From a practical, a philosophical and even a preparedness standpoint learning ways to be frugal is important on our homestead. Yesterday I found an old pair of boots with man-made uppers that were beginning to disintegrate. The leather lower portion, however, was in fine shape. As these weren’t the most comfortable or practical boots I’d ever worn I debated donating vs. trashing vs. saving what useful materials I could. Saving won out. With a pair of scissors, a knife and 10 minutes I de-constructed myself about 50 square inches of nice, soft leather. What could I do with such a little dab of leather??? Repair patches, an eye patch, a nice length of spiral cut leather lacing, leather curtain tabs, a fly swatter, gasket material, . . .