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August 29, 2007

Wednesday morning musings and 117 days…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings, online tutorials — jackie @ 7:18 am

Good morning readers.

The weather here has been mild the past couple of days which has been a nice change. I’m trying not to whine about wanting fall to come and having fairly nice days really helps. The one thing about fall that I don’t care much for is the shortening of the days. I realized walking out of my evening class last night that before the end of the semester it would be dark by the time we got out.

That being said, I really want to break out my knitting and finish that wool sweater I started last winter that only has one sleeve and half a body. Also, I have socks and a pair of slippers on needles in a bag somewhere. It seems that I am a seasonal knitter.

Ideas for the Holidays:

Leslie of the Comfortable Shoes Blog has posted the rest of her tutorial on using coffee bags for making the little notebooks similar to the Moleskine Cahiers. These would make great little gifts for the coffee drinker in your life.

Theme baskets always make nice gifts. For a journaler you could include a handmade journal, a nice mug, some fancy coffee or tea, a handmade bookmark and some baked goods or sweets.

For a reader just substitute the journal with a book in their favorite genre or perhaps a gift certificate to their favorite book store.

For a letter writer add some handmade stationary or cards and a nice pen.

Not necessarily book related, but for my sisters (they don’t read my blog) this year I plan on making a bread baking kit with a cookbook, a handmade bread cloth, some yeast and some fancy flour all packed into a clay bread pan.

Of note:

If you’re interested in type here is a two part article on 70’s type. From the site: The decade from 1970 to 1980 stands out for many reasons, from sideburns to Richard Nixon to disco. But the things Gene Gable remembers most fondly are the decorative, bold, and sometimes goofy type designs. Gas was in short supply during some of the 1970s, but not so great type designs. Several new companies and technologies emerged that made that period the decade of display type. While good headlines were still set one letter at a time, new technology gave both designers and typesetters almost unlimited options. The results, says Gene Gable, while not always readable, were at least nice to look at. Part 1 and Part 2.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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