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Congratulations to Leah, winner of this beautiful leather journal! It’s on its way to you, so we wish you happy and inspired writing!
Between my two blogs, I review literally hundreds of items. I get the opportunity to write about some pretty outstanding things, but occasionally something comes my way that makes an extra special impression. This time it’s a leather journal from Renaissance Art.
I’ve always been a journaler. When I was small, my journals were garish orange diaries perfect for seven-year-olds, had locks capable of being picked open with a toothipick, and were written in religiously – about once a month. As I grew older, the journals got a little nicer looking. I opted for cloth covered blank books, started calling them journals instead of Dear Diary, and wrote in them more relularly with the aid of my favorite pen which wrote in a very adult shade of violet. Talk about purple prose…
These days I’m much more serious about my journaling – not only what I write about, but what I write in. The Medium Journal from Renaissance Art is handcrafted; “…everything we do is made by real people in our Santa Fe Studio” says Arthur, the owner of Renaissance Art. This particular journal is made of a wonderful thick leather and gives it a surprisingly warm feel. When I first received it, I couldn’t keep my hands off it. I opened and closed it several times. No chincy locks from dimestore diaries gone by. This one has a braided leather cord which wraps around and holds the cover flap in place. But the craftsmanship doesn’t end there – thick pages of high quality paper fill its covers, perfect for writers, artists, and people like me who still insist on scribbling with a fountain pen. The pages are hand stitched and very secure. This is a journal built to go wherever you want to take it.
After much deliberation and toting of the journal with me for days, I finally decided to dedicate it to my herbalism studies. It’s perfect for taking along on walks in the woods on herb hunts, for writing down my observations, and for sketching what I’ve found. I’ve already started in on my new journal and can’t wait to see how it ages and fills with discoveries – it’s just that sort of thing.
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