The Holiday Sale was so fun. I love having my house full of friends! Thank you so kindly to everyone who came. And thank you for buying handmade!
Here are a few photos from the pop-up shop. I think in my next life I will own a shop and spend my time making window displays–I really enjoy that part.
Fresh boxwood and other random greens from my yard adorned the front door.
I still have some journals left–email me if you are interested.
I also have a handful of original paintings available for purchase. Along with prints of my paintings, blank cards, and gift card holders.
Thank you, again, for buying handmade! I really appreciate your support and kind words. I’m already looking forward to next year’s Holiday Sale. But if you can’t wait until then, you can always shop online.
A few weekends ago, we were vendors at the Harvest Festival at Royalty Pecan Farms. The whole day was perfect: Beautiful weather. Hardworking, handsome husband. New friends. Old friends. Tasty local eats.
The long day started out with a beautiful sunrise as we drove. So peaceful.
The farm is amazing. This was my view all day. I think I might ask for a farm for Christmas.
Our booth withstood the gusty winds the farm is used to. Thanks to a friendly neighboring vendor, nothing of mine blew away.
And of course, we stayed until the sun set. So lovely. Can’t wait for next year!
Tomorrow is the Holiday Sale! If you are new to Book Bound Bindery, here is a peek at some of things you will find tomorrow at the sale.
Handmade Journals. The pages are blank inside and so lovely. Most covers were made with vintage fabric.
Notebooks. Seven different covers to choose from: bird, butterfly, zebra, truck, dino, tree, bike. Pockets in the front and back covers.
Stickers. Each notebook has a coordinating sticker. You know, for gift wrap or marking your kiddo’s sack lunch or as a bookplate.
Gift Card Holders. I believe in properly gifting gift cards (aka make it special, people).
Pop-up Cards. Everyone loves a pop-up.
Original Paintings. This is new this year! I have a few originals available. Six recent paintings are available as 8″ by 10″ prints.
And to top it off (sorry for no photo!) the paintings are also available as note card sets.
Hope to see you tomorrow! Email me if you need my address.
Don’t worry. I didn’t forget about Christmas. I have a pop-up greeting card for that too. See you Saturday at the Pecan Harvest Festival!
Introducing: Pop-up Greeting Cards!
I’m always trying to dress up a gift card so the recipient knows I’m not short on love. That’s why I started making Gift Card Holders a few years ago. The one drawback, it you can’t just pop those in the mail since they are so thick and book-like. These new pop-ups fold up flat so you can stick a regular stamp on them and put them in the mail. You’re welcome.
There are a few different designs to choose from. The inside is blank. I love how versatile these are: “High 5″ can be to congratulate your friend or to wish him/her luck or to celebrate his/her birthday. See what I mean? Awesome.
Of course, there is an array of bright colors to choose from.
Who will you surprise with a pop-up?
These will be available for purchase at the Pecan Harvest Festival on Saturday and also next week at the Holiday Sale.
The past few weeks were filled with all sorts of wonderful things. Mr-Four-Years-Old learned to ride his bike without training wheels. We said good bye to some of our favorite shoes. We enjoyed several rides through Texas farm country just for fun. Chris built a chin-up bar in the back yard so we can all have big muscles. I mended all the stuffed animals that have been waiting years. We helped a turtle across the road. And to top it all off, we saw a FULL double rainbow before school one morning.
It’s a happy life here.
Enjoy the weekend!
All photos from my Instagram feed (@bookbound)
November is totally booked. I’m so excited for all three events. I’d love to meet you so start making plans now and I’ll see you there!
November 2-4, 2012
FELIZ is going to be such a fun art weekend. Amazing vendors, artists teaching workshops, and time to mingle. I will be at the party on Friday night and I will be teaching the Photo Accordion Book Workshop on Saturday. Purchase a spot and come make some holiday gifts for your loved ones. You can see all the details for the weekend over at FELIZ.
Pecan Harvest Festival
November 10, 2012
I’m so happy to be part of the first-ever Harvest Festival at Royalty Pecan Farms. This outdoor event includes all sorts of things — a 5K fun run, their famous pecan pie, music, vendors, and more. I will be there all day selling handmade books and recent paintings. There will be something fun for everyone in the family. And the farm is breathtaking. You can see photos on their website.
November 15, 2012
The tradition continues — come to my studio to buy a handmade book, eat some tasty treats, and hang out with friends. I’ll have a range of products available with something for every one on your holiday gift list. For the full details of this event, email me and I’ll put your name on the official e-vite.
Yesterday we had some new friends over for dinner. I failed in the mashed potato department (aka I forgot to buy potatoes and ended up using instant flakes *gag*).
But I made the most tasty, moist little pumpkin cakes in their own glass jars. Darling and delicious.
Now, I know it’s not earth shattering to cook tasty things in tiny jars — it’s all over Pinterest. Anyway, I felt awesome.
And I ate one for breakfast today.
Making pumpkin cake in a jar is easy.
Buy little 4 oz glass jars. I have 24 of these.
Make this pumpkin bars recipe I found via The Girl Who Ate Everything.
Grease the jars and fill them up 2/3 full. I used 20 jars and had a little batter left over.
Bake at 350 for 20-22 minutes.
Now it’s your turn! Give it a try.
June and July were my summer art workshops for kids. It reminded me how much I love teaching. So if anyone out there is dying for private art lessons, email me! I’ll teach any age 8 years and older.
PART ONE: Printmaking and Collage
The first workshop focused on composition and paper collage. We talked about the principles of design and composition and then practiced with rock, penny, and button collages on cardboard. The kids were so creative and learned the principles quickly. Then, the kids carved their own linoleum block and made a set of paper collages. Next, they used paint to stamp their linoleum cut onto the paper collage. Sadly, I don’t have any pics to prove it. This is one of my favorite projects. Making monoprints is so satisfying!
PART TWO: Painting
The other class I taught focused on color and painting. We looked at the works of Matisse and Mondrian. The kids completed two paintings. The first was in the style of Mondrian. They used masking tape to make a design on their canvas and then painted in the shapes. The second was a portrait in the style of Matisse. We talked about how to paint with the acrylic paint — I gave them a few pointers but really wanted them to experiment for themselves.
I can’t wait until next summer for more art camp! I will be teaching a few workshops this fall — more on that soon!
I am happy to announce I will be teaching a photo accordion book workshop in Austin in November. This is a great project for you folks who want to make some of your Christmas and Holiday gifts this year.
The workshop is part of FELIZ, an art weekend celebrating all things handmade. There will be a party, workshops, and an art sale. If you can find a way to make it, you should! You can check out all the details on the FELIZ website. This is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season and to support local artists.
I’m teaching an accordion bookmaking class. You already know I love teaching so grab a friend and buy a spot in my class. It’s going to be loads of fun.
Here are details:
Looking for a way to collect and arrange photos, gather tidbits of information, or let the kids doodle while you wait in line?
In this workshop you’ll learn how to make a basic accordion book perfect for filling your purse with instagram snapshots or sending out for last-minute gifts. After learning the basic technique using two endboards that pull apart to reveal accordion-like paper within, you will design and create a book of your own under the expert guidance of the instructor using high quality archival materials.
All materials are included. No previous bookbinding experience is necessary.
Casa De Luz
1701 Toomey Road
Austin, TX 78704
$44 (which is a steal!)
Click here to purchase a spot