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Lightning Round with Rhonda of MyHandboundBooks

March 29th, 2010

In this age of living on our computers, I still make sure to always have a nice sketchbook on hand. There’s something about putting things down on paper that can’t be replaced by anything electronic… Rhonda of MyHandboundBooks has a special relationship with paper, and her creations are drool-worthy. I’ve bought a couple of her books (one for my sister-in-law, one for me) and was impressed with how well-made and beautiful they were. Take a look for yourself, while we have our little Q&A.

1. How and when did you start bookbinding and paper marbling?
I started bookbinding in 2001; paper marbling didn’t happen until 2008.

2. How did you make the leap to making this your full time gig and selling your work online?
When my son was 2-years-old, I went back to work full-time to an office job. That lasted 5 months. During that time, I discovered Etsy and realized that I could probably manage without the “real job” and I wouldn’t have to miss so much of my son’s childhood!

Brown Suede Leather Diary - Replica Medieval Limp Leather Book Structure

3. Introvert or extrovert?
Depends on the situation, but mostly extrovert.

4. Ideal lazy Sunday?
Hanging out with my family.

5. You used to be a librarian; what’s your favourite book?
There’s no single favorite. But a few that always come to mind when I get this question: Frankenstein by Shelley, A Fine Balance by Mistry, Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Hardy, Catch 22 by Heller.

6. What is your kryptonite?
Ice cream.

7. Where do you get the supplies you use to make your books?
I try to shop locally as much as possible but there are some things that just aren’t available here so I have to shop online too.

Lime Suede Mini Journal


8. You live in lovely Halifax… How did you land there and what’s your favourite thing about it?
After a few years of commuting to work, driving for over and hour to Halifax every morning and another hour back home every night, I moved to Halifax to eliminate that commute. Walking to work was so much nicer! My favorite thing about Halifax is our proximity to the ocean, seeing sailboats and gigantic cruise ships and Theodore Tugboat whenever we want to.

9. What was the first concert you ever went to?
Kim Mitchell

10. Happiest kid memory?
I grew up on a dairy farm and the best memories are hot summer afternoons that smelled like fresh cut hay and the hay elevator clanging in the background.

11. What’s the last movie you saw in a theatre, and did you like it?
Avatar…it was better than I expected.



12. Worst job you ever had?
Waitress at a Pizza House, as the new hire, I always had the late shift with all the crazies looking for food after the bars closed. I didn’t stay there very long.

13. What’s your most popular item?
Lately, my Bookbinding Kit has been very popular.

14. Any suggestions or words of advice to other Mom’s who wish they could turn their hobby into a business?
Take it seriously; get the support of the people around you; dedicate time to your business so that you have official working hours.

15. If you had the time, what’s something you’d work at improving or learning?
I would continue to study book arts. It would be a dream to go to Eurpoe to study bookbinding.

16. Dream vacation spot (barring logistical / budget limitations! ;)?
Various locations in Europe where I could visit libraries and see books significant to the history of bookbinding.

Oak Wood Journal

17. What’s your go-to dish to bring to a potluck?
Spinach Salad with my own homemade dressing. MMMM.

18. What do you like best and least about being your own boss?
Best – I don’t have some boss telling me what to do. Least – Nobody sends me a bi-weekly paycheque!

19. What are you most proud of right now?
My kid. And the new kid that is due in June. Making books is easy in comparison to this parenthood stuff.

20. Finish this sentence: “I am…”
I am so glad that Spring is here.

Primordial Wave - hand marbled paper

Find out more about Rhonda and her handiwork:

Thanks for playing along, Rhonda — and a big woohoo to you as you count down to bambino #2!

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School daze

September 8th, 2009

I hope you all had a terrific Labour Day weekend! Of course, this signifies the start of school… in fact, some kids apparently started classes last week, before the long weekend; poor things. As a tribute to all those who are sitting perfectly-behaved at their desks right now (ha!), here are some terrific back-to-school supplies:

  1. Collective Names of Animals by Xenotees (available in many styles and colours)
  2. Monkeying Around Reuseable Snack Sak by WasteNotSaks
  3. UPCYCLED Bright Baby Blue VINTAGE Train Case with Lucky Elephant by GetReadySetGO
  4. Lemon Lime Suede Journal (250 pages) by MyHandboundBooks
  5. Modular Messenger Bag II in Cream by bayanhippo
  6. Carlos (Large Vinyl Monster Pencil Case/Clutch) by Zomb
  7. Mr. Hedgehog in Love — Moleskine Cahier Journal (Ruled) by steppie

If I’d had half this stuff when I was in school, I’d have been so much cooler… But then again, I still would’ve been in Scrabble Club, so maybe not.

On an etsy-related note, it just occurred to me that as of this upcoming weekend, I will have had my shop up for one year — happy first etsyversary to me! A giveaway will ensue… details soon.

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A handmade holiday

December 27th, 2008

I tried this past Christmas to buy all my gifts from other artisans — whether online or at craft sales. It was challenging to exclude all the typical electronic gadgets and scratch ‘n’ win cards from my ‘to get’ list, but it was actually a pretty fun exercise. I did cheat and get a couple of books, but most everything else was indeed handmade.

Here were some of the biggest hits…

My brother got these amazing lego cufflinks and a matching tie clip, from a terrific geeky shop called Cufflinks:

SUPER SALE -- Black LEGO Brick Silver Cufflinks -FREE GIFT BAG

My cousin’s wife, who loooves a good pedicure, got these flip flop socks — to keep her heels warm while her toes are being painted — made by KritterKnitter:

Flip flop socks -- light pink -- size 8-1/2 to 10

John’s sis got this gorgeous weekly planner from fellow Nova Scotian MyHandboundBooks:

2009 Weekly Planner - leather - handbound - new edition

… as well as this heavenly-smelling clover & aloe from MadHatterPottery, who makes the pottery and hand pours the soy-based candle:

Soy Candle - Handcrafted Ceramic - Green Clover and Aloe Scented

And Meredith got an ‘m’-engraved necklace from the very talented Simag:

Your Initial On A Sterling Silvel Disc With A Pearl

Thanks to all these talented artists for helping me get terrific gifts this year!

As a big bonus, I was pleasantly surprised to see that three items from my shop had been snagged over the last couple of days. Woohoo!

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