As well as vintage bunting I still have half a dozen more of the little matchbox books to make in the next few weeks to complete the limited edition of 50... not to mention a couple of additional orders. If you are still waiting... I promise it will not be for much longer! So far I have made 44 unique books and matchboxes, each one a different style and with different decoration. In addition I made 20 unique Jubilee books,
12 13 of which have sold. In total 56 books gone to new owners... with 55 very satisfied customers. I have had some lovely feedback.
But I guess you cannot please all of the people all of the time. The recipient of book No. 44 "Fishy Tales" was not a satisfied customer and on receipt of her book emailed me to say "I feel most disappointed as it seems to lack the detail and thought that have gone into the others...of course my book was one of the last of the 50 to be made and I know I would find it difficult to be as inspired at that stage"
I will be the first to admit that this one is not as intricate as some but it is equally as detailed as some of the others. I think the recipient had her heart set on one of the embroidered books but in fact I have only made very few that are embroidered and I made it quite clear it always was going to be luck of the draw. The price reflected the books with the least amount of detail... it was a bonus to get one more detailed.
I also respect the recipient's disappointment and the need to let me know, however what did upset me was the suggestion that less thought had gone into this book and that my inspiration might be waning. Every single book I've made has been thought about and made with equal care and attention. I expressed my apologies and offered that she could return the book and I wouldn't cash the cheque. I admit I was surprised to be taken up on the offer... but I was... and so here it is... book number 44 "Fishy Tales"
It is an accordian book with hard covers, covered in handmade turquoise paper. It is tied with a silk ribbon and the front is decorated with a sparkly fish bead. The matchbox is covered with a collage of fish printed paper and is decorated with tiny shells and a porcelein dolphin button. And it is available in my Etsy shop * now should anyone feel that this is actually quite nice!
* Sold... thank you!
And I promise that if you are still waiting for a book it is because I haven't wanted to rush any of them and yours will be made with as much care as the very first book... and every other one since.