Puppies and fall projects

Who doesn’t love a puppy!! Our chocolate lab (Dixie) is nearing her 10th birthday and we decided it was time for her to teach a puppy the lay of the land at our house. So everyone meet out new silver lab Ridley. She is fun.. and a handful!

Despite the new distraction I have been getting some new work done! This fall in local stores or by contacting me I will have some fun new items! They are currently in progress and will be available soon.

I stumbled along this little machine called a Zutter at a garge sale late this summer… it makes spiral bound books! I have been creating fun notepads with little extras inside the pages with it. I can also create a special notebook for you from a book you have at home.. maybe a fun title for a co-worker, something special for a teacher. It is a useful gift with a lot of personality!

Also in the mix are wreaths made from book pages. They are beautiful. The process to create them takes some patience… but I just turn on Pandora and jam to some music and work away. They are great for any season … I just happen to be rolling them out before the holidays.

This year’s Christmas tree is a simple design, one tree looks great, but a grouping of them really dresses up the mantel.

I’ll be sure to post when everything is finished and available.

 

Family Fun and Shopping Local

 

Have you checked out your local farmer’s market? I love visiting the Fort Dodge market! And now the town I grew up in is hosting a market that started in August and will continue in September and October. What fun we had and check out this locally created pumpkin to adorn my yard this fall!

 

Enjoy the harvest…. my pumpkin (yup..not plural… I have just one) and my first time growing cantaloupe has me excited! I have a bounty of other veggies coming on and when the garden comes to a close I will get to work creating with books again.

Enjoy these warm late summer days and get out an enjoy the local offerings available to you.

Earth Day is almost here!

Each spring (even if it does not feel like spring outside) I celebrate Earth Day with a sale. I enjoy recycling books (that were headed mostly headed to a landfill) into new items! I also use other recycled items in my creations. Because of this I feel Earth Day is a fitting holiday for me to celebrate.

From Friday, April 20th – Monday, April 23rd you can use coupon code EARTHDAY10 to save 10% on your online order from my Etsy shop.

I will be posting fun Earth Day and recycling info all week long. If you want to learn more check out the Earth Day website https://www.earthday.org/earthday

Here is to hoping spring really is coming this year!

 

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How eleven became my favorite number

 

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Each year I celebrate the 11th month of the year as eleven is my favorite number, and has been since the age of seven… I was married on 11/11/11 and that year our dog had 11 puppies! True story.

Why eleven? I was home sick with the chickenpox for the week, it was the week in school that we were learning the number that add up to eleven…. 8 + 3, 9 + 2 … well you get the idea. My mom, being the teacher she was, made sure I kept up on my school work and taught me this math lesson… to this day I (who do not make math in my head) know numbers that add to eleven better than any other math.

End of story.

This year the celebration is simple… from now until the end of the month save 11% OFF order of $10 or more in my Etsy shop with coupon code ELEVENOFF. Or just click here and the code will be in for you automatically!

It’s time! The holiday shopping season is here.

This is the coolest feedback ever

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Last night I was having an ordinary evening until I received a notice on my Etsy shop that someone had sent me a message. Well, this gal named Joan had ordered a ‘Mentor Print’ and had received it and was happy with her order and the prompt shipping… THEN she explained that she couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the address I had sent it from. She grew up in the house I live in now, my address had been her address! We plan for her to contact me next time she is in the area to take a peek inside – I did warn her that my creativity seems to get in the way of my housekeeping … but with fair warning she was welcome to come take a look around. What a small world!

 

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It’s Official

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It is the 11th month of the year, Halloween is over and we are full on to the Thanksgiving and Christmas season! I have been working daily on new pieces, photographing them, and listing them in my Etsy shop. I am usually also deep into the vendor show season at this time of year. However, I am taking a step back from shows this year as my day job has been a little more hectic than usual and I am needing the weekends to recharge my battery! I do however encourage everyone to check out your local vendor shows and support local and handmade! I know even though I do not plan on vending (unless someone twists my arm) I do plan on shopping! You can still shop locally and find my book creations – check out From Miry Clay Potter in Dayton, Iowa, Tin Shed in Downtown Fort Dodge and the Humboldt Memorial Hospital Gift Shop in Humboldt, Iowa.

Now… back to this 11th month! As many know 11 is my favorite number and so I celebrate. Keep an eye on my facebook page for more info coming soon and check out the shop section of my website to see all of the new things I have been working on. http://www.iowabookgal.com/shop/

And just for fun, here are my 11 favorites right now… my list of favorites is forever changing!

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New this fall 2017

Greetings all. I have been busy in the garden all summer and have been spending the past few weeks harvesting my goods! I have made Amish Hot Mustard, Salsa, Spaghetti Sauce and more! I will be all stocked up for winter.

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I also did a few fun projects for myself this summer, refurbishing a $2 metal cart for my patio and painting on some old windows.

Fun times were spent with my family and my husband, going to races, fishing, enjoying time with my nephews and all that summer brings.

 

I am now beginning my fall stock up on my Etsy site and preparing for a few fall sales. One in the Des Moines are in late October and perhaps a local Fort Dodge show closer to Christmas. I have also began to stock items at The Tin Shed in downtown Fort Dodge and will be cutting back on vendor shows this season.

 

New for fall is the introduction of leather into some of my necklaces… and leather earrings are all the rage this fall… so I have added some of those into the mix as well!

Check them out here.

Enjoy!

 

 

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What have I been up to?

The summer has passed and we are well into fall and I am well into catching up on all things Esparto Studio. As many of you know admitting that summer is over is more than a little difficult for me, but getting back to my artwork makes the transition a little easier. I have updated my events here on my website to show all of the shows I will be at where you can see me in person during the holiday season! I have stocked up my Etsy shop! And have been working on my new necklace designs!

Here is a glance back at some of the summer fun I had with friends, family, the hubby and of course the garden! These great memories will carry me through the cold winter months until it is time to do my spring planting.

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Summer fun!

I did also spend a lot of time shopping garage sales for treasures to up-cycle and working on my new ‘make-up’ necklaces. I am recycling make-up compacts into jewelry! I have been sharing some images of these on Facebook throughout the summer. I am always happy to take any empty make-up containers off your hands.

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Necklaces created by recycling make-up containers

The next big thing will be ‘Celebrating the 1th Month’ and since that is just days away now you won’t have to wait long to get into the fun!

Earth Day = Sale!

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Every year I like to celebrate Earth Day with a sale in my Etsy shop! I love recycling stuff into new stuff and it just seems like Earth Day is the perfect holiday for me to celebrate.

This year the special will be 22% off your online Etsy order when you use the coupon code EARTHDAY22 at checkout. It is a great time to order a special Mother’s Day gift or plan ahead for end of the school year teacher gifts!

Speaking of my love for recycling things (and disassembling and reassembling) I am collecting makeup compacts… eyeshadow, blush etc for use in a new style of necklace I have been making, soooo if you have any to offer up please drop me a line at espartostudio@live.com.

Since many of you know that my favorite number is ELEVEN here are 11 fun facts about Earth Day that I found here https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-earth-day

  1. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
  2. Earth Day originated in the US but became recognized worldwide by 1990.
  3. On Earth Day 2009, Disney released a documentary film called Earth that followed the migration paths of four animal families.
  4. On the very first Earth Day, 20 million people gathered in the streets of America to protest the industrial revolution.
    An environmental movement was born as a result.
  5. Every year on April 22, men, women, and children collect garbage, plant trees, clean up coral reefs, show movies,
    sign petitions, and plan for a better future for our planet.
  1. Gaylord Nelson founded Earth Day while he was working as a US senator.
  2. Earth Day was renamed officially by the UN in 2009 as International Mother Earth Day.
  3. Some schools and communities celebrate Earth Day for a whole week to expand the time
    frame that people focus on the earth and how they can preserve it.
  4. On Earth Day 2012, more than 100,000 people rode bikes in China to reduce CO2 emissions and save fuel.
  5. In an Earth Day celebration in 2011, 28 million trees were planted in Afghanistan by the Earth Day Network.
  6. In Panama, 100 endangered species of orchids were planted and maintained to prevent their extinction in honor of Earth Day.

Spring & Summer plans

I am excited to have been creating over the winter and an pleased to show my new creations at  spring and summer sales and festivals. Be sure to check out the upcoming events for the dates and locations of where you can shop in person.

So what have I been working on? It still involves book pages of course! I am making a new style of necklace created from copper and resin and am also developing a bracelet design with the same technique.

Here is a peek …

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