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A colorful bouquet of birthday books

>> Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Hanmade books for birthday gift

I recently received an interesting request from a customer that resulted in a trip to Franklin, TN with a collection of colorful books.  The customer from Georgia came across my website while searching for bookbinders in the Nashville area.  Her dear friend's birthday was approaching and she wanted to surprise her with a special delivery of little handmade books.  

We selected a cheerful assortment of little books that I bundled together with a bright orange bow and placed in a gift bag with a sweet handwritten note. Then I set off for historic downtown Franklin (just south of Nashville and home to lots of famous musicians and celebrities). The birthday girl was thrilled with her surprise delivery of miniature books, and she invited me into her beautiful home so I could tell her all about the different handmade creations. 

The birthday "bouquet" of books included four single-signature pamphlet books, one double-signature pamphlet, one softcover book sewn with the Japanese stab binding, an Italian longstitch journal with a red suede cover, a grey-and-orange hot air balloon book sewn onto cords, and a hardcover Coptic book with a Japanese waves paper used for the covers. I had such fun putting together this set of books, and it was a great excuse to make a trip to Franklin too. What a clever idea for a birthday gift!

Handmade books gift


Lizzie April 17, 2012 at 12:02 PM  

What an imaginative gift! That lady is lucky to have such a kind and thoughtful friend - and the friend was lucky to find such a kind and thoughtful Book Binder!

Lovely, Katie! Maybe you could offer it as a regular local service...

PrairiePeasant April 17, 2012 at 5:09 PM  

How lucky is the recipient of this gift! I would love to have someone knock on my door with such a delightful bag of wonderful little books! Sounds like the customer really knew what would be appreciated for a birthday gift.

Katie April 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM  

Oh, I agree! It was such a fun gift idea! The recipient was an author who loves books (her house is filled with them!), especially little ones. I'm so glad that the gift-giver found me and my books. I love when online connections lead to in-person meetings.

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