Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Posted on March 4, 2014 by Elf Martin There have been 31 comment(s)

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Each year, Soft Star owners Tricia and Larkin set aside a couple days to be designated playdays at our workshop. On a playday, we stop working for several hours and spend time developing the creative projects of our choice. Sometimes our playdays have a theme, other times it's a free-for-all. The projects we make don't need to have anything to do with our shoes, but we're allowed to use the tools and resources in our shop. At the end of the day all the elves come together for a show-and-tell to share what they created.

The reason we do these playdays to encourage creative thinking, develop new skills, boost morale... and to just have fun!

Our first playday of 2014 took place last week. We had no theme this time, so everyone was cut loose to work on whatever their hearts desired. As usual, we were surprised at the innovative ideas that took shape, and now we'd like to share some of them with you! Here's a recap of our playday projects:

(Sorry, but these items are not available for sale)

 

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

We had a small batch of green sheepskin in the shop, so Elf Elizabeth used it to make a super cozy mitten!

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Karen collected leather scraps from our Rogue shoes and sewed them together to make a new leather fabric. She plans to turn this into a pillowcase.

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Patty used our star patterns to make a corn hull game.

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Erica has been working on a design for a desert boot for a long time, and she used our Playday to finish her first prototype!

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Erica also made a scissor sheath for Tim (who is always losing his scissors).

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Cindy made leather business card holders.

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Cindy also used our LITE leather to make a new mailbag for our outgoing mail.

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Martin experimented with homemade leather waterproofing recipes using natural beeswax.

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Martin also made a leather wood carving thimble out of our bullhide sole leather.

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Keita created a more efficient pattern for cutting out leather straps for our kids' Velcro shoes. This will save us a lot of time!

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Keita had some free time left, so she also whipped together a prototype for a new boot design (this thoroughly impressed all the elves)

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Keoni reused leather scraps to create a composite soling material.

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Jodi used our shoe motif patterns to make a woven leather hairband.

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Emily experimented with sewing our bullhide leather sole to different types of shoes. This is a variation of our new Portlander with leather laces she cut herself.

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Emily also worked on a new sandal design.

Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

Elf Emily also experimented with new ways of sewing our sheepskin boot liners to create less scrap waste.

Click here to see more of our Playday projects

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31 Responses to Time for the Elves to Play Again! See Our 2014 Winter Playday Projects

  • Victoria
    Victoria says:

    The more I read about this company the more I fall in love! This is a brilliant idea amoung so many others. You have a lifetime supporter! Thanks Soft Star!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 4:14 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thank you Victoria!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 5:01 AM

  • Adin Blankenship
    Adin Blankenship says:

    These are some great creation and oh my gosh! Those mittens looks so cozy and warm. :) Thank you for sharing all of these.

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 6:04 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thanks Adin!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 7:10 AM

  • Debi Olson
    Debi Olson says:

    I want the dessert boots and the tall dress boots too.
    Please and Thank you.

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 9:38 PM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Glad you like them Debi!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 9:40 PM

  • Laura
    Laura says:

    I love the boot design elf Keita came up with! Please please please make these available for sale by next winter!!!!! My feet would be so happy! : )

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 9:56 PM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thanks Laura, we're glad you like them!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 9:59 PM

  • David
    David says:

    Thank you Erica! I've been wanting a pair of those since I first found SoftStar! I can't wait for that design to be finalized.

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 11:14 PM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    So glad you like them David! Please keep in mind that a prototype is a long step away from a finished porduct, so it could be a while. Desert boots are definitely high on our wish list, though!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 11:16 PM

  • Gordean
    Gordean says:

    Wow!!! thanks for posting all of those wonderful projects. I love to see all the creativity that goes on in your shop!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 11:30 PM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thanks Gordean! Our shop is a fun place to work.

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 11:32 PM

  • Becky L
    Becky L says:

    Wow...such creative ideas! It's so great that you allow yourselves time to explore and experiment. I can't wait for the Portlanders to hit your website and I'd also love the desert boots. I couldn't help but think about Jan Brett's "The Mitten" when I saw that cozy lone mitten!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 11:49 PM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thank you Becky! Portlanders will be out very soon!

    Posted on March 4, 2014 at 11:59 PM

  • heather
    heather says:

    Wow, can I work for you? Such diverse and cool ideas! Erica's boots would do well, but Keita's boots....i would buy them in many colours!!

    Posted on March 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thanks Heather!

    Posted on March 6, 2014 at 10:57 PM

  • Doreen
    Doreen says:

    You guys are always making me smile! I love your ideas. I would definitely love a pair of the Desert boots and Dress boots when they become available. I adore that pillow front too! Keep those creative juices flowing!

    Posted on March 7, 2014 at 12:55 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thank you Doreen!

    Posted on March 7, 2014 at 12:56 AM

  • Emily
    Emily says:

    I cannot express how much I want those portlanders with leather soles. That right there is my dream shoe! I've always loved the fronts of the ramblers (no seam pieces on the inside), but the backs of the runamocs (padded with no elastic at the heel.) The leather soles take them into the realm of perfection.

    Posted on March 8, 2014 at 11:52 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thanks Emily!

    Posted on March 8, 2014 at 11:54 AM

  • TS
    TS says:

    The Desert Boot! In a winter (lined and a little warmer) and a summer version! I'm hereby volunteering to beta test.
    WTG all of the elves, lots of neat ideas.

    Posted on March 8, 2014 at 8:50 PM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thank you TS!

    Posted on March 8, 2014 at 8:54 PM

  • Ian
    Ian says:

    Yes, please. For the desert boots, that is.

    I prefer the looks of good heavy boots to wear with my kilts. Problem is, well... they're heavy. Having made the transition to minimalist shoes (Vibrams Fivefingers and Merrel Gloves for many years now), my old boots look great, but are too annoying to wear.

    So, Erica's desert boot for the guys, and Keita's boot for the gals. ;)

    Posted on March 8, 2014 at 9:52 PM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thanks for your feedback Ian!

    Posted on March 8, 2014 at 9:54 PM

  • Marian Sanphy
    Marian Sanphy says:

    Love to see the creativity of the elves! I want the desert boot for sure! Some nifty stuff, would like to see an expansion of some of those great projects.

    Posted on March 18, 2014 at 6:43 AM

  • Diana
    Diana says:

    It looked like a fun and creative day. Both boot prototypes made me very excited.

    Posted on March 18, 2014 at 10:54 AM

  • Glen
    Glen says:

    I will absolutely buy those desert boots the minute you make them available!

    My wife wants the tall boots as well.

    Keep up the great work, everyone. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    Posted on March 20, 2014 at 1:06 AM

  • Elf Martin
    Elf Martin says:

    Thanks Glen. Glad you like them!

    Posted on March 21, 2014 at 5:42 AM

  • Fern
    Fern says:

    Definitely love the desert boots. Those would be good in cooler weather as well as in dry, dusty, hot places like where I live. I love the look and concept of boots but most are so heavy. These would truly fit the bill.

    Posted on April 12, 2014 at 7:20 AM

  • Sheena
    Sheena says:

    I would wear those desert boots EVERYWHERE in EVERY color!! Please make them!!

    Posted on February 9, 2015 at 12:08 PM

  • Christian
    Christian says:

    Man those desert boots look great

    Posted on August 21, 2015 at 8:38 PM

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