Wordless Wednesday 04.07.18

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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!!

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.

See you at the Blossom & Bloom Show!

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Today I’m vending at the Blossom and Bloom Show in picturesque Unionville!
It’s in the courtyard of the Varley Art Gallery, 216 Main Street, Unionville.

Visit the show site for more information.

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.

Paper Fair!

Day 252/365Attention all Torontonian paper addicts: This thursday is the Paper Fair at Toronto’s First Post Office!  Stop by to meet local paper artists and crafters, and talented stationery designers.  It’s going to be a great selection of fun, beautiful, handmade paper goods!

For details and vendor spotlights, go here.

 

Show Announcement

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Announcing the next show for Sprouts Press: Heirlooms Artisan Market!  Held amongst the greenery and flowers of Vermeer’s Garden Centre, this show will have a great variety of vendors, including myself, jewelry, body care and even food trucks!

What: Heirlooms Artisan Market
When: Saturday June 20, 2015  10am – 6pm
Where: Vermeer’s Garden Centre, 684 S Pelham Road, Welland