See you soon

Not too many minutes were spent this week on creative work. That means that the time I would normally spend making books, sewing or designing new things was spent on irrelevant, stressing and day-job related things. Last night I decided to make a zip purse and that wasn’t necessarily a wise thing to do after a grumpy day. It really isn’t that difficult to make a zip purse, but for some reason I just couldn’t think straight (or sew straight)! I finished it only because I’m too stubborn to quit. I easily quit if I get bored with something (oh how many bags I have started in my life, and how few I’ve actually finished!), but not because of difficulties or mistakes.

Now it’s officially weekend and I’m not going to be grumpy on a weekend. Tomorrow I’m going to go to Vammala where I studied bookbinding and come back with my bookbinding competition award, lots of photos of the exhibition and the book fair, and my parents. And on Sunday I’m going to take them (my parents, I’m not taking the award check with me) to the medieval fair here in Turku and take some more photos. And after recovering from the weekend, I’ll post photos here, and hopefully by then I’ll be less stressed out too and have something very wise to say to you 🙂

(And yes, the books in the previous post are going to be available in my Etsy shop as soon as I get the chance to take better photos of them!)

My photos got stage fright

Oh I didn’t mean to be gone this long, once again! I’m lost with my evening shifts. I had the most wonderful Midsummer and it felt like a real vacation even though it was just one night away from home. Adorable little boys – and variable weather too; we had sunshine, thunder and hailstorm.

I’m getting frustrated with Blogger not liking my photos, but I guess I’ll just have to live with it. This post looks weird, I’ll see if I can fix it later. After several attempts to upload photos, here they are; three little notebooks that I made after feeling oh so satisfied with the one I made for myself. And just for your information, I haven’t done anything with mine yet. It’s a bit scary to start a new notebook after such a long time without a real hand bound book. Lately I’ve been playing with the thought of starting to write again. I used to write poems, a lot. Now it has been at least six months since the last time I wrote something. I finished my collection of poems and felt like it was time for a little break. I didn’t think it would be this long a break. And the time is still flying. Who knows when I’ll really start writing poems again. I have a feeling that it won’t be today. This day went by without me waking up properly, yet I don’t feel bad about it.

This is love.

I’m sure all of you know that special feeling you get sometimes when you make something that’s so much better than what you imagined it would be. Well, this is it. My tiny notebook is so much more beautiful and ‘me’ than I thought it could ever be. It wasn’t until it was all finished and I held it in my hands that I knew I was in love. It may not look too special, but it’s just the right size and it feels so good!

3.2″x4.4″x0.9″(8,2×11,3×2,2cm) with 192 pages of gray 100% recycled paper. Covered in smooth natural linen, stenciled by hand as always, and the headbands I made from dark olive green linen. This is me. (I loved this so much that I’m making more of these, with minor adjustments and different colorways – I want to keep mine unique!)

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