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August 1, 2007

New desk…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:34 am

I just wanted to show off my new desk.

Naked desk…

New desk still clean...

Notice the set in inkwell on the right? Very cool. There are also slots on the back for letters and such. This is an old postmasters desk that has been refurbished. The original top hand an inkwell hole so I had my Dad add one when he was making the new top. The shelf at the bottom is an addon. It is all oak.

Desk with computer on it.

 New desk with desk stuff on it.

I need to do something with those wild cords on the left. Also, the stool is only temporary as I’m off to get a real chair that raises to drafting table height this afternoon.

Ignore the cranky kitty….she was upset that I wasn’t taking a photo of her.

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It’s Wednesday and there are only 145 days until Christmas…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 10:12 am

Good morning readers…

I got some great comments by Marloes and Clara to my post on pricing yesterday. Over the coming weeks I will occassionally be revisiting the subject as I prepare for upcoming pre-holiday craft shows. Pricing is def. something that everyone who creates handmade items struggles with on an on going basis.

Speaking of handmade items…for those of you who celebrate, did you know that there are only 145 days left until Christmas? If you’re planning on making your gifts this year you may want to think about getting started and not waiting until the last minute as I do. :D

This year I am planning on either making my holiday gifts or buying handmade ones. Over the coming months every Wednesday I will post links to sites that sell handmde items as well as ideas and tutorials for making cool gifts for your friends and family. All book and paper art related of course.

I will also be posting ideas on the Gift ideas for the book artist in your life” page. If you have anything you’d like to see listed there please shoot me an email. 

Here are a few sites to get you started thinking…

The Jotterblog is “about stationery, handmade craftery and the things that bring us cozy happiness”. All of those are included on my favorite things list.

Tyler Bender takes old classic books and turns them into blank journals and sketchbooks.

Ex Libris cuteness has items such as library card bookplates, reading glasses holders and reading lamps.

Tirzah has taken old book covers and made handbags out of them. Way cool.

Photobird has lovely photo cards and postcards 

Paperedtogether has a great selection of nice letterpress printed cards

These are just a few of the shops over on Etsy that have wonderful handmade items available for your gift giving pleasure.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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