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August 15, 2007

Wednesday morning musings and 131 days…

Filed under: Holiday Ideas, Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 7:46 am

Good morning readers… 

Yesterday was another beautiful day here in the south land. Being outside was enjoyable.

On that note, hurricane season is upon us with lots of activity out in the Atlantic but luckily nothing we need to be concerned about in our area just yet. 

I’ve found that a great place to buy used textbooks is Craigslist. I can get all three books I need for the price of two used books from the campus store. I swear they (or someone) make a killing on textbooks as a new one runs from $90-$145. Then they buy them back for really cheap and sell them as used for about two thirds the new price.

Ideas for the Holidays…

If you have an AC Moore art and craft store near you check them out. They have pretty decent backpacks and messenger bags for as little as $5. These are by no means fancy but seem to be made well and with a little creative thought and the addition of a little paint, some patches or other accessories could be made to look really cool and would be a great gift for the student or bibliophile in your life. Don’t forget to take your 40% off coupon with you.

Speaking of bibliophiles…the Holy Grail of supplies and gifts for one is Levenger. Nuff said. :D

This tutorial could be used to make softbound notebooks using photos you have taken. These would make nice gifts to put aside for that time when you need a quick gift for someone or for that time when you remember that you forgot someone.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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August 14, 2007

Tues. morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings, online tutorials — jackie @ 8:52 am

Good morning readers. 

The weather her has been mild the past few days. Hot but not too humid and just enough breeze to make it nice to be outside if you need or want to be.

I am looking forward to my classes starting on the 23rd. The second week of classes will be very hectic because I am supposed to teach a children’s summer camp class at the CACV that week.

Just wanted to remind everyone that tomm. is the last day to sign up for the first book swap over on the forum. It will be conducted in a round robin style so you will only need to send your book to the person who will be getting it. We have seven players but there’s room for more.

Of note:

Here is a tutorial from the Moonstitches blog to make a fabric cover for a book or journal.

Wanna learn how to make paper? Here is a papermaking photo set on Flickr that walks you through a simplified process. You can buy a PDF file of the tutorial here and help support the artist.

Instructables has a few bookbinding tutorials. Here is one for an envelope book.

Here’s a nice blog on fabric art journals.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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August 12, 2007

Sunday morning coffee and musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:37 am

Good morning readers.

What a difference a few days make in the weather around here. Yesterday was so much cooler than it has been all week. This morning it is almost chilly outside and it looks like it will be another beautiful, cool, low humidity day. These are the types of days that make me wish I had a nice back porch to sit out on and have coffee or a meal. My poor back yard is pretty pitiful. Not the best place for enjoying nature.

My day yesterday was spent at family parties and canning the 20lbs of tomatoes I bought. I was able to get 5 quarts of diced tomatoes and 4 quarts and several pints of italian sauce. I’m thinking about getting another box and canning up soime more diced tomatoes for the winter. It’s alot of work but it is rewarding and there is something satisfying about opening up a jar of veggies that you canned yourself. 

This morning while I was making the sample book for my class this afternoon, I was musing over the fact that as I progress with my bookbinding I am constantly refining and redefining my techniques. I am always on the lookout for tips or techniques that will make my bindings better or easier to do. I try not to be stuck in the way I do things. That’s why I like to occassional take classes or have an artist play day with friends. It’s helps shake things up and get my creatives juices flowing so that I can look at my art and figure out ways to change or improve it.

One of the big things that I will be doing to help better myself and my art is I’ll be going back to college in a few weeks to start down the road to finally getting my bachelor’s degree. I have signed up for the fine arts program at Tidewater Community College and hope to be able to transfer to either the ODU or Virginia Wesleyan art program by Spring 2009.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that I won’t be posting information here. It just means that I may be posting later in the day as I have 4 days of early classes. I have my schedule set so that I get my classes done by noon on 3 of the days. I am also considering bringing in guest posters from time to time so if you are interested email me and let me know.

I wanted to mention that I have a special book coming out for the holidays. It will be filled with bookbinding tips and techniques as well as tutorials that aren’t available on the site. It will hopefully be ready sometime in Sept. I’ll keep you posted.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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August 10, 2007

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 2:28 pm

I have updated my upcoming classes page with the classes I have scheduled now until the end of the year. I will be adding others as they are put on the calendar.

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Friday morning musings…

Filed under: Announcements, Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:57 am

Good morning readers.

It’s cooled off considerably here since yesterday. Our weather had been hovering in the hi 90’s to 100 degree range for the past couple of days but a storm front seems to have cooled things down for now. We haven’t gotten any rain but it is on it’s way.

I just wanted to remind the local folks that there is still room in my class this Sunday, August 12, at Jerry’s Artarama. I will be teaching the accordian book structure. We will be making serveral examples and I’ll have instructions for you to take home. If you’re interested please let me know or call the store to get put on the list.

Also, on Friday August 17 from 6-9 PM Jerry’s is having another meet the artist night. Most of the artists that teach there will be on hand demonstrating their art and answering questions. There will also be wine and snacks. It’s always a fun event and it gives you a chance to get out and see what classes are being offered. I hope to see some of you there.

I will aslo be giving a class with artist James O’Connor titled “Book Of Haiku” on Sat. Sept. and at the Contemporary Art Center in Virginia Beach. In this class students will be learning about and writing Haikus as well as creating illustrations by carving linoleum blocks and also using a Gocco printer. We will then put them all together to create an accodian fold book with everyone’s poems and illustrations. We need to have at least 5 students to make it a go. If you think you might be interested, please call the CACV office and sign up as soon as possible.

I need to go can tomatoes as I bought 20 lbs of them this morning at one of the local farm stands.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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August 8, 2007

Wednesday morning musings and 138 days…

Filed under: Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 9:47 am

until the holidays. 

Good morning readers…

It’s Weds. and I promised I would post links to sites that sell handmde items as well as ideas and tutorials for making cool gifts for your friends and family.

Don’t forget that I will also be posting ideas on the “Gift ideas for the book artist in your lifeâ€? page. If you have anything you’d like to see listed there please let me know.

This week’s sites were sent in by readers:

Cuteable.com features many handmade products on their blog.

Dawanda.com looks to be the European equivalent to Etsy. Lots of great handmade stuff on this site.

Of note:

Janette Heffernan and Peter Goodwin have a new video coming out titled The Leather Bound Book. I am lucky to have recieved a pre release copy and hope to have a full review for you by the end of the week. While you’re waiting check out the little teasers on YouTube.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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August 7, 2007

It’s that time of year again…

Filed under: Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 10:24 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was a “run around” day for me. I was up and out unusually early. It was also a horribly humid day. I think today will be the same. I guess we are officially in the “dog days of summer” here in the south. Makes me start wishing for those cool fall days.

For those of you in the states it’s “that time of year again”. You know what I’m talking about. It’s one of my favorite times of the year. It’s the time when new school supplies are out in force on the store shelves. Yeah!

There are shelves and shelves of pens, pencils, backpacks, accessories and paper of all kinds. Walmart has a great deal on Elmer’s glue at .20 a bottle. If you use it it’s time to stock up. They have the Mead black and white notebooks for .18! They also have the plastic pencil boxes for about .50 or so. These are great for holding your bookmaking tools.

If you have a Dollar Store near you check them out for knives with snap off blades. I got one yesterday that came with 10 extra blades. Can’t beat it for a buck.

Have I mentioned how much I love this time of year?

Lately I have been working hard on tracking the time I spend doing things daily and trying to figure out where all my time goes. I find it’s alot like money. The more you have available the more you spend it on who knows what. Since I started working from home I found that I can lose parts of or whole days at a time and not know what the heck I have done. I have a friend who has the same problem (we have the same birthday) and we have started an online journal where we each post in the morning and set goals for the day and then post in the evening about what we actually did for the day. It has been very enlightening.

For myself I have learned that I need to set priorities and set a dedicated work time. It has been really hard to accomplish this. There are so many things that come up that take me away from my work.

I am envious of people who can organize their time and accomplish tasks in an efficient manner. I would love to hear about any tips or tricks you all use to organize your time efficiently.

I’ll leave you today with a little inspiration.

Butterfly

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August 5, 2007

In love again, naturally…

Filed under: Book Bags, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:19 am

Good morning readers.

Yesterday was a day of going to the farmers market, the grocery store, making fish tacos with homemade tortillas and watching movies all afternoon. Basically I was kind of lazy all day.

So, I’m watching the movie Catch and Release and Jennifer Garner’s character has this cool looking messanger bag on her shoulder for a good two thirds of the movie. 

I’m such a bag wh*re. Everytime I get a new bag and think “this it it I found the perfect bag” another bag will catch my eye and before I know it I’m enamoured and I just have to have it.

 Screen grab from Catch and Release

I now have a big crush on that bag and since there is probably no way to track one down I’m going to attempt make my own bag in a similar style. I’ve been searching around for messenger bag patterns but will probably make my bag more like a schoolbag.

It will be made of canvas instead of leather like the one in the movie and it will have leather or cloth trim. The bag will have two pockets on the front with velcro closures and a leather carrying strap with buckles like the one in the movie. I’ve even thought of buying a canvas messanger bag from the Army Navy store and reworking the whole thing but I think it will be easier to start from scratch. I’ll keep you posted on my progress.

Of note…

Check out the web site of caligrapher and book artist Beth Lee. There are examples of some of the beautiful books that she has made.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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August 3, 2007

Friday musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings, classes and workshops — jackie @ 12:33 pm

Good afternoon readers…

The time somehow got away from me this morning.

It’s a beautiful day here in the burbs. Sunny and hot with a bit of a breeze.

If you haven’t been over to the forum in a while you should check it out as there has been alot of chatter as of late. Also, there is some good stuff showing up on the show and tell board.

Reminder…the deadline to sign up for our first book swap is Aug. 15. If you’d like to signup you can do it over on the forum on the swap board.

Of note…

The 2008 Artfest schedule of classes has been posted. I would love to participate next year as some of the classes look really good. Unfortunately I am one of those ”starving artist” types so money for cool workshops is non existent. It’s ok though because it is my choice to stay home and work on my art instead of working in a cube farm as I did for over 20 years. With that choice comes concessions such as not being able to afford to travel and take cool workshops. I can live with that.

Perhaps one of these days I could teach at one of the book fests. (a girl can dream…)

I hope everyone has a great day.

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August 2, 2007

Thursday morning musings…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:32 am

Good morning readers… 

Did I mention yesterday that my Dad (the guy who made my cool desk) is almost 90?

My Dad

Of note…

Convivio Bookworks has the August edition of their Book of Days posted.

If you are looking for fonts for a specific project DaFont.com has a bunch of new ones available for download. Most of the fonts on this site are uploaded by the authors of them and are available as a free download for your personal use.

For a little book making inspiration, Jenni Bick has a nice blog. It looks to be updated only occassionally but if you look through the archive of past posts there is some great inspiration there.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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