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About sappling

When God created the world, he did it in six days and rested on the seventh. I always wished there was just one more day in the week, an eighth day just for me to pursue the thoughts in my head and translate them to the physical world. There are only seven days, however, so I steal my creative moments in between being a mom and my work binding books and making boxes for clients all over New York City. I love working with my hands, learning new things, and I'm here to share those lessons with you. There are only seven days in a week. Why not eight? Guess I'll ask when I get there.

Botanical Inklings: the letterpress coloring book printed on watercolor paper

I’ve been working on a great big giant very very large project that I’m finally ready to share with you!  I’ve been wanting to do a letterpress coloring book for ages, specifically on watercolor paper, because I don’t want to … Continue reading

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Simple Purse Book with Handles

I posted a picture of two books with handles my daughters made out of grocery bags on Instagram a couple weeks ago and got a request for a tutorial, so here it is!  My eight-year-old has made more books than … Continue reading

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Spice Drawer Spice Jar Labels

If you ever dig through a cupboard wondering where on earth that spice is, this might be for you.  If you ever curse as spice jars topple out of the cupboard in your search, this might be for you.  If … Continue reading

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Don’t be Afraid to Suck

Because sucking at something is the first step towards being kind of good at it. I became interested in hand lettering around the time I quit my job to be a stay-at-home mom. I was terrible at it. And I … Continue reading

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Morning Routine Printable

So it’s time for my daughter to run out the door and catch the bus for school, and I say, “Time to go!  Wait.  You don’t have socks on?”  “You didn’t tell me to put socks on.”  Can someone tell … Continue reading

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Three Things I Learned Sewing Curtains for my Daughter

I’m not a seamstress, but having attended Pinterest University, I’ve learned a lot about sewing.  I recently decided to add some color and privacy to my daughter’s room, and being a DIY-er to my very core, I of course could not … Continue reading

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Grain Matters

I just bought this book for my girls from the school book fair.  Darling story, but the quality of the binding is really annoying me.  It is obvious that the Chinese “bindery” from whence it came was too stingy to … Continue reading

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DIY Young Maleficent Costume, Wings, and Horns

I love Halloween because I get to let the costume designer out of the closet and run wild.  It’s great because my older daughter generally has some pretty interesting ideas for costumes.  This year, she wants to be a … … Continue reading

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Perfect No Wheat High Protein Buckwheat Buttermilk Pancakes

I don’t hate wheat.  I am suspicious of wheat, but I love buckwheat, which is not even a grain.  It’s actually related to rhubarb and sorrel, full of flavinoids, manganese, and magnesium; is linked to low LDL cholesterol and high … Continue reading

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The Hows and Whys of Bookbinding with a Sewing Frame

When I first learned bookbinding, we did not use sewing frames.  It wasn’t until I started learning more advanced techniques that I first used a sewing frame.  At the time, it seemed unnecessary and a bit of a nuisance.  The … Continue reading

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