Simpizia 17 Piece Leather Sewing Tool Kit

When I was little, my dad used to make all sorts of leather working projects.  We had handmade wallets, key wallet, key rings, quivers, change purses, purses, belts with our names embossed) and beautiful, beautiful patterns. You name it, my dad could make it.

It seems over time though, leather working has become a lost art.  I was looking for a simple starter kit that I would add to over time as I basically would be starting all over.

The Leather Sewing Tool Kit by Simpizia is a 17 piece kit that covers all of your starter needs.  All of the craft tools have wooden or steel handles making them incredibly sturdy.  There are two spacer tools, an adjustable stitching groover, burnishing, scratch and sewing awls, and a jerk needle.  The set also comes with beeswax for your thread, leather needles, scissors, finger cots, a thimble, a grinding polish tool, hairballs, and three colors of thread.  All the items can be stored in the small black storage bag.

The finger cots fit my fingers great but are a little small for my husband’s large hands. They fit my teenage daughter comfortably.    I highly recommend using the finger cots and thimble because the tools are very sharp (as they need to be).   Just messing around with the scratching awl, I easily traced a pattern into a small piece of leather just as a test.  My daughter also started tracing a pattern that she will later make into some type of pouch or holder. The tools are easy for her to use.

We need to add a few stamping pieces to this set, but so far we are enjoying our journey back into leather-working.  This 17 piece kit can be found on Amazon.

I received this product at a discount for review. My opinions are my own based on product testing.


Color Crafts – Liquid Chalk Markers

We use chalk markers for a lot of projects – for both school and girl scouts.  I normally buy them from Joann’s but even with coupons I found I was spending too much money to get a variety of colors.

I found these Color Craft – Liquid Chalk Markers for a decent price.  There are 10 colors to choose from, including black.  I normally use them on a black chalkboard type background but if you are using them on glass or another surface, black is good.

They have chisel tips so they can write both bold and fine.  I tested them out on my daughter’s bedroom door chalkboard just to get an idea.   This was a quick test so I wasn’t working to get a specific look as I would with other projects.  All of the colors look great except the orange.  It was very runny, not only on the board, but literally all over my hand.  It is also not a vibrant popping color and barely stands out on the black board.  Other than this disappointment, I am very happy with the other nine colors and would purchase these again.





Girl Scouts

Shopping Bag- Sit-Upons

I spent a few days trying to decide if I wanted to do camp buckets or sit-upons for our girls for their first camping trip.  Pep had made her first sit-upon as a Daisy with a table cloth, duct tape and newspaper stuffing but I wanted to try to do something a little different.

While we were in Joann’s,  Pep saw these really cute reusable shopping bags at check out.  These were more rectangular than square but she loved the pattern (it had an owl on it) and of course a handle/strap.  So she picked up a couple different patterned bags and we trucked to the back of the store to get a huge piece of craft foam and then corresponding duct tape which in this case was yellow.

I had a few girls over for another activity, so we decided to see how hard and how long it would take to stuff them.   We rough measured the craft foam based on the bag and then doubled it to make it 2 inches thick.  After cutting the craft foam with some help, the girls worked on getting the foam inside the bag.   We folded the sides and bottom in to make a nice square sides and bottom and then went heavy on the duct tape.  We did the stop last and I would say they came out pretty nicely.

Pep has had hers going on four years now – and they are still holding on.   Later we made them with the whole group at camp in all shapes and sizes.



Desk Organizer Gifts

We try really hard in recycling objects around the house into cool crafts gifts.

This particular project used nut canisters (left over from GS Nut sale), ribbon, scrapbook paper, inexpensive wooden frames, unfinished wood words, paint, hot glue gun and modge podge.

Pep picked scrapbook paper with similar colors and used one pattern for the canister and a second for the bed of the organizer.  The edge of the frame was trimmed in ribbon.   After using modge podgeto put the scrapbook paper on.  She glued the canister to the organizer.

She then painted the wood words a coordinating color and glued them to the front.  Adorable teacher gifts for their desk.