Yep...they are hides. I am going to make a couple leather bags! Well, leather and fabric-maybe some BDU? Who knows. I will have to find a source when theses hides get used up, but I will cross that bridge when I come to it. I have another design sketched out, I just need to get a better Leather needle for Nellie.
This is what my sewing room looked like yesterday morning...still a long way to go, but very usable right now. Very usable and very peaceful.
On a different note we are going to look at these guys this evening to see if any of them want to come live with us in our tree house apartment. They belong to a Selkirk Rex breeder here in Kansas who is moving and purging her breed stock. I miss Herman quite a bit, so I need warm furry body to take his spot in the scrap bin. We went to the Vet clinic on post yesterday afternoon to look at dogs for adoption, but each was a version of a black lab (it was almost like they were doing breed experiments with black labs. "OK, today we are going to cross the black lab with a basset hound, pit bull, Shepard and a giant schnauzer and throw that fluffy thing in the pin too.") and as awesome as labs are I just think it would be miserable to make him live up in an apartment without a big yard to run around in. Although that Lab/basset was pretty darn adorable and the old lab schnauzer was great too.
For those of you wondering what happened to Herman (the Aussie cat) he is living with some neighbors from the street behind us. It just cost so much to ship him back to the US and then board him until we were settled. I know that probably makes me a horrible cat mom but I am still "evolving" (That is the word I learned from registering the kids for school here and filling out their assessment forms). He is still happily hunting native mice, laying in the sun and stalking parrots and there are no kids in the house placing him in closets.