Hello! I'm Deanna, the founder and maker behind Badon Hill.

I am a maker of leather journals and sketchbooks, a dabbler in painting and design, and a lover of roaming in wild places. I've always been a maker and tinkerer, but it wasn't until I started making hand bound leather journals that I found my passion for creating adventure gear. Now I love to make journals and other durable goods fit for adventures big and small, near and far.

I'm from Saint Louis, Missouri, and I love experiencing the shifts of weather and the natural world that come with all four seasons. I'm wife to a spiffy man named Val and we live in San Diego, California. We're brand new parents to a spunky little baby girl and having a blast figuring out the parenting thing! :)

When I'm not working, I love hiking in wild places, painting and sketching, playing with my baby girl, and reading (most likely either historical fiction or business resources).

And I want a dog.

But, on to the more interesting story:

I started Badon Hill in 2009 by opening up an Etsy shop stocked with two leather journals.

I had only just started making softcover leather journals and had a lot to learn, but I loved the bookbinding process and the finished product, and knew I wanted to provide beautiful journals for kindred spirits who loved being creative and adventurous as much as I did.

I've now been at it for over seven years, developing my own unique bookbinding process and technique along the way. I have learned a lot about running a creative business online, and I want to be able to share some of what I've learned here on the Badon Hill Blog. I also believe that each person's story, no matter how mundane it may appear, is invaluable and worth recording. That's why I make leather journals, and it's why I write to encourage you, dear reader, to write (or draw) your story. You are amazing and you are worth it.

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