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Lessons From A Leather Purse

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Can a purse really teach a lesson about weight loss? Yes, yes it can. Stick with me, and I will tell you.

To start with, let me tell you what we do. My husband and I are leather workers. We make leather items from start to finish by hand. I do the tooling and dyeing. DH does all of the designing, and puts it together. He stitches everything by hand!

So, one day I decided I wanted to make me a little crossbody wrap purse. Just enough to hold cards, cash, and my phone. But, me being my crazy self, I wanted to do the whole thing start to finish. Pretty much just for bragging rights to say I did something all the way.

I spent 3-4 days designing exactly what I wanted, getting sizes for my pockets, outer shell, lining, cell phone pocket, adding in extra room for stitching, decided on and prepped my tooling design, all of it. This is a miracle, because I do NOT like designing, or dealing with that kind of precision. But, I did it, and I drew everything out on paper, cut out my pattern, and was ready to start my purse!

There was a problem though. Out of all the leather we had, none of it was the right size or shape to work right, and we couldn't afford any more at the moment. I had 2 options - wait until we could afford the leather, or change my design after working so long on what I had.

Reluctantly, I changed my design to fit a piece that we had. I had to shrink it down some, and change an angled portion to go the opposite direction from what I had originally planned. But I made it work.

With DH help, I got my leather and liner cut out, and started tooling, and got everything dyed. Now time to put it together. Yay! (not really) To stitch leather by hand requires using two needles, and going through every hole twice. I like stitching even less than designing. But there were 6 card pockets, a cell phone pocket, an outer shell, and a liner that needed to be put together. I couldn't snap my fingers and it was done, so I punched the holes and started stitching. Ouch, but my fingers and hands were sore after that. Then a strap got added.

FINALLY, it was done! I loved it!

Now, what does any of this have to do with weight loss? I learned 3 very important lessons through the course of making that purse, 3 lessons that have been a huge help in my journey so far.

1) IF IT DOESN'T WORK, CHANGE YOUR PLAN

Not everything is going to work out like you hope. If something isn't working for you, don't be afraid of changing what you are doing. That is scary. Sometimes it feels so much easier to give up or say "I'll do it later." But if we change, we may get a better result than we ever expected.

2) IT CAN'T BE DONE ALONE. ASK FOR HELP, AND ACCEPT IT WHEN IT COMES.

I hate asking for help. I feel like such a burden when I do. But through the entire process of making my purse, I had to ask for help. I had no idea what to do next. DH was more than happy to help me out.
Find someone that can help you, and don't be afraid to ask them. Here on SparkPeople is such wonderful group of people that understand what is being asked, and are willing to help. All that needs to be done is ask, and accept.

3) YOU CAN DO IT. THERE IS AN END IN SIGHT!

It may not feel that way. I may feel like you are going to be stitching, or weigh more than you want, or not be as healthy as you want forever. But that isn't true. The hardest part is right before the finish line. Stick with it! Our goals can be reached. It just takes perseverance, endurance, and sometimes a little bit of pain. But the results are SO worth it.

Thanks for sticking around to the end. Just because, here are pictures of my little purse that I am so happy with even a year later. emoticon

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