Travel journals for summer

Travel journals for summer

Spring is in the air and travel plans will soon be made.

I bought a beautiful piece of leather, random printed in pastel tones. Made a few travel journals from it and pained the straps in light blue and pink to combine with the colors  in the leather. Perfect colors for this summer of 2017.

Apart from this Pastel series, I also made an exotic series: in crocodile, lizard and snake skin embossed prints. Avid sketchers

Christmas gift ideas 2016 (3): cable organizers

Christmas gift ideas 2016 (3): cable organizers

In this Christmas ideas post I would like to focus on my cable organizers. Cable organizer is a very popular item in my shop and people love to gift these! They always come in handy and are available in all kinds of color- and leather combinations. Cable organizers are great stocking gifts. My heart-shaped cable organizers are even more popular: people love to gift these! I even started to paint and block print them

Christmas gift ideas 2016 (2): zipper wallets and zipper pouches

Christmas gift ideas 2016 (2): zipper wallets and zipper pouches

In this second Christmas blog again a very practical christmas gift: the zipper wallets and zipper pouches  QUARTER. The Quarter wallet is flat and compact. It’s easy to carry it in a fold-over clutch. Use it as an extra storage for keys, coins, iPod nano, credit card or any other essential you want to take with you on a night out. I made them in all kinds of leather, even in wool felt. The zipper wallet

Christmas gift ideas 2016 (1) Drawstring bags

Christmas gift ideas 2016 (1) Drawstring bags

Need an original and fun way to wrap your gifts? These small leather drawstring bags make gift-wrapping fast and fun. Simply place your gift in the bag and tie the end shut. Nothing to throw away after the present has been opened, as the cute drawstring pouch is a present in itself! It’s perfect for your Christmas gifts, or if you like to DIY, assemble some herbs for an aromatic pouch, or fill it with

Tasselmania 2.0

Tasselmania 2.0

In a blog in August 2015, I told you about the tassels I made for a client in the US. You can read all about this order here. Since then my husband has made some “tassel cutters” and tassel making is even more fun than before. Also the proces is now more like team work. I place and replace the cutter on the leather piece and my

Gift Wrapping 2.0

Gift Wrapping 2.0

A few months ago I posted a blog about gift wrapping my items. (Read about that at the bottom of this page.). But before I wrap small or delicate items in the gift bags or sachets, I wrap them in very thin foam for protection, as you can see in this pic below.

This foam, and other packaging materials, I recycle from packages and parcels I received myself. I have done this for many years. Lately however I frequently

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016!

Merry Christmas and a Happy 2016!

I hope you managed to do all of your Christmas shopping and are ready to sit back and relax.

I have had some busy and eventful weeks, but was not only busy with sending the last Christmas parcels… Last November I suddenly needed immediate eye surgery to fix a problem with my retina. Fortunately everything went really well. During my last checkup my surgeon was quite satisfied with the result and of course

Christmas gift ideas 2015 (3) : cable organizers

Christmas gift ideas 2015 (3) : cable organizers

Again a selection of my items in my shop this week to help you pick and choose beautiful hand crafted items for your loved ones this Christmas. In this post I would like to focus on my cable organizers. The cable organizer is a very popular item in my shop. These cable organizers are great stocking gifts. They always come in handy and are available in all kinds of color and

Christmas gift ideas 2015 (2): drawstring bags

Christmas gift ideas 2015 (2):  drawstring bags

In one of my recent blog posts I wrote about the little bags I made for gift-wrapping my handmade items. With Christmas on the way customers need an original and fun way to wrap their gifts too. These small leather drawstring bags make gift-wrapping fast and fun. Simply place your gift in the bag and tie the end shut. Nothing to throw away after the present has been opened, as the cute drawstring pouch

Christmas gift ideas 2015 (1): traveler’s notebooks

Christmas gift ideas 2015 (1): traveler’s notebooks

It’s time to show you my gift ideas for Christmas 2015. I’d like to start this year’s gift ideas with my popular leather traveler’s notebooks. Last week I was busy making these notebooks especially for Christmas. With so many colors and leather types you will always have something original in your pocket! Apart from the colorful series, I make an exotic series too. Avid sketchers will love

Put a ribbon on it!

Put a ribbon on it!

When I started making my first  smaller accessories , the last thing on my mind was packaging. The first items I sold were custom wrapped by me, but without a personal touch.  I wanted to give my customers that sense of excitement when you receive a gift and open it. When you buy something on the internet, it is like buying a present for yourself.  So I looked for a better and more beautiful solution for

Watermarking my photos

Watermarking my photos

This year I noticed that some of my photos were used by other people and businesses. The first time I came across one of my photos, it was on Alibaba. I immediately knew it was taken from my Etsy shop, because it even included my original description. (See my original in my Etsy shop here )

It made me question the authenticity of  a lot of other photos on internet shops. A much more worrying thought was, what

DIY tassel cutter

DIY tassel cutter

Making tassels is fun to do.  It’s a great and creative way to use all of the small pieces of leather that remain after making leather bags. Every tassel can be made differently, not only in color of leather or in size, but also in shape. You also can combine different kinds of leather, as you can see in the first photo of this blog

A few weeks ago, after an afternoon of cutting tassels for a custom order

Tasselmania

Tasselmania

A client in the US showed interest in my leather tassel key chains and asked if I could make a small collection in different colors. Because I always prepare for  the Christmas rush and I was planning to make more tassels anyway, I replied that I’d loved to do this. So I looked in my stock for some nice colors and started cutting.

After an afternoon of cutting, I had more than twenty pre cut tassels in bright

Christmas in July 2015 on Etsy

Christmas in July 2015 on Etsy

Christmas In July (CIJ)  is an Etsy community driven event that is held every July.  This year the event will last from July 1st to July 12th. A worldwide team was established to share ideas, tips and goals for Etsy shops to get actively involved in Christmas in July. During this event many Etsy sellers have special offers. Especially for this years’ Christmas In July I will be offering a free

Personalizing handmade items

Personalizing handmade items

Personalizing an item is a wonderful service to offer and is absolutely fun to do! Customers who prefer handmade products are, more than other people, looking for something special, unique. Personalizing a handmade item turns it into the ultimate gift.

I already had a branding tool  for branding my name  in my products, but I had no single letters for this machine. Therefore a handmade monogrammed item was not

Burnishing leather

Burnishing leather

Burnishing leather edges is a great way to make a leather project look amazing. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, burnishing is basically polishing the rough edges of  (bridle) leather. But before burnishing you have to round the edges with a edge-beveler, I have them in different sizes. Than sand the edges with fine sanding paper., and wet the edges (water with a little saddle soap, or gum tragacanth) before

Paris in April

Paris in April

Every year we visit Paris in the spring. It’s the most beautiful time of the year to visit this city. This year we stayed at Hotel Le A, a small boutique hotel, situated between the Rue Faubourg Saint Honoré and the Champs Elysées. It’s a beautifully designed hotel with a cosy lounge, luxurious rooms, great beds, lush bathroom and an amazingly

Flowering bulbs

Flowering bulbs

Last week I went for a stroll on the beach in Noordwijk. A beach close to the famous “Keukenhof” and  the village where I live. It was a warm and sunny day early in spring.
When I drove up to it, I passed flowering bulb fields that lie behind the dunes. Outstretched colorful fields with flowering hyacinths, tulips and daffodils.
It’s a shame you can not smell the scented hyacinths on this blog

DIY hearts (1)

DIY hearts (1)

Earlier I told you about the heart punches I designed and had made. I am very enthusiastic about the shape of these hearts. During the last months I had a lot of them punched in different sizes and in a variety of  colors. Especially for this I recently bought a vintage book-press so I can stamp the hearts myself. Still one at a time, though ;-), but they punch out beautifully. The smaller ones I punch myself

Rinarts featured in Fur Sie!

Rinarts featured in Fur Sie!

About two months ago the editor of the German women’s magazine  Für Sie contacted me. They wanted to publish one of my items, a notebook in snake print,  in their February edition. Their theme of the month was snake prints (Falsche Slange), as an alternative for genuine snake skin. Needless to say I was extremely flattered and immediately sent the requested photo to the editor.

It’s not the first

Made myself a new bag

Made myself a new bag

After 5 years of making bags for others, I finally made a bag for myself. After a lifetime of bag shopping, I had every model and color my heart desired.  I could not fathom ever needing another bag, even when creating beautiful bags myself. ‘I’d rather make them for others,’ I frequently replied when someone asked me about it.

Fast forward to the moment I bought myself a lush woolen dress in

A halo around the sun

A halo around the sun

We took these beautiful pictures of a halo around the sun last week during our skiing trip to the French Alps.

In the winter, when the sun appears lower in the sky, falling ice crystals turn the atmosphere into a giant lens causing arcs and halos to appear around the Sun.

When viewed from within the ski lift, the sun was a bit more cloud covered by the icy clouds lower in the valley and this caused a second halo

Workshop II: Leather tote

Workshop II:  Leather tote

A few weeks ago I gave a workshop “make-it-yourself leather tote in one day”
With great enthusiasm two friends of mine volunteered to participate in my new workshop. They came down to my studio and worked hard all day to make a leather tote in their favorite color.

I pre-cut the body of the totes, to make it easier for them to complete the tote in one day. It was surprising, even for me, that the same piece

Merry Xmas and a happy 2015!

Merry Xmas and a happy 2015!

Dear customers,

I hope you managed to do all of your Christmas shopping and I hope you are all set for your Christmas dinner!

There’s no white Christmas in Holland this year, so let me entertain you with some beautiful snowy photos from previous years
These pictures are all taken in
Leiden, a historic town I live close to.

We hope that your Rinarts shopping experience was great and hope to meet you again next

Let the heart speak

Let the heart speak

After years of cutting, shaving and grinding, I have finally gone and ordered a customized heart-shaped punch tool for my heart-shaped cable organizers.When the large heart was finished I was so excited about the beautiful punch tool shape, I immediately ordered two more sizes! For this I designed a series of hearts in three different sizes, a large one for my cable organizers, a medium-sized for the key chains

New keychains with hearts

New keychains with hearts

I would like to introduce an adorable keychain with hearts. This keychain was developed in collaboration with Paula, an artisan bookbinder (www.1000en1boeken.nl). The key fobs are made from thick, yet supple vegetable tanned leather and embossed with three hearts by Paula using a hot foil press. The turquoise and pink keyrings are now available in my shop . These keychains will be a lovely Christmas gift

Christmas gift ideas 2014 (4) Leather Notebooks

Christmas gift ideas 2014 (4) Leather Notebooks

In part 4 of my christmas gifts series 2014 I’d like to reintroduce to my popular leather notebooks. With so many colors and leather types you will always have something original in your pocket and avid sketchers will love the beautiful 140 gsm paper pages. The 9x14cm (3.5″x5.5″) size will mean it is easy to carry around, you will never miss a moment to jot down your thoughts or make a quick

Christmas gift ideas 2014 (3) wallets

Christmas gift ideas 2014 (3) wallets

This time a very practical christmas gift: the zipper wallet QUARTER. The wallet is flat and compact. It’s easy to carry it in a fold-over clutch. Use it as an extra storage for keys, coins, iPod nano, credit card or any other essential you want to take with you on a night out. The wallet also fits perfectly in my Q-bag clutch (presented in the last picture).  You can find the <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/RinartsAtelier?section_id=7981879&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1

Rinarts Website updated

Rinarts Website updated


After a few weeks of regular appointments with my webmaster (a.k.a. my daughter) we have worked hard to update my website!. Apart from refreshing many of the images on my site, we completely revamped the Bags, Accessories and Lookbook pages.

My Lookbook is now linked to my Pinterest account, thus ensuring you will always see my latest creations :-).  For the “Handmade Bags”  page we combined the “Leather

Christmas gift ideas 2014 (2) Drawstring pouches

Christmas gift ideas 2014 (2) Drawstring pouches

Need an original and fun way to wrap your gifts? These small leather drawstring bags make gift-wrapping fast and easy. Simply place your gift in the bag and tie the end shut.

Nothing to throw away after the present has been opened, as the cute drawstring pouch is a present in itself! It’s perfect for your Christmas gifts, or if you like to DIY, assemble some herbs for an aromatic pouch, or fill it with little

Christmas gift ideas 2014 (1) Cable Organizers

Christmas gift ideas 2014 (1) Cable Organizers

The holidays are coming soon. Get ready to start with your Christmas shopping to receive all of your presents in time!

Coming weeks I will present many Christmas gift ideas in every price category to help you pick and choose beautiful hand crafted items for your loved ones. In this post I would like to focus on my cable organizers

The cable organizer is a very popular item in my shop and people love to gift these

Last days of summer…

Last days of summer…

After a rainy August, these last weeks of summer in September are a real treat. Last week we made a wonderful cycle tour exploring the beautiful landscape of South Holland.

This part of the Netherlands is known as the “Randstad” and it’s actually the most crowded part of the Netherlands!  Still you can find very picturesque villages and beautiful quiet places where you can walk and bike surrounded

Turquoise!

Turquoise!

Can you make this cover ( notebook, case, wallet, etc) for me in turquoise leather?

Clients ask me this frequently and almost every time I have to disappoint them with my answer: I am very sorry, but I do not have this color at this moment.

Turquoise, it’s such a lovely color, but often so hard to come by. Every time I visit my leather suppliers, I keep my eyes out for turquoise leather.  A few weeks

Cork!

Cork!

Last month I visited my local leather supplier and he showed me his newest fabric: Cork! I had never worked with cork before, so naturally I was intrigued.  I took on the challenge to remake some of my products out of cork and it worked out very well as you can see in the pictures below. The surface of cork is very smooth and soft to the touch, almost comparable with suede.

This fabric is made out of genuine cork

Christmas in July SALE 2014

Christmas in July SALE 2014

Coming weeks I will be participating in the Christmas In July (CIJ) SALE on Etsy.

You will get a 10% discount from July 10th – 20th 2014 when  you purchase any item above €20 in my RINARTS  shop and any item above €10 in my RINARTSATELIER shop.
Just enter the code CIJ2014RINARTS when checking out after your purchase.

The precise beginnings of the Christmas in July tradition is not very clear, although it

Custom orders (II): Accessories

Custom orders (II): Accessories

In my previous blog post I showed you some of my custom made bags, but actually most custom orders I receive are for small accessories. A lot of clients ask me to make tassels, iPhone cases, iPad cases, Moleskine covers, card cases and other small items.

It’s fun to do and the leather and color combinations are almost unlimited. I even make different size notebook sleeves on request. A few of  my custom

Custom orders (I): Leather bags and clutches

Custom orders (I): Leather bags and clutches

It’s inspiring to work with customers to create that special item fitted to their desires.
Clients frequently ask me about making an item in another color or color combinations. Their suggestions often generates a spark of new designs. Offering custom items is a great way to connect with your clients, expand your inventory, or refine items that are already in your shop.

The search for the right leather or lining