Sprouts Press goes to Welland!

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It’s a great day for a road trip to the Niagara region!  Stop by Vermeers Garden Centre in Welland and say Hi to yours truly and many other talented makers!

What: Heirlooms Artisan Market
When: Saturday June 20, 10am – 6pm
Where: Vermeers Garden Centre, 684 South Pelham St, Welland, Ontario

Pro tip: This is an Etsy sponsored event, you know what that means – swag bags!!  If you’re one of the first 100 people you’ll get a swag bag with some pretty awesome goodies inside!

For more details and vendor profiles, go here.

Cabin Fever February: Only 2 Days Left!!

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Just a friendly reminder that there are only 2 days left of my shop-wide sale at Arts Market on college!

Everything in the Sprouts Press space is marked down by 30%, so make sure to scoop that journal you’ve been eyeing for a while – when it’s gone, it’s gone!

Charity Craft Supply Swap!

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This evening, support a good cause and have some fun too! It’s the Charity Craft Supply Swap at Arts Market on college!

Where: 846 College Street, Toronto
When: 7:30pm – 9:30pm

I’ve been purging and rounding up some real goodies to swap!  (And re-discovering old projects that I’ve started up again!  Of course!!)  I love swaps and can’t wait to see what everyone else brings.

To participate, just bring an item from their list to donate to the Cold Hands Warm Heart Project in collaboration with PARC.  For more info, see the facebook event page here.

 

Cabin Fever February!

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It’s Cabin Fever February at the Arts Market on College!!
photo 3You might be asking yourself what, exactly, does this mean?  What’s Cabin Fever February??  It’s an awesome sale with a handful of vendors, offering up to 50% off their entire space!!

As you can see, the entire Sprouts Press booth is listed at 30% off!!  So come on in and pick out your favourite handbound journal.  Then cozy up with a blanket and some tea while you fill your book with dreams of springtime!!

The Studio on a Sunday

Day 131/365photo-13Today I’m going back in time to last fall when I was going crazy prepping for the One of a Kind Show.  I was designing and handcrafting many leather journals and having a great time!  

10603784_10153326517165752_7690676808225393274_nToday, there are only two of these journals left and they’re both for sale in person at the Arts Market on College St. here in Toronto.  It’s hard for me to believe that so many of my creations have gone out into the world and now carry your thoughts, ideas and inspirations.  I’m truly grateful!

Water + Colours

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DSC_0716I recently added a handful of journals to my online shop that I’m incredibly proud of: Watercolour Sketchbooks!  These are books that I’ve been working on for myself for a while now, I particularly love the clean lines and tidiness of this journal; it is simple and understated yet highly functional.

DSC_0706Handcrafted in a series of four colours, they all house 140lb watercolour paper, cased in hard covers wrapped with bookcloth made by yours truly.  And a select few showcase brass corner protectors, for the truly adventurous sketcher!  (That’s me!)
DSC_0719Another treat: matching ribbon bookmark!  These books are case bound, so you will need to work them in, but they will open flat with use.  The case binding has been spun on it’s end given that a landscape orientation is more practical than portrait for a sketchbook.
DSC_0722The Watercolour Sketchbook makes a great gift and once filled it becomes a cherished keepsake!

Shop them online here or in person at the Arts Market on College, in Toronto.

 

Romeo & Juliet

Day 104/365DSC_0805You may remember a couple of sundays ago I posted about making a new series of the ever-popular Starburst Book ornaments; Star Cross’d Lovers Book ornaments.  Well, here they are finished!

DSC_0808 I focused on 4 cover designs, each a bit different.  There is a simple gold pattern (above), a sweet floral (top photo), a more traditional tile-inspired pattern (pictured below) and an organic flora-based pattern (bottom photo).  DSC_0811 This pattern is my favourite, I love the repetition and bold white on red.  It reminds me of fancy kitchen tiles and tea time spent with loved ones.DSC_0821I love the versatility of these little ornaments; they can be displayed closed to show off the fancy paper cover, or you can burst it open to a star to hang.  Since they come as a set of two, you can do one of each.  Or you can give one to your Valentine and see which way they prefer to display it.

See my etsy shop for details.

The Studio on a Sunday

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It’s technically wintertime here in Toronto, though you might not be able to tell today since it’s raining.  So it seems appropriate that I’m drinking many cups of tea (milk oolong today) and putting together more Wintertime Bookbinding Kits.

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Look at the selection of fancy papers – the deep indigo floral chiyogami makes me swoon!

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This winter-themed bookbinding kit is packed to the gills with goodies.  A selection of fancy papers, heavy-weight cover papers, page papers, linen thread, simple tools and embellishments (not pictured)!  Once you’ve completed the two books in the kit (and the super cute mini book!) you can start adding your own materials and keep going!

Pictured above I’ve added in a few things from my own collection to inspire you: two spools of linen thread (you could use cotton thread, but linen thread is stronger and more durable), tiny scissors, beeswax and my trusty wooden awl!  What other crafty supplies would you use?

Wintertime Bookbinding Kits are available in my Etsy shop, at Freedom Clothing Collective and now also at the Arts Market on College.

The Studio on a Sunday

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Well I’ve done it again! Today was spent taking a lovely walk on a rare mild day here in Toronto (don’t worry, the forecast for next week predicts -20C as the high) over to the Arts Market.

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While this isn’t technically the studio, it’s kind of an extension. And I’ve re-stocked and updated some items, so swing by if you’re in the area. I’m set for 2015!

Top 10 Good Things for Sprouts Press in 2014

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I will admit that I make New Year’s resolutions, and for the most part I usually carry them out.  Sometimes within the year, but sometimes they get ‘rolled over’ to the next year.  Doesn’t matter, they will happen one way or another, when the time is right.

Today, however, I’ve been thinking a lot about all the great things that have happened with Sprouts Press over the last year and how grateful I feel about it all.  I’m also thankful for the lessons I’ve learned throughout 2014.  Some have been wonderful, some have been near misses, and some have been painfully head-on total mess-ups.  It happens.  I’ve learned and moved on.

Anyways, here’s a brief but enjoyable list of the good things for Sprouts Press in 2014:

10. This 365 blog project.  Yup, this little project has taught me the value of time management.  Planning/scheduling and has made me value all the hours in the day.

9. Joining the Arts Market as a vendor, effectively giving me a not-so-scary glimpse into having a retail space for creative wares.

8. Being featured as a bookbinder in a publication about bookbinding!!  You may remember this post about my humble little page in the book: “The Little Book of Book Making” by Charlotte Rivers.

7. Having the opportunity to teach bookbinding right here in Toronto.  I’m ever so grateful to the lovely ladies over at Graven Feather who host my bookmaking workshops with grace and enthusiasm.  It’s a beautiful and welcoming space that you must check out if you’re in Toronto’s west end.

6. Seeing my creations available at various brick and mortar shops in Toronto, but also farther away, (like in the Strand Bookstore in NYC!!  Woot!!).  I’m looking forward to growing this area of my business next year, any suggestions are most welcome!

5. Being a part of the One of a Kind Christmas Show here in Toronto is an experience I’ve enjoyed, and I learned so much.  The sheer size of the show was a challenge in so many ways; prepping inventory, designing and building a booth, organizing volunteers for breaks, and the list goes on.  What I’m trying to say is that it was a great exercise and the lessons I learned are invaluable.

4. I wrote a business plan!  If you follow me on social media you may remember my many posts and statuses about ‘phase 1’ and ‘Passed, now onto phase 4!!’, and various similar statements.  And you may have been one of the people who participated in my market research survey (thank you so much for taking the time, it’s much appreciated!)  Well, this had to do with the business program I am in.  End result: I am a proud business owner with a 56 page business plan!!

3. The ability to sell my creations online, through Etsy and the One of a Kind Online shop.  I know, this is a strange thing to say but just imagine the days before this was an option.  I cannot.  And, not that there’s much to compare with, but 2014 was my best year for sales on Etsy!  Woot!!

2. This year, I’m grateful for all the amazing connections I’ve made with other small business owners and makers/artists/artisans.  This leads into feeling like part of a real community both online and offline.  Some people may not realize how important this is for artists, but it can often be a very solitary life.  Finding people that I trust to accept advice from and share my experiences with is pretty fantastic.

1. And the number 1 good thing from 2014 is being able to take on Sprouts Press full time!!!  Yaaaaaay!!  This is a dream come true for me, it’s my passion and I cannot imagine not doing this!

Thanks to everyone who has helped me along the way in whatever ways you’ve been able!  You know who you are, you awesome, amazing and generous people!!!

Bring on 2015!