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A TALISMAN FOR THE INWARD JOURNEY

Bespoke Journals Handmade & Customized

Do you have a pile of notebooks waiting for you to begin journaling? Do their blank pages feel more like a dare than an invitation? My Bespoke Journals with their hand-painted pages invite you into a conversation with yourself and they are small enough to fit in your bag or next to your bed so you can begin.

Hand building books is something I love doing. I begin with fine art and a variety of up-cycled papers. Then in a circuit of motion that involves intuitively spreading color and images on to the pages, I fill them with texture and hand printed images of feathers, spirals, compasses, birds and circles. The papers pass under my hands for several rounds of embellishment. By the time they are ready to be sewn in to pamphlet books, I will have written prayers and blessings under the paint, printed and glued images that call to my hungry eye. The finished result is a completely unique creation, ready for your writing. The journals are full of serendipity and soul.

Bespoke means “custom made to fit a particular person” and these hand bound journals are just that. I will add your name and a few iconic images to the pages of your book that fit your spirit and spark your creativity. You can choose between a spiral and a feather for your name page, and for an additional $5.00 I will add beads to the ends of the binding thread that can flip back in to the book as a bookmark. I use up-cycled beads from vintage jewelry, trade beads and trinkets from my stash.

No two journals are alike and each comes with one white gel pen and a card of writing prompts.

Consider these journals a talisman to get you started on your inward journey.

$ 25 Includes a white gel pen

SPIRAL OR FEATHER

$5 For beads

In honor of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, these bespoke journals are discounted by 10%. You don’t have to be in the Berkshires to enjoy a bit of literary citizenship!

If you order multiple items from this page, I will adjust your shipping costs and reimburse you the extra.

Bespoke Journal Options

Suzi is an accomplished collage artist, a former couturier, and a long-time student of the art of journal making. Her mentors, Ulrike Grannis, Karen Arp-Sandel, M.C. Giroux, Joy Seidler and Paulus Berensohn have each influenced her technique as she evolved her own hand in book making.

COPTIC STITCH INWARD JOURNEY BOOKS

A MAGICAL MEDITATION IN FORM

4 Commissions available for 2016

6” W X 9” H X 2”

130 PAGES

These handmade books are a work of art and no two are alike. Each book takes me 3 months to create. Each is a meditation in form, a sacred space for your expression, and a soulful companion for your inward journey. This is a hard-covered book with all pages hand painted, layered with blessings, color, images, and hand sewn. To make this book even more personalized and meaningful, you will also be invited to send me a selection of personal papers, photographs, or copies of treasures for me to incorporate into the book and to use as embellishments.

COPTIC STITCH INWARD JOURNEY BOOK: $ 625

Includes a 45 minute discovery consultation with Suzi to help her customize your book and so that she can offer you guidance in how to work with it as a companion for your inward journey.

Suzi is accepting four commissions for Coptic stitch journals in 2016.
Contact Suzi HERE to express your interest.

Suzi has studied the art of Coptic Stitch Journal making with Joy Seidler and Paulus Berensohn for six years. Her Coptic stitch hard-covered books require three months to create.

Learn more about coptic stitch book making and the inspiring work of Suzi’s mentor, Paulus Berensohn, HERE.

Powder Keg Writing Workshops hand painted prompt cards

Set of 20 individual prompt cards $15. 00 each.

+ $3.00 shipping for USA domestic

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+ $8.00 for overseas shipping

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  • These small jewels of inspiration will spark your creativity.
  • When you journal, select a random card to set the theme of your writing.
  • When you head out with your camera, pull a card to inspire what you look for as you see your world and record it.
  • Select a card to trigger images and color as you collage or paint.
  • Set a card out on your altar or wherever you can see it throughout your day… let the luscious colors and insightful words spark your thinking.
  • Sit in conversation with someone else and choose a card. Let your sharing be colored by the word on the card and explore the new territory you find together.
  • Each set comes in a hand folded vellum origami wallet that will stand up on your desk offering small jewels of inspiration.
  • Expect your cards within two weeks of ordering.
  • If you order multiple items from this page, I will adjust your shipping costs and reimburse you the extra.

Rising Forth Notecards

Images by Suzi.
Handmade.

Stay connected with your soul sisters by sending beautiful images in real-time mail!

Set of six. Each card comes  with a Kraft paper envelope. 5×7
$24.00 for set of six

I will adjust shipping costs for multiple orders and reimburse you the extra.

Floral Note Cards

Do you ever hear your roses beckon you closer? Some summer days, my morning meditation includes a slow walk in my yard with my camera. These images of flowers bear the sweet touch of soft early light that you can send to a friend.

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Offerings Note Cards

Two Septembers ago, my beloved friend, Ursula, left an offering on our back terrace upon her departure back to Munich. She lovingly placed stones she’d collected on our adventures together in to a heart. Then she filled the heart with blossoms.

It was such a tender gift and it bore a certain magic. I have carried on this practice of assembling natural objects that I pick up in my yard early in the morning. I arrange them, light a candle, murmur prayers and intentions, and then make sure there are goodies for the birds, squirrels and chipmunks. Then I let the day have its way with the offering. Sometimes they blow away in hours, other times they stay whole, the ants haul away the sugar grains and the chipmunks fill their stores with the black beans. The offerings are part nature mandalas and part Canang Sari (gratitude offering) and they always bring me in to deep awe of the natural world.

Mark a special moment in a friend’s life by mailing one of these playful captures of a ritual of wonder.

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Anthology of Babes

An Anthology of Babes: 36 Women Give Motherhood a Voice is a collection of writings and art about mothering by women who are also artists. Do you pause during the course of a normal batshit busy day to wonder, “Will I ever finish a full sentence again?” or “Is it possible to resurrect my own voice amid the din of this crowd that persists in following me, even unto the bathroom?” These 36 women have finished a few sentences for you to be inspired by and to assure you that, yes, it is possible and even, really important for you to finish that row of knitting or write that story. In the words of Audre Lorde, “The farthest horizons of our hopes and fears are cobbled by our poems, carved from the rock experiences of our daily lives.”

Enclosed in this book are peeks in to the daily lives of some extraordinary women. Come join the circle.

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Babes you should know

Diamond Openwork Scarf by Sou MacMillan of Apple Batiks

Souci personally crochets Apple Batiks scarves while indulging in only the best of sci-fi and fantasy film. Every scarf is imbued with the most wonderful bits of escapism and comfort – you can feel the soft relaxation (and possibly a spaceship or two) as you wrap one around you while writing your own stories.

Visit her Etsy Shop to learn more.

Lunch box notes from Tracee Vetting Wolf

Tracee has made art on small cards and written messages on the back for her son’s lunch since he was in kindergarten. She has chosen some of the best designs and had them professionally printed so that you can send your artful, heartfelt messages to your loved ones!

Visit her website to learn more.

Watercolor greeting cards by Julie Bond Genovese

Julie creates these custom made 5″ x 7″ watercolor greeting cards to help find the beauty in our brokenness and to inspire the wise and radiant soul within. ‘You have seen my descent. Now watch my rising.’ ~Rumi

Visit her website to learn more.

Doorways Collage Images book by Catherine Anderson

The rich symbolism of thresholds and portals draws me to photograph doorways and openings as I travel the world. “Enter” these double-sided door images by cutting them open and adding them to your journal pages to open your door to creativity and inspiration.

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CSA membership to Woven Roots Farm by Jen Salinetti

Participation in a CSA is not only an opportunity to eat the freshest and most abundant seasonal foods; It’s an opportunity to build community by supporting your neighbors and deepening your connection to our precious Earth.

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I-Won’t-Take-It-Off ring by Anni Crofut

I design jewelry that reflects the movement, balance and beauty I see in nature. The I-Won’t-Take-it-Off Ring is named so for the way it simply wants to be worn all the time, with everything. Granulated Sterling silver with Dark oxidized background. Bold, jazzy, and no maintenance.

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