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March 9, 2008

Sunday morning musings…

Filed under: General musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 10:05 am

Good morning readers…

The weather here is crazy. Yesterday it was in the high 60’s and windy and rainy and this morning it’s in the low 30’s and windy and sunny. Which is, of course, not helping me get over this sinus infection at all.

Friday I caught up with my good friend Holly and we chatted over coffee and then took a trip to one of our favorite local stores. Holly bought a few new notebooks and I purchased a bottle of black Noodler’s Ink that came with a special fountain pen. Instead of filling a cartridge, the ink has a dropper and you actually fill the body of the pen with the ink. It’s not an expensive pen by any means but it writes pretty nicely and seems to be leak free. (A problem that occurs with most really inexpensive fountain pens.) If you’re in the Virginia Beach area and love pens and stationary, you definitly need to stop in and check out A Pen Lover’s Paradise. Did I mention that they have a “great wall of ink”? For everyone not in the area, they do offer mailorder. :)

And lest you think I have been a slacker in the book creation department, I am working on a two special projects. One will be finished this afternoon and the other is still in the planning stage. And…if my voice gets better I’ll record an instructional video later on today for posting this evening.

Of note…

I think I’ve mentioned them before but, there’s some great bookbinding videos over on YouTube here. If you haven’t checked them out definitly take a look as they walk you through the process of creating a hardcover book from start to finish. The videos are by Peter Baumgartner and based on his book Make Your Own Books and Boxes.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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March 6, 2008

I got Bested!

Filed under: General musings — jackie @ 6:49 pm

Good afternoon readers!

Sorry for the absence the past couple of days. I’ve been a little under the weather. I came down with a nasty sinus infection last Friday and between that and finishing mid term projects I’ve been pretty out of it. But…I’m back and feeling better and next week is spring break so I’ll have time to work on book and blog stuff. Yay!

I got a nice surprise today when I saw that the Etsy Bookbinding Street Team had listed the forum, blog and Flickr group as some best online resources. That means alot coming from that wonderful group of binders. Thanks ya’ll!

I’m working on a few little videos for you all. I need to wait until I don’t sound so much like a frog. I’m also working on some interviews that I think you’re gonna like. So…I know I keep saying this but…stay tuned. We’ll have some fun around here next week.

Also, I’ve been adding links to the online resource page so don’t forget to check it regularly. Oh and don’t forget to comment as each one gets an entry into the drawing at the end of the month and I’ve got some cool prizes to be given away. (Edited to say that the resource link should be working now. Thanks Judy. :) )

Of note…

Ever been interested in what writers studios look like? Well, I don’t know about you but I love seeing other peoples studios and work areas. The Guardian has a great online article with a peek into many writers studios. Check out these writer’s rooms.

That’s it for now…I’ll leave you with one of my semester projects. (The only one that would fit on the scanner) This is my friend Holly’s rooster done in scratchboard. The original is 8″x10″ in size.

Holly's rooster

Till next time!

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