This writer of Having “Me” Time has been having some “me” time after a crazy few weeks in a crazy year. After having just lost my beautiful leather name card holder that I’ve had for over 10 years and being fascinated by Midori notebooks, I thought to myself, why not just make it myself?
The leather name card holder would burn a hole in my wallet if I wanted to replace it with the exact same one. Walking around malls and searching online, I have not yet found one to my liking. I am picky when it comes to functionality and colour combinations.
The Midori notebooks I love, but hey, it’s made in Thailand! I’m in Thailand. It looks like a square piece of leather with a hole in it for the elastic. What could be so hard right?
My journey to leather crafting began.
I searched online, watched youtube, and ordered tools online. Having the right tools is essential. I rediscovered the “leather neighbourhood” in Bangkok and made a plan to go. (I’ll review that in another post) It had me excited the entire few weeks. In between meetings or during rests, I would find my mind pondering the many leather projects. I felt like a kid waiting for candy.
I looked forward to the day I would get to go buy leather. I was as excited as if I was a kid being told I’d get to go to the zoo. I’d talk about leather to poor old Alex who so grumpily put up with my ranting. His only wish was for me to make him leather golf club covers. Of course.
I can’t quite put a name to it, but there’s something about working on leather, using your hands and just sitting quietly designing that relaxes and recharges the soul. For hours, I didn’t miss the iPad, the iPhone or the wifi. I didn’t care what was going on in the social media world. I just focused on on my leather. I wanted so badly to see the finished product. Seeing your design come to life. And when it does, I’m the kid with the ice cream with a big smile at the zoo. Ahhh, the little happiness of pursuing a hobby.
Amazing how little breaks are good for the soul. 🙂 Now I’m ready for Monday. What about you?What’s your hobby?