Yesterday I fell in love with a word.
Aren’t words funny like that? You’re making an all day trip to Target and buying enough organizational supplies from the dollar section to organize a small country (seriously cutest organizational supplies ever) and having an amazing hair day and all of a sudden you hear a word….
….and fall in love.
And the word?
Isn’t that the most wonderful, amazing, incredible word?
When you say it just rolls off your tongue.
And somehow you feel smarter and kinder and like you need to go up to your room at Downton Abbey and get ready for dinner.
And these leather hand-made mugs that my brother made for us for Christmas.
They are simply splendid.
Splendid’s first cousin.
Have a mason jar?
Want to make your own?
He said it was easy, but the leather can get a little expensive depending on which kind you get.
Step 1: Cut your leather to the size of the mason jar.
You want it to fit snugly, so he cut it just a little smaller to ensure a tight fit.
The edges of the leather are raw.
You can cut it with a rotary cutter and guide to ensure a straight line.
Step 2: Punch the holes
Using a leather punch tool, he punched seven holes in each side of the piece of leather.
You can find leather tools at most craft stores.
In mine they are over by the soap making supplies.
Step 3: Add handle
Cut a smaller piece of leather to use as the handle.
Attach it to the leather with rivets.
You want to start with the wrong side of the leather and then flip it over to form a handle.
Step 4: Stitch it closed
You can use a heavy twine or the plastic cord to make lanyards.
After stitching, slip it on the mason jar. You want it to be tight. If you can’t fit the mason jar inside, get the leather wet and try to slip it on again.
I have these displayed on my hutch.
They are too pretty to put in the cabinet.
And guess what else.
(wait for it)
They are simply, wonderfully, amazingly, incredibly…..
PS How about you?
Do you have a word you love?
PPS Here’s a more detailed tutorial on the project with step-by-step pictures.
And now here’s a few tips and ideas from some of my friends.