thanks Jay.


Thanks for posting, Jay Talbot!

JT: “Love my new handmade leather card wallet I picked up from Barn and Beach Designs in Southport, NC. The sturdy quality, attention to detail and feel is amazing! Thank you! #barnandbeachdesigns #awlmadehere #leatherisforever #southportcrafts #shoplocal #shoplocalsouthport “

keys solved

Alright, here it is, the truth.
I’ve been making these leather key straps for a little while now but I never actually USED one myself until now, and I gotta admit: they really are handy. I was always fumbling & digging into my purse to find my keys but not anymore! I don’t like things dangling and clanking though, so I just tuck them into my bag after unlocking the door. But they STAY looped around my bag strap. So there ya have it. A testimonial from me about my own product. Inappropriate maybe, but true…🤷‍♀️
(Check ’em out on the “little leather stuff” page at

Thank Kim!

Thanks for the pics Kimberly Mccoy …our to & fro has been especially fun (even though I thought you were a different Kim McCoy at first 🤣)! Enjoy your new Ladies Cuff & Key Strap…

susie spotlight

Thanks for the pics, Susie Tunks. This was such a fun bag to make… I loved your idea of mounting the skeleton-key as a permanent part of the bag. You’re such a great designer! 

mothers day

Little Leather Mothers Day Gifts!
AWL handmade
AWL free shipping
Refrigerator magnets: 1-3/4″ diameter ($6)
Bookmarks: 6″ x 1″  ($10)
Key rings: 2″ diameter ($10)
Key Straps: great to loop around your purse strap! ($18)

*go to the “Little Leather Stuff” page at to order.

here doggie

Thanks for the pics Griffin (& Rosco). I hope you enjoy the new collar and leash. Your custom harness is coming soon, Rosco! 😁


Little Leather Notebooks!
Approx 6x4x1/2″, spiral notebooks included, and remember: US shipping is freeeeee! 👍

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You’re invited to join the list! At the beginning of each month, I will be sending out an e-newsletter chock full of FABULOUS offers and updates…just for you, just for letting me send you mail. No outdoor markets & festivals right now, so I’m offering my goods online more than ever before! The 1st newsletter is in May…and what’s in May? Mothers Day! (Note: some Mothers LOVE LEATHER!)

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☮️ Thanks Joe! It was fun using that special brand on the leather and making it into a journal (and your recipient sure sounded surprised & happy!). ☮️

next batch!

I was asked to make my aprons longer & fuller and so that men could wear them too. Well here they are & they are certainly one-of-a-kind! Made from recycled denim jeans and mixed fabrics. Check them out (and other aprons too) on the “HANDCRAFTED: THIS & THAT” page at
Thanks!  (remember, US shipping is free! 🙂  )

sign making

New sign! Destination (when things are ‘normal’ again) is The Painted Mermaid.

Since the backside of this sign will be visible too, I HAD to include St John on it- thats where Awl Made Here was born after all (St. John, U know I💕U).


his old fave

Ordered to use as a leather “work belt” . . . still strong after heavy use, blood, sweat, & tears. THANKS A.S.! 🙂

T belt

did you know?

Barn & Beach Designs (in Southport, NC) is OPEN for curbside pickup! Here’s a sampling of my leather-work available right now at the shop . . . just give them a call and pay by phone (910)363-4995. THANKS!

history repeats

This poem was sent to me by my aunt. It was written in 1869 and reprinted during the 1919 Spanish Flu Pandemic.

And people stayed at home
And read books
And listened
And they rested
And did exercises
And made art and played
And learned new ways of being
And stopped and listened
More deeply
Someone meditated, someone prayed
Someone met their shadow
And people began to think differently
And people healed.
And in the absence of people who
Lived in ignorant ways
Dangerous, meaningless and heartless,
The earth also began to heal
And when the danger ended and
People found themselves
They grieved for the dead
And made new choices
And dreamed of new visions
And created new ways of living
And completely healed the earth
Just as they were healed.

-by Kathleen O’Mara, 1869



Thanks to Eric Zucker for ordering this custom backpack OVER 20 YEARS AGO! 😁
He sent it to me recently because one of the buckles had finally given out and some of the stitches had worn. No problemo! I fixed it up and sent it back. Cheers to Eric & cheers to Leather!