Like Beth, I'm a Catholic convert. I grew up as the Methodist poster girl and was determined to convert my (would be) husband. God has a funny sense of humor since I'm now the Catholic (and a Marriage Prep and Natural Family Planning instructor to boot!).
We are blessed with three young children and I am foruntate enough to stay home and homeschool (did I say fortunate or crazy?!). :) My husband is the artist in the family but I was seeking a creative outlet for my "free time". I stumbled across the idea for repurposed book purses and - voila! - I opened ReaDo on etsy. Our family is chock full of bibliophiles, so this seemed the perfect fit. I also love the idea of giving an old book a new life.
I search out old or unwanted books with great covers and repurpose them into purses. My husband takes any cool illustrations and mats them to standard sizes. I've really enjoyed this; my only regret is not having more time and money to make all the great books I've found! I have, however, started to create listings with unfinished books so that the lucky recipient is able to have a say in the creation of their purse (see the Cover Collections at http://www.etsy.com/shop/ReaDo?section_id=7672078).
I hope that you will take a moment to visit my shop at http://www.ReaDo.etsy.com/. I'm also on facebook at www.facebook.com/ReaDoBooks. You'll often find new listings and coupon codes over there! And if you'd like to know more about our crazy little family, feel free to read my blog entries at http://alittlelessthanangels.wordpress.com/. God bless!