Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Each year I make a Christmas book. Just one, always one of a kind. This is my Christmas book for 2008.


The pretty covers are made from the front cover of a recent Lee Valley catalog. Inside, the pages are a mixture of mulberry papers and carstock in bright green, yellow, red, and white. And two beaded bookmarks to finish it.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2009 Planners and an Art Journal Test

I think there were a few people waiting to see if I would make any more 2009 weekly planners. Well, if so, I did finally make some more and they are available in my etsy shop. And this will likely be the last of them for now. For those who really like to plan ahead, I've also done some 2-year monthly planners for 2009-2010.

In other news, one of my books has passed an intensive art journal test recently. EWian collected 14 journals and put them all through the wringer. Judging the books' suitability for various art media, watercolours in particular, and comparing size, structure, transportability, and several other factors. Check out the quest for the perfect dream journal, with some great comparison information if you are looking for a new art journal.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Pink Sale

Maybe it isn't the most festive promotion, but I am having a little PINK sale in my Etsy shop, nonetheless. So if you like pink ink you should get a Yink, I think...er, I mean, if you like pink books, you could get one at a 30% discount. I'll continue the sale until the end of December, or until I have no pink things left!

I realize my Etsy shop is suffering a bit, showing symptoms of near starvation, in fact. But I am working on some new items and will be infusing new life therein very soon.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Japanese paper!

The Japanese Paper Place is well known to me even though I've never had an opportunity to visit the physical store - all lovers of Japanese papers will seek out the sources and this is THEE place to get Japanese paper in Canada. Can you imagine having 637 different sheets of Chiyogami all for yourself? Well, here I will increase the chances of me getting 637 such papers in my hands. Over at the Japanese Paper Place online store, they are having a little contest to win this pot of gold!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

So that's why I was busy

Because the fine people at Etsy asked me to be their featured seller and I wanted to have lots of things ready! It was kinda fun staying up really late to pack up orders although there is no doubt in my mind that I'd rather be making books than packing & shipping them!

And here is a photo of some books made recently. The one on the bottom is over 30cm square (12"x12") and really thick. The one on top is about 7cm square (3"). I had such a wide range of book sizes that I just had to take a photo.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Sweet Giveaway ends tomorrow

My absence from blogging does not mean have been slacking off - quite the opposite, in fact! And I do intend to share some new things really soon.

In the meantime, I wanted to remind eveyone that the Sweet Figments giveaway closes tomorrow. There are 30 handmade goodies up for grabs, including a handbound leather journal made by me. Hop over to the Sweet Figments blog to find out how you can win!

And just some qucik photos for now of things I've done recently. A hardcover stab binding with some pretty awesome red and black fabric for the covers:


Some new earrings:


And my small leather notebooks in lots of new colours: