Sunday, January 23, 2011

Closed chapters and fresh starts

Hello all. I want to let you know about some changes to Secret Leaves and to this blog. I don't think I've mentioned it here, but 8 months ago I took a full-time job. I am working in the Office of Public Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis (which also happens to be my alma mater) and I love it. The downside has been that I am finding it far more difficult that I anticipated to continue operating Secret Leaves as a business. I sent an email earlier this week to friends, customers and supporters to let them know I will no longer be selling wholesale and plan to limit the number of custom projects I take on as well.

I will, however, still be selling items in my Etsy shop and maintaining this blog. Until now, one of the main reasons for the blog, frankly, has been to promote Secret Leaves. But since Secret Leaves is no longer a business and is now more of a hobby and personal pleasure, I want to change the focus here.

In the coming months, I plan to feature more how-tos related to bookbinding and paper arts; useful resources; artists whose work I admire, and the people, places and things that provide inspiration to me and, hopefully, to you.

I hope you will come back often, become a follower if it suits you, and tell others if you think they might be interested. The images below are a preview of what you can expect to see moving forward.

   Robin by Anna-Wili Highfield
  Artists / Blogs / Websites - Robin paper sculpture by Anna-Wili Highfield

pamphlet stitch  
How tos / Tools
- the simple, versatile, wonderful pamphlet stitch

linen ric rac from Papier Valise
  Resources / Materials - Linen ric rac from Papier Valise

Mini notebooks Etsy
 Stuff I've made / Etsy - Mini notebooks in muslin gift bag

hydrangea petals
 Inspiration - Hydrangea petals

Montmartre Paris
Personal / Travel - Montmartre, Paris, France

Stay tuned...



Pat said...

AS always, Sharon, beautiful and inspiring photos, thoughts. Gorgeous stuff you're making.
Pat Eby

ann said...

That paper bird is just amazing. I will be checking out her other stuff.
Blog looks great. Looking forward to following it!

Scott Jones said...

well, I am no artist- but I love your photos, always so full of life

jen sertl said...

love all the photos posted sharon, the bird sculpture (i have a thing for birds), the linen ric rac is a FIND ~going to check it out tonight! photo that makes me want to hop on a plane.
glad you started anew...though i still miss our coffee days and shopping xo, jen

Secret Leaves said...

Thanks for your comments everyone! I am really appreciative. :)