I started making leather book covers after
praying about what I could make and sell on Ebay, that would not cost a fortune to ship.
I always carried an NA text to meetings
with a leather book cover that I had purchased at an NA convention years ago. God's message came in very clear
one night, in a meeting, "You could make these!"
My husband of 30 years, had done leatherwork
in his early 20's, so I asked him if he could teach me how to make a leather book cover. He was sure he could.
We purchased basic supplies and excitedly
I practiced for weeks! Being an addict, my disease told me I would fail, so it was 6 months before I actually made my
1st finished cover!
I sold three covers the 1st week. It is
now a year later, and I have sold well over a hundred. I have been basically self taught, through experience, after the
initial lesson, I read books and went at it! I buy supplies and ask questions, but have never taken the formal lessons. When
something worked for me, I continued to do it.
Many people wonder why I still hand tool
all my desings and do not use presses to save time, and why I sew everything by hand without even an awl. It is because it's
the way I do it-the way I put 100% of myself and my energy and love into my work. Machines would take away from that, and I do not look forward to the
day I have so much business, I have to go there! I have confidence in my work, my product and ability to tool the
leather. I take great pride in my work, my finished product and my repeat customers convince me that the work I
am doing is awesome.