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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Piscean

I know, 
I posted this one a little late, 
as Pisces is now over........ 
but, here it is, all the same.

A delightful little thing, this one.




 




Sunday, March 22, 2015

Writing, Borrowing & Autumn

It's been a long time since I posted - 
and I have good reason - 
my computer died.

As they do, (when you most need them).

In the back of my mind, I often wish I was not reliant so much on a computer. Perhaps my thoughts of these things, made it finally give up. I have known it was going to lose itself, as it has been showing many signs of wear and tear. I chose to just let it tell me, when enough was enough.

So when the day came, I felt almost indifferent to this crash. 
I can still retrieve my documents, which is most important.

A new computer is in the works; meanwhile I am borrowing screens. 

Borrowing programs. 

I've managed to fill up the remaining half of my journal with hand written black ink, since the beginning of February. I now have no journal, so will be on the look out for a book to write in. I sit each morning before this view, and write with my espresso. 

Writing is good. Let it out - anything will do.


I bought some watercolour paper and have created a new sketchbook,






And another, 






More are in the making,

The last words I squeezed into the final space in my journal were,
'Autumn is upon us'.

I relish in the chilly mornings,
 cosy evenings and mugs of tea. 

Until my next post.

:)

Monday, March 2, 2015

Patch Words

I'm getting into these patchwork books again....
Each one is different -
an amalgamation of interesting vintage, 
antique & reclaimed materials.

Patch Words, listed here.

Hand dyed crocheted lace, wet, left to dry overnight.

















Monday, February 9, 2015

Whisper

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.

 







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