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February 3, 2008

Super Sunday musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 10:14 am

Good morning readers…

It’s Super Bowl Sunday here in the states.  Everyone that is even remotely interested in football (and some that aren’t) will be ensconced in front of the television set this afternoon. I’m amazed they haven’t declared it a national holiday yet.

The rest of us will be taking advantage of the store sales and the lack of crowds at the movies. Our local knitting and quilting stores always have a big sale on this day.

Speaking of that, I am so looking forward to going to the Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival at the end of this month. It’s a great place to get hard to find items and unique fabrics and items to use in book covers. Last year I found a booth that had Dupioni silk fat quarters in many colors that I can’t get locally.

On a different note… 

Week after next is Valentine’s day. Below are a few tutorials for little items you might want to make your sweetie or a special friend.

A Valentine’s book made out of paper lunch bags.

A whole bunch of Valentine tutorials for making cards, books, mobiles, etc. Geared towards children but fun for adults too.

Here’s a nice group of Valentine card tutorials.

Penny Sanford’s heart yo-yo pattern. These are simple to make and nice for decorating gift packages with.

I’m still in the process of updating the bookbinding tutorial links page so check back now and then for some new links.

Updated information on the Gocco I have for sale can be found here. 

I hope everyone has a great day.

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February 2, 2008

Saturday morning musings and Gocco…

Filed under: Gocco, Morning Musings — jackie @ 9:48 am

Good morning readers.

The only thing predictable about the weather here is that it is unpredictable. Today it is cold again after being fairly warm yesterday.

They are having the Polar Plunge down at the beach today. It would be nice if it would warm up a bit for those intrepid folks who will be jumping in the water to benefit charity but it doesn’t look like it will be as warm as yesterday. More power to them.

So… I have been considering selling one of my precious Gocco machines to help fund the purchase of the Szirmai book. If you’re not familiar with Gocco, it’s basically a simple way to screenprint cards, tags and a number of other items. The possibilities are limitless.

Here is one example of how the Gocco was used on book covers. Paperiaarre makes linen covered books with lovely little Gocco prints on them.

Etsy has tons of Goccoed items available if you’re interested in seeing how they are used. One popular way to use them these days is to print onto the little Moleskine Cahiers.

That said, I have a Gocco B6 printer available. Information on the Gocco I have for sale can be found here. 

Edited to add that if anyone is looking for more info on Gocco printers or would like to purchase a newer model here are a few links you might find helpful.

Marlene Watson

North Woods Studio

Paper Source

Jill Bliss’s Save Gocco site

Think Ink

An Etsy Shop that sells Gocco printers and supplies

You can also find new and used machines on Ebay.

Check out the Gooco mailing list on Yahoo for lots of great info and discusssions about Gocco printing.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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February 1, 2008

Busy days and busy nights…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:01 am

Good morning readers.

It’s been a week of history tests, painting swatches and scratin’ tiny lines into clayboard. I’ve started dreaming about working on my art projects and I wake up going over history facts in my head.

For some reason, known only to the universe, both my first history exams for the semester fell on the exact same day back to back. Phew! Would you like to know anything about Gothic and Renaissance art or perhaps Portugal, Spain, England, France,or Russia during the 15th and 16th centuries?

It’s overcast and rainy here in the burbs. It’s a good day to stay in and work on that history essay or art projects that are due on Monday or clean the house in preparation for a little Valentine playday that I’m hosting next Friday but…since I haven’t seen my friend Holly in several weeks so I’m going out to meetup with her for coffee and some catching up. 

Of note…

Get thee to Rhonda’s of My Handbound Books blog and sign up for her cool Valentine book giveaway.

I’m adding sites to the bookbinding tutorial links page as I go through the archives or come across them on the web.

I’d like to thank everyone who has bought books from Amazon through the links on this site. For each of my links that you click and buy a book or DVD they give me a small credit which I can apply towards books of my own. It def. helps support this site by saving me money on the books I would normally buy to feed my book addiction habit. I’m in the process of saving up for this book right now. :)

Also, don’t forget it’s Challenge Friday. Head on over to the Flickr site and check out the new books that have been posted. I’ll be posting next weeks challenge a little later today.

Edited to add that…the new challenge has been posted and I am still working on my winter book but should have it done this weekend.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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