The Nib and Quill travels to the Galleries with artist Daniel Lai

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Have you ever had a dream that seemed far-fetched, only to have it come true in the most unexpected way? I became a part of this lucky sisterhood a few weeks ago. You see, my dream has always been to have my work featured in an art gallery and it is through my discovery of an amazing artist’s creative use of my small leather bound journals that has brought the unexpected realization of my dream.

The creative artist is Daniel Lai. And the vehicle for the realization of my dream is through Daniel’s use of my little leather bound books in his one-of-a kind book sculptures. b

Daniel and his art are amazing. Born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Daniel moved to the United States in late December of 1999. Ever in pursuit of knowledge and beauty he is a life-long learner. His current exploration is engaging in the pursuit of a Ph.D. in Criminology. When he isn’t nose deep in a mighty academic tome, he is creating art out of these vessels of knowledge.

As a young child, bound with the endless creative energy of youth he would fold the pages of his textbooks into intricate sculptures. It is this elixir of youth, books, and worldly muses that were the impetus of his love of sculpting and you have a master book artist! a

Daniels book sculptures are often adorned with a clay figure, keys and sometimes the small leather bound books. These are the small leather bound books that I create in my shop, The Nib and Quill. Many of Daniel’s works can be seen at Kenjio, his Etsy store.

He has been featured on T.V., and his work has been published in numerous books and magazines. Although his work is stunning online, you must see his work in person. Just to name a few places, his book sculptures can be found at The Bennet Gallery in Nashville, TN and The Haen Gallery in Asheville, NC.

Daniel’s next show is at the Piedmont Park Art Fest, Atlanta GA. August 15th and 16th. 

Working Hard

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For the last few months, I have been working with Evie Caprel, business consultant specializing in entrepreneurs. I have to say that I wasn’t sure that I was up for the challenge, to look as closely as I needed to at my small business, The Nib and Quill. Did I really want to dig into the ends and out, the good and the bad? Was I ready for what I was going to find? Would I be strong enough to face the music to fix my business, in order to achieve the greatness that I knew I wanted and deserved? I am thrilled to report that together, Evie and I have accomplished so much in this short time. And I have to say it has been easy. Well, not really. But Evie has this special way of listening to you, to really understand where and when you need to dig deep. She’s compassionate and has really helped me break through these invisible walls that I have created. I have seen new growth in my business since Evie and I have joined forces. Although, I still have a bit of tough work ahead of me, I know that nothing is impossible now. Thanks to the help from Evie. So I encourage you, reach out to Evie on LinkedIn. It will be the best thing you do for yourself and your business.evie

A Moment to Share

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I have a few quiet moments and would like to take the time to share. As many of you may know, I was recently selected to be one of six unique artisans to be featured in The Artisan Group’s TAGazine for the 2015 GBK’s MTV Movie Awards Celebrity Gift Lounge. Needless to say, I was shocked and completely honored to have been one of the 6 chosen.

It really made me stop and think about my work and how inspired I truly am by what I do and how I want my books to inspire you, as well. I create my rustic guest books, journals, and special event books, just to name a few, to inspire others to document their history. I want people to be able to share and capture their precious memories, birth announcements, artwork, or their everyday childhood memories. I painstakingly sew my books with care to ensure they will last a lifetime, creating heirloom quality as I sew. sewing

Each journal page is hand torn to create a special vintage feel, in which I am known for. Authentic skeleton keys added to remind us all of the times gone by. I seriously get excited just thinking about my journals and what they really mean to me. My packaging and presentation is just as important to me as the book itself. I gift wrap every journal as if I am receiving it myself. The attention to detail is not forgotten here! I include little vintage inspired goodies along with extra journal paper to test your pens. I often use fountain pens and I personally like to have a test sheet, just in case. I really want my customers to have an experience when they purchase from The Nib and Quill. vintage gifts

It brings me great joy knowing that I can pass along my books to my children and I can only hope that my customers will feel the same way. So whatever you decide to fill your Nib and Quill journals with, just know that they were created with love and care in mind. I know that it will show, from my craftsmanship to my packaging. Thanks for letting me share with you today!

Kristi

Press Release for the Emmys

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We are pleased to announce The Nib and Quill, in association with The Artisan Group, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on Friday, August 22 and Saturday, August 23.

at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of The 2014 Primetime Emmy Nominees and Presenters. 

Our small Elegant Coptic Journals will be gifted to select members of the press and media at The Artisan Group’s exhibit. This event will be attended by nearly fifty media outlets.

To learn more about The Nib and Quill and our products, or our participation in this exclusive event, visit, https://www.etsy.com/shop/thenibandquill call (704) 256-1496 or email Kb8ker@aol.com.

Kristi Baker,  The Nib and Quill’s sole proprietor, is a resident of Waxhaw, NC.

For press inquiries regarding The Artisan Group, please visit http://www.theartisangroup.org or email press@theartisangroup.org.

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The Photos are In

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The MTV Movie Award are over but you can still hear the buzz. We were fortunate enough to have been invited to participate in the GBK MTV Movie Awards Celebrity gifting event via The Artisan Group. I chose a beautiful Heirloom Piano journal to represent The Nib and Quill.

Here are the photos from the event.  Josie DavisActress Josie Davis, best known for her role in Charles in Charge
kelley Jakel  Actress Kelley Jakel, Pitch Perfect, Pitch Perfect 2Sufe Bradshaw Actress Sufe Bradshaw, Veep

The Nib and Quill by Kristi Baker

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Who doesn’t love a good summer giveaway? Check out all the amazing gifts from these great women!

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The Nib and Quill by Kristi Baker

These journals are by far the most gorgeous treasures I have ever seen. This handmade journal is covered with tiny vintage cameras, which makes it a perfect gift for photographers. Or do you know of a mom who loves to take photos? This would be a wonderful wedding gift as well – or how about a graduation gift for that special teen?

About the journal…

Size: 5 inches X 7 inches (about 13 cm X 18 cm)
Paper: 50 lb. , hand torn, acid-free paper, multi-media friendly
Pages: 176 pages, counting front and back
Binding: Coptic stitching, in turquoise
Extras: Handmade envelope inside front cover

This is a one of a kind journal -A must have for vintage lovers! Enter to win the journal in the Mega Summer Giveaway coming soon!

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Lights, Camera, Action

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I am excited to announce the following press release. Seriously, How cool is this?
:: FOR IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE ::

We are pleased to announce The Nib and Quill, in association with The Artisan Groupâ, will participate in an invitation-only luxury celebrity gift lounge hosted by GBK Productions on April 11-12, 2014 at an exclusive location in Beverly Hills, California, in honor of The 2014 MTV Movie Awards Nominees and Presenters.

Our Piano Heirloom Coptic Journal will be prominently featured on display at The Artisan Group’s exhibit, and all attending celebrities will receive our little elegant music sheet coptic journals in their swag bags. This event will also be attended by nearly fifty press and media outlets. MTV Display Piece MTV Gifts get-attachment.aspx

To learn more about The Nib and Quill and our products, or our participation in this exclusive event, visit WWW.Thenibandquill.etsy.com, call (704)256-1496, or email Kb8ker@aol.com.

Kristi Baker, The Nib and Quill’s sole proprietor, is a resident of Waxhaw, NC.

For press inquiries regarding The Artisan Group, please visit http://www.theartisangroup.org or email press@theartisangroup.org.

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Golden Love at the Globes

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You may have heard that our little Paisley Pocket-Sized handmade journals were gifted to the Press at the Golden Globes.

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It was all apart of the #GBKPreGlobes Celebrity Git Lounge via The Artisan Group. Since then, The Artisan Group has been the talk of the town. Liz Kelly of The Examiner.com has been so gracious to rate us the best out of 10. I am so honored to have been apart of this opportunity. Please take a moment and check out the article and feel free to help share it! IMG_2921

Yahoo! As Gifted on The Wendy Williams Show!

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I am super excited to share that my Elegant little Coptic journal, was gifted on The Wendy Williams Show about Oscar Swag on, February 22, 2013! I created it just for this! I thought she would just love the feminine look of it.
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Our journal, along with about 60 other artisan products from The Artisan Group, will be in this fabulous bag.  This is such an exciting time for us!
Exhibit_A-1This huge, 69 pound bag of Swag, is full of journals, stationary, fine jewelry, and wonderful skin care, to just name a few. Who wouldn’t just die to peek inside? I know that I would.

Enter today to win your own swag bag! http://www.wendyshow.com/free-stuff/. Hurry the time is running out….

I was blessed to have participated in the 2012 GBK Celebrate Gift Lounge for the Oscars, via The Artisan Group, and it was so much fun. I am thrilled to see all included this year. I know they are having such a great time and Wendy Williams is helping celebrate it!

Getting Back to the Rhythm of Things

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I have been so very busy with The Nib and Quill that I seem to have little time for anything else. Of course, my family is my main concern. They always have my heart first. But the one thing that I am missing most is my journal time. I find it so silly that I make these beautiful journals to write and note all the wonderful things in my life and I never have the time to actually write in one.

During one of our family outing this weekend, Hayes (my hubby) stated a quote. It was “Never a day without a line ~ Horace. It just struck a cord with me and I have decided to run with this in my life, as well as make it my new business motto.

I don’t know about you guys, but I know I feel so much better after I can jot down a few lines before bed. I like to reflect on the wonders of the day.

A little thing that I do with the kids is look for God’s daily gifts. I believe that He blesses us with a “happy” and it is up to us to find it. This weekend we were driving through the Arboretum in town and within 10 feet of our car was a deer munching on the leaves of beautiful tree. It glanced at us several times, but knowing we were of no danger to him continued to eat. The children thought it was so amazing. That was just one of our gifts! This is just another example of things that I like to journal.

What is the one thing you do to ease your mind, help with stress, or just plain fun for the day that you can’t live without?

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