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The now traditional holiday sketch diary, although this year it’s more diary than sketches.  For previous holiday sketch diaries see:  Summer Holiday 2010, Sunday Sketchblog #117, Sunday Sketchblog #137, Sunday Sketchblog #138, Sunday Sketchblog #144, and Sunday Sketchblog #151.

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I launched my Giniatures print just over a week ago, and it’s done very well so far.  Quite a few A5 prints sold, a special request for an A4 sized one, and even a couple of notebook commissions.  So I thought this was a good time to show off some photos.  First up we have photos sent in by a customer, of her trying her gin print out against different walls (and discovering how difficult it is to photograph something that’s fronted with glass – reflections ahoy!).

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After some dithering on my part I finally decided on my ideal frame choice (this particular one is from Cox & Cox).

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Last, but certainly not least, we have one of the specially commissioned books (the other is basically the same, but a larger size).  Made to order, please contact me for details.

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My studio is often a chaotic place (tidiness doesn’t come naturally to me) so it’s not unusual for me to mislay things only to find them months later.  I recently rediscovered a whole stash of dalek notebook covers which I’d totally forgotten about – quite a joyful find!  They’ve now been bound into books and are available in my Etsy shop.  Click here to go directly to them.

 
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This is really going back in time, all the way to November 2008, but I recently went to look this up and realised I had never got around to blogging about it.

It started with a message I received through my Etsy shop:

I absolutely adore these books!! I was wondering if you do commissioned work. I am looking for someone to produce about 12-15 books (identical) that contain 10 of my grandmother’s poems. They can be small in size- I am just not certain if you printed Shakespeare’s word on the pages of your books or used old books and recycled them. I read that you like to make new uses out of old treasures. Let me know if this sounds like something you would be interested in. I would just need her poems printed on the pages and then you could bind them. I can tell you do great work- your craftsmenship is impecable. I am from New Jersey, USA. Let me know what you think.

Best Regards,

Lisa

 

We discussed the commission by e-mail and it ended up being an order for thirty little books, all printed with her Grandmother’s poetry.  The books were A7 in size.  The covers were smooth 120gsm, and the pages (of which there were 16 per book) were 160gsm cartridge paper.

She was really pleased with them, and it’s still one of the most enjoyable commissions I’ve taken on.

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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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Enjoy the view

No sketches to share this week, so here’s a view of my studio instead. Just imagine yourself surrounded by the scent of roses and honeysuckle.

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The Glorious Revolution.  To learn more about how this embroidery piece was made click here.  To purchase this piece, please click here.

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