Nineteen years ago today, I was in the hospital, ready to bring my little boy into the world. He wasn’t due for another few days, but my doctor was concerned about his size and wanted to induce me. When he made his appearance, all 9 pounds and 4 ounces of him, I was thankful I listened to that advice. He’s no chubby baby anymore, but about six feet tall and all muscle. He’s also finding some domestic interests, like cooking and leather working, which means there’s a very good chance he’ll be able to survive on his own one of these days.
I’ll start off with the project that most reminded me of my son. He rescued an ax that was about to be thrown away a few years ago and refurbished it back to usable condition. I could see him taking it one step further and making it this Leather Mask from Survival Sherpa.
Tucker and I just started watching a new show together last night called Forever. I won’t go into the whole story, but it centers around an immortal medical examiner. In a recent episode, he pulled out his autopsy tools, which were in a leather roll and included a bowie knife. I’m pretty sure that was the point my son decided he was hooked. Now he can make one for himself, thanks to this Leather Tool Roll tutorial from Caila Made.
Ever since he started working with leather, wallets seem to be his thing. He’s got two in the works right now, with another one to follow. Maybe when he’s done with those, I’ll start hinting by showing him this wallet pattern from The Art of Manliness.
Our house has a half-basement, with a bedroom at the back that used to be my sewing studio. My son traded with me a few years ago (yay!) and proceeded to pretty much take over the whole basement. We literally have a man cave. Maybe I could get him to organize it a little with this Sling Magazine Rack from Design Sponge.
While we’re getting him to clean up, let’s throw in these Folded Leather Baskets from Between the Lines.
This Woven Belt Seat from Saved by Love Creations is definitely a project I could see Tucker doing. And it would coordinate with all of his other leather items he’ll be making!
Nieces and nephews are probably a few years away, but when the time comes these DIY Moccasins for Children from A Beautiful Mess will be on his radar.
I wonder if I could get him to squeeze in a bracelet for me from some of his scraps? Any one of these Three DIY Leather Bracelets from Lia Griffith would be okay with me.
While we’re at it, I probably need a matching necklace. How about this Dragon Tail Necklace from Michele Made Me? You know, just so he can improve his skills.
I’ll save these beautiful Leather Flowers from Funny Squirrel for somewhere down the road when he’s looking to challenge himself a bit. And make Mom very happy.
Happy birthday to my boy, starting his last year of being a teenager!