Available Now! Dusty Pink, Copper and Ivory Junk Journal Listed on Etsy!

I listed this new junk journal for sale! It is very similar to a journal that I made for myself not long ago – if you want to see in detail my own personal journal, click here. I wrote a blog post about it. I loved the lace and the journal so much, I wanted to make another to share with somebody else. It is quite similar, but slightly different. The spine is lighter, I used pinker embroidery thread, and the inside paper is different. πŸ™‚

I am so very happy with how it turned out!


Find it for sale here!

I also posted a flip-through video of it in case you’re all interested. Find that here!

Now to start on the Slate-blue velvet journal in a “Moonlight” theme! You’ll be seeing more on that soon!



2018 Etsy Shop Goals – Marketing, Purchasing, Learning, and Sharing

For months now I’ve been wanting to shift focus from Poshmark and start working more on my Etsy shop. I have been putting it off due to the fact that I didn’t have very much to list on there at the time.

Now that I have listed more on Etsy, I am going to begin trying to make and reach goals that I have for my shop. Here they are:

  1. Take a class or learn more about product photography. – I feel as though I am getting better at this, but I am not nearly up to the standards that I would like. I want to learn how to take eye-catching photos that will get me more “likes” and views on Instagram where I post some of my journals that I sell as well as on Etsy itself. Photography is one of my weak points. I just don’t have a natural eye for it.
  2. Get more uniform pictures taken for my shop – Now that I have the equipment, I have already started this. I will be trying to stick with the same background. Here’s one example. (The bottom 3 journals in this picture are for sale by the way. The pink one will be listed this weekend.) πŸ™‚ It’s extremely likely that I’ll do another facelift once I am able to get more experience and knowledge on photography.IMG_20180103_203142.jpg
  3. Make my Etsy profile more personal and interesting– Right now it’s very bare bones. I want to share a story with my consumers and my passions. This same thing goes for my product descriptions, which are very spartan for the most part. In general, I want to share myself as a person more with my consumers.
  4. Purchase more supplies from independent vendors and make connections with them– This is a big one for me. As a person starting a small business, I know how hard it is to be noticed and feel appreciated. I want to start purchasing items from vendors that I respect. I started this by ordering some beautiful beads from a shop called BeadsandHoney. Here shop sells amazing wooden beads, some with abalone shell inlays. She also sells these amazing Mactan stone beads from the Philippines also with abalone shell inlays that contain fossilized impressions in them. I will be using these beads as charms on future journals. When I read to her “About” page I really connected with it, because she has succeeded in doing what I have as a long term goal when she had previously been in a similar situation as me (working a full time job, and doing what she was passionate about on the side. I want to support more people like her. The rewards in this will be twofold- I will be providing somebody with income that they can use to continue doing what they’re passionate for, and I will be gathering supplies to use that will make my journals even more unique and special.
  5. Learn more about marketing – This is another one of my weaknesses, and I plan on listening to many podcasts and ready articles on this subject… If I happen across a workshop that may be able to help, I may take it.
  6. Take a hands-on bookbinding class from a professional – This is a big stretch goal that I may not get done this year, but I can dream. :)… It would likely require me to travel since my area does not seem to have any classes (I live near Houston, TX) so it could be quite expensive, but I feel like if I was able to take a class or workshop from a very experienced traditional bookbinder I would become much better at doing what I love and perhaps learn techniques and tools that could make my job easier and my journals better.
  7. Last but not least, I want to start selling my own art prints. I’m very happy to have made the necessary revenue to purchase an archival quality printer between my Poshmark and Etsy sales. Once I learn how to get them printed clearly I will be selling some of my favorite work.

What are some of your goals for 2018? Do you know of any good online or in person workshops that you think I could benefit from? Also, if you’re an Etsy seller or independent artist that sells charms or paper, or general handmade stationary style supplies, please share your shop in the comments! I’d love to check it out!


I made my own Lace Junk Journal!

The end of 2017 was extremely busy for me, between prepping to celebrate the holidays, purchasing gifts, baking, and meeting deadlines in my personal business.

Despite all this, I managed to finally finish making my own journal! I’d been wanting to do it for a while now, but never really found the time, or knew what I wanted it to look like. That changed when I found this really pretty lace. I found it at a fabric shop in Houston. I’d always admired the lace there, but it’s always so expensive and I never knew what I could use it for… But then it hit me – I could use it on my journals! I have no idea why it took me so long to figure this out to be honest. :p
Isn’t that lace just gorgeous? I layered it over scrapbook paper. The spine is regular brown toned scrapbook paper under this metallic copper toned paper. The lace is this beautiful dusty pink, slightly mauve color with a floral design The edge made a fantastic trim between the spine and the front of the journal. It is kept relatively simple since I wanted that lace to be the focal point. I finished it off with gold book corners.

For the spine, I sewed the 6 signatures in using light Dusty pink embroidery thread and a large decorative pendant which hangs through a gold eyelet.

And of course, I had to choose this beautiful Renaissance inspired paper by Graphic 45 as my first page. This is definitely my favorite brand of scrapbook paper. It’s a bit expensive but totally worth it- and it’s double sided! The pink and brown inside cover detail was hand diecut and hand embossed.

Honestly, This may become a niche of mine – lace journals or fabric journals, because I have such a love for fabric and lace as well as for paper. My mom taught me how to sew when I was just a girl, and costume design has always fascinated me. I love that I can combine my love of fabric and my love of paper and books into one pretty thing.

I didn’t really have a theme for my journal although it ended up being a bit parisian. I created it with a color scheme in mind – Pink, copper, and ivory.

This journal was so much fun to make and stuffed full of all kind of interesting textured paper in different sizes. I didn’t have to use any mixed media paper in it – I actually had to really thin out the paper that I had selected for it because there was so much that I wanted to use. It would’nt have stayed closed! It’s so much fun to thumb through and just stare at. πŸ™‚

I recorded a somewhat awkward rambling video here if you’d like to see a detailed flipthrough. I also have flipthroughs of most of the other journals I’ve made. Maybe someday I’ll get used to doing these kinds of videos! :p

I liked this journal so much, that I decided to make a similar one to sell on my shop since I have some of the lace left over. I will share that when I get it listed this weekend!

A few other journals I plan on makingΒ  and listing soon:

  • an Indian/Bollywood inspired junk journal in bright jewel tones with lace and beaded teal cover
  • a plush solid velvet junk journal in a jewel tone with metal embellishments

I’ve honestly never been more excited about making these journals. I feel like each one that I make gets better and I feel like I’ve had an”aha” moment as Oprah would say when it comes to using fabric on my journals. I’m expecting big things in 2018. πŸ™‚

To see my current work for sale, feel free to visit my Etsy shop, or if you like awesome pre-owned womens clothing, check out the items I have for sale on Poshmark! Also if you would like to keep up day to day, follow me on Instagram @mermaidcoveart

Thanks for reading and Happy New Year!


January 5, 2018 Update: I listed a very similar lace journal on my Etsy shop today! See it here!

List of things I’ve collected

Thouroughout my life, I’ve been a collector. Here’s a list of things that I collected in the past or that I currently collect purely for the pleasure of it:

  • Rocks/fossils
  • Beanie babies
  • Notebooks (plain)
  • Decorative Journals
  • Crystals
  • Tiny animal figurines
  • Trail of Painted Ponies
  • Wrapping paper
  • Evening gowns & vintage dresses
  • Artwork
  • Stickers
  • Mugs
  • Really Old books
  • Washing tape
  • Scented candles
  • “Found” objects: (dried flowers, seashells, etc.)
  • Botanical & natural jewelery
  • Vintage lingerie

And then there are the things that I have a desire to collect, but haven’t started yet because I know that if I started, I would want to buy everything, and go broke or I would simply run out of room:

  • Nenderoids
  • Fabric dolls
  • Wedding gowns
  • Corsets
  • Tarot cards
  • Kimonos
  • Vintage Edwardian clothing
  • Animal skulls
  • Elaborate Headpieces

What kinds of things do you collect?

Alice In Wonderland Inspired Junk Journal

I’ve been working on this journal for a while, and it’s finally finished and posted on my etsy shop! As expected, I continue to improve, and come up with new ideas for pockets, foldouts, and even the cover and spine.

For this one, I used a wide fabric ribbon on the spine as an accent. It folds over a bit to the front and the back. The oval frame on the front is a hand-distressed chipboard or cardboard frame. In the middle is a keyhole. The book corners on the corners are gold with a swirl accent. I hand distressed the cover.


Below is a closeup of the charms and spine. I used a bluish silver-gray embroidery thread, and for the charms I used a beige tassel, blue wood bead, black and white portrait of a rabbit, and an antiqued key charm. They are pulled through a gold eyelet.


Below is probably my favorite page. That pocket below was made from some hand-aged lace finished with a metal key accent. I just love how this looks and I look forward to using this type of pocket in future journals!


As I said, this journal is currently for sale on my Etsy shop. You can find it here.

If you’d like to see a detailed flipthrough of this journal, I added it to youtube! Check out a flipthrough of this journal here! I’ve been on a role with posting flipthrough videos there, so feel free to check out my others on my channel as well!

Apothecary Inspired Christmas Ornaments & My Nontraditional Tree

Since last Christmas, I have bought a bunch of new furniture for my craft room, and no longer have room to put up a full sized tree. I’ve been wanting something a bit different than your traditional “Christmas tree”. I decided that due to the types of ornaments I wanted to hang, a “bare” tree with no leaves would go well with what I wanted to hang on it.

Yesterday I want to my parent’s house. They have a lot of land, covered in trees. I knew I could find the perfect branch there.

I settled on a branch from my mom’s large fig tree. For the size of the limb, the branches on this tree were naturally more thick than on their other trees, plus I really liked how the branches gently seemed to curve as opposed to looking very angular. I took a very small clipping from her tree, and took it home – along with an apple and banana, because my mom never lets me leave without taking some food! πŸ™‚

As for the ornaments I plan to put up: Maybe it’s just because I’ve been watching and reading the Outlander series somewhat religiously – and looking forward to Christmas, but I’ve been really wanting apothecary inspired ornaments made out of corked glass jars, and filled with tiny nature-y things. I hadn’t been successful in finding anything I liked, though. So I do what I always do when I can’t find something – I make them!

Of course, I made some ornaments to sell on my Etsy shop. They are in 3 inch glass bottles, and look just beautiful on this bare tree. Having them on this kind of tree really makes them pop.

The day after I made my 3 inch ornaments for my Etsy shop, I went back to the craft store to pick up shorter bottles specifically for my little tree.

I’m very excited to start working on them. I have so many ideas! I plan on adding feathers to one, and have this idea that involves carving a TINY animal skull out of clay to add to one of them, but I’m not sure if that will be successful or not since it’s so intricate and would need to be small enough to fit in a bottle. Maybe I’ll fold a few tiny oragami crane to put in some…

Anyway, if the ornaments that are currently on my shop sell quickly, I will definitely make more to sell. Honestly, they’d look good displayed year round! I might just keep my tree out permanently. πŸ˜‹

All 3 of these ornaments are available on my Etsy shop now. I will be listing a 4th one in the shop soon after I take pictures of it. That one contains a nest of tiny blue speckled eggs, and may be my favorite. 😊 It took longer to make since I had to paint the eggs and let them dry, so I didn’t get to photograph it yet.

Below are some close up pictures of the ornaments currently in my shop.


This one contains a tiny little grouping of twigs hand-tied together in a bow with twine.


Here’s the most christmas-y one out of the bunch. I feel like it may be the most traditional.



This one is decorated with tiny pieces of foliage.


Shop these ornaments here! They are $12 a piece. Thanks for reading!

Self Image and Selling Your Own Work

​Self image has always been something that I’ve struggled with as a person. I’ve never truly felt “worthy” or “good enough” to start my own business in which I sold my own creations. 

Having a Poshmark shop was the stepping stone that helped change that. It helped my gain the confidence I need to open an Etsy shop. (For those that don’t know, Poshmark is basically a “resale shop” for used and sometimes new clothing)

With Poshmark, I wasn’t directly selling my own creations, but I was selling things that I found that I thought were nice. I was able to easily turn a profit, and that was a confidence boost. It helped make me take the big step of opening an Etsy shop and listing my first items.
Not long ago, I made my very first sale on Etsy. I have to confess – I was a nervous wreck when I shipped that journal. I worried that the buyer would be disappointed in it. That constant self-doubt that always rests in the corner of my mind came out at full force.

When I saw the five star review and the feedback from that sale a week or so later, I was so unbelievably happy. A human being had spent her own hard earned money on something that I had made, and loved what she received! 

She could’ve bought from anyone else-there are so many amazing and talented artists and junk journal makers, but she chose me.

I’m not posting this to make sales. I just really want to express how exciting and validating it feels to be able to make things for fun, and have a little business doing what I love to do anyway. I sincerely hope that everyone gets the opportunity to having a similar feeling, whether it’s by selling their artwork, or working in an office. 

If you’ve always wanted to sell your crafts and haven’t taken the step yet, just do it. The feelings you get from your first legitimate sale are indescribable. 

Anyway, I hope that everyone has a nice week. I’ve been really busy with non-art related things and have been neglecting this blog as well, but will be getting back in it soon. I have a junk journal to finish up and a new one to start for a client (Sidenote: I still can’t believe that I get to say that I have a “client”πŸ˜‹). 

I’ll post pictures of both journals in the near future.  Maybe I’ll even find time to list new items in my Etsy shop soon. Thanks for all your support. πŸ™‚β™₯️