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You probably seen this leather before… used for messenger bags, belts or camp boots. It is an awesome leather, heavy duty, very nice to work with. I just love it, it is one of my favorite types of leather: the rugged masculine look, its sturdiness, its smoothΒ  surface. This leather is called crazy horse πŸ™‚ I’ve heard other funny names, like crazy leather or mad dog. It is also called Apache or saddle leather. But, in truth, it is the ol’ good cow leather.

Let me tell you a little bit about it. It is known for its durability, they say it will last a lifetime. I haven’t lived a lifetime yet so I can’t say I tested it myself πŸ™‚ So I’ll update this blog post in about 70 years from now and will let you know (stay tuned!)

This leather is also known for the beautiful vintage look, the two tones that it makes where it is folded or was recently bent. I say recently, because after a while the leather returns to its uniform look. And when you bend it again, it will change its appearance again. It is a fun leather, I tell you, maybe I wouldn’t call it crazy… that’s a bit much, but it does have an interesting personality. It will easily pick up more nicks and scratches but they will vanish if you just rub it with your fingers. If it is often bent on one direction, it will keep that wrinkle and so in time the object made out of it will get a beautiful antique, worn, rustic look.

The superpowers of the crazy horse leather come from the way it was treated: First, the premium cattle leather is buffed – the leather surface is sanded with a very fine sandpaper, so that it’s natural grain is evened out and it gets a velvety surface. At that point the leather is called nubuck (think of a peach surface, or the finest powdery suede) Then some special oils are added, and a special wax on top – everything is special!

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I hope you enjoyed the story of the crazy horse. Have you ever owned something made of this type of leather? Is it me or does this fellow needs a teeth cleaning?

 

A LIL’ BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ANCA

Anca is an artistic soul, with lots of ideas. She wants to try this and that, buys all the possible craft supplies that no one ever heard of, “for future projects” (she says)… She is a social media inamorata and ensures a quality customer service. She is our calligrapher and she plays the piano. a lot.

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One of the things I enjoy most when working on my journals is writing in them LOL Yes, I know what you must be thinking, my customers should write in them not me… well, I found a way to change that, by offering to write a custom calligraphy text in them, on the first page of the journal, up to 30 words, free of charge. Some of the quotes are very nice so I will share them with you. These are just famous quotes, that one can find online, I would never share private texts or quotes that customers give me. So, each month I will share a few custom quotes that I penned in the leather journals I made. I believe I am lucky because I get to know better the beautiful minds of my customers, and I think they are fascinating.

 

writing a custom calligraphy text, a quote from Marquis de Sade

 

I like people with depth, I like people with emotion, I like people with an interesting mind, and also I like people who can make me smile. ~ Quote by Abbey Lee Kershaw

…. and I like people that like such people πŸ™‚

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. ~Albert Einstein

Not sure this one belongs to Einstein, I’ve seen a lot of quotes and even inspirational videos attributed to him, I guess putting a famous name underneath a quote adds some weight to it. Still, it’s a beautiful quote, though I myself find it hard to choose which way I live, I guess somewhere in between, I am a skeptic that sees the glass half full. What would you choose?

Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter, find simplicity. From discord find harmony. In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity ~Albert Einstein

I should write this one in a large font and hang it above my creative clutter πŸ™‚

Writing in a journal reminds you of your goals and of your learning in life. It offers a place where you can hold a deliberate, thoughtful conversation with yourself. ~ Robin S. Sharma

I wish everybody would think like that, I would definitely sell more journals then!

Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance. ~ Samuel Johnson

Ah! Another one to hang on my wall.

Writers aren’t people exactly. Or, if they’re any good, they’re a whole lot of people trying so hard to be one person. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

I just looove this one! in such simple words, you get an insight into the struggles of a writer.

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take. ~ Author Unknown

 

Do you have a quote that defines you or that you like very much? I’d love to hear it!

 

 

A LIL’ BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR: ANCA

Anca is an artistic soul, with lots of ideas. She wants to try this and that, buys all the possible craft supplies that no one ever heard of, “for future projects” (she says)… She is a social media inamorata and ensures a quality customer service. She is our calligrapher and she plays the piano. a lot.

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