Shop is closed for a brief respite

It will re-open Jan. 4, 2010 with new stock.

Thank you for making 2009 a wonderful year! See you in 2010! ♥

Keep an eye open for a "Grand Reopening Giveaway" Draw for a mini-leather journal!

My journal won the Autumn Challenge!

Yes, my book won the first ever monthly challenge, over at Trans-Canada Etsy Team, receiving 104 votes out of 237 total votes! Yay! Thanks so much to all of you who placed your votes. Kudos also goes to those talented Canadian artisans who participated. Good show!

Autumn Challenge

Apple cider, autumn camping trips, bonfires, beautifully coloured trees, crisp breezes and chilly evenings ...yes, it's AUTUMN! The Trans-Canada Etsy Team is featuring an Autumn Challenge for it's create something that fits in with the theme of autumn.

Visit the blog to vote for your favorite submissions! :)

For my entry, I submitted a journal hand-engraved with an oak leaf; it has 320 pages of beautiful treeless banana paper. It's now listed on my Etsy shop.

Ten random things about me...

I was tagged by Sharon at Secret Leaves Paperworks to share 10 random facts about myself. Here we go:
1. The effervescent smell of spit in the air after someone sneezes makes me want to hurl.

2. I refuse to walk barefoot on floors, no matter how clean they are, as I hate the idea of getting anything on my feet.

3. I'm not a big fan of chocolate.

4. I cringe at needles going into skin, and yet could watch a corpse being dissected without wincing.

5. I’m *extremely* introverted (even though I fool most people that I meet).

6. I loathe talking on the phone – if it rings I usually hope hubby will get it or let it go to voicemail.

7. I correct other people’s grammar in their emails before replying to them. (Only for my peace of mind.) Yup. I’m anal-retentive about almost everything.

8. I spent most of my childhood up in a tree with my nose in a book.

9. I am addicted to lists, hubby’s kisses, books, plain steamed rice, cat's paws, and really good tea.

10. I talk to my cats far too much.

I won’t tag anyone, but feel free to join in the fun!

hello, greeting cards

I dusted off a small ambition last week. Drawing. It’s been a while since I indulged in it. In fact, it is something I allow to rusticate until it awakens, with a start. And then I just have to indulge it.

A few simple sketches...two of the Jane Austen persuasion, and one of a another favorite…tea. I decided to put them on some greeting cards that I am now offering in my Etsy shop.

Interview -- PhotograBee

Shop Name: PhotograBee

We would love to know a bit more about the woman behind PhotograBee (name, age, background, etc.):

I'm the 'Bee' in PhotograBee. :) I'm 33 years old and have lived in Western North Carolina almost all my life. I was an art major in college and worked for about six years as a graphic designer. I've enjoyed photography for as long as I can remember, but it was during a photography class in college that I realized how much I truly love it. I feel at home behind a camera lens. Some day I'd like to have my own darkroom -- I loved developing my own prints. Now I'm an assistant librarian, which helps me perpetuate another passion of mine: books!

Tell us a bit about your business and how you got started: I've been thinking about selling prints of my photographs on Etsy for about a year now. I've been an Etsy buyer (and big fan) for about two years, but felt nervous to take the plunge and become a seller. I'm still very new, but excited to share items I love with others.

Apart from photography, what are your other interests? I love books, music, being outdoors, cooking, sewing, camping, mountain biking, and being with people I love.

What inspires you? Everything! Seriously. I find inspiration in pretty much everything around me, from the tiniest intangible quality to more overtly obvious things. I'm drawn heavily to nature and people in my photography. I am happiest outdoors and few things are as thrilling to me as catching the perfect scene with my camera. People and faces utterly fascinate me and are probably my favorite subject -- again, I see beauty in all and I love bringing it out on film. So far I only photograph friends & family, so there's a very personal joy for me in capturing the expressions and faces that are beautiful to me.

Is there a certain piece of yours that is your favourite, or epitomizes everything you love about what you do? I have to say one of my own favorites is 'the road less traveled'. It epitomizes qualities I love: quiet, countryside, peace, and a touch of melancholy with an air of mystery. Capturing it made my day -- I can clearly recall this.

How do you promote your work? At this point, word of mouth.

What handmade possession do you most cherish?
a quilt sewn by my great-grandmother

Name your top 5 books, movies, songs/musical groups, and websites:

Books: 'Jane Eyre', 'Persuasion', 'Pride & Prejudice', 'Anne of Green Gables', and 'Enchanted April'. (I could spend hours listing other favorites too, though)
Movies: 'A Room With a View', 'Pride and Prejudice' (A&E), 'North and South' (A&E), 'Moonstruck', 'Enchanted April'.
Musical Groups: Iron and Wine, Bruce Springsteen, M. Ward, Emmylou Harris, Joni Mitchell (again, I could go on). Websites: Etsy, Goodreads, Amazon, Flickr, Facebook.

Name 5 Etsy shops that are your personal favourites? This is so hard to narrow down! Besides La Paperie & Cozy, which is a clear favorite, five others among many that I love would be: Cottage In The Sun -- her wall art created from salvaged tin ceiling tiles are whimsical and lovely, plus a unique way to preserve those beautiful old tiles. The June Bride makes reclaimed wool brooches that always put a smile on my face -- they're my favorite mix of beauty plus reworking something that might otherwise go to waste. Heather Berry's gorgeous handmade jewelry is definitely my cup of tea. Brookish has some 'Pride and Prejudice'-inspired items that I just adore. Finally, The Daily Pincushion creates vibrant little pincushions that are almost too pretty to use.

What do you like about Etsy? I love the sense of community engendered by Etsy, and I've always been a big fan of supporting artisans and 'the little guy', so it's refreshing to have such an abundant forum in which to do so. The only negative thing is the effect Etsy has on my budget! How can I resist such great things?

Any special offers to buyers? Since I'm new to Etsy, I'm offering a 'buy one, get one free' special to my first five customers, as well as free shipping within the U.S

seeing red

Thank you to Elle for featuring my red suede "Shakespeare in Love" journal on her lovely blog.

You can see it here.

A "Back to School" Market

Come visit my table' at the Poppytalk Handmade "Back to School" Market (Aug. 17 - Sept. 18)


I've been featured at Simply Shiny. Thanks, Kristy!
Check out the feature at her lovely blog.

this little bookie when to the market

I took about a dozen of my leather journals and notebooks to the local market this morning. A friend of mine, who makes jewelry has a little booth set up downtown and has offered me space there. She'll be there until October, so it will be a continuous thing. I'm really grateful for this chance to give my books a more local exposure, as the majority of my customers are from the USA and abroad.

Here's my little setup...


Things have been busy here at La Paperie & Cozy bindery and that's just the way we like it!

I'm happy to post about a couple features of the shop:

The Bookbinding Esty Street Team (B.E.S.T.) features bookbinders of the team, by alphabet. Read all about the team's "L" members!

La Paperie & Cozy has also been featured at Presently Green. In a post about journals made with eco-friendly materials, my "I ♥ you" journal made with tree-less coffee paper is featured.

Front paged!

This time it was my Periodic Table of Elements journal. :)

"green" journals

As I mentioned in my last post, I've made these journals with treeless paper as part of my "going green" initiative. I plan to make many more!

Organic coffee papers are made from combining tree free agricultural bio-products coupled with 100% post consumer content to create a beautiful 24 lb. bond weight paper that is both beautiful with it's coloring AND a joy to write on! The journal measures approx. 5.5" x 4.25" and over 1" thick. It boasts 320-pages (both sides), and a rugged honey brown cowhide cover. The journal opens flat so you can write all the way into the margins. -SOLD-

Hemp Heritage paper is made in the USA by pulping Canadian-grown hemp fiber blended with post consumer waste. (Content: 25% hemp, 75% post consumer waste, 100% recycled. Color: Natural White with a subtle European laid finish making it a dream to write on!) -SOLD-

Any one of the journals in my shop (so long as they're 5.5"x4.25" or 9"x6") can be eco-ized. Simply let me know what style you like and I can make one for you with either coffee or hemp paper.

going green

La Paperie & Cozy is going green. All the paper for my standard sized journals will now be made from an innovative line of socially and environmentally responsible papers: paper from mixed sources. High quality paper with a conscience!

* Environmentally-responsible
* 92 brightness
* FSC-certified
* SFI Fiber Sourcing Certified
* Elemental chlorine-free
* Rainforest Alliance endorsed
* Manufactured under alkaline (acid-free) conditions for increased longevity and performance

All this in a high quality paper...what's not to love!

Also I will soon be offering journals that are made with treeless paper - Hemp paper and Coffee paper. It's really lovely with such a nice texture. And just in time for earth day on April 22! :)

Another front page feature

My Albert Einstein quote journal made it to the front page on 4/3/09!

they've been up for a while...

...but I forgot to post links to my shop on and my Facebook group (for all you Facebook fans).

La Paperie & Cozy Facebook Group

La Paperie & Cozy Artfire Shop

See you there! :)

Spring Sale

Sale prices already posted.
(Doesn't apply to custom orders.)

16 things I love

I was tagged by Elzeline over at Paperfection to share my 16 favorite things, pictorially. So here they are!

What are your 16 things?


Beth, over at IndieNorth, has kindly featured La Paperie & Cozy on her lovely blog. Do yourself a favor and visit IndieNorth - a Canadian Indie Business Collective. It's a great site showcasing Canadian Indie Craftmanship. Thanks again, Beth! :)


finally an update...sorry folks!

I thought I'd post a quick update as many have been asking where I've been, and it's true that this blog has been somewhat 'subdued' recently.

It's been difficult to focus on my work very much lately. Serious family health issues have been taking center stage lately. My dear Mom has been struggling with her cancer, and my dear Dad was recently admitted to the hospital in the city, for open heart surgery. It's still touch and go in many ways, but he is recouping. The family has rallied together as it always does. We'll make it through this.

Once things are back to 'semi-normal', and I've recharged a bit...I'm looking forward to getting back into my binding with a renewed vigor. I've got some new ideas that I haven't yet realized, and I'm itching to try them.

Stay tuned folks. :) Thanks for checking in with me!

Etsy frontpage 01-19-2009

Yay! Again!
This time it was my Ralph Waldo Emerson journal. :)

Market at Poppytalk

I'm participating in the Love Transforms Market over at Poppytalk Handmade, from Jan. 12 - Feb. 13.

Feel free to drop by and visit. :)

Another Frontpage Feature!

This time, my scarlet sheepskin suede "Shakespeare in Love" journal.
Yay! :)