Beatrix Potter notebooks now back in stock. This includes a few Peter Rabbit ones, which are usually the first to sell out so grab them while you can! Click here to visit my shop.
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Summer is over and I’m back in the studio again, and this past week has been very productive! First up we have six eyecatching notebooks that feature the character cards from a vintage Cluedo (Clue, for the Americans reading this) board game. The covers have been made using a vibrant deep yellow book cloth, so these books have a certain tactile appeal as well as being very bright!
Posted in General craftiness, tagged bookbinding, coptic binding, etsy, london, notebooks, only susan, recycled, robinson crusoe, susan, the magic mist, uk, upcycled, vintage on March 10, 2015| Leave a Comment »
It’s been a while since I upcycled any vintage books, but I unearthed some in my studio a couple of weeks ago and it was lovely to get back to turning one man’s trash into something useful. Visit my Etsy shop if you’re interested in these notebooks (one has already been snapped up!).
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged beatrix potter, coptic binding, etsy, jemima puddleduck, jeremy fisher, notebooks, peter rabbit, recycled, squirrel nutkin, stationery, tale of two bad mice, the tailor of gloucester, timmy tiptoes, upcycled on January 21, 2015| 1 Comment »
I’ve been having a bit of a catch up in the studio over the past few weeks, trying to sort out the rather chaotic mess of half-finished projects so that I’ve got room to start work on some new things. One of the many piles consisted solely of partially completed Beatrix Potter notebooks, which took quite some time to work through but I did eventually get them all finished. My current stock includes some of the Peter Rabbit ones, which usually sell out very fast so if you want one then you’d best get moving!
Want to get 10% off your order? Use coupon code JAN2015 during checkout. This code is valid on orders over £10, and expires at the end of January 2015.
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!
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.
This time last year I was 7000 miles away, celebrating my 30th birthday in Jakarta whilst surrounded by relatives. Today I’m at home, and all by myself – and I have to say it’s utter bliss. Don’t get me wrong, I love my family… but I’m very much a loner and this is much better for my sanity!
I have been thinking of that holiday though so I’ve spent the morning repurposing a vintage copy of Gulliver’s Travels so that it can be used as a travel journal or scrapbook.
I was able to retain the original end papers which I’m really pleased about as they do look lovely. The book now contains 104 pages (208 sides) of 140gsm recycled cartridge paper. It can be found in my Etsy shop, and I hope that it will go to a good home.
I think that’s plenty enough work for one day (especially as I’m supposed to be having a day off!), so I think I’ll down tools and head to the cinema!
Yes, I’ve returned to the slightly bonkers dos-à-dos bindings. I’ve been itching to make some more, but they do take ages, so I’ve been prepping the covers for these over the past week whenever I’ve had a spare hour to myself. Today I finally had time to sew the pages into them, and it’s such a satisfying feeling now they’re finished and I can sit back and look at them. Two of them feature pages from a vintage copy of Jane Eyre, and the other two use pages from a vintage road atlas.
These four are now available to purchase in my Etsy shop.