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Welcome to my Artomatic 2012 collection, "Journeys Through My Book House." I hope you love these books as much as I do, each one is very special to me. Please note that all of the book purses will remain on display until June 23rd, and I will be able to ship them starting June 25th. All of the purses are one of a kind, but I may be able to find another copy of the book, so if your favorite is already sold, please ask me about a custom order.

This Book Purse is made from a well-loved vintage edition of "King Arthur and His Knights."

My travels through the Robin Hood and Arthurian Legends began very early, with beautiful picture books, and evolved over the years as I read more and more versions. I remember one summer of being obsessed with Robin Hood. I was 11 or 12 at Girl Scout summer camp, and had formed a little gang with some of the other girls. I remeber giving ourselves nicknames from the characters, and failing spectacularly at our archery lessons.

The Arthurian Legends felt like an extension of my love for Robin Hood, as I grew older. The themes and characters were more developed, and lent themselves to a greater variety of tellings. I started with “The Once and Future King” by T.H. White, and moved on to “Le Morte d’Arthur” by Malory, as well as “The Mists of Avalon” by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The romance and sadness of Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot struck such a chord with me as a teenager full of unrequited love, and the sense of honor and duty against all odds gave me strength to know that the right thing was rarely the easy thing, and happy endings aren’t always obvious. I went to Glastonbury a few years ago, and the dreamy, misty hills were very like the landscape in my head.

The cover is made of grey book board with the title surrounded by black and red illustrations of knights and ladies. The interior is fully lined in a black and red scroll work patterned fabric. All fabrics are 100% cotton quilting fabric.

The handles are made with black acrylic beads on a silver metal frame, and the purse closes with a silver metal button and grosgrain ribbon loop. When not in use, the handles may be folded inside the purse and you can store it on a bookcase just like a real book. The Book Purses look wonderful stashed among your favorite tomes, and as you collect them, you can have an entire shelf full of purses! You can even store valuables inside them on your shelf, to keep them hidden.

There is a narrow pocket inside perfect for a slim phone or wallet, and the spine is reinforced for durability. While the purses are not fragile, and are certainly more durable than the original books they are made from, care should be taken with them. If you treat your Book Purse like you would treat a treasured old book, you will be able to enjoy it for years and years to come.

The dimensions are approximately 8 1/2" long, 1 5/8" wide, 5 1/2" tall, and the handles are 6" wide by 4" tall. The longer the book, the wider the purse, so this one is a nice size for carrying your necessities on a special night out.

Bibliophiles, don't fret! Most of my wallets and purses are made from damaged or discarded books, 90% were being thrown out by libraries. All care is taken to never use valuable or rare books. Have a favorite book that is falling apart? Send it to me and I will turn it into a one of a kind purse or wallet for you! Email me at cphillips [!at] rebound-designs.com, or contact me through Etsy. http://www.etsy.com/conversations/new?with_id=5042309&ref=owner_contact_leftnav

********Journeys Through My Book House**********

I spent so much of my childhood reading. Lost in a book in my room, on vacation in the car with my nose in a book instead of looking at the scenery, hiding out in the backyard; the places I went in books seem as real to me as the places I visited in real life, and sometimes the real and imagined places bled over into each other. I’ve traveled all over the world, both with books and in books.

These are all books that mean different things to me. It’s by no means a comprehensive collection of my favorite books, but they are each special to me, and occupy a significant place in my head. Each of these books feels like a piece of home, perhaps especially the ones that remind me of travel and adventure and far away.

Home is a difficult concept at my age. I am grown up enough that my childhood home is mostly nostalgically comforting, but I am not settled down enough to feel as though my current apartment is truly home. Some might call it escapism, but I am more at home in my favorite books than in most places I have lived. I think of all the treasured books I have left out of this collection, and all the books I have yet to discover. I am both overwhelmed and comforted in knowing how many new places I can go in books, and how vast my home is.

Enjoy your Journey Through My Book House.

Artomatic 2012 Book Purse - King Arthur and His Knights- Journeys Through My Book House - made from recycled vintage book