Monday, February 9, 2015


Life has got quiet, and I thought I'd make a pair of miniature book earrings to reflect this new, welcomed quietude in my life.  I've left the hustle of suburbia in favour of rural living, and I am wondering why I did not do this earlier. To wake with the sound of ocean roar, faint calls of cows & sheep, birds flying high, and the stillness of nature, is like a dream. I sit with my espresso and journal at this early hour before starting my day.

Just listed in my Etsy store, these tiny earrings are only 22 mm x 18 mm wide. I adored making them, even if they are fiddly things, they create a sense of calm about me, like most of my bookbinding work does. I walk into the studio like it's my own little Narnia.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The End of January

The paper from my previous post, was made into this:

And within almost seconds, it sold.

With the left over blue stained paper, I created this:

Vintage, hand-aged canvas

Vintage maps & my special blue-stained paper.
This arrived in the mail.
The tiniest package ever, 
linen thread from Northern Ireland - 
a 4-inch long parcel - 
I fell inlove with it immediately.

 I also received a wonderful postcard all the way from Samos in Greece, 
thanks to the talented Alek from infinitystop
It is the little things.

Yesterday afternoon in the studio, 
I completed two more books, 
which I subsequently listed in my Etsy store.

Ex Libris Journey, a mix of old and even older.

Vintage key, antique & reclaimed leather.

Vintage Ex Libris bookplate, tea-stained pages.

Burgundy & black reclaimed leather, with a vintage clock hand.

Vintage maps....

Tea-stained pages...

In between all of this, I found a new home, 
so may be sporadic in my listing of things,
until the settling in takes flight.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

Tapestry Tales & Paper Preparation

A new book in store, 
a variation of past 'Tapestry Tales' -
this is another.

Three pieces of reclaimed leather
each embossed, and intricately hand-stitched together.

Deep green decorative paper adorns the first
and last pages.

Non-acidifying staining techniques bring a sense
of history to the pages in this journal.

Awaiting creative hands.

Meanwhile, I have other creations on the go.

and have been tearing, staining.....

drying & folding paper, 

for days.

More on that in my next post.

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