sigh

Next day I went out and picked up a battery charger and hooked it up.  I left it on there for about 10 hours!  It charged! Yay!

But

I moved the van on to the lawn because someone actually came to buy Daynen’s spare trailer… and then we had another cold snap.

Poof! the battery is dead again…. Completely dead… The charger won’t even recognise it is attached to a battery at all.  Nothing!

After a couple weeks sharing the 2003 Cavalier mission car with B, my darling parents took pity on me and helped me purchase a new vehicle.

Lucky for me the Toronto Mission just happened to have the Mission President’s SUV for sale!

I’ll tell yo

 

Making the mini belt pouch.

So I forgot to take any pictures of cutting it out or punching the holes, but there’s not much to see with that anyways.

My first step was to sew the belt loop on.

I started out with a bit of waxed thread, but I decided that it looked a bit thin for the hole size, so I went with a wool blend yarn.

Of course, not being one to take the easy path,  I decided to embroider a tree on the front.

(I swear, this thing took me week embroider)

With that over, my next step was to sew the wool on to the flap.

Next was to sew the front and back together.

 

And finally, I flipped it right-side out.

And there we go, a mini belt pouch.

At 3 1/4″ x 2″ when closed, you can’t put a lot of stuff in it, but I wanted to try a bunch of things before making bigger belt pouches.

 

Cheers ūüôā

Daynen

A leather checkers pouch!

Ok, so  for the second leather game pouch I went for a game everyone knows: Checkers!

For this one I chose black and frosted stones.

And of course, the best part is that it’s a little self contained pouch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers!
Daynen

My first video!

My first maker video!

And I have to say that I’m pretty proud of it, not because it’s amazingly good or anything (it’s ok), but  because it was rather difficult for me to make.

So here’s a quick video of me making a leather pouch for a camp cook knife ūüôā

 

Adventure Time!

Adventure Time!

Last month was super busy for us here at Novelty Trades. (and for our family!)

I had grand plans to blog as it was all happening…. but, well, I didn’t.¬† So I will do it now.

In late October we left for a road trip to Utah.

Daynen is finally got his mission call! We sort of… the YCSM coordinator let us know he had an assignment lined up. Daynen could start at Learning furniture building at Deseret Manufacturing on the 25th of October!

It had been such a long road to get to this point, 2 1/2 years long. That we actually weren’t really prepared to leave right away… but we did!

The reason for the delay being so long was, well, us, actually. We are not the kind of family content to just do the easy or “normal” stuff in life.

Daynen found this opportunity to serve others with his talents and decided it was a really good fit for him. So what if it was a pilot project? So what if it wasn’t actually offered in Ontario Canada where we live? It was just that much more of a challenge!

Our poor local church leaders got stretched pretty far to make this happen but they stepped up!

Daynen has been at his assignment for 5 weeks already!

The 49th Annual Cobourg Sidewalk Sale

I had a great time at the Sidewalk Sale in downtown Cobourg this year, and met a lot of really cool people!

My setup!

And a great big thanks goes out to Dave Howard for letting me have his really cool decorative axes and his truly stunning blacksmithed flowers!

Dave Howard’s¬†truly¬†stunning ¬†blacksmithed flowers!

Of course, I made some neat new things for my tables;

 

And at rest.

Spinning…

Some new tops.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some new earrings.

 

Blocks…

Trees…

A few different toys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And a couple of Swoosh Bag for when the kids are done playing.

Some leather business card sleeves and wood business card displays.

And a few Hat Pins.

I have to say that it was my busiest show yet!

And I hope to see you at my next show ūüôā

 

Cheers,

Daynen

The Cobourg Farmers Market. Also, Magic Wands.

Hey everyone,
Back at the Cobourg Farmers Market today, and I’ve got something new!

Wands, comes with a neat charm for the end.


Of course as well as the wands aimed at kids, I had to make a really cool one as well.


Look forward to a more in depth post for the wands soon.

I will back at the Market on the 29th, and hope to see you there.

Cheers,
Daynen

Cobourg Busker & Art Festival

So I had a wonderful time at the Cobourg Busker & Art Festival today, and was able to roll out some new products.

Such as a few Top Arenas:

As well as some Bottle Stoppers:

I’ll be making¬†detailed posts about some of these, but lets have a look at some of the really cool ones:

These two above are made with golf balls, I plan to offer for people get them custom, a bring your own golf ball kind of thing.

Looks like a mushroom, nuff said.

I made two of these out of pencil crayons, this I will go in to detail in another post.

This one looks like a gear shift.

Now this one is doubly cool, not only is it made out of somebody’s Christmas tree from a few years ago, it also is a corkscrew! ¬†More on that to come.

 

As I said in the beginning, I really enjoyed my time at the Cobourg Busker & Art Festival, and I look forwarded to hearing from some of the people I met there!

 

Cheers!

Daynen