I was on vacation last week in very rainy, windy Maine. I know, poor me. One advantage to missing beach days is that my skin is slighty less leathery than it would normally be after a week in the blistering sun. Another big plus to missing the beach is the shopping.
I spent an afternoon in Portland poking around some great shops. At Ferdinand, I found journals which made are made from old books. Jacob Deatherage of Portland, Ore., takes the covers of old books that he finds at garage sales and flea markets and makes them new by binding them with blank pages. I picked up an "All-American Church Hymnal" covered-journal. There are a bunch for sale on his site as well. Here are a few of my favorites.
At $13 a pop, they're more pricey than a conventional notebook, but they're also much more stylish.