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About TheKerrminator

Sara Kerr, The Kerrminator, is an Artist, Designer, and Illustrator located in the Portland, Oregon area.

Higher Education: Is it worth it?

Looks like the last time I posted here was around a year and a half ago. As it so happens, the thing that’s been preventing me from posting is the same thing I’m here to write about; school. I had a weird day. It wasn’t especially weird compared to any other day, but it was a bit of a turning point.

I withdrew from my first class ever. I didn’t want to – I just don’t think I’m going to be able to complete my visual art minor so I decided to withdraw. The class was an evening figure drawing class and getting home at 11pm only to have to be up and out the door the next morning by 7am is not a great schedule.

I’m getting frustrated with my long commutes – I drive 3-4 hours a day, five days a week and some days my driving hours far outnumber my lecture hours. I wish I could make that time more productive. I tried vlogging last term; that didn’t work out since the camera I have really isn’t meant for that sort of thing. Also, I feel like driving is the thing I complain about most and I’m sure people are sick of hearing about it. I’m sick of hearing myself complain about it. And yet here I am. . . *complain-complain-complain* 🙂

In case you don’t know, I’m going to Oregon State University, pursuing a degree in Nutrition with the end-goal of becoming a Registered Dietitian. The program is tough, there’s little room for error, and missing a term or a core class can set me back a full year. The Dietetics program basically wraps up with an internship and I need to apply for that in less than a year. Also, not everyone who applies for an internship gets placed. I’m coming to terms with the fact that I’m probably not going to get placed. I feel this way because I have a lack of healthcare-related experience. I did mostly art for 7 years, then up and decided on nutrition so nothing I’ve done, prior to three years ago, has anything to do with nutrition or health or even food. Well, I did make chef coats, but that’s the closest I’ve come. It wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if I didn’t get an internship, but it would be a huge bummer. . . which is why I’m mentally preparing myself now.

I started a YouTube channel (actually made it about 10 years ago, but it’s been stagnating) as an avenue to practice sharing my nutrition knowledge so subscribe to that (please). The channel’s going to be filled with random nonsense (nutrition/food related nonsense, mostly) until I figure out what to focus on, unless I decide my focus will be “post whatever I want”. There’s not much up there now, but subscribe anyway; it’ll help get me motivated to make more videos! Write you again soon! (*Fingers-crossed* it won’t take another year and a half!)

Here’s a recipe to [not] try in the meantime.

 

Vitamin B12 T-Shirt Giveaway

Who’s ready for this giveaway to finally happen?!! Yeah, me TOO!! I got sick this past weekend and I was finally able to finish the B12 drawing. It had already taken me longer than I originally anticipated so I’ve decided to extend the giveaway until the 22nd. Oh, you’ll be happy to know I got an A in Chemistry and its the end of General Chemistry for me!

Vitamin B12 Molecule - Cobalamin

Take a moment to admire this beast! I’m very happy with how it turned out, and although it’s only an artistic rendition of the molecule and is quite clearly exaggerated, it does help to have something to visualize. I’ve been looking at some other vitamins to research and I’m SOOOO glad many of them are less complicated than this.

Let’s get down to business! I’m teaming up with my peeps over at NY Custom Utica for this giveaway. We’ll be giving away 3 DTG printed t-shirts, to 3 different winners, with the above illustration printed across the chest. If this sounds like something you’d like to win, here’s how to get entered:

  1. Answer the questions to this Cobalamin survey. (Must include email or I can’t notify you of winning!)
  2. Read this article about Cobalamin.
  3. Answer the questions to this followup survey about Cobalamin. (Again, must include email or I can’t notify you!)
  4. For 3 extra entries, use the rafflecopter widget below to *like* me on facebook, follow me on Twitter, and/or leave a comment.

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About NY Custom DTG Printing and Personalized T-Shirts:

Although the most popular method of printing t-shirts is screen printing, NY Custom Utica t-shirts are printed using Direct To Garment Printing (DTG) which is the process of using inkjet printers to print an image directly onto t-shirts without the use of screens that are needed for screen printing, which requires a lot of setup e.g., creating screens for each color.

In addition, DTG printing uses eco-friendly, water soluble ink, unlike some screen printing methods that layer Plastisol (a suspension of PVC particles in a plasticizer) on top of the t-shirt. The only requirement for DTG printing is for the image to be high resolution, resulting in photograph quality printing with no setup fee or minimums for custom t-shirts.

Giveaway Terms and Conditions:

  • You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • The winners have 48 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen.
  • Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.
  • NY Custom Utica will ship the prize to the winners within 30 days of contest end.
  • The winners will be chosen randomly and will each receive:

    • One white, unisex, Gildan, G200 6.1 oz. Ultra Cotton® T-Shirts made in 100% preshrunk cotton (in a size of the winner’s choosing) printed with the B12 illustration across the chest.

Vitamin B12 – Cobalamin

What Is the Chemical Term for B12 and What Does it Look Like?

As you likely guessed from the title of the article, B12 is often called Cobalamin. There are actually 4 forms of cobalamin (methylcobalamin, adenosylcobalamin, cyanocobalamin, and hydroxocobalamin)(1), but for simplicity’s sake I’ll just refer to B12 as Cobalamin. We can get into the differences in the four types at a later time. Below is what cobalamin looks like in a simple structural form. The molecular formula for cyanocobalamin is C63H88CoN14O14P meaning there are 63 carbon (C) atoms, 88 hydrogen (H) atoms, one cobalt (Co) atom, 14 nitrogen (N) atoms, 14 oxygen (O) atoms and one phosphorous (P) atom.

Vitamin B12 - Cobalamin

What are B12’s Primary Functions?

You’ve probably seen B12 listed on energy drink labels and assume it has something to do with. . .  well, energy. It is more of an assistant than an actual energy producer in the way you may be thinking. Cobalamin plays a role in synthesizing DNA – an essential aspect of red blood cell formation, as well as maintaining the myelin sheath around nerve fibers – providing aid in healthy nervous system activity(2).

Another important role of vitamin B12 is in the metabolism of homocysteine. Homocysteine is an amino acid that at increased levels indicates the possibility of and/or can increase a persons risk of cardiovascular disease(3)(4). Cobalamin works alongside Folate and B6 to help with this metabolism and when there are low levels of available cobalamin, homocysteine levels will increase since the cobalamin provides an important role in this process(5). So, when you see cobalamin listed on your energy drink label, it’s not directly giving you energy, its aiding bodily functions that help maintain normal operations.

On the topic of energy drinks, I personally don’t drink them, but I had a look at one of those 5-Hour Energy labels and see that it contains 500 mcg of Cyanocobalamin, which is listed as 8333% of your daily value. Cobalamin is a water-soluble vitamin and excess is filtered by the kidneys (only a small amount is stored in the liver) so the vast majority of what you comsume is simply being passed in your urine.

In fact, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), according to The National Academies Press, for vitamin B12 is 2.4 mcg per day for adult men and women. Some people 50 years and older may have absorption problems because they are not producing enough stomach acid to properly break down food and release the vitamin. Because of this, they may have to consume foods that are fortified with B12 or take supplements(2).

B12 Deficiency and Toxicity

Though there is no known toxicity from consuming an excess of B12, I am curious whether the increased consumption of drinkable supplements like 5-hour energy, will cause us to start seeing side-effects from consuming excess B12. From what I understand, there has not been adequate research into the effects of B12 consumption at the level that which is now possible with supplemental B12. It’s unlikely that you’d simply eat an excess of B12 from food, but when supplements can cram upwards of 16000% of your daily need into one serving it makes me wonder if there is a possibility for toxicity. I’m not a Registered Dietitian (yet), nor can I call myself any kind of health professional (yet), but I think common sense plays a role here: more is not always better. I just wonder at what point can the body simply cannot keep up with the excess or maybe an infinite amount can be taken without issue.

Deficiency, on the other hand, is definitely a concern. Not consuming enough B12 or being unable to absorb enough can cause pernicious anemia, nerve damage, disorientation, problems with memory, dementia, and tingling and numbness in limbs(2)(6). As mentioned earlier, older individuals may have trouble absorbing the vitamin due to decreased stomach acid production, and vegans and other non-meat-eaters fail to consume the vitamin from it’s most common source. Options for individuals with low intake or poor absorption can increase their consumption of food fortified with B12, take supplements, or get injections of B12(7).

What Foods DO You Naturally Get B12 From?

The answer is simple. MEAT! This is why vegans and vegetarians often have a B12 deficiency, particularly if they don’t eat foods that are fortified with the vitamin. Animal products including clams, crab, ground beef, salmon, eggs as well as fortified cereals, fortified soy milk, and dairy such as yogurt and cheese all contain B12.

There are lots more foods that contain cobalamin so if you would like to look up other good food sources there are a many resources available for this. The two that I recommend using (as I’ve used them myself) are the United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, and SuperTracker on ChooseMyPlate.gov. If you want to look up what foods contain B12, I recommend using the USDA Database, but if you want to see what nutrients are in the foods you’re eating, and track it, I suggest SuperTracker.

Now that you have read up a bit on B12, Please follow this link to fill out the second survey. By filling out this, and any of the previous B12 surveys, and entering your email you will be entered into a giveaway for a t-shirt with my illustration of B12 (in-progress below) printed on it!

B12 Cobalamin Molecule Illustration by Sara Kerr The Kerrminator

I’ve added a couple additional ways to get entries into the giveaway, so feel free to use this rafflecopter widget below to score a couple more chances at winning:

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Giveaway Terms and Conditions:

  • Winners must reside in one of the 48 contiguous states -Must be 18 years or older to enter
  • No PO Boxes for Shipping. If address is undeliverable or prize is unclaimed and sent back, winner is responsible for re-shipping charges.
  • Prizes will be shipped within 30 days of giveaway end
  • All entries will be verified
  • Winner has 48 hours to reply to email notification or another winner will be selected

References and Resources:

(1)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cobalamin
(2)Thompson J, Manore M, Vaughan L. The Science of Nutrition. 3rd ed. Pearson. 2014. Pages 301-304, 326-328, 491-492.
(3)https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homocysteine
(4)https://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b12-cobalamin
(5)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNKVrSAvYnw
(6)http://www.virtualmedstudent.com/links/nutrition/vitaminB12.html
(7) http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/vitamins/vitamin-B12


*Disclaimer: I, Sara Kerr, am an Undergraduate Student at Oregon State University and I do not provide this information as a licensed medical professional. It is for your information only – you should do further research and consult your doctor or a Registered Dietitian before taking any supplements or changing your diet. That being said, if you have any questions, I’d be happy to find out what I can as a student, but you should always consult your doctor before making lifestyle/diet changes. Oregon State University is not affiliated with this blog. I operate this blog personally and independently from any companies or institutions.

Workout Bunnies T-Shirt Giveaway!

crossfit-bunnies-workout-bunnies-5843As I mentioned in a post from a couple days ago, Workout Bunnies is a new social-networking site designed around finding workout partners in your area. The site and apps are still in early development so bear with us as we work out the kinks! You can download the Workout Bunnies Android App here, and the iPhone App will be coming along soon!

We’re launching a t-shirt line along with the site, which we designed to have a friendly and approachable look so when you see someone on the street wearing one of our t-shirts you know exactly why they’re wearing it and you instantly have a reason to strike up a conversation. We all want to live long, healthy lives and learning about how others are getting healthy can be incentive enough to dust off those dumbbells, paddles, or sneakers and start training. . .

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What we need right now is PEOPLE! So let me ask you this:

Have you ever thought about working out or doing some sort of physical activity and didn’t have anyone to go with or the people you asked turned you down so you just didn’t go?

Do you ever feel unmotivated to make time for exercise?

Are you a parent and need more parents to hang out with and do kid-activities with?

Are there new activities you want to try out, but don’t have someone to go with?

Have you been gaining weight and could benefit from having a partner to help keep you going?

I could ask at least a hundred more questions, but I think you get the point. We all have excuses about why we don’t exercise. Workout Bunnies is your answer to finding new people to workout with. You can search for a jogging bunnie in your town, find new a gym bunnie, or maybe you have an elderly relative who you want to encourage to go for walks and socialize – wouldn’t it be nice to get them a bunnie to go with?

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It all starts with signing up! Workout Bunnies is free and you can even download the Android App. We want you to join our Bunnie Nation to start getting healthy, maintain your health, and encouraging others to do the same. We’re going to start by giving away some Bunnie gear! There are several ways to enter the giveaway and there will be multiple winners! We’re giving away 5 t-shirts 5 lucky Bunnies!

Workout Bunnies T-Shirts

The winners will receive their choice of Bunnie shirt in the color, style, and size (s-xxl) of their liking and we’ll even throw in a wristband and lanyard. Enter the giveaway using the widget below!

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Happy winning and get your booties moving!

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Giveaway Terms and Conditions:

-Winners must reside in one of the 48 contiguous states
-Must be 18 years or older to enter
-No PO Boxes for Shipping. If address is undeliverable or prize is unclaimed and sent back, winner is responsible for re-shipping charges.
-Prizes will be shipped within 30 days of giveaway end
-All entries will be verified
-Winner has 48 hours to reply to email notification or another winner will be selected

How Much Do You Know About Vitamin B12?

The results of the previous vitamin survey are in! I’ll be doing my research project on vitamin B12. There is a link below to the second survey, which will take a little bit longer than the first, but should be pretty quick (less than 10 minutes).

Vitamin B12Fill out the questions to the best of your knowledge without any help from others, books, the internet, etc. This survey is meant to assess YOUR current knowledge of vitamin B12 so I can base my article around what people want to learn about it or what they should know about it. Don’t worry about getting the correct answer, just worry about answering honestly. In other words, it’s OK to know nothing about B12 so don’t guess, simply select “I have no idea” or leave it blank if you don’t know.

As an extra incentive, if you include your email at the end of the survey, you will be entered into a giveaway for a B12 t-shirt, custom designed by me. If you fill out the next survey, you will get another entry! I’ll be giving away a couple t-shirts so there will be multiple winners! (I will not use your email for any reasons beyond informing you of the third and final survey, when the B12 article is published, and if you win the giveaway!).

Thank you in advance!

Follow this link to the B12 Survey.

FYI – For those of you who missed the first article, this survey is being used for the purposes of gathering information about what I should devote my research on for my chemistry class project. I had people vote on vitamins and minerals that they want to know more about and vitamin B12 is of the most interest to people. My project will be to assess where peoples’ knowledge of B12 is lacking so I can devote a blog article to informing my readers about B12 (such as where it comes from, what it does in the body, what it looks like, etc.). After the article is publish, I will post a third and final survey to assess whether my article was helpful and if you now know more about B12 than you had previously. If all goes well, I’d like to continue with this sort of thing (with t-shirt giveaways and all!) so I can deepen my own knowledge of vitamins and minerals while spreading what I’ve learned to others.

Oregon State: Nutrition Major Year One

I’ve waited far too long to post an update! Three terms went by and I’m halfway through the summer term. I had the intentions of leaving some remarks along the way, but it’s hard enough keeping up on school, let alone my blog and even drawing. Not to mention having a wedding to plan. Meh. Too much stuff.

Excuses aside, I’m here now. The first year at Oregon State was great! I think I only had one professor I didn’t particularly care for. Most of my professor-related issues are with a some staff members at the local community college that I’ve been taking a few core classes at. I’m intending to go full time at the university and say ‘sayonara’ to the community college, come Fall.

I was pleased with a class I took and OSU with Neilann Horner because she incorporated a bit of illustration with her assignments. I think teachers who integrate creativity with the sciences understand what it means to have a well-rounded education and that it’s not all about niche-learning. These diagrams were for two assignments from last term.

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Unfortunately, I have only dabbled in a couple of the true nutrition-related classes so I can’t share a whole lot of information yet, but it’s my plan to start shifting this blog to more health/nutrition related topics. I have a chemistry term-project that I have to get rolling on and I’m recruiting you! There is a link to a brief survey at the end of this article that I would love for you to fill out. There will be at least one more (possibly two) surveys after this. I’ll explain more below.

In the mean time I want to break the news about my part in a local start-up company called Workout Bunnies. I was hired as an illustrator to design t-shirts for the company and have since taken a more active role in promotion and marketing. It was back when I had applied and got accepted to OSU for Nutrition and I couldn’t help but feel the timing was kismet. I’m very excited about the potential of this company because it falls right into place with my career and I feel I can grow right along with it.

In a nutshell, Workout Bunnies is a social-networking site designed around finding workout partners in your area. We (myself and company founder, Samuel Brackeen, IV) would like to take the company in more directions than just that, but for now we’re working on establishing ourselves as a workout-partner-finder as well as selling t-shirts. I’ll be posting about a Workout Bunnies t-shirt giveaway in the next few days so stay tuned (aka subscribe so you don’t miss it or follow me on facebook or twitter 😉 ). Also, if you have an android phone, download the Workout Bunnies app and leave a review – it will help greatly with further development. Iphone users – your app is coming soon so hang in there! You can still use the main site for now.

Workout Bunnies Hiker Bunnie T-Shirt Design

Now for this chemistry project survey. First off, you will be doing me a great favor by completing this survey series so please please please take a couple minutes to fill this first one out and if you’re feeling extra generous, please spam your friends with the link (below) as well. My project idea is basically research-based. I want to choose a vitamin or mineral that you, my readers, know little to nothing about and I will research it, write an article with information about what the vitamin does for you and in what foods you can find it, etc. There will be another survey at the end asking you what you know now and to see if it helps you with food choices.

Click this link to the survey (it’s only 3 questions):
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VrzadAEHpwn9BYuscVgdt6_qwlhe-TY15Nhtav2UdbI/viewform

Thank you! 🙂

Constructing Roman Leather Military Boots (Calcei) – Part Two

Sooooo I should have had this finished ages ago, and I’m sorry for keeping everyone waiting. I hope its worth the wait! If you need a refresher, this the second part to the Roman Military Boots Pattern Making article I published oh, ummmm *mumble-mumble*…yeah about 2 years ago. . .

ANYWAY! Here’s the follow up and as always, if anything is unclear, or if you have questions, feel free to comment below!

Cutting and Prepping the Leather

I feel like the act of cutting out the leather from the pattern is pretty self-explanatory so to summarize:

  1. Place pattern on leather
  2. Trace pattern onto leather (trace onto what will be the inside of the boot)
  3. Cut out leather – Ryan used an exacto knife (went through a lot of blades though)

This is a super simple design, so the only other thing worth mentioning is to make sure you transfer your calibration marks and fold line to the inside of the boot.

Ryan often works faster than I can photograph so he got quite a ways into it before I took any photos. The images start a few steps forward with the pattern cut out, calibration marks transferred, skiving done, toe stitched, and notches cut. Using Florentius’ calcei assembly steps, you can see his detailed step by step process and its what Ryan referenced numerous times throughout the course of constructing these boots.

Skiving

You’ll want to do the skiving before any sewing – obviously this image shows the toe stitched up, but the skiving was done beforehand. You can see where the leather seems to get a bit flimsy about 1 inch from the bottom edge and that’s where the tapering from the skiving is.

Making Calcei: Skiving, Notches

The skiving seemed to be the trickiest part – I didn’t know the term skiving so I’m going to assume some of my readers don’t either. Skiving is done to make the leather thinner and easier to fold. The inch we added to the bottom of the pattern gets folded under and wedged between two sole pieces and this is the part you want skived.

Ryan tried using two different types of knives; a curved skiving knife and a Super Skiver. He ended up getting more adept at the curved skiving blade once we got a large polished stone tile to skive against and a wet-stone to keep the blade sharp. The whole point behind skiving is to thin the leather by tapering out the thickness so it folds under more easily, and doesn’t leave you with a lot of bulky leather underneath.

Curved Leather Skiving Knife

Here are a couple videos that may help visualize how to do the skiving if you’ve never done it before:

Stitching

The first bit of stitching you do for these boots is along the toe. As you can see from the photos below, you do a running stitch until you get to the last inch where the leather folds under. For that last inch you want a stronger hold so it won’t come apart where you can’t easily get to it. (In addition, you can see in the photo on the right how thin the leather is after skiving – Ryan may have made it a little too thin so keep that in mind).

Making Calcei Stitching, Notches, Skiving

Using an awl to poke holes ahead of time will make life much easier. Make sure to keep everything aligned as well – shifting is no bueno! The Florentius example shows that he glued the toe seam together first, poked holes once it dried, then stitched. That seems like a good way to do it, but Ryan didn’t bother gluing first.

Notches, Alignment, and Gluing

When you have the toe stitched up, you want to [ideally] have a shoe/cobbler’s anvil to put the boot on and kind of eye-ball where you are going to need to cut out your notches (triangular notches shown above). Basically, you want the leather to fold under the inner sole without folding over itself creating lots of unpleasant bumps.

After you cut the notches, line up your calibration marks with the sole again, and you want to glue the sole to the upper. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to align the calibration marks. . . if you don’t you’ll have an ill-fitting, twisted boot. Since the leather that you fold over doesn’t meet in all areas, ie there will be an oblong section in the middle where the folded over part doesn’t touch, and you’ll want to cut out a filler piece; this will prevent sagging, and uncomfortable dent in the middle of the boot.

Next you need to cut out two more thick, bottom soles. Glue those on one at a time. The glue Ryan used was MASTER brand All-Purpose, Quick-Drying Cement. Some people will stitch all the layers together – some people don’t have the patience for that – and some people use a more historically accurate bone glue (so I’ve been told, but don’t hold me to that – I’m not an expert on historical glues).

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(That gap can be filled in with glue or something similar).

Florentius shows a much more detailed progression of the sole gluing steps so if you need more imagery and step by step descriptions, check it out.

Shaping

Shaping is an important part of the process to make the leather fits more snuggly and comfortably to your ankle and gives proper room in the toes. You’ll want to wait until your glue is completely dry, then fill the toes of the boots up with water to soak the leather and make it more flexible. Stuff plastic bags into the toes and press out the toe areas. Leave the plastic bags in and stick a shoe tree in there if you have them (Goodwill!!). Leave them like this and keep doing it until it fits comfortably in the toe.

Ryan also opted to soak the ankles, then wrap them tightly with fabric while wearing them for a couple hours. This shapes the leather to your ankle.

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Oiling

Once everything is dry, but before hobnailing, you’ll want to apply neatsfoot oil to the entire boot for protection and preservation. This also makes the leather more supple, making the hobnailing process a little easier.

Hobnailing

Before hammering a bunch of hobnails into the boots, you’ll want a hobnail pattern. I created a hobnail pattern based off this red and blue pattern we also used for the caligae pattern. (Click on the image for the original article).

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My pattern, below, might look a little peculiar because I decided to be lazy and just make one pattern that changes based on which foot I’m putting it on (it’s one piece of paper with writing on both sides so some of the holes are crossed out). Ryan’s feet are a bit asymmetrical so we need separate shoe patterns for his feet and the sole on his right foot is slightly narrower so the hobnail pattern needed subtle changes to easily transfer to each foot. I don’t recommend using my exact pattern and I’ll explain more below.

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Transferred the pattern onto the soles. . .

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After hammering in the hobnails. . .

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Now I will suggest that you DON’T copy this exact hobnail pattern because its not ideal – use it as a reference if you want. Like I said, we were basing it off of the red and blue pattern above, but as you can see, that one is much narrower than Ryan’s foot. Not only did I need to stretch the pattern, I also had to limit the number of hobnails used because we had a finite number of them and (at the time) no way to get any more.

I also thought that by having them more spaced out, that would make the grip/traction a little better, maybe? Wrong. Leather is not stiff and therefore sags… with sagging comes wear and tear. It also means as the leather sags, the shank of the hobnail pokes into the inner soles, making them uncomfortable. It’s like laying on a couple nails, versus laying on a bed of nails.

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The heel is fairly populated with hobnails, but the ball of the foot and around the edges could use a few more. I suppose if you can find use out of the pattern, just add more hobnails in the gaps. Luckily, we have now found some new sources for hobnails (though we haven’t ordered from them yet) and will plan for a more dense hobnail map in the future.

Inner sole

After hobnailing, cut out another sole piece for inside the boot to cover the clenched shanks of the hobnails. Some people will then put in a normal/modern insert for more confort, or felt insoles, or another piece of leather. Depending on how many or how thick your insoles are, you may need to stretch out the toes more.

Laces, Tab Trimming

Once you’re done hobnailing, that’s all the hard stuff. All you need now are leather laces and to cut some holes in the leather tabs. Put the boots on and get an idea of where the laces will go, then punch your holes. You can also trim off any excess tab you don’t need/want.

Hole punched in tabs with small slit. . .

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Finished!!

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Ryan finished these two years ago and I only had this post halfway done as of a couple weeks ago so if something seems lacking, please feel free to demand more info! I hope the links to the resources we used are helpful too!

Happy boot making! 🙂

Giveaway Number Four – The Mystery Giveaway!

First off, I must apologize for my delay in announcing the winner of the Airplant Stand Giveaway and in getting this mystery giveaway up! Better late than never, right?! SO! Congratulations to Sarah S. for winning the Airplant Stand! I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy mine 🙂

Now, onto this Mystery Giveaway. I decided to extend the length of the giveaway since the holidays kind of crept up on me and I must have fallen into a wormhole because it’s already almost the new year and winter term starts in less than a week. OYE!

I’m unveiling only PART of the giveaway for now because I find mysteries are far more fun. The first item, is a hand-made pack of 5 snowflake note cards I designed.

Snowflake Note Cards Set

The cards are made from black linen embossed paper, painted with white acrylic paint, and have a white interior for writing.

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You can use these after the holidays to send thank-you’s to some of the generous people in your life. Also included are envelopes WITH stamps. Total card pack valued at $50.00 (including S/H).

Hand Painted Snowflake Card with envelope

The second part of the giveaway is an item from my friends at Crooked Brook. It’s a newer item of theirs and I’m waiting a little longer to unveil what it is. I’ll give you a hint though: it’s something to relax with and is valued at over $50.

Enter below for your chance to win these two great items! Total giveaway valued at over $100!! Giveaway ends 1/15/15 at Midnight!

Good luck!

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Terms and Conditions:

-Winners must reside in one of the 48 contiguous states
-Must be 18 years or older to enter
-No PO Boxes for Shipping. If address is undeliverable or prize is unclaimed and sent back, winner is responsible for re-shipping charges.
-Prizes will be shipped within 30 days of giveaway end
-All entries will be verified
-Winner has 48 hours to reply to email notification or another winner will be selected
-The items will be shipped separately

Giveaway Number 4!

Is it time to announce the next giveaway already?! Well, first let me congratulate Nicole S on winning last week’s Mohawk Valley Trading Company Giveaway! You should have received an email and have 48 hours to reply to the email in order to claim your prize! In addition, don’t forget to enter my Handcrafted Air Plant Stand Giveaway ending this Friday if you haven’t already!

The next and final giveaway is going to last for about 4 weeks, ending on Christmas! So, the winner definitely will not get it FOR Christmas, but you’ll have a gifty in the mail shortly after to extend the holiday a little longer. So what is it?! Welllllllllllll. . . . . It’s a secret! Actually, with finals next week I just need a little more time to get it prepped and photographed. I will post more about it next week, but in the mean time, we can call it the Mystery Giveaway 😉

Christmas Mystery Giveaway

Happy winning!
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