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January 3, 2010

New years giveaway and writing desks…

Filed under: Writing, blather — jackie @ 3:54 pm

Hello dear readers…

The other day we discussed places to write. Today I’d like to talk about desks.

I have several desks. One is an old drop front desk that I bought at an antique market about 15 or so years back. It was in fairly good shape but I had my Dad fixed it up for me by adding new cubbies and drawers inside as well as fixing a few other little items on it that were broken or missing.

My Dad also made me a small version of a Shaker Lap Desk. I wanted something that could hold my stationary, stamps and pens.

I also have a standup desk that my Dad made (are you sensing a trend here?) from an old post office desk. It’s where I keep my computer and other assorted paper messes and where I an typing this from right now. It’s hard to see in the photo but those are little cubbies along the backboard and there’s an ink bottle holder on the right side. The desk didn’t originnally have the shelf on the bottom it was added to hold my CPU and a printer.

Note…my desk unfortunately looks like a paper shredder yaked on it these days. It’s time to do a little excavating.

I’m extending the New Years drawing out until this Weds. evening (the 6th) so leave me a comment telling me where and when you like to write for a chance to win a writing themed prize.

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December 27, 2009

Fast approaching New Year…

Filed under: Holidays, Morning Musings, blather — jackie @ 11:07 am

Good morning readers.

I have finally recovered from the pre holiday madness that ensues at this time every year and am looking towards the start of 2010. Like last year, I have decided to set an “intention” for the year instead of the traditional resolutions. Unlike resolutions, intentions don’t make you feel guilty if you break them within the first week after the new year. Intentions are always good and if nothing else you always know how to find the way to hell ( * ).

For your reading pleasure, I did a Google search on “New Year’s intentions”. I came up with this article, this blog and one more.

This year my intention is “write”. Although I love the immediacy of email, blogs and Facebook, (I’m not a Twitterer yet) there is something so enjoyable and satisfying about sending and recieving a handwritten note or letter. Not so long ago I used to send handwritten mail all the time. I have tons of decorative postage stamps left over from this time. I will no doubt have to add a few extra stamps with them on the envelopes as the cost of postage has gone up considerably. For inspiration and to get me started I will be pulling out my copy of Alexandra Stoddards book Gift of a Letter: Giving the Gift of Ourselves– Add Richness and Grace to Your Life Through the Art of Letter-writing this afternoon and will read it over for the hundreth or so time with a hot cup of tea and a sweet kitty in my lap.

So…what’s your intention?

Obligatory book content… While searching for information on the technique of using wire mesh and polymer clay to create book covers I came across this old blog belonging to artist Eva Buchala that has some wonderful examples of polymer clay journal covers. You can find more great book examples as well as a link to her new blog on her website.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Sunday afternoon.

(* re.: that old saying “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.)

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December 7, 2009

Busy bee…

Filed under: blather — jackie @ 8:41 am

Good morning dear readers…

Winter has finally come to the southland. We woke up this morning to temperatures in the 30’s and frost on the cars.

I’ve been busier than a one armed paper hanger these past few weeks. I’ve been preparing for an art and craft show that I participated in yesterday at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. I’ve also been trying to finish up the painting series for my last class which ends Thursday. I’ll finally be graduating on the 18th. Yay! I’ll be happy for the break from school and teaching so I can concentrate on my own art for a few weeks.

On Sat. I participated in a home show as a warmup for the show at the art center. To go along with the other books I had I made a bunch of Chameleons.

For the home show my friend Holly and I setup our wares in the master bedroom closet. Here is a photo of some of the Chameleons on a shelf.

Chameleons in the closet

My book tree.

Book tree

Chameleons at the CACV show.

CACV show

Sales overall at the show were pretty slow. I sold a few Chameleons and some cards and books but not as much as I was hoping for. I think it’s the economy. People aren’t spending as much this year. I would definately participate in the show again as it’s a great space and has great organizers.

Another thing that I’m really excited about is one of my holiday presents. I purchased a used camcorder that takes excellent video. This means that I’ll be able to put together some simple bookbinding tutorial videos for the site as well as create videos that will accompany the new book I’m working on.

Well…I’m off to enjoy some homemade buttermilk bisquits with sausage gravy on this chilly Dec. morning.

I hope everyone has a great day.


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