Ruby Bayan is a freelance writer who likes to share her simple joys.
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"Dear Ruby,
I love the notepads!!! They are absolutely beautiful. The bookmarks are wonderful also. I'm always on the "look-out" for creative and handmade work and yours is by far some of the best I've ever seen. Thank you so much for your hard work. Blessings," --Karen H., San Antonio, TX

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When I came across your site I was immediately impressed by your artistic interpretations and the way you express the simplicity of life in your craft. Your ability to create such work is undoubtedly a quality and passion that one seldom sees today.

My "request" from you was a little out of the ordinary and you were able to see what I had in mind and with little explanation from me, provided exactly what I was looking for. If we are like blind men negotiating our way through life like an unfamiliar room, then I am glad I 'bumped' into you." --John V., Oswego, IL

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"I just wanted you to know I received the journals!! Everything came really quickly and is really beautiful. Your work really reflects my taste and my love for the earth. I will definitely continue visiting your site...
- M.C.F., Philadelphia

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"Hello Ruby,
How are you today? I couldn't be better!! Your journals arrived and they are just beautiful. Yes, I am giving them to a couple of my friends and will take you up on your suggestion of selecting different patterns for them. I value your creativity and talents and will be in touch with future orders. Thank you so much for making my day shine!
All my best."
- Sandi C., Virginia Beach

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"Hi Ruby,
I got your package today! Oh! My Goodness! Everything is so beautiful. I mean it. You are so creative and I could tell that you take pride in your work. Everything is so perfectly cut and put together so elegantly. You are truly a pro at creativity!
Have A Great Day!"
- Tery B., Myrtle Beach, SC

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"Hello Ruby,
I just opened the package that you sent me. They (cards and bookmarks) are indeed very original and to say the least, they are pieces of art... They are great pieces to share with other people... Thank you and more power to you." - Elson A. Miami, Fl.

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Handmade Gifts and Keepsakes
by Ruby Bayan

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Yes, I make handicrafts, too. It's a gift I inherited from my Mom. When I'm not writing or climbing mountains, I hone my creativity and tone my finger muscles by crafting novelties (or furniture, decor, whimsies, and doo-dads). Tinkering and creating is therapeutic for me -- looking at (and using) something I've created myself is one of my simple joys.

I've decided, instead of keeping all this therapy to myself, I'd offer them to my online visitors. Thanks to the Internet, and to PayPal's e-commerce facility, I can make another childhood dream come true!

Welcome to my little online novelty store.

Below are the main product lines that I had personally designed. I also make the items myself, so whatever you purchase will have my very personal touch. No two gift items will be identical because they are all handmade, and because the pressed flowers/leaves that decorate most of the keepsakes are randomly picked.

These keepsakes are exclusive to and are not available elsewhere. I hope you like my work.

*** News Flash ***

I have decided to discontinue all but two of my handmade gifts and keepsakes product lines. Despite the success of these items over the years, I believe it's time to move on (check out my handmade jewelry!).

Photos of the various items will remain here just for reference (shall I say nostalgia?). The two remaining products, my "Shapes of Nature Bookmarks" and "Assorted Mini-Notepads," will still be available. Descriptions and order details are below.

Thank you to all who ordered my journals, greeting cards, notepads, and keepsakes. I hope I brought a smile to your heart somehow -- that was my only purpose for opening this online store. :)

Shapes-of-Nature Bookmarks Shapes-of-Nature Bookmarks
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Shapes-of-Nature Bookmarks (SN-BM-6)

Mother Nature blesses us with countless beautiful treasures in our gardens, backyards, woods, and forests. The Shapes-of-Nature Bookmarks Collection captures the dainty weed, the sprouting vine, the tiny flower, and the artistic leaf. No two bookmarks are identical. All-handmade and delicately preserved in a thin layer of "lamination." Each bookmark is an exquisite expression of simplicity and beauty.

Dimensions: 2 x 7 in.
Construction: chipboard, newsprint paper, pressed botanicals, hemp string
Note: Leaves and flowers are varied and may not be as shown in the photos, but will be just as beautiful.

Price: Set of 6 Assorted Botanicals: $15.00
[E-mail me for bulk order discount]

Assorted Mini-Notepads
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Assorted Mini-Notepads (AMN-7)

Seven colorful mini-notepads you can take anywhere -- for quick note-taking anytime. 20 blank sheets per notepad. "Write-able" front cover. Cute, handy, useful! Dainty and creative gift item.
Cover: chipboard, construction paper
Binding: jute natural twine
Pages: 20 sheets blank white
(lined sheets also available -- indicate in your order)
Dimensions: 5.00 x 4.25 in.
Price (set of SEVEN mini-notepads): $20.00
Gifts and Keepsakes Package * Shapes-of-Nature Bookmarks and Assorted Mini-Notepad Sets are wrapped in craft paper, tied with jute string, and shipped to you in reinforced commercial envelopes. (I'll throw in matching gift tags in case you intend to give them away as presents.)
* These bookmarks and mini-notepads and their packaging are all handmade -- slight variations are unavoidable.
* The items are exclusive to OurSimpleJoys, copyrighted, and not available elsewhere.
* Please e-mail for special orders and requests.
Shipping and Delivery:
* Free for delivery to U.S. addresses only. E-mail for shipping/handling charges for international deliveries.
* USPS First Class will be used. Priority Mail and Express Mail delivery available (additional charges apply) if specifically requested.
* Allow 1-2 weeks delivery after confirmation of order.
* Please e-mail questions, concerns, requests, special handling, etc.
Payment Options:
Pay me securely with your Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express card through PayPal!Visa ,MasterCard, Discover, and American Express

* Preferred: Paypal (use shopping cart buttons under each item). If you are not yet a Paypal member, simply click on the Paypal button above to sign up. They process secure credit card payments.
* Also accepted at personal checks (subject to clearing) and money order. Please e-mail for order form and pay-to name/address.

Retired Product Lines

Journal Card 1 - Casual Moment Journal Card 2 - Hearts of Gold Journal Card 3 - Nature Trip Journal Cards 4-Leaf Frames Laws-of-Life Folding Cards Laws-of-Life Bookmarks Seize-the-Day Greeting Cards Valentine 5-Colors Brown Pads-Japanese Brown Pads-Straight 3 Mini-Pads Photo Journal 1: Casual Moment

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