Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Crab

Have had a crabtastic day. Procrastinated most of the day from study for an exam on Monday. After an unsuccessful crabbing experience, I was inspired to paint. We only caught a ladycrab, so let her go. She was a little flustered.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Sneaky sneaky entry like I haven't been away or anything...

...Hello... (Slyly pokes her head up from under desk)....

Been a while, eh?

Well, have moved to Macleay Island, we've been here nearly four months, and I have hardly done any binding. I have managed to do some painting- joined the local arts centre. Even managed to sell two paintings, which is exciting! ...Not so excitingly the money went towards groceries, but an achievement none-the-less.

It's lovely having our own house, lots of space to do our own things.

So, a brief update on what's been happening: just before we left Newcastle sadly we lost our dear little ferret, Tuco. I have never felt that much pain before, not even when my horse got put down (that just felt surreal and only sunk in much later, but losing Tuco was completely devastating- he was so young and his death is still a mystery).

Since moving to the Island however, we have gained another life to our little family- a beautiful greyhound named Dougie. He is sweet, and we are quite guilty of believing him to be a near-perfect dog... doesn't bark, isn't a pain in any way, likes to just lay down wherever we are and be with us.

I have just finished my first semester of environmental science (management, really) and am absolutely loving it, but the more I learn about our world, the angrier I have been getting (or perhaps it is passion?). The ignorance of some people just drives me insane, even more so the fact that no matter what you can tell them, some people just will never listen or understand, or bother to research their arguments.

It's been a pretty quiet life on the Island (apart from one noisy neighbour), so not many excuses for not doing any bindery, but I am on uni break now, so that will change. :) I completed a book today that has been on the go for quite some time. I used a scarf I bought in Turkey (exorbitantly overpriced) to cover it- I really love how it turned out. Needs a little bit of trimming, but this will be a birthday present to myself.

-Chell xo

(Apologies for the excessive use of brackets!)

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Moving :)

In roughly three weeks I will be moving to a warmer part of the world... Moreton Bay! Hopefully one of the Islands. There I endevour to begin the mission of starting my own business as an illustrator, bookbinder and papermaker. So I'll be frequenting this blog more often, so please ignore the previous fizzle it has been through. Looking forward to it so, so much!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011


Artist book for Italy I can't decide... Is it pretty or ugly? I think I've been looking at it too long. More likely it is neither.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Day 2

Not overly happy with this one. Mostly because white doen't really appeal to me. And apologies for the yucky photos!! I did have it finished yesterday, though not enough time to post. xo

Friday, March 18, 2011

Day 1- Saralata

So here she is, Saralata. 16 x 11.5 cm artist book.

Glueing- slightly difficult, material didn't like to stick.


Monday, March 14, 2011

25 Books in 25 Days Personal Challenge

Ok, as the title claims, I will attempt to produce 25 books in 25 days. Argh! Now I don't think I have kept any promises to myself this year so far, like crafting every day, practicing guitar, booking to go to the dentist (but they're so scary...), KEEPING UP A BLOG..... sigh, I'm a terrible, terrible person. But I need to do something about this. Seeing as I would like to start my own business (selling handbound books, of course!) I really need to get motivated. And the only way to do that is to just start!

So here are the rules:
1.) One completed book every day, any dimension, of high quality for selling.
2.) If a day is missed due to unforseen problems, then 2 books must be completed by the next day. This MUST be the deadline, otherwise I KNOW I will fall too far behind.
3.) NO SLEEPING WHEN I COULD BE BOOKBINDING! Ok? You love sleep too much, Miss Michellaneous.

So here goes. I will start this friday, the 18th March, giving me roughly 3 days to prepare desk space, designs, sew a few signatures and cut some card. Or is that cheating? Already??

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Just to proove that I am doing something, even if it is just for myself...

My portable bookbinding suitcase.... it is very heavy though!

Books on the go...

Desk in action