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Before I talk about me, let's talk about my bench block pads, shall we?

First, I make these myself, every step of the way. From carefully selecting the leather hides, to the final packing for shipping, I do it all, right here in the United States. I'm also a wire worker, jewelry maker, and stamper so I know what makes a good sturdy, long lasting pad, one that I use myself.

My son says that since I make them one at a time, and each one is a little different from all the others, they are "Boutique" pads.

Just thought I'd tell you, so you know you're getting a quality product that will last for years,. I know because I'm still using my first pads from years back, the stitching is still strong, the color is still bright. I don't want anything less for you…

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  • Born on December 18
  • Joined November 4, 2007

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About

Before I talk about me, let's talk about my bench block pads, shall we?

First, I make these myself, every step of the way. From carefully selecting the leather hides, to the final packing for shipping, I do it all, right here in the United States. I'm also a wire worker, jewelry maker, and stamper so I know what makes a good sturdy, long lasting pad, one that I use myself.

My son says that since I make them one at a time, and each one is a little different from all the others, they are "Boutique" pads.

Just thought I'd tell you, so you know you're getting a quality product that will last for years,. I know because I'm still using my first pads from years back, the stitching is still strong, the color is still bright. I don't want anything less for you.

Both sand and BB pillows deaden the banging sound of hammering on your bench block and apartment dwellers love them. One artist even told me she now uses her bench block at night and has had no more complaints from her neighbors.
I use fully dyed upholstery weight leather or for vegan pillows, hefty upholstery fabric (lined with tyvec). I buy mostly full hides from an up-scale office furniture manufacturer and choose the areas of the hides carefully. BBs with sand pillows need to be even thicker than sand pillows, so I use the slightly thicker areas of the hide for those. Because these aren't split suede but rather full hides, they're full thickness leather. One side is sueded and one side is the smooth side of the hide. Both sides are dyed to match, tho' the suede takes the dye differently from the smooth leather side. And there may be an occasional blip in the surface, that's the nature of the sueded side. Doesn't affect the durability or usefulness but it does add to the character of your pillow!


I'll try to detail some of the differences between sand filled and BBs with sand filled:

6 inch sand filled pillows weigh about 1 pound each. They're kind of like a pancake, they're pretty flat-ish. You can grab them and slide them around on a smooth work surface with not much bother. Sand is small grained so the pillows feel solid, these are the ones most people seem to like best.

6 inch BBs and sand filled pillows weigh up to about 3 pounds, which for their size is quite substantial. They dome a bit and don't move unless you actually grab them and lift them off the surface. I mean, you can slide them, but it's easier lifting them up and putting them back down. They are like a dead weight on your bench, very stable. When you pick them up, the BBs roll against each other and make them heavy-lively...sort of.

Some artist prefer these BBs and sand filled pads and actually several artists have ordered both kinds, saying they like them each for different reasons and use both.

And the new travel size is smaller so it's lighter weight, about 6 ounces, so it doesn't take up lots of space or weight in your travel case. And you can use your bench block in your hotel room after class.

What makes my pads the best you can get?

You have a choice of decorator colors, which I have personally chosen for you. All of my pillows are double or triple stitched with double-duty thread. Not single stitched with heavy thread as the made-in-China (or wherever) are. Double stitching means if a stitch breaks, you have time to use your pillow, order another, it won't be a complete breakdown. But, in nearly 8 years of sales, many of these being used nearly every day, I've never had a complaint of breakage. And I'm still using my first pad, made years ago, before I started offering them here..

And I always welcome custom orders so if you don't see what you need, please let me know.

Phew! Did I forget anything?

ABOUT ME:
My first arty memory is of getting a box of crayons and coloring, first timidly, then boldly, on the hallway wall outside of my bedroom. My father had a fit, my mom made sure that from then on I had all sorts of art supplies.

In school I won awards and a scholarship for art and had a little business going selling my drawings of scantily clad women to the boys-this was in fourth grade...can I brag a little? ha ha

I've been a professional quilter, a seamstress, jewelry maker, watercolorist, decorative painter, knitter, embroiderer, furniture restorer, animal rescuer, cat wrangler....you get the idea.

One of the okay things about getting older-I've had time to develop a lot of skills!
But I never really did much seriously with my artistic start, I got married, raised and home schooled 2 boys (well, that takes imagination and creativity so is arty in its way!). Now that the boys are grown, I'm coming home to be arty-me again. And hopefully share some of it here on etsy!

Oh, and I love cats...actually, we are a NON-SMOKING home with cats, a dog, a parakeet and a pigeon. Part of the proceeds from each sale here on etsy goes to the local "Help The Cats" " trap, spay-neuter, return and keep feeding" programs. Thanks for your kindness, meow!




~Payment and Shipping info~

Thank you so much for shopping with me!

I do offer combined shipping on all items, just let me know and I'll refund the overage pronto.

I always ship within 2 business days of receipt of your payment, First Class or Priority Mail. Slow transit time is out of my control but usually the postal people are pretty good.

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