Dear diary

I am still in mood for stationary this week, it must be the autumn-y weather. For many the New Year is the time for new calendar and diary, but for me that has always been August. As long as I remember I've bought a new calendar in the end of the summer, and started it when the new school year started. Same goes to all sort of notebooks and diaries: they traditionally are started in January, but I like to have some new ones for Autumn. It is handy for small business planning too as we're heading to the busiest season.

This time I didn't want to run to buy new notebooks but dug into my existing paper stash, and da-dah, no shopping needed! I had quite a few one or two books I had forgotten, I think I had them from a sale somewhere, and they're otherwise perfect but the covers were not the greatest - probably why I had tucked them into the cupboard in the first place.

But as a happy hoarder very thrifty and sensible person, I always have some fabric scraps around the studio, and I started putting together some new covers for the books. And even I started with sewing only, I somehow ended up making a few covers with needle felted figures too. And matching pen cases, oops!

I really do not need all of covers I have made, so some of them will be in my shop here just in case you should have an ugly but otherwise wonderful notebook in hand, you're so welcome to have a closer look! And as usual, I still have some more in progress, and they'll jump into my shop later too. I really like the idea of the re-usable book cover made of re-used fabrics, it really can't get more environment friendly than that or what do you think?

Happy Wednesday!



Jane said...

Oh Mia these are just great! I wish I known you at school, I would have had them in my bag. Milly always has an August diary too, a throw off from her med school days I think. So I should really wish you a Happy New Year my dear ;0) Jane x

greenrabbitdesigns said...

I think that's a great idea. They look wonderful, you just can't not needle felt , can you Mia! ;) And a good job too because those little creatures of yours are always gorgeous!
So happy to hear that I'm not the only one with quite a few notebooks stashed away! 😉
V xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Mia! What a lovely idea and so beautiful notebooks and pencil cases! I feel also that in autum I should get new calendar and notebook. Don't remind me yet about the most busy season - I'm just having one and waiting quiet, slow autumn!
Hot hugs! X Teje

Megumi said...

Hi Mia, I saw your new items on your shop. I like the book cover. Such a fun idea.
Schools here will start soon too. I can't believe it's already middle of August. It's still very very hot and dry here so it is not easy to think about Autumn yet.
Have a wonderful week.

Anne PlumCreek said...

Hi Mia, I'm back home again and getting caught up on blogging. I love these new notebook covers.

I always have some notebooks in the cupboards, even from my Canadian trip.
Keep creating and I'm sending some sunshine throughout the blogging world!!

Happy Weekend,

Lucia Sasaki said...

Hi Mia, nice to meet you!
Greetings from Guarulhos, Brazil!
I got your blog through PatchworkChickens's.
I loved your blog, it is so feminine, cut and handmade and I love it.
You are right about having a new notebook in the middle of the year or second semester, etc. This year I made a handbound book for the entire year and in July it was so heavy and full of mementos that I decided retire that and start a new one. I think in the next year (if good Lord allow me, of course) I am going to make 2 thinner notebooks.
Very beautiful your cases, I appreciate them very much.


Mia said...

Hello Jane,

I wish I would known you back then too! August calendar is a traditional thing for me, helps to sort out my ideas/plans/thought until...you know: Christmas!!!

Happy Sunday!


Mia said...

Hello Vivienne,

I know: I just cant NOT to needle felt... or make one of anything :)

I keep buying handy notebooks when I see them in great price, and as seen, they always find their way to use, eventually!

Happy day!


Mia said...

Hello Teje,

I LOVE the notebook-cover you've made for your giveaway, so fingers crossed ;) I am sorry to remind you of the busy-busy-busy-times, I am more than ready after a slow summer! You'll nail it too, dear!

Have a lovely day!


Mia said...

Hello Megumi,

I know, we've passed the 15th of August already...Amazing! And the weather has cooled here accordingly, it rains daily and sun doesn't warm that much... And evenings are dark already. But after a great summer, it's not THAT bad! Enjoy your lovely weather while it lasts, and charge your batteries for winter!

Greetings to all of you!


Mia said...

Welcome back, dear Anne,

I wish you had lovely baby-time! It's autumn-ish here, I wish sun still shines at yours? And it'll be a special day next week am I correct? I wish Mr. Postman visits before that... ;)

Happy new week soon!


Mia said...

Hello Lucia,

And welcome to my blog! It's lovely to have you visiting me here, and thank you so so much for the nicest words! Oh...I have made one handbound notebook at school (ages ago), and I would love t try it again...Yours must be so beautiful! Just perfect for those precious memories...

Have a good day, and we'll see soon again!


Beth of The Linen Cat said...

Hi Mia,

They are great, especially mr fox on his fabulous tweed background, he has a very Autumn feel. My two have a couple more weeks to go, but I need to think about school supplies soon or it will be a rush at the end.

Enjoy your late summer sunny days :)


Mia said...

Hello Beth,

And welcome back to blogland, I wish you had the greatest holidays! Enjoy your last holiday weeks with boys, in sunny weather I wish!


This time of the year...

Usually around this time, when children go back to school, and you can just about to smell the autumn, I start to dig deeper in my fabric...