Hey there!

I’m Kell!

Woah, have a LOT of things around here changed lately.  Didn’t you used to be called Level 8 Craftling?  What happened?  The last two years happened – two new jobs, one new (great!) partner, buying a (so cute!) house, moving (omg, the worst), kicking the pants off two huge chronic health issues (whew!), and one entirely redesigned blog (ooo, pretty!) with a brand new name (I’ll explain soon!).  Now I’m back, and I’m done second guessing how awesome I am and forging ahead with living my best life.  I try my hardest to find happiness in little things, and have a blast being creative making everything. I hope reading Birch and Briar inspires you to do the same.  

More about me?

  • Everyone asks, but my hair really is this color naturally!  I started greying at age 14.
  • I love parks, and plan to visit every one of my town’s over 100 parks.
  • The majority of my clothes are sewn by me, or altered from thrift store finds.
  • I’ve been working with leather for over 12 years, and can’t wait to show you all the tricks I’ve learned.
  • I do medieval recreation!  My medieval nickname is Birke die Jaegerin, and the friends I’ve made in this fantastically weird hobby of mine are simply the best.
  • I work in a science lab that studies viruses, to eventually be able to make better treatments for them.
  • My favorite smells are smoked salt, sage, and rosemary.
  • Aaaaaaaaaand I love playing board games more than almost anything.  Kobold (the little black loaf of doom) helps us the best he can.

I’m here to show you that you have everything you need to succeed at creating fantastic things for your home, your hobbies, and your own best life. This includes tutorials on sewing leather, how to rock patchwork materials, DIY projects, weaving patterns, quirky home decorating, and more.

I hope you’ll stick around to get inspired and access my detailed, step-by-step tutorials and free crafting resources on how to make fantastic things.  I really want to hear from you! Visit me on Facebook and leave a comment, leave a reply on any blog post here, or find me over on Pinterest. Send photos of your finished projects so I can feature them here and tell me the things you want to learn so I can show you how!