Thanks to a crafty movie night last night, I've already listed the new books of good things on Etsy. If you're not feeling confident about your luck (or feel giveaways are the lamest thing on Earth and want nothing to do with fun), you can go and buy yourself one (or ten) of these right now! If you wan't the chance to win one of these instead, do head over to my previous blog post!
What better way to spend a Saturday night than in the splendid company of a stack of papers to be folded! Tonight I'm refreshing the old favourite, my book of good things. This is the third (and all new) English version since I began making these English ones in 2007; the first Finnish books of good things were made over ten years ago (can't quite believe it myself), in a slighly different book format, though. Like all things, these books need a little updating every now and then, even if it's just to keep me from getting bored with making them. I knew it was high time to raise the prise or streamline the process, and I opted for the latter to keep everyone happy. I hope to share a finished book of good things in a day or two!
I just realized this is my 500th blog post over here, and I'm all for celebrating round numbers. So, I'm giving away one of these new (and still a bit mysterious) books of good things! Leave a comment below and you've got a chance to win one. I'll pick a winner at random on Thursday evening (Oct 30th, around 9pm GMT-2) and announce the winner here. Please make sure to leave your e-mail address in the comment form (or the actual comment), so I can contact you if luck favours you!
PS. There are still a few books of good things with the old design and content available in my shop! Once they're gone, there won't be more!
EDIT: The random number generator generated the random number 2 (sorry, I've yet to master screenshots with my iPad!), which means the book of good things goes to the lovely Deanna of EmeraldCut!
After hours and hours of listing things to Etsy it's all here. And my Poppytalk Handmade table is ready for opening too. Their Holiday & Gift-themed Market will go live on Monday 17th. I'm dying (and trying) to find some gorgeous Christmas gifts there before it's too late for international shipping.
My new Gocco printed Hogweed designs are inspired by many things: my vintage botany books, the various umbellifers I see every day on my way to work, and most of all the mental image of said flowers standing alone in the snow, frosty and white. I'm hoping the fall would soon end. It's too dark and too rainy. I wish it would snow soon, but I guess a rainy winter is the price I have to pay for living by the sea in the southern Finland. Imagination saves many bad days. The Hogweed line is designed to be used with imagination, to arouse imagination and to look beautiful.
Books in bags are back. Coptic bound journals in lavender, charcoal, dark teal and natural linen. The books are accompanied with charcoal or natural linen drawstring bags. The books are approximately 4.3"x6"x0.9" (10,8x15,2x2,2cm) and they have 72 smooth pearl gray colored pages with torn edges. Sewn with waxed natural linen thread.
A facelift for the good old Book of good things. Now available in seven different colorways, more may be on their way.
Paperiaarre pencil cases have proven to be a great success among their users. Grown up pencil cases are really hard to find (at least here in Finland) but the Hogweed pencil cases are just about as classy as a pencil case can get! Good things come in fours apparently: black, lavender, teal and charcoal. Ooh, the charcoal linen, it's to die for!
New brooches too! These are my new favorite. I may need to make myself a couple more of these. Various colors, more to come, as soon as time travel is possible if not sooner!
Of course there's a lot more in the shop, I'll blog about those things later. I've been a workhorse this week, so maybe a night off would be a good idea today! I had the most terrible day at work today and literally had tears in my eyes when the day was done, but I'm glad to have something nice to blog about and cheer me up a bit.
I've made some more books of good things, you can find them in the shop now. A little something else will be there tomorrow too. It's almost strange how much I still enjoy making them even though I've made almost hundreds of these in this format. This little book was earlier more of a traditional binding but all the fiddly parts of making a tiny book were starting to get on my nerves after some years. Changing the format to matchbook style put the fun back to making these, and at least to me the matchbook format is the most portable (as in "toss in your bag and hope its survives in one piece" portable) one that comes to mind. Book of good things is like a mini first-aid kit for the days when you're under the weather.
I've always loved making lists, but lately most of them have been to-do lists and they're not too loveable. Words are comforting, especially when they don't mean you're running behind your imaginary deadlines.
a small list of things that make nice sounds
leaves (falling from trees, in trees, or under your feet in a cold morning)
the park gate opening at night
the lever of my bookbinding press
pouring water from a large jug into a tall glass
a neighbor washing her dishes late in the evening when the rest of the house is quiet (I used to get annoyed, but I now like it, she sometimes sings a little too)
sitting in the dark (there is a special sound you can only then hear)
Do you write lists? What kind of words do you like? What makes a nice sound?
Rainy days have made me more productive. I finally made the cushion I had planned on making for months. The gorgeous fabric is hand-printed by the multi-talented Jesse! Once the sun came out for a while I decided to eat my tomato-mozzarella salad on the balcony and took a photo of the pillow too... and I hope Karen can handle her balcony-envy :)
Books of good things in new (and old) colors! I hope tomorrow will be a better day for taking photos. I'll try to list the above book and some of these on Etsy some time before Tuesday. I have Monday off work and I'm going to try and not make anything important. I need a vacation from being my hardworking self.