Saturday, 21 March 2015

Handmade Papermaking

I've been playing around with handmade paper lately, hoping to make some sheets nice enough to bind into some books.

It all starts with scraps of paper I save in a bin, including bits of maps. These get shredded with my paper shredder, and then soaked in water, at least overnight.

The buckets have different shades of the same colour, so it's unpredictable what colour the paper will be when finished.

Soaked paper is then run through the blender, to make pulp. Wet pulp is not very pretty, and surprisingly, maps end up a rather dull grey! I mixed this with the blue pulp and it turned out a lighter blue (see below).

The mold and deckle is slipped through the wet pulp to get some of the pulp to settle on the mesh screen.

I like recycling paper to make new paper because the results are more unpredictable, although you can buy premade cotton or abaca pulp to get started. For the above sheets and the green sheets below, I didn't process the pulp very long in the blender, so bits of paper and the odd inked letter remained in the pulp.

For the mustard yellow sheets, I processed the pulp for a longer time in the blender, resulting in a more uniform looking pulp.

I'm having fun experimenting. Stay tuned to see more paper experiments, and what I might decide to do with this paper!

Sunday, 8 March 2015

International Women's Day

It's International Women's Day today. The theme for 2015 is "Make It Happen." Let's join all women in encouraging the recognition of women in the workplace, the safety of women in the street and in their homes, and the power of choice over their own bodies and their own lives.

I'd like to also celebrate the uniqueness and beauty in every single woman and acknowledge that we are all strange and colourful in some way or another!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

On Sale

I've got a few items marked down 25-50% in my PrairiePeasant Etsy shop to clear out old stock and make room for new!

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Scrabble Journals

Here are a few more small Scrabble Journals that I have available, getting them listed in my shop this week.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Instagram Loop Giveaway!

Happy Valentine's Day!!! We have teamed up with 10 fabulous WEST Sellers to bring you an awesome giveaway to celebrate the weekend of love! Our shop will be giving away a $25 gift certificate which can be used in either PrairiePeasant or PrairieThreads. Want to help us celebrate? Here's how you can enter:

1. Visit me on Instagram and follow 

Follow the instructions on Instagram on my post with the picture above

The loop will run for 48 hours, ending 10:30am CST on February 16, and winners will be chosen and announced within 24 hours. 

Thanks for participating and good luck!!!

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Paul Klee Recycled Envelopes

What are the chances of finding the same fabulous art book a second time?

A few years ago, I found a once loved book on the art of Paul Klee, and recycled into envelopes. They were quite popular and sold very quickly in my Etsy shop.

This summer I found the same book at a garage sale and finally had the chance to make some more recycled envelopes with the pages.

These will bring a smile to someone's face if they are used for snail mail, and I think even the letter carrier would enjoy seeing them! They are available here.

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Etsy Made In Canada

The Etsy Made In Canada day is happening all across Canada next Saturday, September 27. I'm thrilled to be participating in the Winnipeg Market. If you can't make it to the Winnipeg sale, click here to find out where else in Canada the markets will be happening. It's going to be a great day!

Monday, 25 August 2014

New Journals

Here are a few more Gameboard Journals listed in my PrairiePeasant Etsy shop.

I'm not familiar with the game World Wise, but the board had great maps to use as journal covers. Often I get just the boards, so I can't even try to play the game!

And a couple more "Sorry!" journals. What is your favourite vintage board game, and do you think it would work as a journal cover?