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December 29, 2009

Write…the preparation phase part two…

Filed under: Inspiration, Morning Musings, stationary — jackie @ 12:09 pm

Good morning readers…

So…I’ve picked my pens, still need to decide on my basic ink color (possibly dark blue) now it’s time to decide on the type of paper I want to use. Paper can be as simple as a lined pad from the stationery section of the grocery store or as fancy as specially monogramed paper from a fine stationery store.

Paper is definately a personal choice. Me? For general correspondence I love Crane’s paper. I’ve been using it for many years. It’s 100% cotton, has a nice smooth finish, comes in many colors and styles and fountain pens write like a dream on it. It’s not too horribly expensive. I think I’ve paid between about $8.00 for a set of 25 plain notecards and I think a box of paper without envelopes is between $12 and $18.

For a more cost effective stationery, I like to buy various 8.5″x11″ papers from our local business paper supplier. They have a lovely paper called Via natural that has a nice smooth writing surface. It’s fun to setup and print my own letterhead on them using the Inkjet printer. I also make my own cards out of art papers or card stock sheets cut in half and folded.  I glue pretty photos to the front or sometimes draw, paint or collage on then.

For friends or family, and even strangers, it’s sometimes fun to send decorated mail. I recently purchased a book called Good Mail Day: A Primer for Making Eye-Popping Postal Art. It’s definately a fun book to look at and a good source of ideas for your own decorated letters and envelopes.

For those of you that write letters. What type of papers do you like to use?

I’m thinking about having a little New Years’ giveaway here on the blog. It will be writing related. Please check back during the week for more details.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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December 28, 2009

Write…the preparation phase…

Filed under: Morning Musings, stationary, stuff to buy — jackie @ 9:32 am

Good morning readers.

I spent a little time yesterday reading about writing and writers. Afterward I dug around in my stationery box looking to see what I had left in there and concluded that a trip to the stationary store and the post office for stamps was in order. I also pulled out the pen box and dusted off an old favorite fountain pen, checked my ink supply and also decided that I needed some new colors of ink so I put ink on my stationary store list too.

My list so far…stamps…check…paper…check…ink….check…new fountain pen…double check! My best friend Holly is purchasing me a new pen for a combo graduation/Christmas present and I am really stoked about it. I’ve had my eye on a Namiki Falcon for some time now but could never justify getting another pen. Let’s just say that I have “several” in my clollection.

If you’re interested in getting a fine writing instrument then there is no better choice than a good fountain pen. Here’s some good information about care and selection of fountain pens from the DIY Planner site.

Once I get my supplies I’ll need something to put them in for easy access and storage. Alexandra Stoddard writes in her book Gift of A Letter that you should always carry a pen, a few note cards, envelopes and stamps with you so that you can write while you are waiting in the Dr’s office, on the bus, in a cab or anywhere else that you may be waiting or have a little down time. 

I’m thinking about making a leather wallet to hold my supplies in. There are some interesting examples of leather stationery wallets online.  Most of them are zippered folios. I’m thinking more along the lines of something folded. Perhaps based off of my Chameleons. Once I figure out the design I’ll share it with you in case anyone would like to make one of their own.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day.

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December 27, 2009

Fast approaching New Year…

Filed under: Holidays, Morning Musings, blather — jackie @ 11:07 am

Good morning readers.

I have finally recovered from the pre holiday madness that ensues at this time every year and am looking towards the start of 2010. Like last year, I have decided to set an “intention” for the year instead of the traditional resolutions. Unlike resolutions, intentions don’t make you feel guilty if you break them within the first week after the new year. Intentions are always good and if nothing else you always know how to find the way to hell ( * ).

For your reading pleasure, I did a Google search on “New Year’s intentions”. I came up with this article, this blog and one more.

This year my intention is “write”. Although I love the immediacy of email, blogs and Facebook, (I’m not a Twitterer yet) there is something so enjoyable and satisfying about sending and recieving a handwritten note or letter. Not so long ago I used to send handwritten mail all the time. I have tons of decorative postage stamps left over from this time. I will no doubt have to add a few extra stamps with them on the envelopes as the cost of postage has gone up considerably. For inspiration and to get me started I will be pulling out my copy of Alexandra Stoddards book Gift of a Letter: Giving the Gift of Ourselves– Add Richness and Grace to Your Life Through the Art of Letter-writing this afternoon and will read it over for the hundreth or so time with a hot cup of tea and a sweet kitty in my lap.

So…what’s your intention?

Obligatory book content… While searching for information on the technique of using wire mesh and polymer clay to create book covers I came across this old blog belonging to artist Eva Buchala that has some wonderful examples of polymer clay journal covers. You can find more great book examples as well as a link to her new blog on her website.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Sunday afternoon.

(* re.: that old saying “The road to hell is paved with good intentions”.)

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December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas!

Filed under: Holidays — jackie @ 6:59 pm

May all you wishes come true!

May all your wishes come true.

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December 7, 2009

Busy bee…

Filed under: blather — jackie @ 8:41 am

Good morning dear readers…

Winter has finally come to the southland. We woke up this morning to temperatures in the 30’s and frost on the cars.

I’ve been busier than a one armed paper hanger these past few weeks. I’ve been preparing for an art and craft show that I participated in yesterday at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia. I’ve also been trying to finish up the painting series for my last class which ends Thursday. I’ll finally be graduating on the 18th. Yay! I’ll be happy for the break from school and teaching so I can concentrate on my own art for a few weeks.

On Sat. I participated in a home show as a warmup for the show at the art center. To go along with the other books I had I made a bunch of Chameleons.

For the home show my friend Holly and I setup our wares in the master bedroom closet. Here is a photo of some of the Chameleons on a shelf.

Chameleons in the closet

My book tree.

Book tree

Chameleons at the CACV show.

CACV show

Sales overall at the show were pretty slow. I sold a few Chameleons and some cards and books but not as much as I was hoping for. I think it’s the economy. People aren’t spending as much this year. I would definately participate in the show again as it’s a great space and has great organizers.

Another thing that I’m really excited about is one of my holiday presents. I purchased a used camcorder that takes excellent video. This means that I’ll be able to put together some simple bookbinding tutorial videos for the site as well as create videos that will accompany the new book I’m working on.

Well…I’m off to enjoy some homemade buttermilk bisquits with sausage gravy on this chilly Dec. morning.

I hope everyone has a great day.

 

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