It has been a wild ride, but things are finally settling down after the Oscar’s gift lounge and winter break. I am just getting back into my art studio, but wanted to share with you the amazing photos that were captured at the event. I am so tickled to once again have my journals displayed via The Artisan Group at this years invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge that was hosted by the GBK Productions this past February. First up, we have a nice photo of up and coming Actor Sam Asghari holding my favorite journal on display. I do hope that he shares some of the TAG goodies with his well know girlfriend Britney Spears. Um, Hello!! If you don’t follow him on Instagram, go check his page out. I promise that you will be in for a treat.
And I was tickled to see that Anne-Marie Johnson took an interest in one of my journals, as well. She is best known for her role in The Heat of the Night. It was a favorite show of mine as I was growing up, so I am kind of fangirling right now. and last but not least, Fredrica Bailey also stopped by. She is an amazing writer and is best known for See You Yesterday, which was a nominee for Best First Feature. How cool is that? I hope you guys enjoyed the photos as much as I did. It is always an honor to see my handmade journals on such a stage. I am truly honored and blessed. Now, I am off to go create more for you! Be sure to check out my shop section, or my Etsy site, to own a journal for yourself, or to give to that special someone in your life. Until next time, Kristi
The Halloween season is upon us! Are you ready? In just a few short weeks, the lights will dim and we will have little strangers ringing our doorbells. I have been busy dusting out the cobwebs to come up with a few cool designs for those who celebrate Halloween. I think that these coptic bound journals would make beautiful hostess gifts or fun halloween themed spell books….. if you dare!
My daughter will be having several of her girlfriends over to house to help hand out the delicious candies and pickles in a pouch. Yes, I said pickles! These are usually well received by the grown adults running around the neighborhood reliving childhood memories. Ha ha… Any hoot, I have ordered the neatest paper confetti and cupcake toppers for the cupcake table. Check these out by Party Parts. She is such a delight to work with. FYI, she makes all of my paper feathers that I include in all of my packaging.I hope that you can find something fun from The Nib and Quill and Party Parts this Halloween Season. Stayed tunes for more Hostess Gifts from my coming up soon. Thanksgiving is just around the corner too!
Have you ever had a dream that seemed far-fetched, only to have it come true in the most unexpected way? I became a part of this lucky sisterhood a few weeks ago. You see, my dream has always been to have my work featured in an art gallery and it is through my discovery of an amazing artist’s creative use of my small leather bound journals that has brought the unexpected realization of my dream.
The creative artist is Daniel Lai. And the vehicle for the realization of my dream is through Daniel’s use of my little leather bound books in his one-of-a kind book sculptures.
Daniel and his art are amazing. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Daniel moved to the United States in late December of 1999. Ever in pursuit of knowledge and beauty he is a life-long learner. His current exploration is engaging in the pursuit of a Ph.D. in Criminology. When he isn’t nose deep in a mighty academic tome, he is creating art out of these vessels of knowledge.
As a young child, bound with the endless creative energy of youth he would fold the pages of his textbooks into intricate sculptures. It is this elixir of youth, books, and worldly muses that were the impetus of his love of sculpting and you have a master book artist!
Creating book art to display on your walls
Daniel’s book sculptures are often adorned with a clay figure, keys and sometimes the small leather bound books. These are the small leather bound books that I create in my shop, The Nib and Quill. Many of Daniel’s works can be seen at Kenjio, his Etsy store.
He has been featured on T.V., and his work has been published in numerous books and magazines. Although his work is stunning online, you must see his work in person. Just to name a few places, his book sculptures can be found at The Bennet Gallery in Nashville, TN and The Haen Gallery in Asheville, NC.
Daniel’s next show is at the Piedmont Park Art Fest, Atlanta GA. August 15th and 16th.
I have been so very busy with The Nib and Quill that I seem to have little time for anything else. Of course, my family is my main concern. They always have my heart first. But the one thing that I am missing most is my journal time. I find it so silly that I make these beautiful journals to write and note all the wonderful things in my life and I never have the time to actually write in one.
During one of our family outing this weekend, Hayes (my hubby) shared a quote. It was, “Never a day without a line ~ Horace”. It just struck a chord with me. I have decided to run with this in my life, as well as make it my new business motto.
I don’t know about you guys, but I know I feel so much better after I can jot down a few lines before bed. I like to reflect on the wonders of the day.
A little thing that I do with the kids is look for God’s daily gifts. I believe that He blesses us with a “happy” and it is up to us to find it. This weekend we were driving through the Arboretum in town and within 10 feet of our car was a deer munching on the leaves of a beautiful tree.He glanced at us several times, but knowing we were no danger to him, he continued to eat. The children thought it was so amazing. That was just one of our gifts! This is just another example of things that I like to journal.
What is the one thing you do to ease your mind, help with stress, or just plain fun for the day that you can’t live without?