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Western Skies Handmade is a one-woman shop nestled in the beautifully remote high plains of northeastern New Mexico.  With a life-long passion for creating beautiful things, leather tooling has taken the spotlight the last two years and I have fallen in love with the endless variety of possibilities it brings.  Entirely self-taught, my style is constantly evolving as my techniques become more refined.  

Growing up in Wisconsin, I traveled west for college, studied music performance and earned a degree playing the flute and piccolo.  I dabbled in ceramics and jewelry, built trails in the Grand Canyon and across the country, and eventually married a Texas cowboy.  After years of hopping around from ranch to ranch, each one more remote than the last, we have finally found a beautiful piece of country to call home.   I never envisioned myself becoming a wife to a saddle-making cowboy, mother to two country-raised kiddos, and running my own successful business but I am so thankful for all of life's crazy turns and the friends and strangers that have supported and believed in me.  It's been a wild ride so far and the journey is far from over!  



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