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Black roses

I absolutely love this paper. I bought it from Falkiner’s when I was with L and am very sorry I didn’t buy more. Still, it’s a good reason to go back. I have waited until I had a paper to go inside it that would do it justice. The one I chose is OK but not brilliant so I will keep searching. They are both Japanese Chiyogami papers. The paper inside the book is a beautiful handmade watercolour paper from Wookey Hole Paper Mill. It does make a very pretty book.


I have been spending most of my time designing the web site for selling these books. We finally decided on a name, I registered the domain name, and proceeded to design a logo and I took a fabulous photo (she said modestly!) for the banner on the home page, incorporating my logo and was really pleased with the result. I then received an e-mail from the hosting company telling me that the domain name had been registered by someone else, just before I tried to register it so it was now unavailable after all. I was so disappointed. For a time I thought all the work I had put in was now wasted but eventually, I thought of a slight change to the name so that I could still use the image and the logo.

Finding a domain name that is short, appropriate and memorable is a nightmare. Everything seems to have been snapped up and is only available to backorder, which is very irritating and frustrating. I hope I might still get the original name but I’m not holding my breath.

9 responses to “Black roses

  1. KiwiPulse August 30, 2007 at 10:10 am

    If you look for a domain name. I suggest you go there

    Good luck on selling your book. They all look beautiful. :D

  2. suburose August 30, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    looks beautiful! love the rose paper too. does it come in other colors?

  3. Diane August 30, 2007 at 7:49 pm

    Falkiners have it in yellow/red on their web site but they have many more papers in the store than they have on their web site. Next time I am in there I will check it out.

  4. Mona August 30, 2007 at 9:12 pm

    oh ! I loooove the books you make, they are fab ! AND THANKS A LOT FOR THE SO INFORMATIVE VIDEO AND THE THREAD. I will soon try making a book on my own sometime and let you know how it turned out :-) Thanks once again Diane..

  5. Diane August 30, 2007 at 10:56 pm

    My pleasure Mona! I just checked out your blog – the recipes look delicious. The photographs are yummy. I am going to try some of your recipes as soon as possible. Thanks!

  6. Alex August 30, 2007 at 10:59 pm

    Really loved your designs and think you will do very well with the shop, be sure to drop me a email when you launch.


  7. Diane August 30, 2007 at 11:12 pm

    Thank you! I most certainly will!

  8. tulibri August 31, 2007 at 7:54 am

    Diane, I also once made a book with this paper, it’s just too adorable. It reminds me of Rennie MacIntosh’s rose design, and actually, people are astonished when I tell them it’s a japanese, not a western design. The book you made is great, just the right stage for a paper like that!


  9. Diane August 31, 2007 at 8:09 am

    Thank you! I agree, it is very Rennie MacIntosh, isn’t it? I was checking out your lovely blog-unfortunately I don’t speak German which is very frustrating but the pictures were lovely! I love the books in the later posts – I recognise many of the papers – I bought them my self recently!

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