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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"?


Old World Closures


These two new closures are available on the medium and large sizes.  There is the hook clasp (pictured above and at the very bottom) and the turn lock (pictured directly below).  They add to the Old World feel of the journals.


Lined Paper

I now offer lined paper in medium and large sizes.   The paper in thin and cream-colored with think black lines on both sides. 



Limited Edition: Pink Paper


I have a limited edition of small journals with pink inside paper.  They are in two small sizes that close with magnetic snaps under the leather.   The pink paper is a subtle dusty rose paper that is handmade with deckled edges.  This paper is available for custom orders as well.


Watercolor Paper


I'm delighted to be able to finally offer sketchbooks with watercolor paper.  The paper is white, acid-free, and handmade with deckled, hand-torn edges.  Its 200 lb or 300 gsm.  They are available in medium (5.75 x 7.75 inches) for $98 and large (7.75 x 12 inches) for $140.   Both have 80 pages, including both sides.  This paper is available for custom orders as well.  



Small Leather Diaries with Heart Locks

Introducing leather diaries with heart locks...and just in time for Valentine's Day.

“The things we truly love stay with us always, locked in our hearts as long as life remains.”
― Josephine Baker

Perhaps you would like to note a few secret reflections for only your heart to hold or perhaps you are drawn more to the symbolism of cherishing and holding close certain thoughts, prayers, quotes...If so, this small diary would be a perfect fit. It comes with a heart shaped lock and two small heart shaped keys. Maybe it is an extra key in case you lose the first...or maybe it is a key you give to your love so the two of you can share love notes and memories. May this diary assist you well as you write and/or draw those parts of yourself that you want to hold particularly close.

If you would like a custom color and size with a different lock, here are the other lock and key options.  Please contact me with any questions.



Custom Leather Journal with Initials


To write a life is to live twice. –Patricia Hampl


This is a custom hand-bound leather journal with lined recycled paper inside.  It closes securely with a pen and has the recipient's intials hand-stitched on the binding.  







Custom Extra Large Sketchbook with Superhero Logo

This was a custom Christmas gift from one brother to another to be used as a sketchbook. It was made from reclaimed leather, recycled paper, and a belt buckle. It was 9 x 12 inches and has The Green Lantern's logo on the front.




Large Leather Padfolios - Perfect for Work, Meetings, Class, Etc.


Here are a couple of examples of large padfolios that I've been doing. I mostly do these as custom orders (basically so you can choose the type of leather you'd like), but I am starting to take some to festivals with me. They have an 8 1/2 x 11 inch pad of paper that you can refill, a pen and pen holder, and a pocket that you can carry 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheets of paper without folding them.  It also have a business card holder.  You can have them close with a leather tie, snap, magnetic closure, or latch.