Holiday Wrap Ideas

December 4th, 2011

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In conjunction with the Creative Gift Wrapping Workshop that I’m presenting this week, I’d like to share a few ideas with you! Over the next several days I will post each of these Holiday wrap ideas with links and details for how to create them yourself.

Renegade Craft Fair Holiday Sale – L.A.

December 1st, 2011

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Come on over to peruse the work of hundreds of artists at the upcoming Renegade Craft Fair. Ben and I will be at booth #137. Ben is working on some new illustrations and I whipped up a batch of handmade books for the occasion. This is always a well-curated fair with many great handmade items to select from.

Saturday and Sunday, December 10 and 11, 2011
10am – 5pm
Los Angeles State Historic Park (aka The Cornfields)
1245 North Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA (adjacent to Chinatown and nearby Dodger Stadium)

More information is available at the Renegade Craft Fair website.

Creative Gift Wrapping Workshop

December 1st, 2011

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The holidays are upon us! I will lead a free workshop next Tuesday evening on the topic of creative gift wrapping. If you are in the Santa Monica area, you are welcome to join me at the Fairview Branch Library. I will share some of my favorite tips and techniques and we will create a project using recycled materials. All tools and materials are provided.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
7pm – 8:30pm
Fairview Branch Library
2101 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-458-8681

Bookbinding Workshop this Tuesday

October 3rd, 2011

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If you are in the Santa Monica area, you are welcome to join me for a free hands-on workshop at the Fairview Branch Library Tuesday evening. We will make the Tag Book project from At Home with Handmade Books. You will learn the basic 4-hole Japanese stab binding. All tools and materials are provided.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011
7pm
Fairview Branch Library
2101 Ocean Park Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90404
310-458-8681

New Materials with a Vintage Look

August 22nd, 2011

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I recently discovered these two great materials at the fabric store. Their textures really caught my eye. Jute webbing (1) is a strong material that is used as an upholstery support. Ticking fabric (2) is made from cotton and has a traditional striped design. Upholstery-weight ticking feels similar to canvas. Both have much potential for a variety of projects. Don’t you think? I would love to try the jute webbing as a book cover. The ticking will make a great pillowcase (when I get around to it!).

Flea Market Finds

August 15th, 2011

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After a hiatus dedicated to full-time design work, I am happy to now have time for a few other projects. The most exciting thing that I am currently working on is a follow-up to At Home with Handmade Books. Ben and I began work this past weekend at the Rose Bowl Flea Market in Pasadena, CA. We looked for materials and props to use in the photography for the upcoming book, with much success! Here are a few of the great props that we found:

1. Wood crate
2. Croquet mallets and balls
3. Tooled leather belt
4. Binoculars
5. Lantern
6. Burlap coffee sack
7. Postcard booklet
8. Box of colored pencils
9. Wood rulers
10. Fishing tackle box

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My favorite purchase is the petite red lantern. It’s so cute!

I hope to continue to post updates as I work on projects and procure more props for the upcoming book. I have eight months to get it all together!

Workshop this Sunday

April 30th, 2011

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If you live in the San Carlos, CA area, please join me for a workshop at the Reading Bug this Sunday, May 1! I will demonstrate how to make a stab-bound tag book, a project from At Home With Handmade Books. The workshop is at 2pm. More details are here.

At Home with Handmade Books is available today

April 12th, 2011

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Today is the day! After months of work, At Home With Handmade Books is finally available! Working with the folks at Shambhala Publications has been a pleasure. I am very happy with how everything turned out. It is available through Shambhala as well as through most major book retailers, including Amazon.

A review or two have already hit the web. Feel free to take a peek:
A Little Hut
Liberate Creativity

2011 Planners – Available for YOU!

December 12th, 2010

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This year I finally created a planner that is available for purchase by anyone who is interested (or whoever gets to them first)! I already sold all but four at the Renegade Holiday Craft Fair in Los Angeles this weekend. The final four are up and available on Etsy. You can see all of the designs on Flickr.

The design is based on the planner that I created for myself last year, so the page designs as well as the cover and binding design are all time tested.

The pages are sewn to vintage book straps, so each planner is one-of-a-kind. Details and dimensions are mentioned in the Etsy listings.

Happy New Year!

At Home with Handmade Books

September 21st, 2010

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It’s real! For the past year (and more) I was busy creating projects, writing and illustrating this book. Perhaps this explains why my blog posts have been a bit sparse! It is pretty amazing to see it up on Amazon! It releases in April, 2011.