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Day 2: What does Just A Card mean to me?

The sale of even just one card means a lot: it makes me feel that my work is appreciated, that the effort that’s gone into my work has been worth it, and (because often people don’t think of the obvious) it helps keep a roof over my head.  Every sale makes me smile for all of those reasons, and also because I really like the idea that my work might be making someone else smile!  One of the things I enjoy most about my job is customer feedback: I’ve had lovely messages from people in the past, telling me how much they (or the person they’ve bought something for) have enjoyed writing in one of my notebooks, or that seeing one of my paintings on their wall always cheers them up.  I love, also, the stories behind some of the commissions I’ve been asked to do.  One of my handcrafted boxes was even used as part of a wedding proposal (it was a Harry Potter inspired proposal, and I cannot tell you how chuffed I was to be asked to help out with that)!  Some of the stories I hear are happy, some are poignant, and all of them are special.  Buy just a card, just a notebook, just a painting and you’re enriching my life, and I hope that my work helps to enrich yours too.

If you’d like to view my notebooks and other stationery then click here to visit my Etsy shop.  Pop over to my Instagram to view my paintings and, if you’d like to see a selection of past commissions then click here.

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To kickstart my return to blogging I’m taking part in Just A Card‘s #indieweek.

Day 1: All About Me.

Who I am: My name is Emma, I’m in my late thirties, born and raised in the same area of NW London in which I still live (which makes me something of a rarity these days I think).  I have a dog, a somewhat obsessive love of JK Rowling’s Wizarding World, and the attention span of a butterfly.  I tend to write the same way as I speak; waffling, going off on tangents, and rarely using one word when three can be shoehorned into the same place.  You’ll get used to it.

What I do: Flit from project to project because I have about as much focus as a concussed duckling? I kid, although in truth that’s actually pretty accurate.  I do turn my hand to a variety of crafts (including lino printing, print gocco, embroidery, and knitting and crochet) but predominately I’m a bookbinder and painter.  My style varies quite a lot (check out my Instagram to see all my paintings, and my Etsy shop to view my notebooks and other stationery) too and depends vastly on my mood.  I like that my work is versatile, but I have to admit that it makes it a little difficult to build a recognisable brand/look!

How I do what I do: Ok, you’ll have to pop back regularly to find out.  One of my intentions going forward is to share the design and making process for some of my past work.

 

Where I do what I do: I have a studio at the end of my garden, and that’s where messy things like bookbinding and printing take place.  And I have a desk in my bedroom, which is where I paint (because the studio is lovely but the light is much better in the loft!).

And that’s me!  Do follow me on Instagram, and follow Just A Card too!

 

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Ok, this isn’t really a proper part 2 (which I said I would write in January but never did get around to).  Part 1 is here if you missed it.  What this is, is a quick heads up that the first batch of eco-printed books are now available in my Etsy shop.  I added nine last night and one has been snapped up already so go and take a peek as each one is unique.

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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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Which is exactly why you should buy one of these.  Fun notebooks made of felt, with a book belt that’s made of Lego tape and a piece of Lego.  Go on, you know you want to.  Click here to visit my Etsy shop.

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…so here are some books that feature (reproduction postcards of) vintage advertisements.  My favourite is hands down (no pun intended) the gloves that come with a cigarette pocket.  One of my biggest bugbears is that women’s clothing rarely comes with useful pockets.  Usually the pockets on our clothes are too small to be of use or, worse, they’re FAKE pockets just added as a design feature.  Seriously, WTF?  We need pockets.  We need FUNCTIONAL pockets.  I have a whole rant on this subject but I’ll just leave you for now with what would probably be my slogan if I went campaigning: Pockets Against the Patriarchy!

If you’d like to purchase any of these books then click here to visit my Etsy shop.

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I’ve got a limited number of boxes that are stuffed with stationery at a bargain price.  Each box contains a mixture of old and new stock, and the contents of each box is different so you’ll have to refer to the individual listings for details.  Click here to visit my Etsy shop (they’re in the Reduced to Clear section).

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