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Thursday
Jul282016

Custom Large Leather Journal with Handmade Paper

 

This is a large leather handbound journal that has handmade paper and a leather tie closure.  I created it as a custom order recently for a new customer.  Here is what she wrote once she received it:  

I just got it, and it is absolutely beautiful!!! The colors are right on - perfect! Thank you so very much. You have an amazing talent, and as a person who is very picky about her journals, I'm so very glad I found you :)

Thanks again!

 

 

Friday
Apr292016

NEW Refillable Hardback Sketchbooks

 I now have refillable hardback sketchbooks that have blank pages and are ideal for sketching and drawing.  The pages are lightly textured and acid-free and are great for pencil, pen, pastel, charcoal, and other dry media.  They each have 110 pages and are 70 lb (or 110 GSM).  These refillable sketchbooks come in four sizes (two are horizontal):  8.5 x 11, 11 x 8, 9 x 6, and 4 x 6 inches.  The refills will be available on my website.  

Monday
Apr252016

Custom Leather Dancer Journal

"To dance, put your hand on your heart and listen to the sound of your soul."
- Eugene Louis Faccuito


Tuesday
Apr122016

Handbound Leather Journey Journal

"Your hand opens and closes, opens and closes. If it were always a fist or always stretched open, you would be paralyzed. Your deepest presence is in every small contracting and expanding, the two as beautifully balanced and coordinated as birds' wings.” 
-Rumi


Friday
Apr082016

A glimpse of the process...

Here is a brief break-down on how to make a leather book (and a peak in the studio)...

Every book is made up of multiple signatures (folded pages) of paper that is either hand-cut or hand-torn.

The covers are then created.  They have to be cut and sewed and any decorative additions are added.

The next step is poking holes in all the signatures and cover. This is done using an awl.

One of the final steps is binding the book. Once that is complete, it just needs a closure and any finalizing touches.

"Reflect on the world you carry within you. Your innermost happenings are worth all your love." -Rilke

Monday
Apr042016

Spring Break

This gal took her travel journal with her on her Spring break adventures. Looks nice and relaxing!

Thursday
Mar172016

In Celebration of St. Patrick's Day...

May there always be work for your hands to do,
May your purse always hold a coin or two.
May the sun always shine warm on your windowpane,
May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.
May the hand of a friend always be near you,
And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.
-Irish Proverb 

This was a custom order that came in just in time for St. Patrick's Day.  A women ordered it for a friend who does Civil War reenactments and has Irish heritage.  We needed to keep it rustic and minimalistic (true to the times he is representing) and a nod to his Irish heritage.  This is what we came up with, and she let me know that he loved it.  

Monday
Mar072016

Ky Crafted 2016

Ky Crafted: The Market is such a fun show and tends to kick off my festival season each year.  I love being able to share new designs and get feedback.  Because we've just finished up the winter, its a great place to see everyone again and meet new folks as well.  The first day is always for wholesale, and I met some new buyers this year as well as saw ones that I've been working with for awhile.  You can view the stores that my work is available in under "retailers".  Saturday and Sunday is retail.  There were around 200 artists, KY Proud food, and a stage with music.  If you missed it this year, mark your calendar for next year.  Thanks to everyone who came out!!

These girls were so excited to each have their own journal.  They were delightful!

This little one is a daughter of a regular customer who has quite a collection of journals, including one that his wife had me make him for their anniversary.  His daughter seem to take notice for the first time and was pretty enchanted with them all.

Tuesday
Mar012016

Baby Books, Guestbooks, Address Books, Music Composition Notebook, and more

I've been having too much fun playing with new designs.  I've added some new sizes, new closures, and speciality books which come with certain insides. 

Below are the new sizes in handmade paper.  They are for a limited time only.  You can use them for writing, sketching, photos, watercolors, and more.  This also shows two of the new closures that I've started using more of: the bronze latch and the knotted leather.  The knot looks complicated, but it is literally a knot and is a whole different look.

This is a sample page from the Baby Book.  Makes a great gift for a baby shower and has all the typical places for notes that you will want to keep as your baby is growing.

The guestbook is nice for a wedding gift or is even good for a wedding shower where you can easily keep track of guests.

The address book is small (about 4 x 6) and is great for those of us who are old school and still write down addresses.

The dated diary has one page per day and would make it easy to do a little daily journaling or would be a good place to keep notes that you need to be dated and organized (for example, a food journal/diary).

The music composition notebook is a unique place to write your music.  It is simply pages full of the staff for your composing pleasure.

New photo albums come in three sizes.  These also have the inside pages shown below.  They have a glassine (a glossy, transparent paper) separating the pages so your photos are protected.

Monday
Jan182016

Happy New Year

It's that time of year where many of us tend towards more refection and intention than usual.  We carve out time in the New Year in a way that is easily filled with many obligations and distractions as the year goes on.  However, underneath it all, there continues to be a whispered prodding:  remember, remember...

"Our great human adventure is the evolution of consciousness.  We are in this life to enlarge the soul, liberate the spirit, and light up the brain."
-Tom Robbins

We thankfully have this time and symbolic reminder to look forward and see the areas of our lives and ourselves that we want to raise up.  I can't help but wonder if we have some of it backwards.  What if instead of trying to do more or be better, we stripped some of that away and remembered our Real selves...the one before the conditioning and the doing and the perfecting.  What if we peered beneath all the identities and stories we've picked up and made up over the years...and let go of guilt and perfection to see what we Are?  It seems that may "fix" so many of the aspects of ourselves we struggle with.  Stop the presses, so to say...

"Normality is the Great Neurosis of civilization."  
-Tom Robbins

But everyone is doing it, and it is a little hard (until it isn't) to be different.  We are bombarded with commercials and media and friends and family who tell us all the shoulds and all the ways we must improve.  There is always room for improvement...that is part of the growing.  But, the way we beat ourselves with it and become such head cases about it makes it difficult for any other information to be received.  When we operate in these extremes, we miss all the more subtle queuing that can be essential.  What if we took all this reflection and intention we are in right now, softened it a bit around the edges, and went through each day with a bit more awareness?  What if that became the "new normal"?