September 17, 2012

Leather and other thoughts

Leather stash Leather stash

People who have been following // Between the lines // over the years, know I like to work with leather and have integrated it into many of my crafts. It started with small pieces of leather found here and there but over time, as I gained confidence (or so I thought), I also started buying bigger pieces, and by bigger I mean real stretches of cow hides and pig skins and whatever animal skins.
This has resulted in a stash that gets more and more difficult to store or to 'hide' (oh, this is so lame!).
Once in awhile, I'll take out my stash just to look at it and feel it, smell it, but also to think about all the wonderful things I could make from it. And there's the problem. The possibilities are endless and so is my inspiration (have you seen my pin board on Pinterest, yet?), but once a specific project has been decided upon and started, there's no way back. Once you start cutting, you literally cut off the other options.  I don't like the idea of wasting my precious stash, however. That explains why I have leather but no finished projects. I just can't make up my mind. I'm stuck.

A lot of things in life are like that. No doubt there are more important decisions than which bag to make.
Choosing means giving up alternatives or other options, but also moving ahead, getting rid of what weighs you down.
Choosing somehow sets free.

Let's try to remember that...

Leather stash

Leather stash

Leather stash


Anonymous said...

I do understand your love for the leather, it's so fine and wonderful to work with! I have just made some storage boxes in faux leather, but will definitely try it with the real thing! Going to follow your inspiring pinterest Boards! Have a lovely week

Fête des Gamins said...

Och zo herkenbaar...ik heb ook een grote liefde voor leder maar durfde het nooit te kopen voor eigen projecten! En inderdaad knippen kan soms een brug overwinnen zijn maar keuzes maken het leven boeiend en soms vermoeiend ;-)

het meisje van vervlogen dagen said...

Gelukkig heb ik geen idee waar ik leer kan kopen, want anders lag het hier ongetwijfeld ook opgestapeld. Op je pinboard zag ik veel moois. Die mooie indigotas bijvoorbeeld. Die nani iro lap ligt hier te wachten tot het een tas wordt!

virginia said...

"Choosing means giving up alternatives or other options, but also moving ahead, getting rid of what weighs you down.

Choosing somehow sets free. "

...thoughtful observation, as spare and on the mark as your designs.

i have one gorgeous piece of leather, and i just look at it. time to move ahead.

Sue Schlabach said...

Well put. Our stashes of materials become our baggage. Hmmm. Lovely leather baggage?

Seaweed and Raine said...

Oh I hear you, Pascale. Have you considered making yourself some shoes?

Artista said...

I am in good company, thank you. I will go smell, fondle,and ogle,my stash(es)

Emily Jones said...

“When you choose one way out of many, all the ways you don't take are snuffed out like candles, as if they'd never existed.”
― Philip Pullman, The Amber Spyglass

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