Marbled Circle Artist Book

I’m so excited to unveil a new style of handmade artist book. It features a luxurious Japanese silk book cloth cover, with precision circle inlay that features stunning, one-of-a-kind marbled paper. I like the idea of a book containing a hidden surprise, so I used the same beautiful paper for the inside endpapers as well….read more

Golden Cranes Journal

This is a very special journal I made all in one go. By that I mean, I was “in the crunch” for at least 8 hours putting the finishing touches on it, adding gold leaf, cutting out birds with an exacto knife, hand-painting in tiny bird beaks. Also somehow I managed to make it without…read more

What’s a Temari Ball? It’s featured on this journal!

These handmade Temari Ball journals are kind of meta-handmade, because not only is the Chiyogami cover paper handmade in Japan, the colorful toy balls on the cover are also a depiction of a beautiful Japanese handicraft called Temari (手まり) Balls. Temari translates as “hand ball” and supposedly were sometimes used in games, but the idea…read more

Blue Cranes and Peach Clouds Twin Journals

This gorgeous crane paper is one of my new favorites! A big flock of white cranes flies across clear aquamarine sky, with golden swirling clouds. The aqua color perfectly compliments the other paper I used here, a vintage chiyogami pattern of golden clouds on a peach sunset sky. If you look closely you can also…read more

Waves and Blue Cherry Blossom Twin Journals

Don’t you love how the cherry blossoms coordinate on the two pieces of paper I used on the covers of this “twin journal” ? If you use chiyogami or yuzen paper as often as I do, you start to see trends and themes emerge. (All of a sudden I just pictured someone talking about the…read more

Lay Flat Journals in Bright Bold Colors

Feast your eyes on the rich, saturated colors of these beautiful lay-flat coptic stitch journals that I finished last week. In addition to Japanese Chiyogami paper, I also made a couple journals using some of my favorite new papers featuring hand marbled and hand stamped designs. While their patterns are totally opposite, something about the…read more

Cherry Blossom Twin Journals made with Chiyogami Paper

I was surprised to find out last Friday that my very first outing as a newborn baby was visiting the cherry trees in Washington D.C. 🌸 “you don’t remember?” My dad teased…but maybe I do remember, in a way, because I’ve always been drawn to cherry blossom imagery like on this Japanese paper – did…read more

Shibori Indigo Journals Made From Fabric I Hand-Dyed with Indigo

Here are some of the beautiful journals I created using the skills I learned in two of the workshops I took in 2018 – Shibori Tie Dye workshop at Aya Fiber Studio in Stuart, Florida, taught by fiber artist Jane Callender and the Making Book Cloth Workshop in Asheville taught by bookbinder Sara Brooks. I love challenging…read more

Blue Waves French Link Journal with Golden Thread Detail

This lovely blue waves french link journal combines two of my favorite things: fancy stitching and decorative paper! I combined four different types of decorative paper in this book, a blue and gold florentine pattern made in Italy, a blue waves pattern and white flower pattern both made in Japan (this pack of five chiyogami…read more

Twin Journals Made from Colorful Japanese Chiyogami Paper Inlays

One of my favorite things about living in Florida is how bright and colorful everything is. No one blinks twice at an aqua or coral colored house, or my crazy purple hair. It’s interesting then, that one of my all time favorite bookbinding materials is this super colorful and vibrant Japanese Chiyogami paper since having…read more

As The Crow Flies Show!

My show is finally up at Coffee Obsession, Woods Hole – the opening is this Saturday, Nov. 7th at 7PM! Come have a look at the art and meet and greet the artists – (or as they say here “AHHHH tists”)

Two Crow Mobiles

IMGP2518 Originally uploaded by MissRuth I am having a show at Coffee Obsession in Woods Hole, MA which I’d like to be crow-themed, so I’m already working on pieces for it. Crows are one of my favorite birds – I love watching them rummage through our compost pile and flying off with corn cobs and…read more

Floating Ink Bombs: Decorative Paper With Bubbles

  There are still a few warm sunny days left in September and the beginning of October up here in Massachusetts. Take yourself outside for some decorative paper-making fun using bubble-blowing solution and ink. Just to warn you, this  could quite possibly be the most messy craft project ever – imagine inky bubbles wafting around…read more

One Tool Every Knife-Wielding Crafter Should Own

If you’re like me, you have a little box, maybe a jar with a slit cut in the lid, labeled “SHARPS” (that’s just an idea I got from the doctor’s office, maybe yours says “DANGER!!” or “THIS IS NOT A COOKIE JAR”). And inside you have all of those spent X-acto blades, Olfa blades, snap-off…read more

Upcoming Classes at Falmouth Community School

Attention Bibliophiles! I have some last minute additions to my fall bookbinding workshop schedule. I’ll be substituting in for Michael Bushy’s Falmouth Community School classes, starting Sept. 28th. The classes go for three weeks and are just $49 plus a $25 materials fee. You can see a full catalog of classes here (opens a PDF)…read more

Featured Artist: Pistoles Press

Pistoles Press is one of my favorite shops on Etsy, and Lana creates beautiful  hand-pulled woodblock prints with an asian/art nouveau flair. I have several sets of her prints hanging in her house – Three lovely tree prints in black and white by Lambert Press From her blog, “Lana is a member of the McGuffey…read more

Yummy Strawberries!

I love small cute things and the alpine strawberries I’ve been growing the past two years totally fit the bill. They grow perfectly here on Cape Cod (did you know that Cape Cod was the top producer of strawberries east of the Mississippi at the turn of the 20th century?) which is fortunate because I…read more

Leather Longstitch Pocket Journal Production Photos

This spring someone gave me a book of leather samples – I’m not sure where they are from, maybe an upholsterer – but they came in two shades of brown and a beautiful bright red. I had four peices total, of really nice quality fairly thick leather, and I was trying to think of what…read more

A full view of the cover

My sister Martha finds all kinds of great things when she’s out and about sifting through flea markets, thrift stores and estate sales and she sent me this gorgeous hand-painted paper that decorates the cover. This journal was sewn in a style of binding called the Coptic stitch, which not only looks beautiful but also…read more

Cute Thank You Notes!

I purchased these adorable thank you cards from the Paper Tyger in Falmouth, MA – they are super duper cute! You can buy them on their website too – they are letter-pressed on 100% recycled paper and made in New York. The letterpress gives the card a nice embossed feel. The only strange thing I…read more