I have this new sweater that was a christmas present. It is simple and easy to match, but I didn’t liked the buttons. They had the brand written all around them , so I replaced them for some vintage buttons I had. I simply cut the original ones,then arranged the vintage ones in the order I liked the most and then sew them.

I found this image so cute that I wanted to share it with all of you, hope you found it as inspiring as I did. I love turtles and this is such a lovely photo, so delicate and sweet .I found the image at tumbler and it didn’t had any info, so I did some turtles research and found some interesting facts about turtles and tortoises:

  • Turtles have been on the earth for more than 200 million years. They evolved before mammals, birds, crocodiles, snakes, and even lizards.
  • The earliest turtles had teeth and could not retract their heads, but other than this, modern turtles are very similar to their original ancestors.
  • Several species of turtles can live to be over a hundred years of age including the American Box Turtle.
  • One documented case of longevity involves an adult Indian Ocean Giant Tortoise that when captured as an adult was estimated to be fifty years old. It then lived another 152 years in captivity.
  • Turtles live on every continent except Antarctica
  • Turtles will live in almost any climate warm enough to allow them to complete their breeding cycle
  • While most turtles do not tolerate the cold well, the Blanding’s turtle has been observed swimming under the ice in the Great Lakes region
  • Turtles range in size from the 4-inch Bog Turtle to the 1500-pound Leathery Turtle
  • North America contains a large variety of turtle species, but Europe contains only two species of turtle and three species of tortoise
  • The top domed part of a turtle’s shell is called the carapace and the bottom underlying part is called the plastron
  • The shell of a turtle is made up of 60 different bones all connected together
  • The bony portion of the shell is covered with plates (scutes) that are derivatives of skin and offer additional strength and protection
  • Most land tortoises have high domed carapaces that offer protection from the snapping jaws of terrestrial predators. Aquatic turtles tend to have flatter more aerodynamically shaped shells. An exception to the dome-shaped tortoise shell is the Pancake Tortoise of East Africa that will wedge itself between narrow rocks when threatened and then inflates itself with air making extraction nearly impossible
  • Most turtle species have five toes on each limb with a few exceptions including the American Box Turtle of the carolina species that only has four toes, and in some cases, only three
  • Turtles have good eyesight and an excellent sense of smell. Hearing and sense of touch are both good and even the shell contains nerve endings
  • Some aquatic turtles can absorb oxygen through the skin on their neck and cloacal areas allowing them to remain submerged underwater for extended periods of time and enabling them to hibernate underwater
  • Turtles are one of the oldest and most primitive groups of reptiles and have outlived many other species. One can only wonder if their unique shell is responsible for their success.

With love Maylen.S .

You’ll need :

1. sewing machine and thread

2. 15 sheets of paper

3. scissors

4. Bristol paper

5. pens, pencil colors or water colors. ( what ever you want to decorate your notebooks.)

6. paper cutter


* Cut the paper length and width you want, you are going to fold the paper in half so for example : if you want your book to be 4×4″ you’ll need to cut 4×8″(double the length), and do the same with your bristol. ( the bristol will be the cover, so you’ll need just one sheet.) cut the bristol a little bigger than the sheets of paper. just like you see in the picture below.


* fold in half your bristol paper a little so you’ll see whats the size and what would be in the back and front. Now you can start painting or drawing on it.

* If you used water colors let it dry.





*put the paper sheets over the bristol paper (make sure the bristol is dry)  now start sewing them together, make sure you sew exactly in the middle and straight (because that is the part you are going to fold).




* After is all sew together fold it in half. The inside is going to look like this:









* And the outside like this :









* Now your Hand made Note book its finish. Don’t forget to sign it.