Monday, November 30, 2009

Cyber Monday

Happy Cyber Monday, all my fellow online sellers. Today is the day that everyone goes back to work after a long weekend, spends the morning making a list of what they need to buy, and spends their lunchtime shopping online. Not to be left out, I've been offering a sale this weekend. Free shipping on all orders over $40. This is the perfect time to stock up on journals for everyone on your list. I've been making books like crazy these past few weeks and will be adding books to my shop all day long.
This is also the last week that I'll be accepting custom orders, so if you want your own special book, made just for you, please let me know before December 5.
OK, shameless advertising done. Have a good week!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Print Finally Hanging

You may remember that in August we got a super cool housewarming present from my good friend Kara, a Kilauea print from JHill Design. D & I both love her work, and have 2 prints hanging in the kitchen already. After a few missteps getting a frame for this one, it's finally hanging up!
I broke out the camera to take a photo to send to Kara and there happened to be a show on TV about Kilauea. Couldn't resist taking this photo. See the real Kilauea smoking on the TV?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Saturday's Show

Saturday's show in Beverly turned out to be a good one for me. Not only did I get to hang out with my good friend, but I also sold a fair amount of books. I was also told by an old man that I was "enterprising" when he saw me sewing them individually.
I loved getting to spend time with my good friend, Charlotte, and see what she's making these days. She had a spread including baby books, cute baby blankets and hats, and some great looking (and smelling) bath salts. Since I forgot to buy a bath salt before I left, I think she should open an Etsy shop so I can buy one.
She was set up next to her good friend Beth who designs sweet stationery based on her watercolors.
That's the end of craft shows for me this year. Until the spring, I'm done for awhile.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Beverly Mothers Club Holiday Boutique

Saturday I'll be in Beverly, Massachusetts with my good friend Charlotte (who I've known since we were 5!) at the Beverly Mothers Club Holiday Boutique. I'll be there with lots of handmade books and cards. It takes place at the Beverly Golf and Tennis Club from 9am - 1pm. Admission is free and it looks like a fun assortment of vendors. If you're in the area, come on out and get started on all that holiday shopping you need to do. For more info and directions, check out their website.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Breakin' up is hard to do.

Sunday I took the plunge and finally bought myself a mail scale. I've been thinking about this for a few weeks. I know that come December I won't feel like making the time for the daily post office run (I'm thinking positively that I'll have orders to mail every day), nor will I feel like lengthening my walk to work once it turns bitter cold.

I was dragging my feet a little though because I really like going to the post office. This made me wonder, has anyone else who bought a mail scale had the feeling that they were breaking up with their postal worker? Last week when I was there, I felt like telling him "It's not you, it's me. It's nothing you've done, I just outgrew our relationship. I hope we can still be friends. I'll still stop in every now and then for stamps."

And, like all break ups, today when I weighed my first package, printed out the label and shipped out that first package, I had the feeling that I should have done this months ago.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Custom Journal

Just listed a custom order this morning that I especially enjoyed making. It was a journal with the Isle of Man on the front. Located between Ireland and Scotland, the Isle of Man was where the ancestors of my customer came from. She had been there twice and both times kept a journal of her travels, but "used a very cheap notebook and the pages are falling out." She wanted a handmade journal to transcribe her previous journals into, and with space to add some photos. Most importantly, she wants it to last. It's fun for me to hear stories like this and to have them in mind as I'm making a special journal for someone. I think it's also important to have a journal with you as special as the trip you're taking.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Message in a Bottle

I've had The Police stuck in my head for a few days now. On Sunday, D & I went for a hike on Napatree Point, in Watch Hill, Rhode Island. (It's another of the hikes from this book and was perfect to do this time of year.) While walking along I spotted a green bottle, with a message inside! My head immediately filled with all kinds of cool and romantic ideas of where it came from and who had sent it out.
Come to find out, it was thrown into the water as part of a study done by the Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, to learn more about the surface currents off of Long Island Sound. We found bottle #33 and had to go online, here, when we got home to log where and when we found it. We were extra geeky and figured out the lat/long for the spot where we were. Turns out our bottle hadn't traveled very far, but it was still fun to find and feel like we were part of someone's science project.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Potato Printing at Craftland!

Saturday I taught my first class at Craftland. Two fun students learned how to use a regular baking potato to jazz up a set of dinner napkins. Potato printing is so easy to do, so fast to pick up, doesn't require a lot of extra tools and is a quick way to make something more unique and your own. The two students first got the hang of carving their potatoes and printing on linen fabric scraps, before moving onto a set of 6 white dinner napkins. I brought with me a set of purple napkins that I've had for ages, and printed on them and make them new again. The students were a pleasure and it was so fun to see their beautiful work. The School of Craft has a few more classes this November, and then will take a break while Craftland gets its Holiday groove on, but will be back in January with more classes.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Custom Order Guest Book, Out in the Wild

I love when people write to me and tell me how much they loved filling up a blank book I made, and I love seeing photos of my books out in the wild. (Like this time, and this one.)

Last week I heard from a bride whose guest book I made over the summer using a map of New York City. I hadn't done any wedding books prior hers, and just assumed that my books wouldn't be "wedding-y" looking enough. I wrote previously that I had a bunch of requests this summer and am happy to see that some people want a map guest book because a certain place holds special significance to the couple. So sweet.

Read about how this book played a special role in this wedding in the bride's own words here.