Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Forest Five

So September has rolled along, 
and to start off the spring, 
I thought I'd honour the growing greenery about,
 and create another tiny green leather library. 

I rummaged a good deal,
 and located some more of that vintage green leather 
that I have had for some time now -
it was once an old backpack.

Oh to find more! It's delicious.

Get it here:  Forest Five

Friday, August 21, 2015

For the love of tiny libraries...

It's been a long time, 
I have had this darling tiny antique leather pouch in my studio. 

I kept it mostly as inspiration -
 for when I spied it out of the corner of my eye,
 I was always compelled to pick it up, 
& inspiration to create would follow. 

These things seem to carry an energy that inspires, 
I like to have them around. 

Seeing it full of tiny books happened upon me by chance,
and once I had seen this in my head,
I had to make it.

So was born my second set of sextuplets.

Love these little guys.

Friday, August 7, 2015

The Quest

Finally, I got to make use of this vintage leather, 
which I found at a market on Waiheke Island a couple of years ago.

Originally a wallet, 
I discovered it nestled amongst a bunch of other vintage leather things.
With its worn, aged appearance & rich tones, 
it stood out for me the most. 

I simply had to have it. 

I removed the insides a while ago, 
but only yesterday I decided to line it with old fabric pieces in my stash.
I had hand-torn some carefully measured paper, 
which I stained prior to stitching.

Finishing it off with the old silk tie I discovered lurking about,
it seemed to be the perfect compliment.

Now listed in my online store.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Winter Sale

I started a SALE this morning!

Several books have gone already, but lots left....

Check it out here

Friday, July 31, 2015

Last of July

The middle of the year, 
and we are on the way to the warmer weather, 
over here in New Zealand. 

Already, I noticed a magnolia tree in bloom, 
seemingly sprouting out of nowhere -
 in a matter of hours.

What marvels of nature -
and what a smell that spring brings. 
...only weeks away... 
Perhaps I will plant some bulbs, 

Two new books are in store; 
something to sketch in - and, 
something tiny to write those little mantras.

Lately I have been craving making a tiny library, 
so this is next on the agenda, 
amongst other things.

The fabric in this little journal actually belonged to my beautiful late Grandmother.
I have hand aged it, I love to make use of it,
and get understandably precious with it! 

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Thought Log

I remembered a certain journal I made a few years ago, and decided to resurrect it with a few changes.

These larger journals are always a challenge for me, but I love them once they are complete, and seem like they have a really important job to do. I do wish I could follow my babies to their destination, and see what becomes of them. They are certainly doing alot of traveling - more than I might ever know!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Double Rust - My 500th post.

It's my 500th post!

I finally created one of these double coptic stitched journals.
 I'm loving the way this turned out, 
and plan to make more. 

This canvas takes some time to morph into a tie-dyed mystery, 
but I feel it's worth it. 
The things that take the longest, 
always feel more satisfying upon completion - 
don't you agree?

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Aqua Book

I've been playing around a bit for a while with this book,
 and let it go where it wanted...

So, perhaps in a way these photos speak for themselves. 
I won't indulge you with recipes,
 or ingredients, 
just a visual tale of a few days spent with Aqua.

Aqua-dipped pages, wet, laid out to dry
The effect of drying...

Swirling colours...

Before the press, all folded into a book block.

The old linen, after tea-staining, but before hand I hand dyed it.

The front cover, before hand being hand dyed.

The back cover, before hand being hand dyed.

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