Posts Tagged ‘book’

Recipe Book

January 6, 2010

My mom and I both love love love to cook and spend an awful lot of time watching food network when we’re together. Since I’ve been away in Australia cooking makes me feel close to her and I’ve been very much into digging out new recipes and concocting some of my own to pass along to her.

Mom’s handmade Christmas gift this year was a recipe book! This fabric I absolutely loved and had intended to use as curtains in my kitchen but that idea was VETOED. Instead I used it to make this gift for mom.
Recipe Book

I used batting and binding board for the covers and stitched button holes to accommodate the green binder clips I found in the craft booking section of the craft store. The pages are recipe book fill pages from craft stores and will take regular recipe cards.

I made my own recipe cards with photographs I took of the fabric and manipulated in Adobe Illustrator. The pocket in the front of the book will hold the blanks for her.

Recipe Book

I stitched a felt tea pot to the front of the book and monogrammed it. I also hand stitched all the way around the edge of the book which not only looked nicer but also made it easier to work around the thick binding board I used.

Recipe Book

Before Christmas day I wrote down all of my favorite new food adventures from the past year and filled about the first 10 cards for her. It’ll be a work in progress!


New Books and Options

November 2, 2009

The new books are all stitched up and will be added to the Megnificent Made Etsy store this week. Just as a reference, I’ll be explaining here the different options available for the new book!

The new book is hand-made with quality cotton fabrics. There is a velcro closure and cardboard backing for a sturdy writing and drawing surface. This book has 4 pockets sewn in for pens and pencils, as well as a fabric flap to protect your paper.

When you select and order your fabric book from the Megnificent Made store you will have two options to go with it.

The Artist’s Pack

Artist's Pack

The Artist’s pack is the perfect carry along for those that love to sketch. Along with your fabric book, you will receive a collection of sketch pencils and the book will be filled with sketch paper. The book is easy to refill at any time withย  paper of your choice.

The Writer’s Pack

Writer's PackThe Writer’s Pack makes a beautiful journal or notebook for those that love to write. With the purchase of your fabric book you will receive lined paper, blue and black pens, and pencils. The book can be refilled at anytime with paper of your choice, or an extra pack of our lined paper can be sent free of charge.

When you order your book from the Megnificent Made Store please specify which of these packs you would like to accompany your book.

Keep your eyes peeled, the new books will be posted this week!

Have a Ball Wrecking

October 28, 2009

Craft blogger Future Girl at made a post recently on the Keri Smith book “This is not a Book”. Unfortunately because there was a contest involved with the post, commenting was disabled so I’ll have to share my Keri Smith love here!

I am actually quite glad that I came across Future Girl’s blog post because after a mad organization a few months ago my Keri Smith book, “Wreck this Journal,” was tucked into a shelf and forgotten about. Up until that point it was always in my bag with an array of pens to provide entertainment mostly during my long waits for late public transportation.

The book is one of many in a series by Keri Shaw that encourages Adults to be messy kids. Each page has a project or direction of some kind to destroy, think or create. There is a big thick adult coloring book, another for office distraction, the one that Future Girl posted on, “This is Not a Book,” as well as “Wreck this Journal.” Which is perfect for people who have always wanted a journal but didn’t quite have the words to fill them (me.)

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Here is my copy. It has seen some wear and tear although I think I could do better. There are plenty of flickr groups that allow Keri Smith fans to display their destruction and mine is rather tame in comparison.

The beginning of the book comes with a warning: “During the process of this book you will get dirty. You may find yourself covered in paint, or any other number of foreign substances. You will get wet. You may be asked to do things you question. you may grieve for the perfect state that you found the book in. You may begin to see creative destruction everywhere. you may begin to live more recklessly.”

Each page is filled with instructions on how to destroy the book…some are entertaining, others bizarre. A few have been thoroughly satisfying, like breaking the spine of the book. It feels like an antique to hold it now and I am considering breaking the spines of all my other books. Another satisfying task was on page 47, (not chronologically, it’s just the number I decided to give it as that is one of the tasks) color the entire page. I chose to use pen for the challenge of it and it was an immense achievement that it only took one pen.

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I also really enjoyed the process of filling this page with circles. Every time I had a new pen I went back to the page and filled in the largest circles with the new color…although now that I look at it, it is incredibly organized :/

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A lot of it is just silly fun to pass time like coloring the ends of the pages, eating bright candy and licking the page, writing or drawing with your left hand. Some tasks are more journal-like…recording events…except that they’ll ask you to record a meal by spilling and smearing on the pages. You rip some pages, throw some out, play paper golf, make airplanes. I haven’t brought myself to throw any out yet…I still like it too much. But that’s something I’ll have to get over!

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It’s interesting how difficult it is for me to be messy with this book but it is certainly an excercise in creativity. For someone who sticks to the computer because its easier and cleaner to create the perfect circle, the perfect line; these tasks are an entirely different way to view art and creativity…and its a lot of fun ๐Ÿ™‚

I highly recommend Keri Smith books to anyone, even those that aren’t in the creative field. Everyone can use a distraction in the office or a mindless activity once in a while.

Coloring Books up and Running!

October 26, 2009

Fun for Sale!

The coloring books are all sewn up and the first set of patterns is in the store for sale.

check them out at!

I’ve made quite a few patterns for this first batch and there are definitely more to come. Be aware that a few of the patterns are limited and you had better get them while you can!

The camera bags have been well received, and although there have been a few sales there are still plenty of choices available. Be sure to have a look!

In addition to the coloring books, I’ve decided to make a second version that allows adults to get in on the fun! I’ve already made a few in the process of sewing coloring books and they’ve sold to friends fresh from the sewing machines. I’m even using one to keep my business notes and ideas ๐Ÿ™‚

The new version of the coloring book will come in two different packages… The Writer’s Pack and the Artist’s Pack! The writer’s pack will feature pens, pencils and lined paper. The Artist’s pack will have sketch paper and drawing pencils. Due to the extras involved, the price will be a little higher than the kid’s coloring books to accommodate the cost.

I look forward to adding these to the store soon too!