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"When Love Speaks..." ~ Shakespeare on Press

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"When Love Speaks..." ~ Shakespeare on Press

There’s nobody like The Bard
for putting Love into language.
— E. H.

Which is why we’ve created these beautiful Book-Lover’s Bundles for your loved ones on Valentine’s Day ~

A three-part gift for the Heart, each bundle features the following:

~ A card (with envelope), designed and letterpress printed on lovely cotton paper with these lines from William Shakespeare: “I do love nothing in the world so much as you.”

~ A bookmark, likewise designed and printed here at the Press to match the card, with another gem from Shakespeare: “If music be the food of love, play on.”

~ A handmade journal, 7”x5” and over 100 pages, with covers of decorative handmade paper from Nepal and interiors of soft-white bamboo paper. Hand-sewn here with Irish linen thread.

May this gift help honor and celebrate the Gift of Love for you and yours this Valentine’s season!

All the best,

St Brigid Press

Yet, do thy worst, old Time: despite thy wrong,
my love shall in my verse ever live young.
— William Shakespeare (Sonnet XIX)

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More Glorious Fun with Handmade Paper from Nepal!

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More Glorious Fun with Handmade Paper from Nepal!

Hello Friends, and a very Happy Independence Weekend to you all!

I'm having a ridiculously good time working with this luxurious handmade paper from Nepal, and wanted to share with you how it looks on the new line of journals just out this week:

You haven't even seen the front covers yet, and I know your eyes are already drinking in the gorgeous, saturated colors of this paper.

Made from the lokta plant (a kind of laurel, for you gardeners out there), this paper has been a vital sustainable industry for folks in the Himalayan region, particularly the Kathmandu Valley, since the 12th century. The artisans there have perfected the creation of this beautiful and strong paper, and we are honored to work with it here at the Press.

Introducing, the Kathmandu Journals:

The quick specs:

  • 7" tall by 5" wide, and a half-inch thick
  • 100 interior pages (bamboo)
  • hand-sewn with linen thread
  • $22 each
  • 10% of proceeds goes directly to earthquake relief in Nepal
  • purchase direct from us here

After selecting the large sheets of Nepalese paper, we cut them to size and then affix them to rugged Italian-made cover stock. The result is a cover that is not only beautiful, but durable. The warm-white interior pages, made of sustainably-sourced bamboo paper, are then hand-sewn with linen thread in a multi-section figure-8 binding style that is very strong and allows the book to open flat. 

In honor of the long-standing tradition of beautiful paper-making in Nepal, we are currently donating 10% of the proceeds from each of our journals featuring Nepalese paper to the relief effort in the wake of the recent earthquakes in that region. Each Kathmandu Journal you purchase helps us help the men and women of Nepal. For more information on the disaster and the relief work, click here.

May each of you enjoy a safe and celebratory holiday weekend!

With thanks and peace to all,

St Brigid Press


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