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I really do need to be less tardy with my blogging.  A couple of months ago I decided to gocco print another batch of minion cahiers… and they’ve been available in my Etsy shop for over a month, I just hadn’t got round to telling you all about them!

In the past I’ve used Moleskine cahiers, but they’re quite expensive and I wanted to be able to offer these to my customers at a better price so I had a look around and eventually found some similar cahiers at Hema.  Aesthetically they look very similar, although the Hema books contain more pages than the Moleskine ones and lack the pocket on the inside of the back cover.

As it turns out those extra pages were my undoing.  Why?  Because they didn’t allow the notebook to sit completely flat in the gocco printer.  I messed up quite a few books before working out that I would have to block out the text portion of my original design and just use the minion image, because the text just wasn’t printing clearly.  A little disappointing, although in a way it just goes to reinforce the fact that most things I make are one of a kind, or from a small batch.

The books are available here.

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It’s National Stationery Week, and to celebrate I’m offering a 15% discount on all orders over £10 until 4th May.  Use code NSW2015 when checking out from my Etsy shop to claim your discount.

To tempt you, here’s a selection of the stationery available…

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Minion jotters in a variety of colours, now back in stock.  Click here to visit my shop.

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I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I first drew some minions, but apparently it has!  Although I made a start on adding colour to my original drawings I got distracted and the project lost impetus and was shelved.

I picked it up again this week and started again, with a larger version of the Marmite illustration this time as I thought it would probably be easier for me to add the colour (larger pictures are a bit more forgiving when you’ve got an unsteady hand!).  I’m much happier with this larger version and once it’s finished I will be adding it to my new Redbubble shop, so if you’re interested then keep an eye out for further updates very soon!

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It’s been a wonderfully creative week here.  I’ve made an awful lot of books which are already for sale in my Etsy shop, I’ve made more jotter notebooks which will be added to the shop soon, I’ve made a start on tiny knitted hats for The Big Knit, and I’ve had a lot of fun experimenting…

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I don’t think I did a review of 2012, but I’m feeling the urge to do one of 2013.  It’s been a funny old year: frustrating in some ways and yet hugely rewarding in others.

January was a quiet month.  I made some beautiful books, and then went to the seaside for a few days…

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With February came snow, but also sunshine and the opportunity to catch up with friends (of the two-legged and four-legged variety).  Bookbinding also went on, and there was some dabbling in machine sewing too.

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March was busy busy busy!  Commissions, an awful lot of sketching, more snow, knitting, and even some redecorating

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April was remarkably warm, filled with seed sowing, gardening, my birthday, and the joyful discovery that sketching dogs is fun!

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May was another hot month, and once more full of gardening and dogs, with the added bonus of the Canal Cavalcade and the Chelsea Flower Show…

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June kicked off with a visit to Kew Gardens, and the fine weather continued throughout the month.  There was a lot of gardening, enjoying the fruits of my labours, and also some new glasses (which I like very much, so you’ll have to excuse the very rare selfie)…

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July was an absolute scorcher, and there were many days spent painting and drawing, harvesting veg and cutting flowers galore, and just generally relaxing in the garden.

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August saw me house and dog sitting for three weeks, which was absolute bliss.  I also got to meet some actors, draw some more dogs, and have a bit of fun with minion illustrations… oh yes, and we found out that we were expecting a puppy!

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The summer finally seemed to come to an end in September, with the weather finally starting to cool off.  Our puppy was born on 9th September, and his birth precipitated a lot of frantic knitting and crocheting!  I also tried dyeing things with elderberries, making things with felt, and visiting our new puppy.

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October saw the start of a warm autumn, and it was a month of quiet crafting (I finally finished my Beekeeper’s Quilt!), and a lot of puppy visiting.  I also learned two new skills: how to make a sari blouse, and how to taxidermy mice

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November was the most exciting month of 2013 for me, because it was when our puppy finally came to live with us!  I also got to masquerade as Santa Claus, and had a stonkingly good time at the Christmas Kensal Flea … but a lot of my time was spent with Loki (whose favourite place to sleep is still on my lap)…

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Finally we made it to December, which was full of bookbinding and other crafts, playtime with the pup (and as you can see, my lap is still his favourite spot for a nap, no matter where we are), and generally just enjoying life.

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Overall 2013 has been a pretty good year.  I’ve made a lot of beautiful things, sold a lot of beautiful things (yay!), and got a beautiful puppy who has brought so much joy into my already happy life.  I just hope that 2014 is as good!

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wip 04-12-2013_01Last weekend was an exceptionally busy one, and although I had a great time at the Christmas Flea I was more than ready to get back to my usual routine this week.  As the festive season draws nearer I’ve had various commissions to juggle.  First up was an order of mug sweaters, which I’ve just finished today…

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I’ve also had some actual notebooks to make…

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…and I have one more to complete and then I’ll be up to date with custom orders (for now!).

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