The Studio on a Sunday

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In the studio today, it’s a day of rest before another busy day tomorrow!  I’m so honoured to be one of the selected Etsy vendors at the sold-out book launch tour of Elizabeth Gilbert’s newest book!!  I loved Eat, Pray, Love and cannot wait to sink my teeth into her next piece!

See you at Etsy: Made in Canada!

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Today’s the day!   I’ll be at the show from 10am – 6pm, my booth is by the Elizabeth Street entrance, see you there!boKM9ZSzpjFKcQdKjOyUezHEhyaYV4xK_4a-vIwV7PM

Sneak Peek!

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boKM9ZSzpjFKcQdKjOyUezHEhyaYV4xK_4a-vIwV7PM_fotorAre you planning to stop by Etsy: Made in Canada here in Toronto?  (If not, why not?!  It’s going to be pretty fantastic!)  Want to know who will be there and what type of handmade goodness to expect?  This is a juried show, with tough competition, so expect to be blown away!  Take a look at the vendor LookBook here.

Some tips for visiting the show:
Want a free swag bag packed with amazing handmade samples and goodies?  Arrive early and be one of the first 100 people in line to get one!
Want to try your hand at making something from scratch?  Register for a free workshop here and learn how it’s done!

If you want to stop by my booth and say Hello! I’ll be over by the Elizabeth Street entrance, the opposite end to the main entrance off University.  Hope to see you there!

Opportunities

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Today I’m talking about opportunities to learn bookbinding.  If you missed registering for one of the classes at this weekend’s Etsy: Made in Canada show*, no worries!  I’ve got several more chances for you to learn the art and craft of bookbinding.

*I am teaching a now-sold out 1-hour class at the show, free to visitors who managed to snag a spot at the pre-registration, which happened online. 

Bookbinding Workshop – Coptic Binding
Learn how to craft your own hand bound, hardcover journal using discarded library books. Deconstruct a book and repurpose it into a new journal, using the coptic stitch to bind the book. Perfect for anyone looking to brush up on their coptic binding skills.
When: Saturday October 17, 1:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Burlington Public Library, Brant Hills Branch 2255 Brant Street, Burlington, Ontario
For more information please go here.

Bookbinding Workshop
In this creative class, students will first learn basic expressive techniques to decorate paper and then how to transform this into soft cover hand bound books.  This is a hands-on class, everyone will leave with two finished projects.
When: Sunday October 18, 10am – 4pm
Where: Guelph School of Art, 12 Wyndham Street North, Guelph
For more information and to register, please go here.

Longstitch/Linkstitch Bookbinding Workshop
This workshop will introduce you to the basic process of hand decorating paper for use as book covers, and then how to incorporate it into a hand bound book using the Longstitch Linkstitch technique.
When: Saturday October 24, 10am – 1pm & Sunday December 13, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.

Hard Cover Arrow-Stitch Journal Workshop
Learn how to craft your own hand bound, hardcover journal. This workshop will introduce you to the tools of the trade, materials, and techniques to make a hard cover book. Using an arrow stitch to bind the book, everyone will leave with a finished project!
When: Saturday November 7, 10am – 1pm
Where: Graven Feather 906 Queen Street West, Toronto
For more information and to register, go here.

Wordless Wednesday 23.09.15

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End of Summer Sale!

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Just a friendly reminder that I’m having an End of Summer Sale in my Etsy shop!  Sale runs until the end of the month, see it here.  Otherwise, read on for details.

Clockwise from top left: 
Little Leather Journal in black reclaimed leather with vintage button, Mini Journal in two-tone yellow, Screenprinted Linen Pouch with thistles in aqua blue, Screenprinted Linen Tea Towel with thistles in aqua blue, Screenprinted Linen Pouch with queen anne’s lace in burgundy.

The week before a show

Day 350/365zqLGEbUHdZfUkQqyWeA1s5JHGo1cEQxpxNVhd6tyfO8The week or two leading up to a favourite show is a heady mix of excitement, panic, anticipation and bliss.  At least for me it is.

I hope you’ll join me next Saturday, September 26 at the MaRS Building here in Toronto, to stop by and say Hello and check out all the amazing things being made, by hand, right here in the city.

Check out the facebook event page for details, here.

The Studio on a Sunday

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photo 2This past week I’ve been in full swing preparing for Etsy: Made in Canada, Toronto edition at the MaRS building.

I’ve been working hard at re-designing some of my books and I can’t wait to share the new and improved Adventure Journal with you at the show!
photo 1 This is a small sampling of what many Adventure Journals looks like!  These guys aren’t quite done yet, but almost there.  I love how each is a bit different from the maps on the covers to the scuffs and nicks in the reclaimed leather closures.  These are my favourite journals!!

Autumn Hues

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Some Autumn-inspired items to ease the transition to cooler weather, the changing colour of leaves and days spent cozy with your journal.

Clockwise from top left:

Starburst Journal in dapper grey tweed, Screenprinted Linen Zipper Pouch with burgundy Queen Anne’s lace, Fancy Coptic Journal in green and brown Florentine, Medium Fancy Coptic Journal in cream and brown, Secret Belgian Journal in brown Florentine, Mini Book Necklace, Medium Fancy Coptic Journal in deep brown.

Etsy: Made in Canada, 1 week away!

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In just over 1 week it’s Etsy: Made in Canada!!  I’m so excited to be a part of the fun, and there are some extra surprises planned this year!!  (Stay tuned for details over the next week!!)boKM9ZSzpjFKcQdKjOyUezHEhyaYV4xK_4a-vIwV7PM

In the meantime, check out the vendor lookbook and do some pre-show shopping!  And, if you’re an early bird, get in line early to be one of the first 100 visitors to get a swag bag packed with goodies, for FREE!!!  (again, early bird gets the worm!)

For more info and details, check out the Toronto Etsy Street Team site here.