Craft Therapy

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Come visit our new blog!

Hello friends! We are blogging in a new spot! Please visit us at Our Bookish Life. If you want to follow us there, we'd love to have you! xxoo

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Our little piece of library history.

I'm pretty excited to show you our newest piece of furniture. Isn't it amazing?

It's a gorgeous, 60 drawer library card catalog! I am currently in the process of sorting my craft disaster into lots of organized drawers. The kids each get 1 drawer for themselves and they are very excited about this and keep shuffling things around to try to decide what to keep there.

I seriously smile every time I walk into our dining room now. I just had to share this lovely bit of happiness with you!


Sunday, January 29, 2012


A sneak peek at some of new things I have been making lately...

Hand stamped quotes on book pages. These are mounted on tiny canvases.

New literary necklaces. Here is one from a Pride and Prejudice book. Wouldn't this be lovely for Valentine's Day?
And literary quote note cards. I recently finished reading the Hunger Games series and thought that this quote from Mockingjay needed to be on a card.
More to come soon!

Valentine Craftacular!

I have had a busy couple of months and plan to check in with an update and photos soon so you can see some of the new things I've been making! But first, I want to tell you about my first craft show of 2012! 

The Bookish Life will be participating in the Valentine Craftacular on February 4th at the East Side Club in Madison, WI. There will be around 50 artists and crafters, a photo booth and a make & take craft table. Fun for the whole family! Admission is free and the first 50 shoppers will get a free tote bag stuffed with goodies from the vendors.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the shops who will be at the show. You can go to the Valentine Craftacular website for more information and a full vendor list! Hope to see you there!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hobbity goodness + Cyber Monday

I hope that everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving holiday! I had a nice, quiet long weekend home with my family. We ate tons of delicious food, spent lots of quality time together and even got to go see The Muppets! 

I also spent a lot of time crafting. I have two more shows coming up. On Saturday, December 3rd, you can find me at the Seventh Annual Holiday Craftacular at the East Side Club in Madison. And on December 11th I will be at Wrapping up the Holidays which will be at The Glitter Workshop on the west side of Madison.

Here are some of my newest creations! This bracelet is made with elvish script taken from the beginning of The Fellowship of the Ring. I absolutely love how this turned out. The script is so beautiful. And paired with the antique brass bracelet, it just looks so magical! I made this one for a custom request and have decided to make more for my etsy shop and to bring to our upcoming shows. 

I have also been playing with making rings. This is one of the first. Again with script from a Tolkien book. More of these to come soon!
I have also started to make more necklaces with book text. Here's one of the newest. I'll have more of these featuring Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and more at our shows and in our etsy shop in the coming weeks! 
And finally - Cyber Monday!! I have been keeping my etsy shop as well stocked as possible and would like to offer a little something extra for purchases in our etsy shop on Monday, November 28th. All orders placed from 12:00 a.m. until 11:59 p.m. CST on November 28th, 2011 will receive one free hair pin with purchase. I will choose the hair pin and it will be related to your purchase. So if you buy a Harry Potter bracelet, you might get a "muggle" hair pin. If you purchase a super hero pin pack, you just may get spiderman or batman hair pin! A great way to get a little something extra for yourself or to give as an extra little gift or stocking stuffer! You can see some hair pin examples HERE.

In addition to the free gift with purchase, you can also receive FREE SHIPPING on all orders with coupon code CYBER11 at checkout now through Monday November 28th. Use this coupon code when you place your order and the shipping charges will automatically be removed! 

So visit The Bookish Life on etsy on Cyber Monday and knock out some holiday shopping while getting a little extra gift with ANY purchase! 

Have a fabulous week, everyone! 

Monday, November 7, 2011

The Bookish Life

Hello friends! I have big news and I am so exicted to share it!

After almost 6 years of selling our handmade wares as Space Oddities, we have decided to change our business name! We loved Space Oddities when we chose it because it was a fun, lighthearted name that we felt fit the randomness of what we were making at the time. Our new name was chosen with our more focused creative path in mind.

Over the years we have created lots of different items, many of them from recycled books and comics with our original art work integrated. We feel that we have finally found our niche and plan to move forward with The Bookish Life in full force!
We have a new collection of literary bracelets, necklaces and hair accessories that we are very excited about in addition to our current bookish items that include art prints on old book pages and mirrors, magnets, cards and pins featuring recycled comics and books. Check out the bookish life etsy shop to see some of our newest creations!
Above is the logo that Chad made for our new shop banner and business cards. We had intended to wait until the new year to move forward with this name change, but once he drew this, I knew I couldn't wait any longer!

We have a few upcoming shows where you will be able to find a large selection of some of our newest items as well as some of our oldies but goodies. Our first show is on Sunday, November 13 in Madison at the Goodman Center. You can find more details about the Crafty Fair on Facebook!

Have a fabulous November!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Recycled Book Bracelets!

Happy October! I have been keeping very busy making lots of new bracelets featuring recycled classic books, fun popular books, vintage sheet music and other goodies. It's my new favorite thing to make! I have a few in my etsy shop and will be adding many more soon. Look for Catcher in the Rye, Chronicles of Narnia, Edgar Allen Poe, Les Miserables and several others in the coming weeks.

You can find Space Oddities and Glitter Workshop wares at the Dane County Farmers' market for a few more Saturdays (as long as the weather holds out!) so stop out and check out our newest creations!

Holiday shows are just around the corner! My first show will be The Crafty Fair, November 13 at the Goodman Center in Madison. Save the date! It's going to be a fantastic show!