Thursday, October 15, 2009

Muriel's Birthday Book

A while back I saw a cloth photo book on SouleMama, and immediately knew that's what I wanted to give Muriel for her first birthday. The problem was that my sewing machine is boxed up in a Seattle storage unit.

My first (really rational) thought was that I could just buy a sewing machine. But do I really want to divert time and money away from other hobbies/interests right now? Sadly, no.

My second thought was--Mom! My sweet mother, of course, said that she'd be more than willing to make a photo book for Muriel.

While I was pondering over making my mom sew the book, I thought about Etsy. How I love Etsy! Sometimes I wonder how I survived Before Etsy. After a little searching I came upon Victoria at ex libris handmade who makes gorgeous cloth books. I asked her if she'd be able to do a custom photo book on relatively short notice (it was one month until Muriel's birthday) and she enthusiastically said yes. As I have a zillion other sewing projects I'd like my mom to do I decided to spare her this one, and save the favor for another time...or two!

Here is Victoria's blog post about Muriel's book, with some detailed pics of the book. It turned out even better than I had imagined, and I can't praise her work enough. Thank you again Victoria!


  1. What a great present for Muriel, thanks for the link!

  2. Wow! What a gorgeous idea! I just popped over to Victoria's blog to see the photos, it is beautiful : ) What a lovely gift to give your daughter! My sewing machine is out of order right now... ugh : ( Happy Birthday to your sweet girl and to you mama!

  3. That's a great book! I've been wanting to find something like this for my girls to have once their daddy starts going out on deployments again, so I'm especially grateful for the link! Thanks!

  4. Oh, how sweet to see the birthday girl with her book!! I'm so glad it's a hit and so appreciate the mention. Cheers!