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i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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MassMarket Imitating Handmade Ofcourse!

detail photo by m. diaz

I was in the chain, mega-shop, Target a few weeks ago browsing through the office supply section and along the notebooks/journals and blank books I ran across this little gem of a blank book.

It's nothing new for mass-marketed items to imitate hand-made. Still, it kills me that this particular book is a mass manufactured item and not handmade (especially when it looks so, so, so, so handmade and is ridiculously cheap). How can artisans compete?!

Aesthetically I had to get it- though I felt like a traitor in doing so!

I had to get it because when I held it I couldn't get over all of those buttons and it has this wonderful feel when you hold it in yours hands. I kept thinking what a great place for including all my sewing notes and that's exactly how I'm using it.

Still I feel so guilty. :(

blank journal from Target journal in use my own apron instructions

Reader Comments (4)

It's... it's so cute >u<

March 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterHanna

That's insane. It's very cute though. You could've made it though!

March 9, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterisabella

yeah yeah but it would have cost me about the same minus my time! and I'm all about maximizing my time ;))

March 9, 2010 | Registered CommenterAmarettogirl

mmmmm this looks like a fun book. Apron instructions and tips for life!

I'm starting up a little moleskine right now that's gonna be called : "RAD DUDE. A GUIDE TO EVERYTHING" and then fill it with illustrations of edible plants in north america, instructions on how to make the best cookies, and lists of the best albums of the 2000s.

you'll love it!

March 10, 2010 | Unregistered Commentercolin

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