Friday, April 11, 2014


Where do your footprints lead?

A new journal. Now listed.


I've been waiting to use this gorgeous old button...

extra long elongated cover flap... delicious!

beautiful tea-stained archive text paper fills this book..

A journal for the wanderer..

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Back to the Leather

Two new books, 
from within the labyrinth, 
where this one now finds herself.

my current dwellings

fleur de lis


the apron wearing binder loves this part

these pages are so special, loving this effect

You can find both Fleur de Lis and Labyrinth for sale in my Etsy store.


And to sign off, one of the greatest romance scenes ever.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Lured by Linen

I've been loving dipping into my vintage & antique linen stash of late, and the leather has taken a back seat for now.... probably just for a few days :)

Here I'll share with you some new little books I have made. They are all available in my Etsy store (the link is provided below each photo). Do you like this little side track of mine? Perhaps I'm bringing out my softest side.... :)  I do love delicate things, pretty girly things, vintage fabrics & colours, botanical themes, organic materials, everything old & worn, things with a history. As much as I say this, it would be a real thrill to see a bearded bloke with tattoos wandering down the street carrying one of my feminine journals in his hand. 

People are never what they seem.

Floral Rust

Mini Minted Pastels

Days in White Linen

Tomorrow it is April. And I feel glad of it. 

I welcome the cooler temperatures, the cosy nights, fireplaces...

Monday, March 24, 2014

Indulging in Linen

There is a pile of it, old linen - 
kept in the corner of my studio in a little wooden box;
the lid of which has lately stayed constantly ajar.

From where the radio sits in the windowsill, the box sits below on a ledge -
next to the iron, $3 large saucepan & $5 kettle -
which make for my tea-staining-station.

I won't mention too much of the other side (imagine mismatched vessels holding numerous leather scraps, piles of decorative & vintage papers, thread, tools, bits & bobs, etc...)

This weekend I left the leather alone, and pulled out a couple of delightful vintage embroidered linen pieces to create these two little notebooks.

These books are so primitive, with imperfections & rusticity. They emanate character and I have become rather drawn to them. The size is a little more narrow than my other books. I imagine sitting under a tree in a park or on a beach, writing my thoughts down in fine black ink. Perhaps someone will do this, when the books are adopted out.

I'm not sure which one I like better, perhaps the blue one - 'Tea on Sunday' - which sold immediately! 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Blue Yonder, No. 2

So I've gone bananas over this fabric, this is the 3rd book to feature it. I've also made a little necklace with some stitched to the front.

I've been putting this together for a few days. It's a rather lengthy process and I do enjoy it - perhaps I deliberately elongate it.

This reclaimed leather journal, Blue Yonder, No.2 - is a rugged looking thing and reminiscent of the sea, sand & sky -

Check it out in my Etsy store here.

Meanwhile, I've been staining little scraps of linen, and creating some vintage mottled green pages, for an up & coming journal, which I aim to complete tomorrow.


Friday, March 14, 2014


Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be
brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There's nothing enlightened about shrinking
so that other people won't feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.

It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.

As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.

—Marianne Williamson

Monday, March 10, 2014

Tapestry Tales

Tapestry Tales, I have now completed, and it is listed in my Etsy store.

not quite finished here... and the babies are another project...

the finished piece

8 inches high, 6 inches wide...

antique french accents...

olde-worldly tea-stained pages...

thick, rustic and unique...
more on the horizon,
designs in mind...

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Yellow Garden

A new book has been completed.

the yellow garden
I took a few days off creating actual books, however I did intermittently visit the studio to tear, stain & press paper, so when I began creating again, I could have a big pile ready for me to fold and stitch.

The preparation of the materials used to create my books often takes up to 5-6 times the actual time of binding the book itself. It's possible I could move that scale up to 10 times for some books. When I get to the stitching stage I feel much excitement, and while stitching - nothing could disturb me; I'm lost in a mode of my own.

I had this same feeling of 'losing-myself-whilst-feeling-centered' in the darkroom. I also feel it while I'm running. I have found it again through binding however it is different as I am not working with imagery. This is something I miss The more I miss it, the more I crave it, and the closer I become to fully opening a door that remains slightly ajar... 

Like a secret garden, down a long labyrinth, and i'm in there somewhere lost, and can't find the door.

Every day I get further along the myriad of lanes and winding roads. I just have to keep going. Don't we all?

I had a visit from my lovely sister who I have not seen for almost a year. Along with our gorgeous mother, the three of us went to see 'The Boss' live in concert, it was an absolute blast. This family time was very nurturing, and wonderful for me and I hope for her too. We tend to get so lost in our lives and at the day's end it's your family that matters the most! They love you warts and all.

So here is the yellow garden.

I've also created another batch of vintage blue stained paper - it's going to be an interesting journal and I have begun to work on the leather cover... I hope to complete this soon. 

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