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…bridesmaids.  This is something I learned recently when I was asked if I would make notebooks as gifts from a bride to her bridesmaids.  Sure, I said, no problem.  How many bridesmaids?

Nine.

I can’t lie, that threw me a bit, but in the end it turned out to be terrific fun because I got to design nine different notebooks.  The bride wrote down a few words about each woman, and off I went to select papers and binding styles.

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An eclectic mix, let’s show off each notebook individually so you can have a proper look.  Although it was occasionally challenging to find the right paper for each cover, it was very satisfying to rummage through my studio trying to find ‘the one’.  Even more so to then decide which binding style would be best, and of course the question of thread, and inner lining – oh the choices!  These books have been made using everything from scrapbook paper through to a repurposed paper carrier bag, and some of the vintage linen thread is older than I am!  I hope that the bridesmaids like them as much as the bride and I do 🙂

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Here they are all wrapped up and waiting to go.

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Yes, I know I said no more embroidery for a while but someone requested a particular letter 🙂

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At the end of December I was contacted by a woman who wanted a recipe box.  She’s taking part in a Secret Friend swap and as the person she’s taking care of this year is a recipe collector, she wanted something unique for her.  She’d already seen this, which she partly liked but…

…they can’t personalise anything and I think I would prefer something a little more unique, and UK based.  Do you think you could work with me on something similar but more awesome?

Of course I said I’d be delighted!  I had a bit of a think, and then remembered that back in 2011 I made this memory box.  I really enjoyed making it, but never got round to using it, so the tin has been languishing in my house feeling pretty unloved ever since.  Time to give it a new lease of life!

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I stuck to a simple colour scheme of white and lilac cards, and the divider cards (Starters, Vegetables, Fish, Meat, Baking, Puddings, Condiments, Drinks and Miscellaneous) were made using pages from a vintage copy of Mrs Beeton’s Puddings & Pies, embellished with ribbon and little hand-stamped labels.  I know I’m biased, but it does look incredibly pretty – slightly vintage, slightly shabby chic, and totally unique.

For those who like to know these things, the tin measures 21.6 x 9.3 x 8.5cm (WxDxH), and the cards are 10.2 x 7.9cm (WxH).

I hope that the recipient enjoys using it, and I love the thought that she’ll be adding all her own favourite recipes to it over the years to come.

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A few months ago I was tracked down by a very determined man.  He’d received one of my notebooks from his fiancée, but as I’d not stamped my details in back he had to find me the hard way.  Top marks though, he did manage it, and once he’d found me he had a commission for me!

He wanted a special book made which he could fill with bits and bobs and then give to his bride-to-be as a wedding gift.  They have a shared love of games, so he decided he wanted some tiles from Carcassonne used on the cover.  It took two attempts to send the tiles to me (thanks to some unscrupulous so-and-so at Royal Mail who opened the first envelope…), but they did eventually arrive and the book was made.

Emily and Pete tied the knot this weekend just gone, so congratulations to them!

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