Journals, zines, cards, bookplates & misc. quirky stuff

Minneapolis, Minnesota · 1679 Sales


Journals, zines, cards, bookplates & misc. quirky stuff

Minneapolis, Minnesota 1679 Sales On Etsy since 2009

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Announcement   Hello and welcome! Please look around, ask questions, and buy stuff!
On Twitter: @sharonparkercox

Sharon Parker

ps: Sharon's Compendium used to be called Arty Didact.


Last updated on Jun 19, 2017

Hello and welcome! Please look around, ask questions, and buy stuff!
On Twitter: @sharonparkercox

Sharon Parker

ps: Sharon's Compendium used to be called Arty Didact.

Sharon Parker

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Sharon Parker

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Tiny journals made from remnants, scraps, and recycled packaging, like tea or craft beer boxes, come with a little card listing suggested uses. Great eco-friendly gifts or wee travel journals. They have pockets even!
It may be too late for this tiny goat, but you'll find other tiny toys tucked away in my little treasure boxes for tots on the go.
Here's a mini ledger book to keep in your purse or pocket to aid your good intentions. #GeorgeKnows
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I make cards, zines, calendars and other paper things that I hope are useful, amusing, and informative

I am inspired by a love of nature, art and functional design, coupled with a wide-ranging curiosity, and a zeal to share what I find fascinating, beautiful, useful, and valuable. To me, that means crafting things that people can use to do ordinary things better and with more joy, while helping them to understand and appreciate one another and the natural world a little bit more.

I also like figuring things out, and working with paper and other book arts materials and methods to design useful things that delight. I make a calendar that is filled with tidbits of information about many cultures; designed a notebook with numbered pages and a fill-in-the-blanks table of contents; and created some amusing and informative chapbooks and zines. Many of my notecards have a bit of natural history or folklore on the back about the animal featured on the front.

I try to infuse my work with the joy and playfulness that I feel when researching, designing, and creating them. I hope you will find something here that meets a need, makes you smile, tickles your curiosity, answers a question—or raises one!

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  • Sharon Parker

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator, And Gardener

    I'm 60, married, with two wonderful adult children, living in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with my husband and three cats. I'm a gardener, crafter, artist, writer, and idler.

Shop policies

Last updated on September 30, 2016
Hello! Please look over my shop policies so you know what to expect. I want all my customers to be happy, so please contact me right away if you are not pleased with your purchase and I will try my best to take care of it for you.

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
I can accept any of the major credit cards or PayPal through Etsy.
I ship most items in one to three days, except Sundays and holidays. Custom items may take longer, especially if I'm waiting for replies to my messages. I can speed up my process if you need something in a hurry, so please ask if this is so. If you select Priority Mail (for US addresses), I will assume you are in a hurry and try to get your order out within a day.

I ship via first class mail for most things, and will use Priority Mail for US addresses when selected at checkout or when combined shipping charges cover the cost of Priority Mail. I'll refund excess shipping charges if the actual shipping and handling cost is less, which can sometimes happen when you buy several items (I do try to allow for that in the way that I set the charges).

If you live in Minneapolis/St. Paul and would like to arrange to pick up your order, please use coupon code LOCALPICKUP to waive the shipping charge and I'll contact you to arrange a pick-up time. I can also refund shipping if you didn't use the code. I live in South Minneapolis's Longfellow neighborhood.

SHIPPING TO OUTSIDE THE US: I use first class international mail, which comes with tracking in some countries. I do expect buyers to take care of any local taxes and customs fees on their end, and I do not know what those might be.

You may find the following websites helpful in estimating import duty, customs fees, and VAT costs:

For EU countries:

For the UK:

For all countries (this is a Pitney Bowes site and may have a limited number of free searches per person):
Refunds and Exchanges
Please contact me right away if you are unhappy with your purchase. I will do my best to resolve your issue quickly, including sending a replacement or issuing a refund if appropriate. If you've simply changed your mind and no longer want the item, contact me within 14 days of receiving it to let me know you are returning it, and once I receive it, I will refund your purchase price. If you are in the EU, I will comply with the EU consumer directive and refund your initial shipping cost, too (but return shipping is on you).

More information

Last updated on Jan 20, 2017
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

The text on cards and book plates can be changed; all book plate listings include a custom option for $8 extra. If you want custom printing on cards, please contact me to work out the details.

I welcome requests for custom made journals, too. Please don't hesitate to ask if interested. Allow about 2 weeks plus shipping time.

I do not do custom drawings or pet portraits, sorry! Neither can I alter an existing drawing.

Gift wrapping and packaging

Gift wrapping includes a mini enclosure card and costs $1.50. Many listings have this as an option you can select when purchasing. If it's not shown as an option, you can still request it as an add on.

Wholesale availability

I offer quantity discounts on cards (which are $4 per single card) through existing listings of 5 cards for $15 and 10 cards for $20. Since the 10-card deal is already marked down to half price, that is the same as wholesale and available to all customers. Some other items are available for wholesale (quantity discounts). Please ask if interested.