Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Etsy, the glorious venue where I sell my journals, has a community blog called The Storque.   The articled are fun to read and informative.  I have always wanted to be included in one and I was - yesterday!  I was scrolling down the list of articles when I noticed:  Etsy Finds:  One for the Memory Books.  I thought hmm a post about books and sure enough they had my chalkboard accordion photo album.  Yeah!

This accordion photo album is covered with a black oilskin cloth that acts like a chalkboard.  I've seen them used in restaurants.  I had a piece leftover from a project I did for a client so thought I should make something out of it.  The material is very thick and a bit tricky to work with but the results look great!

Monday, April 27, 2009

First Craft Show of the Season!

Last Saturday I shared a booth at the Crofton Craft Fair.  It was a beautiful day and the first craft fair of the season!  Here is the tent with my booth partner Katie - she makes gorgeous bags, wallets, headbands and more!  

While the show was not terribly well attended it was a pleasure to spend the day chatting with Katie and her husband John.

A close-up of the booth with a smiling Katie.  Her crayon rolls sold well! 

These headbands are awesome - beautiful and durable!  (I bought one for my daughter last year and it is going strong.

Katie not only makes the bags she also came up with a great pattern for the wristlet - available at her Etsy shop.

A new product for my shop - travel journals.  So far I have one for Scandinavia and one with a French/Paris theme.  Just need to photograph them and put them in my shop.

I Gocco printed these cards a while ago but have never listed them on Etsy - but I will soon. 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Custom Work

I received a lot of custom requests after the Daily Candy piece.  Here is a fun example of what a custom binding can look like.

This is a journal for someone going to Burkina Faso with the Peace Corps.  I took an image of the flag and a map of the country and printed them onto ink jet printable bookcloth.  I really like the results.  The name of the Peace Corps volunteer is stamped on the front cover in silver.  A fun project!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Daily Candy Profile - In a Bind

On Friday the D.C. edition of Daily Candy profiled my work in a piece called In a Bind.  The response has been terrific!  The best part is that it was in the Friday edition which means it sits on the site until Monday morning.  

The curious thing is that this piece has generated so much more interest than the Country Living article.  I think the reason is because, in addition to being on a website, the article was delivered to subscribers as an email newsletter.  

Anyway I am thrilled!