new: tiny upcycled books

So far I've made mini (2" square) books and little (4" square) books for my Etsy shop.  Now, I'm selling a set of ten tiny upcycled books measuring 1" square.  Who doesn't love tiny things?
Perfect for party favors, bridesmaid gifts or place cards.
String them together to make a necklace or bracelet.
Write ten tiny poems.

sun petals

 I took a little walk through the flower bed this afternoon.  Our land lady grows some mean flowers.

new: little upcycled books

I had so much fun making the mini upcycled books for the Shop Hop.  I decided to make some a little bit bigger (4" square) for my Etsy shop.  These little books are the perfect size to carry in your bag or back pocket.  Whip it out to jot down a to do list or draw portraits of people on the bus. 

ode to pacific northwest crafters & artists

crafters unite


I had a great time at the PDX Day of Craft & Shop Hop.  The weather was incredible.  I enjoyed chatting with the other vendors and meeting crafters in town for the Summit of Awesome

I love how my vinyl banner turned out.   I purchased the vinyl for the backing and the lettering at SCRAP.  It's all about recycling and upcycling.

My mini upcycled books were a hit. 
I loved watching people dig through the bowl looking for their fave.


Yesterday, I returned to Portland with my Mom to hit up the Show of Awesome at Doug Fir Lounge. The show was very intimate with 40 vendors squeezed into the venue.  The work was top notch.  I had a great time pursuing the goods and talking with the vendors. 

Check out my loot!
hat by Knot Ugly Designs, hair bow & pizza charm by mind over manners, datebook & print by Jill Bliss, drop spindle postcard by darling savage, anchor flat note by Two Guitars, felt ball hairpin by Pen Felt

 I just couldn't resist this mini slice of pizza.

I pinned this little guy in my hair and knew I had to have it.

PDX Progressive Day of Craft & Shop Hop

Paragraph Cove is proud to be a part of  PDX Progressive Day of Craft & Shop Hop! Coming THIS Friday, June 18th to Portland and Vancouver, 17 shops across the Portland Metro area are participating in this collaborative party in celebration of handmade and local crafts!

Over a dozen Etsy vendors will be featured in "farmer's market" style galleries - live craft demonstrations, make and take projects, handmade items for sale, refreshments, treats, and ideas abound for all ages. Download a "passport" to take with you on the shop hop and enjoy special savings! Visit our meetup site to rsvp & stay in the loop - information and updates are posted frequently.

You can find Paragraph Cove at:
Found on Fremont
4743 NE Fremont
11 am to 9 pm

 I printed and assembled 20 extra passports for people who don't have time to make their own.

 In honor of Etsy's 5th birthday, I made mini upcycled books as party favors. 

 The first 35 people that stop by my table will receive one of these lil books.


Events are happening all over the globe on June 18th.  
Visit to find a celebration near you.

daphne cellophane interview

I came across Daphne Cellophane while "window shopping" on Etsy.  I instantly fell in love with the strange creatures in Katie Millroy-Parry's paintings.  I wanted to find out more about the women behind the curtain.  So, I contacted her about doing a feature.  She was kind enough to answer a few questions for me. 

Where do you draw your inspiration?
The rain and gloomy weather, children, vintage picture books, The Kinks, tea, tea, and more tea.

Tell me a little bit about your process.
I will usually get an idea for something I want to draw, a fox for instance, then I will hunt down an image looking for the perfect fox and attempt to draw it as I see it. It usually ends up looking nothing like the original image but if I'm lucky there will be something strange and wonderful about my awkward drawing that makes me happy. From there I will redraw until the character is just how I imagine it should be. This is when I start imagining this character in it's world. 

What inspired you to sell your work on Etsy?
My husband, daughter and I started a family shop together before I had my own shop. It was really exciting to find a place like Etsy where you could see other peoples work from all around the world. We had so much fun coming up with ideas and projects together as a family. The first item we sold was a necklace my daughter made. It went all the way to France!

Name a few of your current obsessions.
Moving to the country, tee pees, 1970s science fiction, slugs in the garden.

What is your personal soundtrack?
Always changing but right now it is: Cat Stevens, Deerhoof, Iggy Pop, Simon and Garfunkel.

When you aren't creating things, what do you enjoy doing?
Working as a special education teacher, trying to make the perfect breakfast taco, listening to my daughter play the banjo, and planning a make believe trip to Iceland. 
 She also makes these adorable pins.
Visit Katie's website and blog to learn more about her and her work.