Name: Rhonda Miller
Company/Etsy Site: MyHandboundBooks.Etsy.com
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
How long has your Etsy shop been open?
How did you get into crafting?
When I was very young, pre-school age, my favorite activities were cutting and gluing and using lots of Scotch tape! Later as a teenager I tried various crafts, drawing and painting, needle crafts, and jewlery making. All very fun, but I really discovered my passion when I started bookbinding a few years ago. I was attending library school and there were introductory bookbinding classes offered so I registered for one, then two, then three, then just any other related course that I could find.
How did Etsy come into your life?
A friend told me about it. Then another friend mentioned it. And eventually I agreed to try it out.
What was your involvement in the crafting world before stumbling upon Etsy?
I had been making and selling books for a while before Etsy - selling online as well as a few local market-type-events.
Do you have a day job?
Tell us about your shop: Does anyone help you?
My shop is just me; it is a one-woman operation most of the time. I have a three-year-old son who would like to help with packing boxes but he tends to get stuck to the packing tape. Although hubby has done some packing and shipping for me at times which is really helpful.
What advice would you give to newbies on Etsy or in the crafting world?
For newbies on Etsy, make sure you have great photos. That seems to be the key to getting noticed there. As a crafter... just enjoy what you do and if it starts to become a chore, then try new things and expiriment so that it remains as fun as it should be.
What's the most challenging part of your crafting?
There is never enough time! I have so many potential projects that I want to do and I can't keep up with my ideas.
Do you show your work locally?
I have done a few local craft markets but I focus primarily on online exposure.
Famous last words?
I heart books.
How long have you been crafting? Bookmaking?
I've been crafting since...forever. I started making books for about 6 years. And I want to continue making books forever. I am primarily interested in expanding my bookbinding knowledge and learning as much as possible about bookbinding, its history, and its art. That is my focus and the business of selling is secondary; however, I love knowing that my books are being used by writers all over the world and so I also want that to continue.
What is your favorite stitch/technique?
I don't have a favorite. I adore them all.
What is the one tool or supply that you couldn't live without?
A good supply of knife blades.
Materials you use for your books?
I like to expiriment with materials and have tried a lot of different things like plastics and rubber and ceramics; but, most of the books I make use some combination of leather, paper, and fabric.
What inspires you?
History. I spend a lot of time doing research and reading about the old styles of binding and I try to replicate them as much as possible, just with some modernization to make them practical and durable as everyday journals.
Sofa loafing while eating gummy worms with my kid.
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