Celebrate Leather and Dirty Men

by Sherry Riter in Decorating,Product

Leather is created by tanning animal hide or skin and as sad as I am to say it, most of the hide comes from cattle which is just a fancy way of saying cows. Tanning is a process that permanently alters the protein structure of an animal skin and makes it into a product that does not easily decompose.

Sounds like the opposite of what happens when you become a parent. I think I decompose every five minutes.

That definitely explains where the threat comes from parents that sounds something like, “If you scuff the toes of your patent leather dress shoes, I will tan your hide.”

Have you ever heard that before? Well, if not, it must be a Southern farming family thing.

I love the fragrance of leather. The moment I open the door to a leather shop, it hits me and I spend my time smelling and feeling everything.

Burns Saddlery Cowboy Shop, Park City, Utah

I’m not sure if my love of leather started because my mother watched every cowboy show ever produced while I was growing up or because I lived in Texas most of my life where western leather shops became my second home.

On second thought, maybe it is just the vision of a sweaty, dirty, hard working cowboy that entices me to leather.



Since leather is so durable, flexible and can be tanned in so many different colors, it is used in a wide variety of items. I get used to thinking that leather is for shoes, purses and belts, but the uses for leather are almost as limitless as lace.

leather belt
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leather book
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leather cincher
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leather bracelet
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leather notebook
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leather wrap bracelet
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leather bib necklace
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leather journal
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leather hat
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leather purse
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leather necklace rope
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leather mens bracelet
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leather clutch
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leather shoes
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leather wristlet
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Yesterday I had a collection of lace and today there was a collection of leather. I believe there is song about Leather and Lace. That probably just aged me didn’t it?

Lounging in my big buckled leather belt with a leather Stetson atop my head,

The Redhead Riter

Sorry cows.


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1 Jerry August 29, 2010 at 1:52 am

As a Texan I thought I understood leather….until I saw your pictoral offering.


2 Jules August 29, 2010 at 11:08 am

Now this is more my style! And yes my parents use to threaten to "Tan my hide," all the time. 🙂

I loved the pictures, especially that blue book cover. 😀
Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow


3 Lou Belcher August 29, 2010 at 11:28 am

I love your apology to cows at the end. The pictures, as always, are beautiful. It made me stop to think — we don't do enough of that at times — about the origin of the things we take for granted.



4 PJ August 29, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Hey Gal! First off, please e-mail me and let me know how your dad's doing. Next, I've thought of and seen leather in just about every way you pictured it, until that little skirt ruffle thing over the jeans. What? That's a new one for me.

Love ya Bunches!
Your fellow Texan, PJ


5 Marlene August 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Leather and cowboys is more my style than the lace and frilly ladies. Snicker snicker. 😉


6 Marlene August 29, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Leather and cowboys is more my style than the lace and frilly ladies. Snicker snicker. 😉


7 Alyssa September 12, 2010 at 7:40 am

Now I have an image in my head of you going into a leather shop and touching and smelling everything lol! I love the smell, too. Those photos were very pretty (as always).


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