Library Date Due Slip Palooza!!!

I am excited to share with y’all my latest creations for sale at my Etsy shop: dozens of high-res library date due slips! And they’re only $2 per collection!! And I have 7 collections for you to choose from!!!


For those of  you who didn’t immediately click on the above link to check it out, here’s the whys and hows of this project.

Basically, I’ve been hoarding every date due slip I could get my hands on from my library – whether it be from weeding old books, or finding them in donated books – even my team members knew to keep a look out and put any of those slips on my desk.

Then, one day as I was scanning some in as a collage in order to craft with the printouts, I was like, “Huh. Others might like having access to these, too…”

That was about a year ago. Since then I have been slowly working on this project. It takes a while because I have to sort through the slips and find ones in decent condition/worth scanning, then scan them, and then do some photoshopping on them so that they’d be big, beautiful .pngs. I tried to keep the photoshopping to a minimum, but I still had to do a lot of work on them.

Here’s an example of what I’m talking about, from the Gaylord collection:

So after I had a large number completed, I realized that I needed a way to sort them out since Etsy only allows a certain amount of file space per upload, and only five uploads per posting. I decided on splitting them up by publisher (or lack thereof). Then with the very substantial number of Library Store slips, I broke those up by number of columns, and then a set A and B for the 2-columned ones.

I had briefly toyed with the thought of listing all the dates included in the set. Briefly. It took one large slip to confirm that it would be an enormous task.

To sort of balance the scales, for each listing I made a collage of all the slips that were included within that listing. I hope that this helps anyone looking for a specific date, or a specific style of a date due slip.

Here’s an example from the Odd Variety collection:

Besides crafting with these, I have used them at work in a fun way. In our Main Library’s back office (which is visible to anyone at the circulation desk), there are a ridiculous number of thumbtack holes and other damages to the back wall. I printed out large versions of some of these, cut them out and placed them over the damage. It looks all purposeful and artsy-like.

I hope that you have fun finding ways to use these great files. I love that they’re a reminder of earlier library days, and especially that they’re physical proof that a) libraries have been here for decades, and b) we’ll continue to adjust and remain relevant.

Library Date Due Slips on Etsy

Librarians Can Do It!

Last year I had the honor of being the keynote speaker for the Lake Superior Libraries Symposium – it’s a great conference that if you get a chance to attend, then please do! Not only did I keynote, but they asked if I would design a logo for their theme of Advance, Challenge, Transform. After a failed initial design, the conference committee suggested that I go back to what I do best. And I did!
And here’s the result:

Librarians Can Do It universal library logo design that riffs on the famous WWII poster |

I shared this image on my social media accounts, and there were requests for merchandise, so I went ahead and added this design to my Society6 shop.

Three examples of the Librarians Can Do It merchandise in Hafuboti's Society6 shop |

And as with anything that I post on my blog, it’s under a Creative Commons license. Beyond that, I also ask as an artist that you do not credit me on my minimalist designs (like this one). I feel that it takes away from the impact of the image, and that’s the most important thing to me.

Now go do all the things!!!

Shop Grand Reopening

I’m pleased to finally announce that I’m opening up my shop again! And for the first time it’s my artwork and not just ornaments! Going this route is a great way to keep a shop going while still trying to figure out how to manage my fibromyalgia while having a side business.

I have completely reworked my superhero mashups into higher resolutions so that they can be made into a wide variety of clothing, decor, and accessories.

I also created two new mashups in honor of the occasion:

It’s Spider-Gwen (aka Spider-Woman) and Squirrel Girl!

As of now these two are only available at Redbubble, but they will eventually be added to Society6. Each online store has a slightly different inventory, so it’s worth checking both out if you’re looking for a certain thing (such as dresses or clocks).

Oh – and I definitely should mention that I still want anyone who wants to download, use, and/or modify my images to do so! Seriously, you don’t need to ask (unless the print shop wants a waiver or a letter stating that I’m cool with you using my art – just shoot me a request at

So hop on over to my Shop section, and click on either ad to go to my profile on either site. And today (7/25/16) Redbubble’s having a 20% off sale! But know that both sites do have sales on a pretty regular basis – woohoo!

And finally an update on the original Hafuboti shop’s recycled book ornaments: I still have a nice selection of them! But getting them transferred from Etsy has been more of a chore than I’ve felt like dealing with over this past year or so. Therefore, I don’t have them listed anywhere online, but I do hope to eventually change that.

In the meantime, if you are an ornament fan, then please don’t hesitate to reach out and ask about any ornaments you may remember. is still the best way to contact me and I’m always thrilled to get mail from any of my readers. Seriously – it always brightens my day.

Happy shopping!


(Happy fun Hafuboti time, i.e. I got all meta with my title. Or something)

I’ve been a bit quiet in bloglandia as of late because of my life got a little bit crazier (but in a good way).  My day-job’s picked up pace and I had a whirlwind trip two weekends ago that I think I’m still recovering from (in a good way).

I also promised myself that when I started writing this blog that I would never desperately throw a post together for the sake of posting something.  Same with crafting – I promised myself that I wouldn’t force myself to craft for the sake of my blog.  I like to wait for inspiration and would in the long run be saddened if I just spewed forth crap all over this blog.  So, I promise to try and avoid pointless spewage.  You’re welcome.

Returning to the topic of my whirlwind mini-vacation (seriously, I’ve never taken such a crazy-brief-awesome trip): it took me to my dearest friend on the planet.  And while visiting her she showed me my very first attempt at making a kusudama ornament.  Naturally, her being my dear friend, she has it hanging up in her place.  When I created it I had barely a basic notion of what I was supposed to be doing and had messed up several now-obvious-to-me steps.  I had given it to her as a thank you for saving my ass when I hit a rough patch in life.  Now without further ado – my very fist kusudama:

It should be called “Godzilladama.”  I think I used double the amount of “flowers” required.  I’m also super-hyper-anal about how the center of my kusudama flowers look.  I internally cry if I fail at making a lovely-looking star in the negative space in my flowers (but there’s paper out there that hates to bend to my will and I’m learning to let go).  Look at the one flower facing us on Godzilladama – there isn’t even something resembling a star in the middle. The little dangly button was a sweet touch, but I’m glad that I stopped using the dangles – I don’t like the distraction from the pretty flowers.  All that said, my friend has Godzilladama proudly displayed cuz she’s awesome like that.

It was really surreal to see the very earliest beginnings of Hafuboti.  But then my friend had the next phase of Hafuboti hanging right next to Godzilladama: the next Christmas after giving her that initial ornament (when I was again short of cash) I made ornaments for friends and family, and my bestest friend got two New Orleans-themed ornaments as gifts – these ones here:

And yes, on the Mardi Gras ornament those are individual beads from a bead throw cut up and inserted in the middle of each flower.  I may make some more of those next year for fun and see if they sell on Etsy.  They really don’t fit into my “reusing books” but they’re just so bright and cheery and make me think of NOLA.

I don’t know that there’s truly a point to this particular post.  Perhaps it’s to show off a bit.  Maybe to give hope to anyone attempting a new craft where the end results don’t turn out like the picture you saw on the web.  It’s most likely a mixture of those two things and probably more.

Next Time: I’ll probably stop using the Next Time at the bottom of my posts since I’m really getting random. I had one post mostly finished when the spirit moved me to do this one instead.

What’s a “Hafuboti?”

The number one question I get when talking about Hafuboti is “does that mean something?”  If I’m writing about it, then the first question is “how the blankety-blank do you pronounce that?”

What it means:

Sparkly visual representation for what Hafuboti stands for |


Honestly, I don’t care how you say the name as long as you remember it.  Personally I say “Haf-uh-bow-tea.”  Sometimes I’ve been known to say “Halfa booty,” which makes me giggle.  “Half a bow tie” is also acceptable since bow ties are cool.