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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Talented Artist - Kristina Molnar from Pretty Bookish - Interview & Giveaway

Pretty Bookish

About Kristina Molnar


Hello fellow book nerds!

I like a lot of books. No, seriously, like a lot of books. If you’re looking at this shop, I’m guessing you do to.

Cool. Let’s be friends.

Now that we’re friends, I should probably tell you a little more about myself and how Pretty Bookish came to be. My name is Kristina and I’ve been bookish for as long as I can remember. The bigger the pile of books, the better. Libraries and bookstores are my happy places. If I could go back in time (where’s the TARDIS when you need it?) and tell the younger version of myself about e-readers, it would have blown my mind. I would also probably be mad at my future self for “destroying” books.

Let me explain.

Pretty Bookish only repurposes books that are old, damaged, unreadable, and unwanted. If books that are still in good condition come into my possession, I donate them so that they can continue to be enjoyed.

In 2015 I formed Pretty Bookish. It all started with a box of old books. The idea of throwing out these books that couldn’t even be donated made me sad, so a new idea was born. I decided to give these discarded books a new life by turning them into pretty handmade products so that these pages can continue to be adored by readers. Sounds like a win-win to me!

When I’m not being bookish, you can find me hanging out with my husband and two adorable and hilarious sons. I’m learning to embrace being a hockey mom and trying not to become a cat lady. I work as a virtual assistant, dabble in photography, drink too much chai tea, and make lots of bad puns, always with a cat (or 2) by my side.

I love to make stuff and am forever grateful whenever someone likes my work enough to compliment or purchase it. I love the opportunity to nerd out with other book lovers, so let's chat!

Links

Website // Facebook // Instagram

Interview

1) Can you tell our readers a bit about yourself?

Hello! My name is Kristina and I am the creator of Pretty Bookish. I live in Toledo, Ohio with my husband and our 3 boys. After leaving the criminal justice field, where I was working as a victim advocate, I began to do freelance work for authors and entrepreneurs. I started experimenting with crafting with books in 2015. With encouragement from friends and family, I then opened Pretty Bookish. I love reading, writing, photography, and having silly dance parties with my kiddos.


2) What’s the inspiration behind your work?

The biggest inspiration behind my work is the love of books. Every book lover has had at least one book that left a lasting impression on their life. I love connecting with other readers and hearing about what book that was for them. It brings me joy to be able to give them a piece of that story to carry with them.


3) Where did you learn how to make jewelry?

I’m self-taught through a lot of trial and error. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so I’m always tweaking and adjusting things to improve the product line.


4) What does your workplace look like?

I have a home office I can escape to when inspiration strikes. The creative life is not always the neatest, so I would describe my workspace as an organized mess. It’s my happy place where I go to find inspiration and make my goals a reality. Working from home can have its drawbacks, but I do love that my kids can come in and see me at work, and even be involved sometimes.


5) You make bookish items, where does your love for books come from?

I have always loved books! My parents and grandparents have always encouraged and supported my love of books. During the summer, as a child, I would check out as many library books as I could carry and spend all day outside reading. That is still one of my all-time favorite activities.


6) Can you tell a bit more about how you started your store?

Pretty Bookish started with a box of old books. The idea of throwing out these books that couldn’t even be donated made me sad, so a new idea was born. I decided to give these discarded books a new life by turning them into pretty handmade products so that these pages can continue to be adored by readers.


7) You repurpose books that are old, damaged, unreadable and unwanted. How did you come up with this?

Like most other books lovers, I don’t like the idea of simply throwing out a book. I started crafting with old and damaged books to find a better option. While it's unfortunate that not every book can be saved, I love being able to save pieces of these books for others to carry with them and continue to love.


8) Materials are important to you, how do you select them and where do you find them?

Sourcing books is a lot of fun for me. I look through thrift stores, used bookstores, and library sales. I sometimes accept book donations. After doing this for a few years, people now know who to call first when they’re getting rid of books.

I try to keep the designs fresh, so I’m always on the lookout for new materials to experiment with. Supporting other small businesses is also important to me.


9) What do you like the most about having your own shop?

Being my own boss is amazing! With 3 kids, being able to make my own schedule is everything to me.


10) What are your plans for the future?

The possibilities are endless! I would like to continue growing the Pretty Bookish brand. I’m also planning on growing my freelance business and looking to take on more clients in the future.

Giveaway

Book page flower terrarium necklace

One very lucky reader of With Love for Books will receive a book page flower terrarium necklace handmade by Kristina Molnar from Pretty Bookish.

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The winner will be notified by email and has 3 days to respond. All of our giveaways are international.


12 comments:

  1. The quality and design look amazing. Unique, fun and quirky too.

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  2. Love your creations, so pretty! I love bookish jewelry!

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  3. I love your bookish creations. So beautiful!

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  4. Lovely items Kristina
    jan

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  5. wow, love your shop, i could browse for hours!!

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  6. Kristine, I love your skeleton keys! They are AMAZING!

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  7. Absolutely wonderful creations! :-)

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