And the winner is...

Thank you everyone for participating! We had 27 entries in the draw. The results of the draw can be seen on the following little video. I put all the entries in a bowl and - like last time - I thought I would do the draw for the winner on camera. And the winner is...... *drumroll*

Giveaway -- Jane Austen Notecard Set

Welcome to my new blog! *

I had so much fun holding the giveaway in January I decided to do another one! This time you can win a set of my Jane Austen notecards. I think you'll find this notecard series “uniformly charming". (hehe!) This 4-card set features Jane Austen quotes paired with sepia prints. Three of the prints are of my original drawings; so you get original art prints plus functional greeting cards, all in one! Cards are blank inside. Cards/envelopes measure 4½” x 5¾“ and are non-glossy. They come prettily packaged with raffia, packed along with cardboard backing to prevent bending during shipment. Ready to use or give. (MSRP $14)

The quotes include…
“You must allow me to tell you…” (featuring Lizzy and Darcy, a sepia print of my original drawing)
“There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.” -Jane Austen (featuring 'Tea Time', a sepia print of my original drawing)
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.” -Elizabeth Bennett, Pride & Prejudice (featuring 'Lizzy', a sepia print of my original drawing)
"The grounds there are delightful" (a sepia image of a great estate used as Pemberley in the P&P film)


1. Leave a comment on this entry telling me your favorite Jane Austen novel (not movie!). Make sure you leave your name and email address, so I can contact you if you win the draw.
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3. Follow me on Networked Blogs (scroll down the right sidebar and you'll see the button "Follow this Blog")

Deadline for entries ends after Wednesday, Feb. 24 -- so any entries dated Feb. 25 will not be included in the draw. The draw will be made Thursday, Jan. 25 and the winner announced here and on Facebook. Have fun!

* Comments from my Previous Blog will be counted in the draw! :) 
For some reason Blogspot wouldn't allow me to import the comments here, 
and still allow new comments to be added. So new comments can be added here.

journals + quotes - how did it all begin?

Things have been hopping here at the bindery. New leathers are arriving all the time, and I've been thinking of new quotes - ones I have loved for years - and adding them to my ever-growing list of quotes available for my leather bound journals. I enjoy this so much!

Some of you have asked how I began making my journals. As some of you know, I started off on Etsy selling handmade cold-process soap. While I loved the end product, I never really enjoyed the actual soap-making process very much (too much like baking, which I don't enjoy either). Jane AustenWhile I still make soap from time to time, for personal use, I no longer make it to sell. For me, the entire experience didn't allow me to express myself creatively enough. And to me, creativity is very important.

I was inherently creative as a kid. Not particularly special in any way, but always seeking to 'create' something. As the strong silent type preferring to be alone in my room, I was always preoccupied with making things on my own - usually little books with drawings, paintings, and story boards. While I have always loved drawing and painting, my ‘first love’ has always been books. It started at an early age. After reading Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl at the age of 10, I started keeping journals, which I've done every year of my life, ever since. I remember collecting and obsessing over journals as a young girl. And guess what? I’ve never quite grown out of that obsession! In order to 'feed' my habit, I taught myself bookbinding back in early 2007. After many months of my nose 'in the books' in my quest for the 'perfect' journal, I took the plunge and decided to delve into the world of book arts. In late 2007, with the support of my dear husband, I quit my day job at a local newspaper (due to health issues), and started my little online shop, which I run from home, La Paperie & Cozy.

e.e cummingsWhile there were many talented bookbinders online, I noticed that no one -at the time- was offering books with quotes on the first page. As a book lover (especially of the classics), I've always thought it would be special to add a quote from literary greats, artists, poets, and excerpts from favorite classic novels -- my way of paying homage to such a wonderful world of inspiration. And quoted journals were born. :) I can almost imagine literary greats of centuries past, writing in handmade journals like these... Jane Austen writing notes as she walked in the pretty wilderness behind her house, annotating her next great work, Pride and Prejudice. Or a young Charles Dickens reminding himself in his journal to incorporate the comic villainy of Mr. Jingle in his first novel, The Pickwick Papers. Inspired by these literary masterminds, the majority of my journals' first pages pay homage to these outstanding writers and some of their best quotes! I will sometimes incorporate prints of my own original drawings and photos in a journal, to go along with certain quotes.Charles Dickens

Every book I create is very special to me - so it is a personal experience. I spend a lot of time selecting beautiful leathers, creating original style combinations to make each journal "haute couture" -- a journal that you can't find anywhere else. I also enjoy choosing which quote to integrate into the journal’s collective “theme” because, ultimately, that literary figure will affect the overall design of the journal. To give an example, I will often pair a rugged distressed looking leather with a quote from Twain or Poe or Dickens, or a more refined camel or burgundy for Jane Austen or Charlotte Bronte quote. I enjoy imagining what kind of journal they may have written in and, in turn, try to apply that to the books I make. I also love custom orders, which often times encourage me to come up with something entirely different…thus, thinking outside of the box.

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