Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Miniature Leather Crafting - My New Hobby.

Well... HELLO!
Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I did a blog post!

I was away in Japan for awhile - enjoying some family vacation time.
It was amazing, and love everything about Japan.

While I was there - I had the opportunity to stock up on some new crafty supplies!

Well... I'm excited to share one of them!

It is Leather Crafting!

I have never been a big fan of leather crafting...
that is because all I see here is to make some western belts and wallets,
and not-so-my-type leather stamping...

but then, I fell in love.

I saw the CUTEST crafts ever.
I knew I had to make them.

So I went all out and purchased all these new tools.

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Never in my life - 
I would just go and get all these tools that made no sense to me!

Oh, and I found the cutest wooden holder that I keep my tools!

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...and before I even knew how to make anything - 
I had to go get some leather scraps.

These nice ones are actually really hard to come by here.
I checked Michaels, and I'm just so glad that I stocked up as much as I did while I was in Japan.

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I had absolutely NO IDEA how to go about and what to buy.
I researched, watched YouTube videos, and read books...
and ta-da!

I created some things that I feel fairly confident now -
so I thought that I'd share what I've been working on.

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 Isn't it the cutest?

They are all about an inch in dimension,
so it makes the perfect keychain, and pendants!

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You wouldn't believe HOW MUCH more things I had to buy...
after I got the tools.

Leather sewing thread, tiny eyelets, grommets, brads, etc.
buckles and charms,
as well as leather lace and cords.

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So, what do you think?
I miss paper crafting (and I still plan to do them) 
but it's also really fun to learn new things!
(The best thing about this is that the completed projects don't really take up any space!)

I wish that our cutting machine would cut leather...
(I've read somewhere it can cut thin ones)
and if it can do that - 
if Mary from SVG Cuts can design leather cutting files - 
that would be a dream come true for me :)


  1. Oh my goodness, Thienly, these are just precious! I love them so much. And, really, just an inch? They are so tiny!!! Can't believe any many items you have already made. Guess I shouldn't be surprised that you would keep busy, even if it were with something new. I was wondering, doesn't the Silver Bullet cut leather? hmmmm. Might be worth looking in to. Anyway, so glad to see your post, and see the wonderful little items you are making. It looks so fun.

  2. Thienly, these are just adorable!!!! I saw you were doing something like that and it made my hands hurt to look at them. Oh sometimes I wish I didn't have tendonitis! They are wonderful and you've just made them so cute! I agree with Deb the Silver Bullet should be able to cut your leather like buttar! So glad to see you posting again! Enjoy your new talent one of many to come I am sure! Blessings Sharalyn

  3. To Stinkin' Cute! Now.. don't me taking our Mary away from us paper people. We have a hard enough time waiting for new kits as it is! LOL Miss your paper ideas too!

  4. These are fabulous! I'm so happy for you that you got to play and have fun trying something new! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. Wow... Stinkin CUTE!!! You are awesome girlfriend! Loving everything!! Can't wait to see your next projects!

  6. You are AMAZING! They are sooo darling! Great job, what a talented lady you are!

  7. Wow! So awesome! I love them all.

  8. I am so excited for you Thienly! Those are so beyond adorable! Would love to see some future tutorials on some crafty leather projects too, :)

    1. For sure - That would be a fun post! Will see what I can do! Thanks for all your links on leather crafting :)

  9. Every piece is SO cute but...those books, that camera and the briefcase...absolutely adorable!
    So glad you are still crafting :)

  10. Absolutely awesome! Those are the cutest keychains!

  11. Oh wow! How I envy you trying this new fun...and everything is so darn cute!

    1. Thanks Shellye! Well, I felt like I needed to start something new - but before I did that, I felt the need to drop my design teams! I was a bit scared of making a change, but loving it so far! :)

  12. Thienly these are so darn adorable!! Can't even try to imagine how you make these look so real but so small. Awesome! I wondered what you'd be up to.

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  14. Okay, 1st comment vanished, 2nd just went poof in the air, now 3rd try! If they all pop up just delete for me cause I have no idea what I'm doing wrong! I do have a ghost that roams around my home from time to time. I blame him!
    DebraMarch 12, 2014 at 10:18 PM

    Oh my goodness, Thienly, these are amazing! Love them all, but the dark brown boot with the black lace tied in a bow, omg, sweetest things I have ever seen! Keep enjoying your new adventures! I wanna see more! hugs, Debra

    1. Thanks Debra! Glad you like them! I'm loving working with a new medium! :) Hope that you're starting to do lots of crafting again! :)

  15. holy moly...these are ADORABLE!!!

  16. Holy cow! These are just too adorable! They look amazing, I LOVE them! Of course my initial thought was, can you make these in American Girl doll sizes? ha! You could make a mint selling those! Just darling, especially the shoes!

    1. That's a great idea to make it into American Girl doll sizes! Never thought of that! Hmmm... You got me thinking' :) Glad you like them!

  17. Totally awesome,Al's uncle did leatherwork, it's so amazing, fantastic projects!!

  18. OMG these are so cute!! You are so talented!!!

  19. Your new hobby rocks!! I also got interested in leather crafting and I've made some leather cuffs with lace, metal tags with hammered words, and beads. I have Tandy leather store less than two miles from where I live and on one of my trips I bought a whole three pounds of scraps! On Saturday they have free craft classes so I'm waiting for the right time to go get some help with finishing my leather bag. I even painted a scene with acrylic paints. Have fun, Thienly!! Your projects are darling!

    1. Well, I guess your hobby rocks, too! That's cool that you're into it, too! It's a nice, refreshing change from paper, isn't it?? I love your mixed media stuff - can't wait to see what kinds of things you're gonna make with leather! So jealous that you live close to a leather store! All I have is Michaels here!

  20. Thienly, you are amazing at all that you do!! I love these, so cute!!

  21. WOWThienly, I love your projects. Looks super fun!

  22. Holy CRAP…are U kidding! THESE are amazing!

  23. WOAHH!!! These are AWESOME Thienly. What a great new hobby.

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