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Creative Spotlight: New Leaf Handmade Goods

September 30, 2010

Creative Spotlights are part of the THS dedication to Handmade Christmas 2010. I’m bringing you the goods, showing off the talents of some of my favorite creators!  Just a reminder, there are several different ways to participate, and several different reasons why you should consider joining us for Handmade Christmas 2010.


New Leaf Handmade Goods is Maria and Cecelia, sisters who make stuff and love doing it.

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Maria and Cecelia have always had a soft spot for paper and fabric and buttons, not to mention garage sailing and thrift-shop-exploration. 

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The materials New Leaf Handmade uses are almost completely post-consumer, allowing them to make less of a mark on the earth while doing what they love to do.

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“Most of the paper, fabrics, furniture, etc. are post-consumer materials: fabric we’ve discovered in thrift shops, parts of greeting cards we’ve received, stationary my grandpa found at a garage sale. It’s important to us that what we create doesn’t require a whole lot of newly manufactured parts.”

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Through New Leaf Handmade, Maria and Cecelia have found a way to mix all these passions together to create items of loveliness.

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“We like to think that the materials we use to create our products are turning over a new leaf.”

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“There’s personality, and surely a few stories, attached to our materials. We make our goods in anticipation of bringing beauty into your life and allowing those stories to continue!”

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All of the paper and covers for the notebooks, are hand cut allowing the ladies behind New Leaf to carefully selectt an interesting, yet practical (meaning leaving lots of space for you to fill!) mix of papers to bring together.

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Because most of the paper has been salvaged, pre-used, repurposed or recycled to make these unique notebooks, so there is a lot of personality in our pages. Pages could include things like sketchbook paper, notebook paper, blank paper, computer paper, maps, photo copies, construction paper, junk mail, book pages, sheet music, tracing paper, thick paper, wrapping paper.  Despite all these materials added in, be assured that most of the pages are blank, allowing for lots of room for drawing, writing, doodling, listing and thinking.
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On the inside of the back cover you can find "The Story" of where the paper came from.  I love this little detail to each of the notebooks!

 notebook story


SPECIAL TREAT: For the month of October, THS readers can receive free shipping on their order at New Leaf Handmade Goods by using the coupon code "THSfreeshipping" in the notes to seller section.

EXTRA SPECIAL TREAT: New Leaf Handmade has offered to send one medium sized notebook to a THS reader!  The winner of the giveaway will get to choose which medium notebook from the shop they would like to receive. 

To enter this giveaway, visit New Leaf Handmade Goods on Etsy and share which item is your favorite in the comments section!  You have until Monday, October 4th, 12:00 PM eastern time to enter.

17 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2010 8:35 pm

    oh oh oh I want the the birdy pillow cover…sooo adorable. i love birds. 🙂

  2. September 30, 2010 9:02 pm

    I LOVE those notebooks! I especially love that they tell the story behind the paper. Very cool.

    I really like a lot of them (like all of them that are made from old Golden Books) but my favorite is the Carefree one. 🙂

  3. September 30, 2010 9:34 pm

    That owl pillow is adorable!

  4. September 30, 2010 11:47 pm

    I would like the pillows for my new couch!!
    please and thank you 🙂

  5. Melanie permalink
    October 1, 2010 5:44 am

    Care to be carefree is great. It’s breezy….

  6. Aimee S permalink
    October 1, 2010 6:28 am

    I love the songbird notebook, actually any of the notebooks that have music on them. My girls play the piano and I think it would make a great gift! I love the idea of homemade stuff for Christmas!

  7. October 1, 2010 7:14 am

    Right about now I wish I had an 8-year-old niece so I could give her that elephant notebook. That’s adorable!

  8. Jenny permalink
    October 1, 2010 7:59 am

    Such a cool find, Heather! I love lists, and I’m a sucker for notebooks, so naturally I’m in love with the forgetful elephant notebook. So cute!

  9. October 1, 2010 8:20 am

    I am IN LOVE with the Autumn Leaves pillows. And, let’s see, what else: pretty much ALL of the pillows, the RED ROSE necklace (I mean, come on!), and the Lassie Notebook.

    This is my favorite Handmade Christmas spotlight so farrrrrrr!!

  10. October 1, 2010 9:00 am

    I love the big petal flower pillow – it’s unique and gorgeous!

  11. Diana permalink
    October 1, 2010 9:03 am

    Forgetful Elephant…how cute is he?!

    Also, I know you didn’t ask but I couldn’t stop looking at the shop…the Morning Tree photograph is gorgeous.

    And the pillows…

    Ok I’m done.

  12. October 1, 2010 4:54 pm

    Thanks so much for this awesome feature, Heather! And thanks for all those encouraging comments, everyone!

  13. Crystal Labor permalink
    October 2, 2010 2:10 pm

    love the wide variety of products under one shop! My favorite are the personalized pillows. the cute one with the owls.


  14. Jill permalink
    October 2, 2010 8:24 pm

    Everthing is so cute! My favorite is the Sweet Blue Boom necklace… or the Sleepy Owl Recycled Paper Notebook! Can’t decide… Great feature!

  15. October 3, 2010 9:24 pm

    I actually have a huge problem with notebooks. Like, enormous. My mother would take me shopping for school supplies at the end of the summer and I would come to the cart with my arms full of varied notebooks and “cool” pens. I might need counseling, who knows. I still have this same problem. The husband has to drag me out of office supply stores or stationary sections just to save our bank account [and our ability to rent an apartment]. It’s actually that bad. Therefore, my favourite items in the store are the adorable recycled paper notebooks — specifically the sleepy owl one, as I also have a bit of a thing for owls [my father laughs at me every time I tell him that I’ve been in an “owl phase” for awhile now] …

  16. October 3, 2010 9:29 pm

    Oh my goodness… I LOVE that owl pillow. Want, want want!

    I’m a little behind but I think I’m going to join you in doing a handmade Christmas. I love the idea!


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