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Peoria Heights Art Fair Tomorrow!

I’ve been busy preparing all week for the Peoria Heights Art Fair, and it’s tomorrow! There were will be fine art, jewelry, fine crafts, and food in Tower Park and running down Prospect St. in downtown Peoria Heights from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rumor has it that Anodyne Design will be located on the street near I Know You Like A Book, which is a fabulous little book shop and wine bar. (Seriously, is there a better combination than book store and wine bar?) I’d love it if you’d come by and say hello, and really, it’s just going to be a lovely day for art, craft, shopping, and maybe a glass of wine.

There are going to be a LOT of artists there, but a couple of the ones that I know of for certain, and whom you definitely should not miss, are Joan Furilla, who makes beautiful fine silver jewelry, Razorberries, whose watercolor art never fails to impress, and Yellow Dragonfly Designs, who makes lovely and unique necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, and awesome tables from vintage suitcases.

I have been working on a lot of things, but here’s a peek at some of the new mini journals I’ll have at the fair tomorrow:

Fabric Covered Mini Journals
Fabric Covered Mini Journals
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New Mini Fabric Covered Journals

Fabric Journal Cover in Retro Kitty

I put the finishing touches on a batch of 10 new fabric journal covers today, and have started adding them to the shop. I love all the different fabric, and I changed up the decorative stitching on the covers to better coordinate with the accent fabrics. I especially love the scalloped edges I used on a few (and it felt good to use a mostly neglected feature on my sewing machine!) I will be adding more of these little lovelies to the shop throughout the week.

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Fabric Cover for a Mini Journal

I spent my Saturday working on making fabric journal covers. I went through 4 covers before I found the perfect measurements. Who would have guessed it would be so hard? Then I had to decide if the journal needed some sort of a closure, and if so, what sort? A button, a strap, elastic, nothing? After consulting with SciFi man and my very crafty mom (to whom I owe probably all the credit for any of my own craftiness) it was decided that an elastic strap was the way to go. I’m glad I listened to them, because the strap does make the whole thing look more finished. And you know how much I like things to look finished. Behold…

Fabric Journal Cover

I especially like that I made this for a tiny 4″x6″ notebook. It’s very portable, which I think increases the likelihood that it will actually be remembered and used. I think it’s even small enough to fit into one of my wristlets. Awesome.

Action Shot:

Fabric Journal Cover in Action

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Handmade Photo Journal

Handmade Photo Journal

I don’t normally do much with paper (besides doodle all over it), but last night I worked on a paper project. I put together my first book, a little journal. The covers are an 8 x 10 photograph that I cut in half, so the book is 5 x 8. The pages are a mix of different types of papers, which I thought was interesting and creative. SciFi Man just finds it puzzling. “How will you know where your graph paper is?” he asked, obviously pained. If I make a journal for him, I’ll be sure to keep it to a single type of paper, or at least group them into logical categories.

Photo Journal Detail: Emerson Quote

I used a lot of paper I just had lying around, and even a page from an old book. Some stationery and index cards found there way into the pages, too. I also printed out a few new pages with some of my favorite quotes on them. This would be a great project to recycle/re-purpose paper you find around your house. And who couldn’t use a personalized, handmade, eco-friendly journal?

I enjoyed putting the book together. It was easy and fun (although a pain to cut down all the papers to the right dimensions. I have added a fancy paper cutter to my wish list.) And now I’ve got all this fancy bookbinding glue, so I think I’ll make a few more.

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A Handmade Journal

Handmade Journal

Recently, I received this lovely handmade journal in the mail. I think I may have talked before about my love for things handmade. There’s something special about knowing that a real persons time, creativity, and love went into the object in my hands. This particular journal was customized for me, but also includes special little things the sender could not have known would make me happy, like the library card pasted into the front, the envelope full of “extras” attached to the back cover, and the ribbon bookmark. Each little detail makes the book more special.

Inside the Journal

Because it is a special journal, created with love, I have decided to keep it lovely. I am going to use it to record those things in my life, big and small, that bring me joy– wedding anniversaries, the smell of popcorn, an unexpected kind word. In that way, I will have a book that will always bring me pleasure, will help me to remember the things that truly matter, and will help me to be more mindful of the everyday pleasures that are so easily taken for granted.