A Handmade Journal For An Italian Girl

Today, after a particularly crappy day, I came home to an envelope which contained the wrapped book you see above.

It’s a journal, called “Italian Flair”, handmade by the lovely Iliana.

I know the beadwork on the binding is not clearly visible; still, I liked the gauzy effect that came out in this picture. The beads are sparkly and beautiful.


If you should so desire to purchase such a lovely journal for yourself, visit the bookgirl’s studio. It’s full of lovely things for us bibliophiles.
And, Iliana? Thank you.

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22 thoughts on “A Handmade Journal For An Italian Girl

  1. Yay – you got it! I'm so glad you liked it and thank you for the shout out. Am glad to hear it helped brighten up your day.I was a bit worried because today I got back two emails I sent you telling you I had shipped your book. I think email was just being wonky 🙂

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  2. Sorry you had a crappy day! Thank goodness there was a treat waiting for you at the end of it. It is a lovely journal. I hope you will fill it with lots of beautiful, heartfelt words.You new header is gorgeous!!! I love pine cones – one can never have enough of them.I hope tomorrow is a better day.

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  3. Iliana, you've gotta love email. When it works. 😉 I'm just delighted with the book! Now I've got to decide exactly what to do with it. I don't want to use it for "just" ordinary journaling of thoughts, rather as a book for storing quotes…or recording books read…something special.Qugrainne, there's just so much stress at work right now with bureaucratic, meaningless-for-children techniques were forced to employ. It drives the creativity I like to build as a teacher into recesses farther than I ever dreamed possible. To top it off, I was afraid I'd run out of gas on the way home especially as I hit EVERY red light. So, that's majoring in the minors, but frustrated me. I'm sure tomorrow will be Great!

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  4. Oh my, that's absolutely gorgeous! I'm glad it was able to brighten your day, which I'm sorry was so crappy. (Yikes, what pathetically written sentence that was!)

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  5. What a gorgeous journal hope it brightened your day. I hope today will be better for you, i am thinking of you.I love what you did with your header, I am still playing with mine

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  6. Qugrainne, by the way, do I remember that you also make handbound books? I thought that was the case, but I looked on your blog and couldn't find a link. Clue me in, please, if you have the chance.Hey, Debi, your syntax sounds great to me!Madeleine, I can never get the header exactly how I want it. Or, maybe this is the one area of my life in which I embrace change.Tanabata, it's so fun to come home to parcels (great word choice on your part!) in the mail, isn't it?Shelburns, thanks for visiting. I love small packages!

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  7. You have such good taste, Bellezza. That's the very one I ordered. I used mine to record notes on our recent trip. It was perfect. And like it did for you, it made me smile.

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  8. What a gorgeous journal. I need to pop over and peruse Iliana's site. I looked when she first made the announcement, but haven't been back. I LOVE your header (and the reading child).

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  9. Love the header also! And what a beautiful journal–makes me want to take up journaling (which I hate). Thanks for sharing! (and as to your comment last week about me being such a good blogger–I haven't been on since then and am feeling really anxious about the 100+ blogs in my reader to read). 😦 Trish = Not Good Blogger this week

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  10. Booklogged, I should've known we'd order the same thing! That's a perfect use for it, although I suspect I'll use mine for recording something 'bookish' since I have no plans for a trip in my immediate future.Les, the reading child always reminds me of your reading statue in the flower garden. Mine was given to me as a wedding present from one of my book clubs, and I keep it outside our front door year round. By it, I've placed a HUGE pinecone from California, and it makes me happy ever time I look at it. I'm glad you like it, too.Trish, do not even tell me that you read one hundred blogs. I can't believe it! Wait, yes I can, seeing all your comments all over the blogosphere. Trish=Very Good Blogger Even On A Bad Day.

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  11. I subscribe to about 60 blogs. There's no way I could do 100!! You only have 2 posts since I was on last, but there are some who post every single day. Times that by 60 (ok, a little less if you take an average) and you end up with my messy reader. *Sigh* I do the best I can, but a lot of those will have to wait until my Saturday morning/Sunday morning massive catch-up. ;)Can you imagine the people who subscribe to 200-400 blogs? They do exist!

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  12. Trish, so am I correct that you put your 60 blogs or so into Google Reader, and then you check for updates from there instead of just clicking one each link in your blog? I find it time consimuing to load in so many blogs (I've only loaded in about twenty or so), but it is nice to see at a clance who's updated. I'd love to learn more about your system of commenting because you're so very good at it.JoAnn, Iliana's website is full of beautiful books. It seems you could easily find a present there for yourself of someone who know who loves journals. I'm glad you like the new header, too.

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  13. Oh Bellezza!! I used to use my link list on the side bar (now deleted) to visit all my favorite blogs. But I would constantly be missing things–such as your Japanese challenge last year–when I would have a busy spell and not be able to get on to the blogosphere as frequently.I started using Google Reader several months ago and it has really helped with being able to stay more up-to-date. I have about 60 blogs, but I dont' read them all religiously. I have a folder for my favorite blogs, one for friends and family, a check these out sometimes folder, and a skim folder (where maybe I put blogs that I've just discovered to see if I want to continue reading them). I do mark a lot of posts "read" without reading them (or I just skim them), but one would go crazy trying to comment on every post they subscribe to!! And a lot of times I can't get on during the week–and sometimes I have to choose between reading and blogging, and reading right now is winning that fight. So, I try to find little snippets of time when I can get on and connect with others. And I'm always feeling behind, but that happens in real life also. One of my favorite things about blogging is the connection with others, and that's why I try to be good about commenting. I don't get to/want to talk book shop with my 'real life' friends too often, so this gives me an outlet to connect with others who share the same passion as I do. I think sometimes my comments are pointless, but I like to leave them if no other reason than to say…hey, I was here, I was thinking of you, I read your post. I love when it sparks a dialogue–and you, my dear, are great about that. And it's silly and not very big of a thing, but I love it. Haha–is that more than you wanted to know?? I guess maybe I should write a post about this.Novel over. 😛

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  14. Novel, hardly. I could talk about this forever! The more I blog the more interested I am in it, to the point where I'm losing valuable reading time. But, like you, I don't want to talk too much about books with my real life friends because a.) they don't read as much as I do or b.) they don't like the same books. (There are far too many Nora Roberts fans out there for my taste! Oops, that sounds so snotty…) Anyway, I'm going to try the Google Reader thing like you (did it take you forever to load in all the blogs you read? can you leave a comment from there, or do you have to visit the blog itself?). Maybe you SHOULD do a post on this: curious minds want to know!

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  15. Trish from Hey Lady, Watchya Reading did do a post on Google Reader a while back (don't have the link). It took a little bit for me to transfer the links to Reader, but it wasn't any more tedious than adding another link to your side bar. If I run into a blog that I like, I just copy the URL and add it to the Reader–and then you can add it to a folder if you set those up. I read most of the blogs from the actual reader and then click over to the blog to comment (no, can't do it from Reader). I find the blogs are easier to read in that type of format. It might take a little longer this way, I don't know. I'd be interested in hearing how it works for you. Do you usually use your side bar to visit the blogs you like?And I completely understand about blogging taking away from valuable reading time! Sometimes it's a difficult juggle.

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  16. I have an enormous soft spot for blank notebooks, especially the more creative ones and I think it's just amazing what you received. I bookmarked the website and will absolutely take a closer look when I have more time on my hands. Lovely!

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  17. Trish, I'm going to add the rest of the blogs I read to Google Reader tonight and try that system. It sounds excellent; then I don't have to go to the blog I want to read, return to my sidebar, go to the next blog, and so on…thanks for all your good suggestions!Cessie, I guess I didn't make it very clear that I bought this book; I meant thank you to Iliana for using her gift such that others can appreciate it. But, the prices are so very reasonable when one considers all the effort that went into the book. I've bound a few myself by hand, and I would have to charge $100.00 each for all the time and attention it took me. 😉

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  18. Oh how lovely, I have so many journals, diaries, papers, notes, booknotes, stuff, I LOVE THIS….STOP it how am I suppose to leave this blog, with the paraphernalia (spent 5 minutes looking for the spelling, geesh) of wonderful stuff…do you know how many visits I have to make lol Lovely

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