Whew! I've been very busy lately, making new friends, and keeping up with old ones. These are the "only" thing I've been able to finish to put up for sale in my Etsy store lately. They each have 5 signatures of different color pages, so they'll be super fun to write in. I love the look of the color progression with contrast stitching that shows on the spine.
Ok, these guys are going to be for sale in my Etsy shop even though I'd love to keep them all. There is limited space in my house, afterall. I made one for every basic color of the rainbow, and one in aqua too. I just had too much great stuff in that color pallet to restrain myself. This group also took a long time, and the creation was spread over many days. I got most of the work done during the week I spent house sitting for my mom while she was away in Florida, visiting her boyfriend. Sorry, in my head, that was pronounced with a high pitched grade school nasal whine.
I felt I put my best friend's January birthday gift together too hastily this year, so I decided to give it another go. My friend's favorite color is orange, so I went to work on a stationery gift set (that I hope she'll use to write to me!). I got her one of my favorite fountain pens, a Pilot Metropolitan Retro Pop in orange, and two fountain pen inks; bright orange Noodler's Dragon's Napalm, and a dark blue-violet called Eclipse by Diamine - all ordered from JetPens.com. I added some stationery cards I made with pages inside for extra writing room, and handmade envelopes. When that just didn't seem like quite enough, I started to decorate the box I was planning to send it all in, an empty Whitman's chocolate box left over from Valentine's Day. I hope she likes it!
This project was a lot of fun! I watched this tutorial:
And started one almost immediately. I cut my file folders in half and added 2 extra sections. Once the base of the book was complete, I got one of each of the different papers in the Prima Tales of You & Me 12 x 12 paper pad and a few coordinating scraps I had left over from other projects, and got to work. I think I worked on this book on and off for a couple of weeks, and now, it's listed for sale in my Etsy shop:
If it doesn't sell, I'll just keep it, I love how it turned out so much.
These have been in the works forever! Like, maybe a year. I finally finished up the covers yesterday, and got to sewing. I have been using 1mm fat waxed cotton thread and coptic stich because I like the way the different colored signatures look at the spine. Every page of these books has been decorated, and that is part of the reason they took so long. The Ocean theme book has about 235 pages through 6 signatures, and the Vintage Victorian Book has about 150 pages in 4 signatures. I'm keeping the Ocean book for myself, because I sent my all-time best book away for a swap on Swap-Bot and I'm sending the Victorian Vintage Book away for another swap. It looks like I need to order more Jade PVA glue from Talas!
Here are Darth Bunny and Pretty Prin for your fawning consideration. These two little precious darlings are French Angora rabbits. I harvest their angora fluff by combing them 3-4 times a year when they start to shed.