This week I have the pleasure and privilege of writing about Jean, and her Etsy shop, The Write Owl.   Jean is a  native of Portland, Oregon, and is one busy lady.  Currently she is attending Grad school to become a middle school teacher, managing a stage show and working in her pottery studio – all  in addition to running  her shop and taking care of her family.  Jean credits her mom with getting her started in making handmade journals, a gift that she says changed her life.  It is why she makes books today, and it is why she is a collector of stories.  Her goal is to give something meaningful back to people, to connect with them, and to encourage them to make their own stories.

Jean has dabbled in a bit of everything when it comes to art, and her favorite projects are those born from a spark of inspiration that may at first seem a bit off-kilter but then suddenly transform into something wonderful.   She’s been known to make lighting instruments from kitchen utensils and wall hangings from cleaned (of course!) food packaging, and is a believer in functional beauty.  She hopes that her journals are used,  rather than set out to display and gather dust, and that they inspire another person’s creations.

Her Etsy shop offers gorgeous handmade journals.  I have taken a few bookmaking classes, and I can tell you there is a lot of time and work that goes into them.  Her shop also offers desk accessories and her handmade pottery.  Here are a few items currently in her shop.

Gold Leaves Coptic Stitch Journal

This is such a pretty journal.  The journal with Coptic stitch binding has a flexible cover and is perfect for sketching or writing. The cover features a lokta paper with gold leaf impressions and chocolate paper lining the insides of the covers. Copper grommets reinforce the copper-colored linen thread used in the binding. There are 5 signatures, totaling 80 pages of text weight antiqued writing paper.   Approximate size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches.
Brown Stripe and Peach Lace Ceramic Pencil Cup
The hand-painted round pencil cup above is a handy and beautiful desk organizer. A hand painted peach lace pattern shows through light and brown stripes. The inside is a rich chocolate brown. Approximately 4.5 inches tall and 3.5 inches in diameter.
DIY Coptic Stitch Journal Kit
 This is a great item for all you do-it-yourselfers!  Included in the kit are chipboard covers with reinforced holes in your choice of color, five folded signatures of white writing paper with 8 sheets each for a total of 80 pages, a needle and thread in black or another color, a template for punching holes in the signature, and an instruction card.  Customization options at no extra cost: color choices for eyelets in the cover, color options for linen thread, colored cardstock instead of chipboard for the cover.  Bulk pricing is available if you plan to order several.
Coming soon to Jean’s Etsy shop:  more new journals, desk accessories and pottery!!  Jean’s most recent treasury can be seen here
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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ElizabethMD
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 20:39:12

    What a wonderful feature! I love this shop too 😀


  2. cookala
    Feb 07, 2011 @ 22:42:05

    thanks so much!!!


  3. Cathy
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 01:59:52

    I love the DIY Journal. I definitley have that on my back burner. My son would love that, and that journal would encourage him to write!
    A great feature as always, its certainly nice to read a feature who’s writer puts time and effort into it. Thanks for the great reading 🙂


    • cookala
      Feb 08, 2011 @ 02:18:16

      hi, Cathy! You know, just to have even one person tell me that makes it even more worthwhile. I’m glad you enjoyed it, and thank you!!
      (I think the DIY journal is the coolest thing!)


  4. evelynpendergrass
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 09:01:20

    Thank you so much for the wonderful feature! Your blog is fantastic, by the way. -Jean *:o)


  5. AllThingsTangled
    Feb 08, 2011 @ 11:34:06

    Great shop! I just love that ceramic cup. So beautiful.


  6. connie
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 21:12:10

    Nice!! I need to re-visit her shop…I love anything paper!


  7. cookala
    Feb 10, 2011 @ 22:03:06

    thanks for visiting and commenting!


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