Say what?? Has it already been 2 years?? I can’t believe it either. When I started I was worried about getting anyone to actually read the blog but the second year I was more worried about… is there still enough to tell. Well Ladies, apparently there was ;). I’ve enjoyed writing currently 211 posts! And as a big cherry on top of the cake, more and more people seemed to find my blog. 5333 unique visitors read this blog pas year!!! Can you believe it? Well, I almost can’t…but let’s see what else happened the past year.
I got my first customer order!
This year I actually got my first customer
I’ve been abroad
Even though I did a lot of preparation before I went to Boston, this was quite a hard time for me to continue with the blog. You do want to keep up with new posts, interesting topics, and some actual leathercraft. Especially since I ready did miss to get my hands dirty and make some beauties. On the other hand, it did encourage me to learn more about leathercraft and see more of Boston and the surrounding areas than what would meet the eye. Little hidden signs tell you all about the history of the city, something other than the usual tourist trap. And while seeing new places, it is just inevitable that you will get inspired!
Experience will give you confidence
You know the idiom about practice makes perfect. Well, it might not be perfect yet, but trying new techniques, practicing old ones, definitely gives you confidence. This year has given me the confidence to just cut into a beautiful hide (still with a little hope not to ruin it) and go for it. It gave me the confidence to apply the new techniques I’ve learned over time. And most of all, it actually gave me the confidence to see that I’ve also become a bit of a bag expert. Feels funny to say about yourself… and within a few years I might laugh about this statement… but when I look at bags in shops, I recognize the different techniques which are applied, I start to recognize more and more types of leather and overall I also can deduct how they actually made the bag. Making it myself is not quite the same, but it might inspire you to learn a new technique you’ve never tried before.
Devil is in the details
In the first year, I focussed a lot on actual Leathercraft techniques. How do you assemble bags? How to you saddle stitch? Where this year I focussed more on the details. It is nice to see that you can make a bag, but a little icing on the cake wouldn’t hurt the eyes don’t you think. Besides, many of the finishes for leather bags are to actually protect the bag for all the years to come. I want to make bags that you can pass on to the next generations. I don’t want to become just an accessory of fast fashion but a little piece of you that you carry with you while making memories. There are still some details I want to master but the tools to do this might become a little bit more expensive. So while I am still a student I will have to work with what I’ve got ;).
Much, much and much more
So… what’s next? Well, that is actually a great question. Do I want to continue like we used to? Do I want to take a little turn? I don’t know yet. Maybe for my next new years’ resolutions, I will come up with some things I want to try and see where it goes. For now, I’ve got still so much to share with you; projects, DIYs (a new one is coming up soon!) and much, much more! So a big, big THANK YOU for all my loyal readers, for the ones who’ve been here since day one and as well for everyone who just found my little place of Leather and Style on the world wide web. I am looking forward to the next year and I hope you do too!