Wednesday, 18 July 2012

A Present for Me!!

It's been a busy week, but I've manged a little time in my shed to make a start on these two notebooks.  One of them will become the prize in my blog giveaway!!  I just have to apply some wax and give the covers a good old polish and then start measuring and cutting the paper to go inside.  Each of these notebooks has 60 pages, so it takes a little while to cut them out using my guillotine.  They will then be stitched into the leather covers with some nice, strong, waxed thread.  I like the page-stitching process.  It's a little fiddly, but it's very satisfying seeing the pages grow and the notebook filling out.  A good job to do whilst watching the racing with my dear husband!!

 I made this personal organiser last year for my shop, but I have decided to keep it for myself.  I designed the pattern myself, not long after my sixth baby was born.  It depicts a lady holding a baby, so I was always a bit reluctant to put it in my shop as I liked it too much!  It replaces the very old and tatty Filofax that I've had since I was a teenager!  I haven't thrown the old one away though (far too much of a hoarder!), I'm using that to store my old Filofax diary pages in, because I can never throw them away either, (you can imagine how cluttered my desk is!)  I love my new present to myself and it reminds me that I want to make some more personal organisers as they were very popular last Christmas and I have some new designs that I want to try out.

I'm hoping to launch the giveaway very soon and also post Part Two of my favourite handmade shops.  Hope you're all looking forward to a nice weekend. xxx


  1. Loving the gift to yourself - it will be a fabulous keepsake for your last birth, one you will see everytime you look/use it...most times we forget ourselves don't we.


  2. I think it's a good idea to keep it for yourself. It's a special reminder of the gift of motherhood xx

  3. My goodness I've lost track of people! Pippa you are doing so well! Your Leather work is gorgeous, really beautiful. I can almost smell it too! Now I have somewhere to come for special unique gifts!
    I popped over this morning to let you know that I'm having a little giveaway on my blog. I've changed domains and names so often lately (partly in an attempt to stay out of the ex husbands prying gaze) that I think people have totally lost track and given up on me ;)Anyway to help give my blog a bit of a boost I'm giving away one of my buntings but I need to get up to 200 followers in a month. You just need to leave a comment on the post but it would be great if you could help spread the word too ;)
    Much love to you and your family xx