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August 28, 2008

Flush mount album workshop…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 6:32 am

Just a reminder that the flush mount album making workshop is coming up in a few weeks and there are still spaces available. It’s a great opportunity to learn first hand how to make flush mount albums and matching clamshell boxes.

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August 24, 2008

Time flies…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:29 am

Good morning readers.

I just realized that it has been quite a while since my last post here. I’m amazed at how fast this summer has flown by. Lest you think I’ve been on the couch watching movies and eating bon bons, last week I taught bookbinding at the CAC summer art camp to a group of 8-11 year olds. We made lots and lots of books. I forgot to take my camera so I have no photos to share. (Bad blogger…no cookie.)

Thursday I started the fall semester at school. I have a full schedule this semester which means that I’ll be in classes all day Mon.- Thurs. each week. My schedule reads like a kids art camp schedule…pottery, drawing, watercolor painting. But let me tell you it’s not going to be a breeze to get through this year. I am so looking forward to it. :)

Of note…

While surfing around I came across this handy table of book sizes. It’s nice to have a reference. I always forget them and inevitably someone will ask “how big is a quarto book?”.

I added a few new links over on the tutorials from around the web page.

More to come later as I am revving up for my “fall is imminent” post…

I hope everyone has a great day.

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August 5, 2008

Tuesday morning musings…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 7:20 am

Good morning readers…

A big thank you to everyone that has bought something from my virtual yard sale. It’s much appreciated. There’s still some items left and I’m continuing my project of mucking out the studio and adding things. It seems to be taking forever.

So…I have a question for you Etsy sellers. How to you deal with the rising cost of postage when sending items out of the country? It’s been a while since I sent anything weighing more than a couple of pounds outside the US and was dismayed to find that if the package is over 4 pounds you automatically have to send it Priority mail which starts at $22 and goes way up depending on where it’s going.

I love Priority flat rate envelopes for international mailing because I’ve been able to stuff all kinds of things in there keeping the postage at around $15 but I’ve had to use tape to keep them closed in some instances and got a lecture about that at the post office the other day. :( Normally I don’t give them to the person behind the desk but I had other packages to mail. Good thing it already had a label and postage on it or she may not have taken it. (Edited to add that the package made it safely to it’s destination overseas and wasn’t confiscated at the border for having packing tape hold it together…apparently one has to use only the adhesive supplied on the flap.)

Unfortunately, because of the high cost of postage, I’ve had to rethink things like giveaways and absorbing postage costs on items that I sell. I certainly don’t want to leave out folks from other countries when offering items but I don’t want to go broke because of postage costs either. 

I don’t know about you all but my summer has flown by. In less than three weeks the fall semester starts at school.  I’m looking forward to the classes but not the commute as it’s a 20 min drive that can take up to an hour depending on the traffic. The road I usually take has also been under construction forever and it seems to have gotten worse. I may have to rethink my route. Gas has also gotten more expensive but I am only going to one campus this year so that helps a bit.

Of note…

Someone on another list that I am on posted this quote and I thought I would share with you.

“The arts are not a way to make a living. They are a very human way of making life more bearable. Practicing an art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow, for heaven’s sake. Sing in the shower,
Dance to the radio. Tell stories. Write a poem to a friend, even a lousy poem. Do it as well as you possibly can. You will get an enormous reward. You will have created something.” 
Kurt Vonnegut from A Man without a Country

I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

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