Wednesday, July 29, 2015

WOYWW 321--Making Midori Inserts and Notebook Stitching

 You are about to see my messy desk right smack in the middle of a busy work week, crafting week, cooking week, sewing week, gardening week, singing week--in other words, I do a lot of things during the week! And I'm old! And I have problems like everyone else. And this messy desk is my happy corner of the world. 

Join if you dare at What's-On-Your-Workdesk-Wednesday!
 I have dove right into stitching up more Midori-style travelers notebooks. I just love making them. And you should always do what you love. I'm not bad at it either. This week I got some cute Matryoshka doll fabric, Matryoshka doll beads, and started stitching. Here, I'm actually in the middle of putting together and decorating the inserts that will go in this Midori, and I love the beads so much I had to make myself a bracelet. Can you believe me? Bead-aholic. Midori addiction. Matryoshka addiction. See....I got problems.  My little Coach Midori is laying over there, and I'm making more Coach Midori's too because my sister donated an old Coach bag of hers to upcycle! Remember I told you I couldn't bear to cut into any of my vintage Coach bags, but I'll rip hers apart! That's because her bag has a back story. What can I say. Even a purse can have a back story. That's how we roll.
Aren't these beads the cutest? Here's how I turned them into a bracelet.
Hmmm...somebody loves her Russian dolls a little too much. Don't even ask to see my actual Matryoshka collection! 

So, of course, all these Midori notebooks I'm making are not for me. I am making gifts, and I've decided if the love keeps going, the grommets hold out, and I build up an inventory, they may go in an Etsy shop. But then I'll need to finish my logo, figure out my packaging, open the shop and write all the text...and yet it all sounds fun to me. And that's a good thing. Have a happy week.

Eat, Write, Dream, Stitch


  1. Oooh, exciting times pondering all the complexities involved in opening up a shop like you are. The packaging is really important, isn't it? It's the first thing that you notice and has to be spot on. Good quality tissue paper and raffia is a good start, I think :-)
    Love your bracelet and the fab Matryoska fabric you've featured...very lovely indeed. I haven't done any beading for ages..must remedy that very soon. But, like yourself, I've been too busy doing other stuff!
    Hope you're keeping well and happy :-)
    Hugs, LLJ 16 xxxx

  2. I am totally puzzled by what a Midori notebook is.... I happen to know midori is Japanese for the colour green and it is also a melon liquor (in a green bottle) but a midori notebook I have never heard of. I Googled it and all I can see is what we would call a diary..... Please enlighten me.... I cannot see anything particularly green on your desk.....
    But I love, and I repeat love your Russian dolls!And the beads! Wow! I can totally understand your addictions!
    Have a great week,

  3. Love the russian dolls! Awesome. I have a Penguin one, bought by Beloved Hubby. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #7 xx

  4. Wow, that fabric is gorgeous - I love Russian dolls and remember having a set when I was a child - I also love the beads and I think it's great that you are embracing your passions - it's so true what you say - we should do what we love! Have a great week and thank you so much for stopping by my desk earlier,
    Diana #49

  5. Oh you're totally on a roll, am loving it! I know what you mean about your sisters bag...its very nice of her too, huh!
    Really enjoyed your comment over at my blog about having an only child....I do consider myself amongst the lucky ones...she truly is a gift!

  6. Hi Sandy Leigh ... so much happening...I love the beads and the fabric and your desk looks like a happy place to work. Enjoy your week Cheers RobynO#15

  7. Its not a messy desk, its a very creative one. I love that doll material, so gorgeous
    Bridget #1

  8. So much fun going on on your desk and in your life!! Gotta keep busy! Good luck with the etsey shop...I don't have the time yet, but it's been percolating int he back of my mind for a while! Thanks for stopping by.
    -K #46

  9. Sounds like you have a great business plan and the diary looks fab. So does that fabric and beads.
    sandra de @37