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I grew up on the beach in Malibu and began traveling to Europe at a young age. Although my heart belongs to the sea and life at the beach, I loved the history and old-world feeling of Paris, London and Athens compared to my sunshine filled beach life at home and I would find myself searching through antique stores and vintage shops while on my travels. Dusty leather bound books, vintage handbags, luggage, and old apothecary bottles were my favorite things to collect. After attending colleges in California, Hawaii and England I graduated with a degree in illustration and I planned to become a children's book illustrator, but then I took a course on bookmaking and letterpress at Otis College of Design in Los Angeles and I began making my own books. As my handmade book collection grew I decided I really wanted to recreate more of the beautiful antique books and other things I remember finding in the little shops in Europe and thus…

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  • Joined November 22, 2007

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vintage papers, sea glass, sea shells, bottles of every size, shape and color, hemp threads, roses

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About

I grew up on the beach in Malibu and began traveling to Europe at a young age. Although my heart belongs to the sea and life at the beach, I loved the history and old-world feeling of Paris, London and Athens compared to my sunshine filled beach life at home and I would find myself searching through antique stores and vintage shops while on my travels. Dusty leather bound books, vintage handbags, luggage, and old apothecary bottles were my favorite things to collect. After attending colleges in California, Hawaii and England I graduated with a degree in illustration and I planned to become a children's book illustrator, but then I took a course on bookmaking and letterpress at Otis College of Design in Los Angeles and I began making my own books. As my handmade book collection grew I decided I really wanted to recreate more of the beautiful antique books and other things I remember finding in the little shops in Europe and thus WANDERING MERMAID was born. I like to think of my ETSY shop as the mysterious little vintage shop you find down a hidden alleyway . You never know what you will find ❤

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