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i’m book obsessed.  i think i’ve made about 30 in the past two months, but this one i made for my shop since it’s been so barren over there that i could practically hear crickets.  the others were for art fairs and gifts, but this one is for you.  😉  my camera is weird and tries to make things look more pristine than they are.

anatomical heart journal, art journal blank book, handmade book

i like to fool around with different weird binding techniques that i dream up but this time i was going to just cover the spine with fabric.  however, when i was done, i liked the rough and rustic look of it so i altered my original plan.

anatomical heart journal, art journal blank book, handmade book

oooh, alicia-style crackle!  you can click to enlarge, if you’re interested.

anatomical heart journal, art journal blank book, handmade book

and… a classic back pocket.  gotta have a place for those secrets, i always say!

anatomical heart journal, art journal blank book, handmade book

i also spent some time working on my butterfly for the butterfly project.  if you haven’t heard of it, here is the short version: the holocaust museum in houston, texas, which is dedicated to educating people about the holocaust, remembering the 6 million jews and other innocent victims and honoring the survivors’ legacy.  fast forward to their project, the butterfly project is  to remember the 1,500,000 innocent children who perished as a result of the holocaust  by collecting 1.5 million handmade butterflies.  i’ve started mine and will be finishing it this weekend with my family.  both the husby and the son wish to make one because we think this is such a beautiful tribute to a horribly tragic historical event.  many of the husb’s ancestors were lithuanian jews.  two dresses studio has graciously offered to forward the butterflies to the museum and we’ll be sending ours off soon.

this is the start to mine (lace, embroidery, recycled sari silk, salvaged fabric from a once-gorgeous dress from the 50s, etc… and i think i will cover the black stitching ’cause i may now hate it):

butterfly effect, butterfly

now, i have to plug my sweet friend lisa jurist because i adore her and her gorgeous products have facilitated my whole book-making extravaganza lately.  without her, my binding would be ever so bland!  if you do not know her, you must visit her blog and etsy shop and i assure you, you will adore her too.  i have a mudhound shopping fetish so a couple of weeks ago when i realized i was low on her amazing recycled silks, i popped over to get more.  see how amazingly lovely this silk is!!

mudhound studio goodies

and in the package, that super sweet, ever-so-generous girl sent me this amazing miniature vintage printer’s drawer (she sells these in her etsy shop too!).  i’m in love and can’t wait to get some of my wonderful little victorian babies and poison bottles into it.  thanks so much, lisa!!

mudhound studio goodies

 

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taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

about three or four and a half weeks ago i happened upon the coolest website i’d found in quite some time.  it was for a shop called paxton gate, which is located in san francisco.  they have everything from articulated skeletons to taxidermy eyes, carnivorous plants to fantastically cool books, peacock feathers to cloches, plus bones, fossils and minerals, science junk and art, etc.  if you know me, you know i was elated beyond words.  i loved this site so much that i kept the tab open for weeks so i could peek back every now and then to drool a bit.

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

fast-forward to last weekend and a friend tells me while out for a couple of drinks… “there is a new shop on mississippi that i know you’ll love….”.  long story short, it’s paxton gate!!  how i did not know we had one in portland is beyond me.  well, true confession: i don’t get out much so it’s no wonder i didn’t notice it.  so, we ended up going the very next day, the husb and i, and i rather love that shop.  i have to say, though, that it’s both odd and comical to me that i have always loved bones and dead/preserved creatures and everyone told me i was “gross” or “morbid” and now it’s tres cool to have a taxidermy baby skunk or mink skull or dead, framed bugs in your living room, for example.  who’s morbid and weird now, huh!?  yeah… not just me… not that i ever thought it morbid or weird.

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

anyway, this is a cool shop.  a bit sterile and open, but very cool none the less.  you should check if out if you’re able.  at least check out the site

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

taxidermy, articulated skeleton, skull, carniverous plant, erotica book, french postcards, cloche

all images copyright paxton gate.

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