One of a Kind Show & Sale 2017

It’s that time again – the One of a Kind Show & Sale is less than a month away.  Sprouts Press is excited to be back again this year!  We’ll have loads of journals, notebooks and more, in both new and our most popular colours and designs.

Stop by the show to say Hi!  And if you don’t have tickets yet, here’s a discount code to purchase them online: http://bit.ly/2y5ZNnA

What: One of a Kind Show & Sale
When: November 23 – December 3, 2017
Where: Enercare Centre, Exhibition Grounds, Toronto

For more information please see the show site here.

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See You At the One of a Kind Show!

It’s that time of year, when I spend 11 days as a vendor at the One of a Kind Show here in Toronto.

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I’ve got several new designs, old favourites and some brand new things this year!! (Like the Bookbinder’s Toolkits!). Find me at booth E34 this year. Stop by and say Hello, I always like chatting with fellow bibliophiles!

The Studio on a Sunday

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Today in the studio I’m working on some Mini Book Necklaces for a retailer.  They’re tiny, functional, beautiful and inspirational.  They are designed to keep your hopes and dreams close to your heart.  And, of course, they’re made from reclaimed materials.

To read more about these little gems, and other book jewellery I make, check out a previous blog post here.

365/365: Thank You! (but not goodbye)

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It’s the last day of the Sprouts Press 365 project!  It’s been a fun year sharing my journey as an artisan and creative small business owner.  I’ve enjoyed all your comments and likes, I hope you’ve enjoyed it as well.

DSC_0418_fotor_fotor_fotorI plan to continue blogging about Sprouts Press, my creative process, goings-on and other book-ish content, but it won’t be every day.  I’m looking forward to seeing what sort of content I’m capable of on a more relaxed schedule, and sharing the growth of my little company.  In the meantime, enjoy this collage of many of the books I’ve shared with you over the year!  That’s a lot of books!!

Back to School Stationery

Day 326/365DSC_0702_fotorIt’s nearly that time of year; back to school!  I have to admit that my favourite part of going back to school was stationery shopping.  I think, once, I was even excited to get a geometry set.  I love how all the components fit into the neat little tin.  I was never very good at geometry, but I did love that set!

Here’s a collection of more book-themed back to school items that I’d be pretty pumped about, if I were going back to school.

Clockwise starting at the top left:

Advanced Quick Notes notebooks, Indigo Journal, Elegant Quick Notes notebooks. Paper Moon Book Earrings in brown Florentine, Mini Book Necklaces in a variety of colours, Screenprinted Zipper Pouch in brown linen with burgundy Queen Anne’s Lace.

The Studio on a Sunday

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Today in the studio it’s all about mini book necklaces!!  Lots and lots of them!  There are some new colours this time around, and of course the old favourites!  They’ll be ready in time for Etsy Made in Canada Toronto on September 26!!

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To Wear Books

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To wear books as jewellery give me great joy, who’s with me?!  Today I’m talking about the book jewellery I make, some of it’s functional and some of it’s purely aesthetic.  Either way, they’re all pretty awesome!il_570xN01_fotor

Paper Moon Book Earrings As most makers know, when you create things by hand, you usually end up with off-cuts and bits and pieces that are in perfect condition, but just a bit too small for your main projects.  That’s how these earrings started.  I love making them because it means using up the whole sheet of fancy-pants paper, and crafting items that bring joy to others.

They’re perfect for sunny summer days!  Perhaps reading at a cafe, lounging at the beach or spending the day hunting for the perfect collection of used books.  I love that the front is decorative, fancy paper, and the backs are from novels, with a peek-a-boo hole for a pop of colour.

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Mini Book Necklace As a kid I was really into pendant necklaces that were functional; little harmonicas, little pouches, tiny sundials, and I’m pretty sure I had at least one book necklace (cotton candy pink!!).  So designing a Sprouts Press mini book necklace was an obvious decision.

While these gorgeous leather necklaces aren’t the bright pink versions from my childhood, they are not only beautiful, but functional too!  They open, you can write in them, and keep your ideas and dreams close to your heart.  They even showcase fancy endpapers in the front and back.  Made from reclaimed leather left over from larger leather projects, the colours usually change seasonally, so keep your eyes peeled and when you see one you like – grab it!

Did you know that I have a whole section of my etsy shop dedicated to Book Jewellery?  Check it out here.