Wednesday, November 28, 2012

My First Show Experience! Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market

Over the holiday weekend, I did my very first ever craft show at the Flint Handmade Holiday Market!  It was a one-day show just on Saturday.  It was fairly small, with about 40 artists. 


I was pretty nervous going into it, since I hadn't set up a table before & I didn't really know what all I would need to bring for the show itself.  However, I think it went fairly successfully for my very first show.

Since I had never worked a show before, I practiced my setup with the baskets & such that I had on hand or purchased from the dollar store & Target at home on my dinning room table.  My table is much smaller than the table I was getting at the show, so I didn't know exactly what it would look like, but I wanted to come up with some ideas so I wasn't scrambling when I got there.



The show was on Saturday, but they offered the opportunity to go there Friday night to set up.  I took advantage of this even though it was a bit of a drive up there because I wanted to be certain that if I got there & found out I was missing something important, I would have the rest of the evening to get whatever it was I forgot or needed for the next morning.

Setup took much less time than I was anticipating.  My mom came up with me (she worked the actual event with me as well) & she was able to help make sure everything looked all right.  They provided pizza for us, so we quickly unloaded our car & set up, then ate some pizza & went home to get rest for the next day.


The next morning we went to the show & all my things were there, set up, & ready to go!  No stress!  A couple of things that I think I did right... see those balls all over my table?  They are sparkly, and they attracted many people's eye.  The kids loved them, the adults came over to see what they were, and then looked at my books, so that worked as I had hoped.  I also used one of my own coptic stitch books as my email sign up (you can sign up to be on my email list in the sidebar!) and I used one of my own case bound books to keep track of sales.  I think it was a good way to demonstrate my product without being super obvious about it.  I also made sure to have my business cards there.  I gave one to each person who made a purchase, and had a stack of the in a little soap dish for people to take.

As far as sales, it wasn't a sell-out or anything, but I did surpass my official "goal" for the day, so that's always a plus.  It took a little bit to make the first sale, which was kind of nerve wracking (what if no one buys any of my stuff!?!?), but once they started moving it got better.  It made me pretty excited for the next show in just another week and a half!  I'll be at the DIYpsi fair December 8th & 9th.  If you're local, come visit!!


Overall, I felt like it was a good first show.  I made a lot of new contacts, which is great since I'm kind of a shy person in real life.  I was able to say hi to the people who stopped by my table, and I'm a professional smiler (smiling is like my nervous tick, I'm always grinning ear to ear if I'm nervous) so I think I was friendly, but I know that part of my presentation probably still needs work.  But practice makes perfect right?  Looking forward to doing more of these shows!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Feature & Giveaway at The Bright Side Project!

Oh my gosh, I'm so excited to tell you all that today, my little bookbinding shop is being featured over at The Bright Side Project today! 

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How fun is that!?  "Inherent in the mission statement of The Bright Side Project is the unspoken belief that to “Do What You Love, Love What You Do” is an absolutely essential component in creating a happy and healthy lifestyle."  I was so excited to be contacted by them to do an interview & giveaway there!  Please go check out my interview, as well as ones of guests they've had previously.

The book being given away!

When you're done reading my interview, be sure to enter into the giveaway!  I'm giving away one of my favorite grey leather & lace notebooks!  You have until next Tuesday the 4th of December to enter, and the winner should receive the book in time for Christmas!

Monday, November 26, 2012

Binding Stitches: Case Binding

Today I'm going to introduce you to one of my favorite kinds of handbound books to create.  These are my case bound books.

Case bound Christmas birds

I love them because the look & feel like books you buy in the store.  The binding is backed by a piece of bookboard, and it's covered in bookcloth, then I give each book a decorative paper to cover the rest of the bookboard covers.  Bookcloth is a material used in bookbinding that is a type of cloth or fabric on the front, and paper on the back.  This makes it easy to manipulate around book covers, but also makes it easier to attach & create creases where they are wanted.

Case bound flowers

The bookcloth I usually use is Japanese bookcloth.  This bookcloth comes in many different colors & is really beautiful.  It is made of various amounts of rayon, silk, and linen.  I order large sheets of this bookcloth to use in my projects, and cut it down to fit the size of the book I'm making.

Case bound blue flowers

All of my books in this style are currently the same size: 6 inches by 4.5 inches & 64 pages, but I am certainly willing to do larger or smaller books in the same style if requested.

Case bound purple metallic flowers

To make these books, the materials needed are:

Bookboard (which I cut to size for a front cover, back cover, and strip for the binding)
Bookcloth
Decorative cover paper
Fly sheet paper (typically Bugra for me)
Text or artist paper (hand cut to size)
Waxed thread
Headbands (cut to size)
"Super" (spine reimforcement)

These books are somewhat labor intensive because of all the different paper cuts that need to be done & all of the measuring & getting the covers ready & attached to the bookblock.  (A book block is the block of pages once they have all been cut & folded & sewn together).  I would say each one probably takes me somewhere around 45 min or so to complete from start to finish.  Not counting time spent pressing, as with all my books :)

Case bound blue & yellow

So if you're looking for a journal that looks & feels like a book you'd find in the store, but it handmade, a case bound book is probably the way to go.  These are lovely little books just waiting for all your inspired notes to fill them!

Lots of case bound books :)
Oh & don't forget!  My Cyber Monday sale is still going on!!!  Check out the shop to find everything marked down 20%!  No coupon code needed.  Sale ends at midnight tonight so don't wait!!!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

20% Off Everything! Black Friday & Cyber Monday Shop Sale

Happy Thanksgiving friends!  I just got back home from working timing a Turkey Trot this morning & it's a LOVELY day outside here in Michigan!  I hope it's just as beautiful where you are :)

Hubby has to work today, so I'm getting ready to spend my Thanksgiving holiday with my parents, but I wanted to stop in real quick to let you know about the HUGE SALE I'm hosting tomorrow on all of my handbound books for all of Black Friday & Cyber Monday weekend.  That's right, midnight Friday through 11:59pm Monday night, everything in my shop is 20% off.  That's big :)

Colorful Case Binding

Everything will be priced as marked.  I'm going in & marking everything down so that you don't need to worry about remembering a coupon code.  Just go in, and the prices will be 20% lower tomorrow than they are today!  Woot!  So easy!

Also, if you happen to be a local, I'll be over at the Flint Handmade Holiday Market on Saturday!

Flint Handmade

I'm so excited & also so nervous about this event!  It will be my first craft show ever presenting my books at, so I'm really hoping it goes well.  Eeee!  Wish me luck!

So if you were thinking of getting a handbound book as a gift this holiday season, this weekend is the time to do it.  I wont be having a sale this big again 'till this time next year.  You don't want to miss it!

Red White & Blue Coptic Stitch Bound Book

Also, if you were hoping to ask me for a custom listing, as long as you send me an email about it before the end of the day on Monday, I'll honor the 20% off, even if you email me at 11:55pm Monday night & I don't see it 'till Tuesday morning, when I create your listing, I'll still give you the 20% off regular prices.  It can take some time to figure out what exactly you're looking for & put the listing together, so I don't want to penalize anyone for that, which is why I'm giving everyone who emails me before the end of the day Monday the same 20% off deal.  So make sure you contact me for any custom listing requests asap!

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of amazing food!  Be sure to thank the cook & get some rest tonight if you're heading to the stores for the big shopping day tomorrow!

Happy Thanksgiving lovelies!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Christmas Bells & Bird Yarn Wrapped Wreath

I love wreaths!  They are one of my very favorite things to make.  Especially yarn wrapped ones.  I've made quite a few.  Most recently, I did one for the fall.  I also have a yarn wrapped snowflake wreath from last winter, which I recently retrieved from storage & put on our bedroom door.  But I needed a new wreath to replace my autumn one on the front door.  (Oh darn!  I need to make another wreath...) So this is what I came up with:


I loooove it!  So simple, but so fun!  I wrapped a foam wreath with soft green yarn.  Which, you may know, takes forever, but looks awesome when it was done.  Then I grabbed my hot glue gun and got to work!  The silver bells I had in a box from something last year.  I think they came on something that I received, I remember cutting them off of something, but I can't remember what.  The red bells are a little larger, and I got them in a pack from JoAnn's Fabric for a couple dollars.


I glued the red & silver bells onto the wreath randomly.  I tried to spread out the silver ones, as there was less of them than there were of the red.  I think I did a pretty good job at making it look as random as possible.


Once the bells were all attached, I took a little white bird that I also got at JoAnn's & attached it with hot glue above the bells in the middle of the wreath.  Hehe, it's sitting in a nest of bells.  So cute!  I had originally wanted an owl to sit in there, but I couldn't find one that I liked.  I liked this birdy, so I decided on the bird instead.


What do you think of this wreath?  I love it for the Christmas holiday!  I put it up on the door for pictures over the weekend but then I put my autumn wreath back up.  I told my husband I'll switch them out the day after Thanksgiving.  You know, gotta keep that pretty colorful fall wreath out as long as possible too :)


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Monday, November 19, 2012

Binding Stitches: Jotters with Leather Covered Bindings

After making a batch of my soft leather journals, I often have small strips of leather leftover that aren't really big enough to make a whole other journal out of.  I needed to find a way to use these smaller strips of leather, so I came up with the idea of making cute little jotter notebooks with the bindings covered in strips of leather.

Leather Multi-colored Jotter
These little jotters are so great for throwing in your purse to take notes when you have project or blog ideas, or to jot down things you need to get done for the kids, or grocery lists, or anything you need.  I love their thin size!

Blue Starburst Jotter
I love the combination of pretty colorful paper & the leather over the binding on these.  It's the best of both worlds!

Christmas Birds Jotter
Each of these jotters has one signature with 20 sheets (40 pages front & back).  The pages are hand torn from large sheets, then I sew them together with waxed thread.  Next comes the covers.

First I cut the fly sheets, and attach them to the pages with a strip of glue.  Then I prepare the cover for attaching to the fly sheets.  After cutting two cover boards from a large sheet, I place them side by side, and glue the strip of leather between the two.  When that's dry, I cover the fronts of the covers with a pretty decorative paper, pulling the paper up just over the edge of the leather, and making sure that there are no unattractive bubbles under the paper from it buckling from the glue.  Both the leather & the paper are folded over the edges of the boards, to cover the sides, and the edges of the interior of the covers.

Flowers jotter
Once all that is dry, I can attach the covers carefully to the fly sheets, completing the book!

The materials used for these books are:

Strip of leather
Text pages torn from large sheets
Bookboard
Decorative paper cut from large sheets
Waxed thread

The books are usually one of a kind because they are made from "leftover" strips of leather.  They take somewhere around a half hour to 45 minutes or so to make, not counting time for glue drying & pressing.

These books are an inexpensive way to get your feet wet with checking out handbound books.  I sell them currently for $16.50.  They come in many different varieties, but if you want one, but don't see exactly what you'd like, feel free to contact me regarding a custom listing!  I'd love to work with you!

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Friday, November 16, 2012

Giving it a Try: Meal Planning

Now that we're back in town, hubby & I are trying to prepare for the holidays by getting a little more on top of our diet.  We tend to be a little all-or-nothing with food.  Either we eat everything in sight, or we're being really stingy with our food.  I really want to hit on a happy medium.  There's also the issue of always trying to figure out what we're going to have for dinner.  I don't even have kids & the whole figuring out what to have for dinner process is always so exhausting to me.  It seems like all of our "regulars" we have a little too "regularly" & I'm just getting sick of everything.

So I'm going to give this meal planning thing a try.  I'm not exactly a cook, I can't just whip up something out of whatever I have on hand.  So, I'm using Pinterest & various magazines I have around the house to help me come up with some new ideas, and sticking some old favorites in during some weeks too.

I also am giving myself the option of trying out this place in town called Main Dish Kitchen.  I've been wanting to try them out for a while.  Basically, they are a kitchen that makes various homemade meals & freezes them, so that you can purchase meals for your family & stick them in your freezer for those busy days when you don't want to cook.  They have an extensive menu that changes every month, so there's always something new.  My idea is to get a few meals each month, that will be there for the days when say I planned to have leftovers but there aren't any or B is working late & I don't want to cook whatever was on the schedule.  Right now I'm thinking their Tilapia Scaloppini & their Cherry Pine Nut Pork look really yummy.

So, when we returned from vacation on Tuesday, I put together a meal list & grocery list for the rest of this week, so Tue-Sat.  On it?


*Skinny Chicken Divan by Eat Yourself Skinny (pictured above)
*Grilled Flank Steak with Tomatoes by Skinny Taste
*Roasted Shrimp with Spaghetti Squash by Martha Stewart (pictured below)
*2 days of leftovers or out


So far, we've only had the chicken divan, which by the way is super yummy!  B loves chicken, I love broccoli, so we're good.  I made it on Tuesday & we had leftovers Wednesday & yesterday.  We're having the spaghetti squash today & the steak Saturday.

Now I'm putting together next week's schedule.  In a full week, I want to try to have at least one meatless day, and at least one seafood day.  I also don't want to necessarily assign meals to certain days, because we are used to going by how we feel, so having the flexibility to move meals around.  With that in mind, here's what I'm looking at for next week.


*Stout-Soaked Porterhouse Steak by Better Homes & Gardens (Oct 2012 issue)
*Spinach Stuffed Shells with Meat Sauce by Skinny Taste (pictured above)
*Thanksgiving dinner
*Mozzarella and Herb Pasta by Eat Yourself Skinny
*Parmesan Tilapia from Whole Foods fish counter (or whatever's available)
*2 days leftovers or out

I like recipes that are light, & don't have too many ingredients that I don't typically buy.  I hate buying a big container of something that I'll only use for one recipe.  What if we don't like it?

Also, for recipes we really like, I'm writing them down & adding them to my recipe book.  I have one of those old school books that have clear pages in which you can put recipe cards.  Love that!  After I made the Chicken Divan, we decided it was one that should be added... so that'll be going in!  Woot!

Do you follow a meal plan?  Where are some of your favorite places to find good easy recipes?

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Sometimes, a Vacation is in Order

As I told you guys yesterday, my husband & I just returned from vacation.  From mid-week last week through mid-week this week, we've been hanging out in St. Thomas at the all inclusive resort, Sugar Bay.


It. Was. Lovely.  And needed.  Sometimes life can get so stressful when there's one resident in the family & one girl with 3 jobs.  At times I can feel so jaded & life start to feel stagnant.  Does anyone else start to feel this way?  Day after day of working & keeping up a house & it seems like nothing ever really changes & you're just working for nothing?  When I start to feel like this, I know it's time for a vacation.

I came from a family who took regular vacations.  We went camping for a week every single year when I was growing up.  We also took bigger vacations including cruises, and trips to Arizona to visit grandparents, and trips to Disney & Chicago & such.  I was so lucky!  My parents always said that you work so that you can go on vacation.  Pretty true that is :)


So while we wont be doing big trips like this one every year, I do think it's important to take regular time-outs from everyday life to take vacations.  Even smaller ones like the ones we've taken to Traverse City can help.  I don't really know for certain what it is, but going away helps to free your mind from all of the repetitive days & thoughts that go along with them.  All the worries that you get into a rut of worrying go away when you're on vacation.  Then, at least for me, most of the time, you feel better when you go back to work.  More ready to work hard, more ready to get things done & make the most of your time in the office.

So now I'm back, I'm renewed, & I'm ready to get down to business... which is good, because I have a lot of work ahead of me!  The holidays are coming up, which I'm hoping will be a big time for my shop. (Psst!  If you haven't seen them yet, I announced my buy-by dates in order to have your purchase from my shop arrive before Christmas!  Check them out here)  I also have my first two craft fairs coming up.  One the Saturday after Thanksgiving

Flint Handmade Holiday Craft Market

And one two weeks after that

DIYpsi

So there's still SO much to do for those.  I'm also hoping to bring you guys some more crafts & holiday related posts in the next couple of months, which I haven't done as much lately since I've been focusing much of my craft time on working races & working on my books.  There are also a few small changes happening in my full time job, so I have some work ahead of me with that as well.

So much work & hope for good things on the horizon!  I'm totally recharged though & ready to share with you all!  I hope you'll stick around to join me ;)

Check out my facebook page today, I have a question for you about vacations... it's a question some friends were talking about while we were in St. Thomas....

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Binding Stitches: Soft Leather Journals

Ok, so this post is a couple of days late.  Please forgive me!  I actually just got back from vacation!  I was gone from Thursday of last week 'till Tuesday morning in St. Thomas! :)  We had a great time, a tropical vacation was very much needed.  But now I'm pretty happy to be back & ready to get back into the swing of things before the holidays are upon us!  They are coming so soon!!!

Last week I introduced you to my quarter leather journals on cords.  And the week before that it was my  coptic stitch bindings.  This week I'm going to focus on my soft leather journals.

My soft leather journals currently come in two different sizes.  The large ones are about 6.8 by 5 inches.

Grey Leather Journal with Lace
And the smaller ones measure about 5 by 3.5 inches.

Brown Leather Notebook with Purple Cord
I also provide these in a few different styles.  Some are my leather & lace journals, which always include a strip of pretty lace on the cover.  Some of these fold over, some don't.  The other style I do is just the leather, without lace.  Most of these fold over (like the brown little notebook above) and are held together with some type of closure, be it a hook or button or cord made of an extra strip of leather or braided waxed thread.

Grey Rustic Travel Journal
Each of these books, large or small, contains 120 pages.  They are all sewn to the leather with waxed thread in 6 sections of 20 pages each.  Each page is torn by hand, just like in my other books.

Beige Little Leather & Lace Journal
The materials used in these books include:

*Leather
*Waxed thread for binding
*Text or artist paper (hand torn to size)
*Embellishments (buttons, hooks, lace, etc)

Yes, they use a lot less materials than some of the others.  But they do have their own challenges, as leather can be somewhat difficult to work with & pretty unforgiving in certain ways.

Still, these are some of my favorite books to create.  They don't take as long as some of the others because there are less steps involved in getting the covers ready, but the materials are more expensive (leather costs more than paper, who would have thought?)

Grey Jade Journal in Leather & Lace

These journals would make great gifts for the holidays!  The small ones are pocket-sized & make great little jotter notebooks & the large ones are beautiful for use as travel journals, diaries, notebooks, planners or pretty much anything you can think of!  The lace ones are great for girls & women, and the ones without lace have a rustic feel, great for anyone!

I have a bunch of these soft leather journals pre-made & ready to ship in my shop.  I'm also willing to make the perfect one for you.  If you want a different size, different closure style, different color, different lace etc... let me know & I'll work with you to see what I can do.  I love working on custom orders!  Just send me a message here & I'll get to work on your custom book right away!

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Friday, November 9, 2012

Announcement! Christmas Order-by Deadlines!

News flash people!  The holidays are coming!  Gift giving season is upon us!  Are you a last minute shopper?  Or are you totally on top of this thing?  Well, either way, I want to give you a heads up on Renewed Upon a Dream's shipping deadlines for the season!

If you want your purchase to arrive by Christmas day, without having to pay for faster shipping, you need to order your handbound book by:

 December 18th


That's right.  You gotta get the order in one week before Christmas day.  Not so bad right?

If you are wanting to request a custom order the deadline is earlier, because I need time to create it!  The deadline for that is:

 December 16th


Got it?  Good.  If you procrastinate, and still want something to arrive by Christmas, there is something you can do.  If this is the case, you'll want to let me know in your purchase & I'll send you an additional charge for faster shipping.

For an additional $5 in shipping over the regular shipping fee, I will send your package priority mail.  To get this shipping, you need to order pre-made product by:

December 19th


and custom orders by:

December 17th


For an additional $12 over the regular shipping fee, I will send your package by Express Mail.  To get this shipping, you need to order pre-made produce by:

December 20th


and custom orders by:

December 18th


Here's a chart to help you figure all this out!

So make a note of these deadlines, you don't want to miss out!  Place your order early so that your gifts arrive in time for the big day!

Check out some of my favorite items for gift giving:

Case bound journals

Coptic stitch journals
Leather & lace journals

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Get In My Belly! Cool Weather Pies!

I love pie!  I used to hate pie (I know, what was wrong with me!?)  I pretty much said I didn't like cooked fruit, or "caramelized fruit" I would call it.  Fruit that had sugar added making it all gooey... yea I didn't like that.

Blueberry Crumble from Williams-Sonoma

But lately, I've been giving pies another try.  I went on that spree of making tons of strawberry pies in the spring, and now I'm becoming a little obsessed with apple pies.  I feel like I need to branch out some & make some other fruit pies this fall as well.  Mmm I'm getting hungry just thinking about all the yummy possibilities!

Peach Crumb Bars from Brown Eyed Baker

I have found I tend to like crumble toppings best on my fruit pies.  More than like the additional crust placed over the fruit.  Which do you like better?

Apple Crumble Pie from This & That
I do like pumpkin pie too.  It used to be the only kind of pie I would eat before I discovered how great fruit pies actually are.  Gonna need to make one of them this year too.

Blackberry Crumble Pie from What About Pie

What is your favorite kind of fall pie?  Give me links!  I must know your favorite so that I can try to make it this season!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Binding Stitches: Quarter Leather Journal on Cords

Today I'm continuing on with my Binding Stitches series!  Did you miss last week's post?  I wrote about my coptic stitch journals!

This week I'd like to introduce you to my most time consuming binding style (to date anyway).  Meet the quarter leather journal on cords.


These babies are time consuming, but they turn out beautifully!

Clover Quarter Leather on Cords
Don't you think so too?  These books each have 252 pages, making them the thickest books I currently make at an inch & a half thick at the binding.

I tear all of the pages by hand individually, and fold them into sections.  Then I sew them all together onto pieces of cord.  Then I coat the binding in glue & shape the binding into the curved shape you see.

Yellow & Blue Quarter Leather on Cords

Next comes the headbands.  For these books, I sew the headbands by hand.  It used to be that headbands were always sewn, and they can be an integral part of holding the book together properly.  But now, most books have a pre-made headband glued to the binding at each end.  Take a look at the ends of the nearest hardcover book to you & you'll see what I mean.  Those headbands are really just for looks.  The headbands on these journals though serve a purpose (further stabilizing the binding) & also look beautiful.  This hand-sewing makes them larger than your typical book headband.

Then it's time to attach the bookboard.  I cut the bookboard to size from large sheets, then cut little slits in it for the cord to go into.  Once the cords are pulled through the bookboard on each side, I cut them & glue them to the underside (inside) of the bookboard.  I do this by splitting the cords & fanning them out & coating them with many layers of glue.


Christmas Birds Quarter Leather on Cords
Once all that has dried, it's time to cover the book.  I first carefully measure & cut my leather.  The leather is glued into place first, wrapping it around the binding and folding it under around the top & bottom of the book.  I then take my bone folder to the cords to make them more defined.  Once that is dry, I cut & apply the decorative paper to the outside of the book.  Then I cut & glue the inside cover paper as well, completing the book.  The book is then pressed while the glue dries to avoid curling of the bookboard.

This is obviously a pretty simplified description of what goes on when creating these books.  If I were to create one all by itself, it would take around 2.5 to 3 hours or so, not counting pressing & waiting for glue to dry & such.  It is a long process!

Maroon & Metallic Gold Quarter Leather on Cords

The materials used in these books include:

*Bookboard (cut to size)
*Binding cords
*Leather
*Decorative cover paper
*Text or Artist paper (hand torn to size)
*Binding glue
*Solid colored paper for the inside cover
*A book press is beneficial, but not required
*Colored threads for the headbands
*Waxed thread for binding

These books are soo beautiful & just rich feeling.  I love them.  Maybe it's all the time I put into them, but holding one just makes me feel happy.  They are excellent for use as a journal or diary!

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Friday, November 2, 2012

25 Handmade Gifts I'd Love to Give or Receive!

My favorites list on Etsy is growing to massive proportions.  I want so many pretty things!  So today I'm sharing with you:



Ready?  Let's go!

"Rose of My Heart" letterpress print by Starshaped Press
"Harris Tweed Leather Yellow Plaid Satchel" by breagha
Green Stripe Katie Skirt by Sandee Royalty
Circular Handpainted Bowl by The Bocket Store
Graphite Legwarmers by Grace & Lace
Owly Owl by Wassupbrothers
Wool Felt Bow French Barrettes by The Loft Full of Goodies
Organic Seaweed Facial Mask by Hello Gorgeous Bath
Falling Leave Soy Wax Melt by The Little Candle Co.
Scarf Pattern by Don't Get it Twisted Crochet
Mr. Tea Statement Necklace by Handleber
Rosette Vase by Perch! Ceramics
Scalloped Doily Bowl by Studio 42
Stacking Rings by Kira Ferrer
Clay Necklace by A Quite Curiosity
Mini Ceramic Dish by Zinnia Designs
Women's Full Apron by Creative Chics
Mini Planters by Wind & Willow Home
Garnet Ring by Mastergoldcraft
Handmade Paper by Useless Paper
Autumn Mosaic Wool Socks by RG Ideas
Wool Tote Bag by Treesizeverse
Crochet Floor Cushion by Lacasadecoto
Rosette Necklace by Love Stitched
Small Coin Purse by Seventh Sphere

And a bonus....

Can't forget MY handbound books!  I think they are pretty awesome too.  This one is my current favorite:

Brown Leather & Lace Journal

AND that's it!  Which is your favorite?  I'm coveting all of these items, they are all so beautiful!

Note: Feel free to pin my journal or my "25 gifts" graphic if you wish, but if you'd like to pin one of the other products to Pinterest, please go to their shop first & do so from there!  Thanks!
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