Tyler Bender is Back!!: The talented rebuilder of vintage books into blank journals. Plus, unimportant things that make me happy

Tyler Bender is back
After a year long hiatus, talented Tyler Bender is back just in time for holiday shopping. Who isn’t looking for environmentally friendly, hand-made, and affordable gifts? Everyone I know is and Tyler Bender’s work fits the bill and then some.

TYLER BENDER BOOK CO. is a one-person workshop specialized in rebuilding vintage books into blank journals. Additional precycled materials are always used whenever possible. Visit his shop soon. I know he sells out very quickly.

Since then readers have emailed me looking for him. It took him a little while to recoup after the massive demand for his creative journals, but thank goodness he’s back! Check out Tyler’s shop for some great gifts. My favorite are featured above!

Tyler says that he came back for the fans,  “I missed being a part of the craft community!  The whole process of making and selling stuff is very rewarding”. He told me that he knows he won’t make books forever, but it is the beginning of something much greater.  He plans to “keep moving in that direction to find out what that is”.  One day he envisions building recycled houses…I just can’t wait to live in one!!

*Hijiri of Heartfish just tagged me to list 6 unimportant things that make me happy and then tag 5 other bloggers to do the same.

  1. When my husband and I get off the subway after work we call each other and whoever is at home first comes out and meets the other halfway down the block and we run to each other like movie people in a meadow but with our pitbull pulling us.
  2. going out for dinner
  3. checking email
  4. Having free time to day dream and draw
  5. Taking in my surroundings

I’m going to tag: Design is Mine, Treasuring, Treatzone, A Print a day, and Frolic

12 Responses to Tyler Bender is Back!!: The talented rebuilder of vintage books into blank journals. Plus, unimportant things that make me happy

  1. jess gonacha November 24, 2008 at 10:47 pm #

    eek! this is a fun tagging. 🙂 i’ll get right to it on my blog tomorrow! and i looooove that you and your hubby run to each other like movie people– best thing i’ve heard all day!

  2. Samantha Hahn November 24, 2008 at 11:04 pm #

    Ha….I know it’s funny. It’s a total habit now and we love it. Even Pita loves it and starts darting toward the approaching spouse…

    looking forward to hearing yours. It’s hard to think of things that are “un-important”. Everything seemed important.

  3. yasmine November 24, 2008 at 11:26 pm #

    oh neat! i’ll fill it out 🙂

    but aw, those “unimportant” things ARE important because they make you happy!

    your #1 is so cute 🙂

  4. Samantha Hahn November 25, 2008 at 12:03 am #

    Thanks Yas!! Glad you’ll do it.

    Sometimes I’m worried about passing along stuff like this but I actually really love to do it and see other people’s responses….looking forward to yours of course.

  5. sandy November 25, 2008 at 3:09 pm #

    fun! we’ll post our five things tonight.

    (and i’m totally in love with those journals!!)

  6. samantha November 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm #

    fabulous!!!!! It’s hard work…everything seems important if you think about it. It’s fun though to try to think of lifes little pleasures….
    I look forward to reading it!

  7. chelsea December 1, 2008 at 1:00 am #

    Thanks for the tag! I’ll think of a list to post soon. I just love your #1 that is the cutest thing ever:)

  8. Samantha Hahn December 1, 2008 at 7:31 am #

    awww…thanks Chelsea. It’s silly but true!!! I’ll look for yours.

  9. Jessica December 1, 2008 at 11:01 am #

    These are really awesome. I think these would make amazing gifts.

  10. sam December 1, 2008 at 11:51 am #

    I love them!!! He’s so talented….

  11. Hijiri December 9, 2008 at 12:55 am #


    sorry for the late “thank you” but ohhh I love your first unimportant things you listed!! That is the cutest thing I’ve heard in a loong time! 🙂

  12. samantha hahn December 9, 2008 at 7:28 am #

    thanks for tagging me Hijiri, it was fun to answer….but like you said it was hard to think of uni-important things…

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