Why not toss some of your holiday gift budget toward a visual journalist who might be selling just what you need for that special someone on your list?
Today’s topic: Paper and fabric goods and stuff for the home…
Former news designer Katie Gonzalez has an interesting hobby: She’s a bookbinder. She specializes in handmade journals, scrapbooks, photo albums, sketchbooks and items that you might typically think of for wedding or baby shower gifts. But that doesn’t make them any less suitable for holiday gift giving.
Among the gorgeous handmade offerings from Katie’s Etsy store is this peacock feather-patterned journal or sketchbook.
The book was sewn with waxed linen thread, just the way the Coptics did it, Katie says. “Pages lay flat when open for easy journaling or sketching.”
The book is 5 x 6.5 inches, contains 120 pages and sells for $70.
This 3.5 x 5-inch journal features a black leather case, screenprinted with an original pattern.
That one is $45.
This one holds 120 3 x 4.5-inch pages and sells for $55.
Katie spent the summer of 2006 in Cortona, Italy, studying bookmaking at a medieval bindery and learning how to make paper by hand. She really knows her stuff.
Here’s one more. Katie writes:
I bound together a variety of smooth and textured papers, including in gray, green, brown, white, and cream.
I sewed in the Italian Longstitch binding style, which shows off the white stitching on the spine while allowing the pages to lay flat for easy journaling or sketching.
The book is 3.5 x 5 inches, 140 pages and sells for $45.
Katie also does a little photography. She has a few items at her store featuring scenes of historic King Street in her hometown — Charleston, S.C., one of the world’s most gorgeous cities — as reflected in store windows.
That particular 11 x 17 print sells for $25, unframed.
Find Katie’s Etsy store here. Find her bookbinding and design blog here.
A 2008 graduate of the University of Georgia, Katie interned at WNC magazine and then spent three years as a designer at the News Virginian of Waynesboro, Va. She left that paper in 2011. She’s now a teaching artist in the Watkins Community Education Program in Nashville, Tenn. Her husband, Tony Gonzalez, is a reporter for the Tennessean.
Find Katie’s news design portfolio here and her blog here.
Lindsey Turner of the Gannett Design Studio in Nashville offers what she calls “salty and Southern-fried pretties” at her Etsy shop.
If you give bottles of wine for Christmas gifts, you might consider hanging one of these gift tags on it.
Eight bucks for a set of ten, including twine.
Lindsey also sells a variety of holiday greeting cards, including this modern one…
…this naughty one…
…and this one for that special someone who was born on or around Christmas Day.
How would Lindsey think of making something like that? She was born on Christmas Day herself, of course.
The birthmas cards cost $1.50 each. The others are six for $10. Envelopes are included, of course.
Looking for a little something for your boss? How about these note cards?
Those cost $8.50 for ten.
Lindsey also sells a number of funny poster prints. I’d kind of like to see this on the wall of a cube farm.
The print is five inches square, with a generous white border to help with framing. She sells that one for $5.
For that lover of vintage cars — or vintage anything, for that matter — consider this picture of Memphis for that same price.
Lindsey also sells this 8 x 10-inch print of an old shack that reminds you of an American flag.
I took this photo on my family’s farm land in West Tennessee. For me, it has always served as a reminder of the stoic beauty of rural America.
That one comes on archival photo paper for $18. Other sizes are also available.
Find Lindsey’s Etsy store here.
A 2004 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University, Lindsey interned at the Birmingham News. She spent spent seven years at the Memphis Commercial Appeal as a designer, copy editor, blogger and assistant art director. She moved to the Gannett hub in Nashville in 2012, where she leads the team that designs papers in Mississippi, Alabama and Virginia.
Find Lindsey’s portfolio here and her Twitter feed here.
PARDON MY VINTAGE
Christina Cathcart — a designer for the Courier-Journal of Louisville, Ky. — sells “unique and modern finds for your home” via her Etsy store.
Among the items she’s currently listing: This ceramic bowl featuring hand-painted birds and a textured background.
That was created in Nove, Italy, in the 1960s by Alessio Tasca, who Christina points out, is “one of the most important European ceramists.” It sells for $38.
This ceramic policeman was made in England by Carlton Ware.
There’s a slot in the top, so he can serve as a bank. The price: $65.
This sweet red-headed girl was created in 1975 by the immensely popular Lisa Larson for Gustavsberg in Sweden.
Part of the Sekelskifte group, this figurine was one of six little boys and girls created to represent turn-of-the-century children. This series was only made from 1975 to 1983.
“Anna” sells for $75.
This gorgeous little number is a desk lamp. Seriously.
Made in the 1970s, it still works just fine. Christina is selling it for $150.
And Christina writes:
These beautiful golden cups were designed by Lagardo Tackett for Schmid Porcelain.
The cups date from the 1950s. Christina is selling the set for $48.
Find Christina’s Etsy store here.
A 2003 graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, Christina spent a year at the South Bend (Ind.) Tribune before moving to Louisville in 2006.
Find her portfolio site here and her Twitter feed here.
I can’t really list all these Etsy online stores without mentioning my sister-in-law’s store, BugaBoo Boutique.
Especially when Karla Apple sells handmade items like this one:
If you happen to have a loved one on the autism spectrum, then you know exactly what that is: It’s a weighted lap pad. There’s something about the weight that gives comfort those those with autism or Asperger’s syndrome. Karla writes:
My daughter loves hers! She uses it to sit to eat dinner, at night to calm down, when watching TV, and takes it to school to help with sitting in her desk.
The pad is filled with poly pellets individual compartments that keep the weight distributed. It’s completely washable. Karla made this one with fabric featuring some old movie from the 1970s. You’ve probably never heard of it.
She’s selling it for $25. She also has full-sized weighted blankets for sale, too.
Karla also lists a number of items like baby onesies…
… and gift sets consisting of a onesie and matching burp cloths. The sets generally go for $18. That dinosaur example above is a stand-alone item. It sells for $10.
Karla also makes what she calls “pixie handkerchief-hem twirly skirts.”
She can make those to order for $25. Although you have to admit, that Clemson one is pretty cute.
She might charge double for South Carolina Gamecock twirly skirts — especially after last weekend. You’ll have to ask her.
And if you’re shopping for someone who’d look pretty silly in a twirly skirt, consider this clever way of converting your extra coffee mugs into a desk or utility caddy.
Instead of giving your teachers a mug, get them one of these to put over one of the many mugs they will receive!
The price? Just eight bucks.
Find Karla’s Etsy store here.
You’re reading the fourth of a series of blog posts offering up ideas for Holiday gift giving, but with items created by your visual journalism colleagues around the world.
This week’s schedule:
DEC. 2: Greeting cards
DEC. 3: Cool stuff
DEC. 4: Homemade jewelry
TODAY: Paper and fabric goods and stuff for the home
FRIDAY: Children’s books
DEC. 9: Comics and cartoons
DEC. 10: Novels and fiction books
DEC. 11: Nonfiction books
Also, check out the gifts for geeky collector-types that I wrote for the O.C. Register‘s Holiday Gift Guide in the Thanksgiving day paper.
Do you know of anything — or anybody — I should add to my list? Give me a ho-ho-holler.