Sunday, April 18, 2010

Inspired by Ironwork

This is a collection of ironwork balconies I couldn't resist photographing as our Les Cars Rouges open top tour of Paris sped by (hence all the funky angles!). According to my scholarly Wikipedia research, wrought ironwork was popular in France from the 1600s. I'm not sure, but since these were on buildings with many repeats of the same style of balcony, I'd guess that they are cast ironwork, which would have been popular around the 18th century.

I think I'll return to these images when it's time to get my gouges out and do some gold tooling. I saved the image at a rather large size, so you can click on it to see the details up close!

Friday, April 16, 2010

Bonjour Paris!


This long-stitch book is what I've brought along with me as my journal-sketchbook. I've just been carrying it around in my jacket pocket today! For a look at what is inside, feel free to visit Josh and my new blog: adventuringholtsclaws.blogspot.com.

The cover is quilted, using my go-to sturdy pink fabric (remainders from extremely long Ikea curtains that I hemmed), leftover batting, and binding with a print that I couldn't resist when I was last at the quilt shop.

I've already started using it and I'm crossing my fingers that I keep it up! I love the color combo, so I'm betting I'll keep it nice and close!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Bon Voyage Sale!

12 days left until I leave the country! On Monday the 12th I'll be closing up shop until I return to the bindery in July. In honor of our upcoming adventures I'm having a 30% off Sale in my Etsy Shop.

 If you'd like to make a purchase, add an item to your cart and click the check out button. In the "notes to seller" portion, be sure to let me know your email address. Click to complete your order, but refrain from going to Paypal to pay. and I'll email you a revised invoice that will include a link to complete your payment.

Back to the bindery for now! I'm sewing a HUGE book today! I'm a busy bee with the sunshine streaming in. I'm taking pictures of everything I'm finishing up, so I'll be able to share everything with you when I have the time. :) Cheers!