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She was becoming herself and daily casting aside that fictitious self
which we assume like a garment with which to appear before the world.

—Kate Chopin, “The Awakening”



Thanks to the KY Arts Council for their all their amazing support...and especially to Chris for this write-up...

Here's today's #giveagiftky staff pick by KAC's Chris Cathers, our program branch manager: He chose items from ReImagined by Luna.

Price range: $10-$90

"Once you take a look at these journals, it becomes a fun challenge to find the perfect gift among the assortment of designs and colors. These hand made, hand stitched books are a wonderful gift for anyone that you want to inspire to put pen to paper. I have given these as gifts already, and I get just as much enjoyment out of the expression on a person’s face when they examine it as they do writing in it. The artist is enthusiastic about her designs and will work with you to personalize your gift. I’ve had names and dates stitched on mine. This is a lasting gift that is guaranteed to delight!"

Thinking of you...

As I was working on finishing up a stack of journals this morning, I was thinking of all the wonderful people that I know they will be going to. And I am so be able to put good into these books for you, for all the journeys and inspirations that I hope they will help you with, for all the paths I get to cross while doing this...and so much more. Sending you all love as we go into this holiday season!


Custom Intuitive Leather Journal for a Man's Journey

“If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” ― Rumi

I was asked to create this journal intuitively. I kept getting the image of a partial tree and a subtle spiral. In the midst of creating it, the guy I was creating it for told me that it was going to be his mirror journal--a place for him to reflect on his strong responses to others and what those responses were showing him about himself. The partial tree signifies that we may only see part of a the picture until we take time to sit and be quiet with what is happening. Also, trees symbolize reaching to me--reaching upward for help and higher expression and reaching down and inward towards centering and rooting. The spiral represents the path we are on and how we keep encountering the same lessons, but from a different perspective because we are further along the path when they come back around. I hope this journal assists him well as he continues this work.


Extra Thick Custom Leather Travel Journal

Pilgrims are poets who create by taking a journey. -Richard Niebuhr

This extra thick book was created for a couple who wanted a journal/scrapbook to record all their adventures in. They stopped in Lexington on their way back home to Illinois from Gattlinburg, TN, where they had hiked and found some great wood pieces. The husband is a woodworker so he made the wood piece that is part of the closure. This is something that they want to be an heirloom and are excited to add to each year. Their initials are hand-stitched on the side.



Centered: Leather Sign-in Book


Centered is a local place that offers yoga, massage and many types of healing arts as variety of classes.  They had me create a custom sign-in book for them and have it near their entrance.  It is made from reclaimed leather and recycled paper and has their logo on the front.  If you are in the area, definitely check them out!  This is one of the places that I sometimes teach bookbinding workshops.


Custom Extra Large Leather Journal with Handmade Paper

 A graduation gift from a mother to her daughter who just received her PhD... 



Custom Leather Refillable Notebook Cover


This is a custom refillable leather journal cover. It was made specifically for a notebook that he was already using and just wanted to cover. It has his name hand-stitched on the cover and has a pen holder inside. 


What will you create...

Be empty of worrying 
Think of who created thought
Why do you stay in prison
When the door is so wide open
Move outside the tangle of fear thinking
Live in silence
Flow down and down
Into always widening
Rings of being



Upcoming Bookbinding Workshops

 Book Arts:  Japanese Stab-binding using Non-traditional Materials

When: Saturday,  July 19th, 10-1pm

Where: Centered in Lexington, KY

Cost:  $45 includes all materials

Register:  Here

This book making class will teach a basic variation of Japanese Stab Binding. We will create paper bag books that can hold memorabilia and be decorated using a range of mediums. Suitable for ages 13 and up. Bring buttons, scraps or other materials if you like for decorating at the end.  Limit 12 participants.


Book Arts: Coptic Stitch using Recycled Materials

When: Saturday,  November 15th, 10-1pm

Where: Carnegie Center in Lexington, KY

Cost:  $55 includes all materials

Register: Coming soon at the Carnegie Center

This book making class will teach a variation of Coptic Binding, which dates back to the early 2nd century. We will use repurosed book covers and recycled paper for materials.  Materials will be included. This book binding technique is suitable for ages 13 and up. Limit 10

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