I started making handbags out of books (as you do) in 2013 and have been amazed and delighted by the way they've captured people's imaginations - and I now have items in 39 countries, which feels just a-mazing!
The books I use are often secondhand and definitely not precious. The fabric for the lining is mainly from Buckingham's 'The Nimble Thimble' where they no longer see matching fabric to books as a novelty (novel-ty! Ha!)
I began painting book-flavoured mugs in the March 2020 lockdown and have taken to it so well that... a year and a bit later... I've invested in my own kiln! Watch this space as I add more hand painted ceramics to my shop :)
I've taken pen to paper and illustrated a set of book-themed postcards and fabric for tote bags and make-up bags. Busy fingers!