paper dolls

At the end of last year, I made a print that says “Read More Books”.  I mostly made it because I had planned on that being my 2011 goal, but I thought perhaps some other people would like it too.  I only printed a few of the prints at first and sold out at my first fall show last year.  I decided to print 100 more of the book prints before the Girlie Show and Jingle Bash and by the time I got home from Fort Worth, I only had a couple left.  Ooh, and if you watch this video from the Girlie Show, aside from seeing what a fun show it is, you’ll see my print at about 1:49 and a few little clips of my booth elsewhere.
Since the print was so popular, I printed it on tea towels, pillow covers, bookmarks, and pocket mirrors.. goodness, just about everything!
$6 in the shop

$5 in the shop
 Anyway, I’ve been living up to reading more books.
I’m spending this lovely winter afternoon reading a few that I got for Christmas.  First up is Crafting A Meaningful Home by Meg Mateo Ilasco.  I’ve loved her other books and so far this one is no exception.  I think I’m going to make some of the button garland asap.  The book is colorful and lovely and I love the book trailer for it too.

Crafting a Meaningful Home from Meg Mateo Ilasco on Vimeo.

Of course I’ve been enjoying The Black Apple’s Paper Doll Primer.  I started drawing out ideas for some of my own paper dolls last year, so of course I was really excited when I heard about this book.  I kept bugging the husband before Christmas making sure that someone was getting it for me.  Paper dolls have always been dear to me.. I remember many afternoon of playing with them with my grandma and one time while she was busy, my grandfather tried to help me with cutting some out.  He ended up cutting off all of those little darling white tabs on the clothing and it really broke my 8 year old heart.  To cheer me up, my grandma helped me make some new clothes for them with plain white paper and we cut out real fabric to attach.. such a sweet memory that I’m so happy to have.  In the Paper Doll Primer, I think my favorite is Sylvie.  I didn’t end up finishing the paper dolls that I was making last year, but I have drawn out plans for a paper doll themed tea towel and pillow cover, so be looking out for that this Spring.  And maybe I’ll eventually finish the others that I was making.. I was trying to theme them after some of the lovely ladies I know.
I’ve been saving the book I’m most excited about reading until I finish the others.  Do other people do that?  It’s like the dessert of my current reading list.   I am so inspired by Lotta Jansdotter and have adored her other books, so I’m sure that Handmade Living will be no exception.  It’s no secret that I’m a bit obsessed with Scandinavian design.. and handmade things, so I think this book will be just lovely.  I’ve flipped through the pages and can hardly wait to sit down and savor each page. 
What are you reading? 

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