Anonymous asked: Hi Lauren! How was your day? Hope you had nice weather :) I just had a look at your etsy store (your books are so awesome <3) and I was a little surprised by the price. In a sense that I think your books are rather cheap? So I was wondering if you actually earn anything by selling the books, because all that material has to be quite expensive too, not to mention your working hours. I thought they'd be around 20-25€ (27$-35$)? Haha but maybe I'm way off with that? Anway, thank you!

Hi Anon! (Are you the same Anon from earlier? I ask because you use Euros and the ask starts the same way! I’d love to meet you off-Anon if you’re comfortable with it!)

The weather has been splendid today. Sunny but not too hot and I sat in the garden and played with the dogs and watched the rabbits goofing around.

The price I picked for the books covers materials costs, but definitely doesn’t cover time! I picked the price based on others I’d seen, perhaps a touch lower because I didn’t have much presence on Etsy.

You’re not the first person whose asked if I’m underpricing! I think I’m going to build it up, and also because a cute handmade crafts and vintage objects shop has asked to stock my books and will be taking commission. I can’t make that worthwhile with what I charge now, but I also won’t want to charge different prices dependant on location! (Online or off!) We’re going to trial it. I’m still quite new to all this, and it’s a balancing act between art, books, my part-time job, and what’s the most financially sensible route!

3 months ago on 04/30/14 at 06:53pm

Sea horses too!

The dark orange bits are gold ink which sparkles gorgeously when it catches the light!

Digital test and final outcome. I needed (still need!) to work on my colours.

pond-dipping:

Unnatural coloured Nautilus!

I had this over on my personal. I don’t think I ever reposted it here. Maybe it’s time to polish up the photos of the final outcome of this and the other two in the set…

Anonymous asked: Hi Lauren! I was wondering where you are finding those beautiful papers and pieces of cloth that you use for your books (covers)? Maybe it's because I live in a (shitty) tiny city in Germany...but I've never seen such beauties before! Also, are you using the technique of glueing cloth on cardboard that Sealemon showed in her tutorial (since you mentioned her before)? With glueing this extra "cloth" on it beforehand or do you put it straight on the cardboard? Thank you so much! <3

Hi Anon!

I get my fabrics from shops that tend to specialise in quilting. They have a lot of printed cotton, with new designs coming out often. I talk more about that here.

So I can definitely recommend looking for quilting shops, or finding them online. 

There’s an Etsy shop in Germany called BuchundBox - and I’ve just checked and she has her own website. I’ve ordered paper from her before, since I love Japanese chiyogami and katazome-shi papers. (Although they’re often painfully expensive in the UK!) She also has some Carta Varese Italian paper. I adore this. 

I did use SeaLemon’s make-your-own book cloth tutorial! =) I’d used bondaweb/heat-n-bond beforehand at school for appliqué in textiles class, and it seemed logical! 

Bondaweb is a web or net of glue backed on to greaseproof paper. You place it glue side down against the back of the fabric you want to cover, and iron the back to melt the glue. Once it’s cool, you pull back the greaseproof paper, and can then melt and fuse another material to the glue.   Like the tissue paper to provide a barrier to the wet glue you use when covering book boards!

SeaLemon’s tutorial explains it more clearly than that!

I would definitely recommend keeping big sheets of baking parchment/greaseproof paper around when using the bondaweb. If you lay the baking parchment between the iron and whatever you’re working on, you’re less likely to melt glue directly on to the iron. Plucking glue off the iron once it’s cooled is not fun, but it’s better than melting mucky glue onto your clothes the next time you use the iron!

Why am I doing this to myself??

After much fiddling and Finnie, my macbook, throwing a tantrum, I’ve found my winners!

Since my theme didn’t number notes, I had to hurry to find one that did! My announcement closing the giveaway was the twelfth post. So I added 12 to the numbers random.org drew to get my winning numbers. It seemed the fairest way to make sure only entries after the close were considered. =)

On to the exciting part!

1st prize: somethinglostorforgotten13

2nd prize: there-is-no-utopia

3rd prize: schedios

Congratulations and I’ll be messaging the three of you shortly to find out which prints you’d like, and what pattern books. c= I’ll photograph the options for the saddle-stitched books for second and third prizes. And you can see the prints to pick from on my Etsy.

Thank you everyone SO MUCH for taking part. I was scrolling through to find the lucky people above, and so many people left lovely and encouraging comments!

crystalanchrony asked: hey! I'm going to try and see if i can load all the notes into an excel file, with all the numbers, so you have this giant list of urls who reblogged it and liked it! I don't know if it'll work though, but I'm willing to try :)

Hi there! =)

You don’t need to. <3 That would take a while. I’ve found a theme that’s numbered the notes (in reverse from latest to oldest, but at least they have numbers attached.) I’m just going to add 12 to the winning numbers to find the winners. (I did the generation out of 6705 which was the number I closed the giveaway on, the 12 are notes since on the page I have open for it…)

It is very kind of you to offer however!

3 months ago on 04/24/14 at 07:33pm

And according to my computer clock, this is now over! I’ll be posting the results shortly!

pondweed
:

I’m going to call this finished at 18:00 GMT!

I’ll do the draw on random.org and post the results after that. =) 

pondweed:

*whispers* Just two more days!

pondweed:

Just a reminder that this finishes in four days! =D

Don’t forget, you can reblog more than once, though be kind to your followers’ dashboards.

Thank you to everyone whose entered so far!

pondweed:

To launch the introduction of the books I’ve been binding to my Etsy store, I’m holding a giveaway! Check out what you might win on my Etsy!

1st Prize:

  • one 11x15.5cm hand-bound coptic-stitched book of your choice from my shop
  • two art prints
  • and a postcard pack.

2nd Prize:

  • three 14.9x10.5cm soft-cover saddle-stitched notebooks
  • one art print
  • and a postcard pack.

3rd Prize:

  • two 14.9x10.5cm soft-cover saddle-stitched notebooks,
  • and a postcard park.

Rules & Conditions

  • Runs from 20/03/2014 — 24/04/2014.
  • Like and reblog to enter. You can reblog multiple times, but please consider your followers’ dashboards!
  • No giveaway only blogs.
  • Winners are picked with a random number generator. (First draw wins first prize, etc.)
  • This giveaway is international. 
  • Please be contactable, either by having your ask box open, or another means of contact clearly displayed. I’ll message you about postage details.
  • Best of luck!

This cheeky chap has caught a flight!

This book is available from my Etsy!

This book is available on my Etsy!