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February 11, 2010

Time flies…

Filed under: Giveaway — jackie @ 6:40 pm

Good evening dear readers…

I am surprised at how fast the days fly by. Alot has happened here in the southland since I last posted. We got more snow in our area than we have in about 20 years. Normally we get an inch or two or none. A week ago we got nine inches then a week later we got four and yesterday we got about a half an inch. Crazy stuff this weather. I understand you folks to the south of us will be getting some of this white stuff too.

I wanted to show you the gift I made for the winner of my blog giveaway Margaret over in the United Kingdom. It is a letter writing folder. I wanted to make one as a prototype. Below is a photo of the folder closed.

This is the folder open.

It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to set it up. I was able to recycle one of those zippered bags that new sheet sets come in by cutting it up and using the zipper and part of the plastic for the stamp pocket.

I hope everyone stays warm and dry this crazy winter season.

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January 6, 2010

And the winner is…

Filed under: Giveaway — jackie @ 8:17 pm


My lovely assistant pulled her name out of the collander for the giveaway. Margaret will be the recipient of a special project that I am working on that will hopefully inspire her to write more in the coming year.
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The new year…settling in…

Filed under: Giveaway, Morning Musings, Ten A Week — jackie @ 10:22 am

Good morning readers…

Now that I’m out of school my mind is swirling with thoughts and ideas about possible future projects. My biggest problem is settling in, choosing a project and starting. Also, my studio is a wreck and desperately needs cleaning and reorganizing but I don’t want to wait until it’s in order to start a new project.

So, how do you settle in and start a project?

One thing I want to do is start selling more books this year and am trying to decide whether or not I want to put them on Etsy or start a store here on the site. I would love to hear your opinions.

I’m also thinking about reviving my “Ten a week” project. Some of you may remember it started out as a ten a day project and quickly went to ten a week and then died out. Apparently I was suffering from a bad case of lack of motivation. “They” say that it takes 21 days to build a new habit. I believe it. So…for the next 21 days or 3 weeks I’ll be making ten or more things each week. I’ll report on my progress each Sunday morning. Wish me luck.

Just a reminder…entry into the new years giveaway ends this evening. Don’t miss out on a chance to get a cool writing inspired prize.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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January 1, 2010

Where do you like to write?

Filed under: Correspondence, Giveaway, Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:57 am

Happy New Year dear readers!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe celebration. Mine was spent relaxing with family.

I don’t know about you but I’m not too fond of standing in line at the post office just to purchase stamps. I prefer to buy my postage for shipping packages online or at one of the kiosks within the post office. Also, there’s no guarantee that they will have any of the decorative stamps that I want.

Recently, I decided to try ordering some stamps online. It was actually a pretty nice experience. I could choose from a large selection of designs, purchase with a credit card, pay a very minimal shipping charge and they showed up in my mailbox two days later. I love to mix and match stamps on my letters so I’ll buy a variety of different stamps in varying amounts. I almost always add too much postage to my letters but it’s ok because I am personalizing my correspondence. Alexandra Stoddard taught me to do this in her book Gift of a Letter .

Years ago when I wrote letters on a regular basis I would write early in the morning before I went to work. I would sit at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee and my stationary and pens and write letters to friends near and far.

Where do you write? When do you write?

I mentioned the other day that I was going to have a little giveaway for the new year.  Post a comment here and tell me where and when you like to write.  I’ll put your name in a hat for a special little prize and I’ll pick one this coming Sunday evening.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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September 3, 2009

Musings and a little giveaway…

Filed under: Giveaway, Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:09 am

Good morning readers…

According to Starbucks fall is officially here. They have started offering their pumpkin spice lattes again. Yummmm……

I know it’s not officially fall but the last few days sure have felt like it. I’ve been rummaging through my knitting books and dreaming of cozy handmade sweaters and socks and hot soup and bread.

Since I am feeling in the fall mood, I am going to have a little giveaway. A while back I made some of these little canvas covered books printed with photos I had taken of the fall colors in the mountains of Virginia. I still have a few of them. They are the ones on the right in this photo.

Fall Colors books

To enter my little giveaway all you need to do is leave me a comment and tell me about a favorite fall tradition that you have or what your favorite thing about fall is. On the evening of Sept. 15 (my Grandmas 98th birthday) I’ll put everyone’s name in a hat and have my lovely assistant draw one.

Good luck!

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December 29, 2008

New Year’s giveaway…

Filed under: Giveaway, Holidays — jackie @ 4:32 pm

I have an extra new copy of the book Unique Handmade Booksby Alisa Golden. I just happened upon it in my travels during the course of shopping for Christmas and thought it might make a nice giveaway.

If you’d like a chance to win this book, just leave a comment with this post telling us about your New Years traditions. On New Year’s day, in the evening, I will put all the names in a jar and have my lovely assistant choose a winner.

Good luck!

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