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January 7, 2010

Baby steps…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:36 am

Good morning readers.

It’s unusually cold here in the southland. We’ve had near freezing weather for over a week and they are predicting snow for this evening into tomorrow morning. Thank goodness I do not have to go out anywhere first thing. It gets crazy on the roads around here with only the slightest hint of snow or ice.

This morning I ran out to the mailbox and deposited some necessary mail as well as a few post cards to be picked up. The postcards are the start of my odyssey into writing this year. Baby steps…it felt good.

I didn’t get to do any baking prior to Christmas this year so for the past week or so I’ve been a baking fiend. Wheat bread, rye bread, gingerbread cookies, granola, pizza. I do giveaway half of everything I bake so I don’t have eat it all myself. :)

Sorry about the lack of book content lately. I promise to have some soon. I’ve been working on a few projects that I hope to finish this weekend so I’ll have photos to post.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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January 6, 2010

And the winner is…

Filed under: Giveaway — jackie @ 8:17 pm

Margaret!

My lovely assistant pulled her name out of the collander for the giveaway. Margaret will be the recipient of a special project that I am working on that will hopefully inspire her to write more in the coming year.
Congratulations!
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The new year…settling in…

Filed under: Giveaway, Morning Musings, Ten A Week — jackie @ 10:22 am

Good morning readers…

Now that I’m out of school my mind is swirling with thoughts and ideas about possible future projects. My biggest problem is settling in, choosing a project and starting. Also, my studio is a wreck and desperately needs cleaning and reorganizing but I don’t want to wait until it’s in order to start a new project.

So, how do you settle in and start a project?

One thing I want to do is start selling more books this year and am trying to decide whether or not I want to put them on Etsy or start a store here on the site. I would love to hear your opinions.

I’m also thinking about reviving my “Ten a week” project. Some of you may remember it started out as a ten a day project and quickly went to ten a week and then died out. Apparently I was suffering from a bad case of lack of motivation. “They” say that it takes 21 days to build a new habit. I believe it. So…for the next 21 days or 3 weeks I’ll be making ten or more things each week. I’ll report on my progress each Sunday morning. Wish me luck.

Just a reminder…entry into the new years giveaway ends this evening. Don’t miss out on a chance to get a cool writing inspired prize.

I hope everyone has a great day!

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January 3, 2010

New years giveaway and writing desks…

Filed under: Writing, blather — jackie @ 3:54 pm

Hello dear readers…

The other day we discussed places to write. Today I’d like to talk about desks.

I have several desks. One is an old drop front desk that I bought at an antique market about 15 or so years back. It was in fairly good shape but I had my Dad fixed it up for me by adding new cubbies and drawers inside as well as fixing a few other little items on it that were broken or missing.

My Dad also made me a small version of a Shaker Lap Desk. I wanted something that could hold my stationary, stamps and pens.

I also have a standup desk that my Dad made (are you sensing a trend here?) from an old post office desk. It’s where I keep my computer and other assorted paper messes and where I an typing this from right now. It’s hard to see in the photo but those are little cubbies along the backboard and there’s an ink bottle holder on the right side. The desk didn’t originnally have the shelf on the bottom it was added to hold my CPU and a printer.

Note…my desk unfortunately looks like a paper shredder yaked on it these days. It’s time to do a little excavating.

I’m extending the New Years drawing out until this Weds. evening (the 6th) so leave me a comment telling me where and when you like to write for a chance to win a writing themed prize.

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January 1, 2010

Where do you like to write?

Filed under: Correspondence, Giveaway, Inspiration, Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:57 am

Happy New Year dear readers!

I hope everyone had a fun and safe celebration. Mine was spent relaxing with family.

I don’t know about you but I’m not too fond of standing in line at the post office just to purchase stamps. I prefer to buy my postage for shipping packages online or at one of the kiosks within the post office. Also, there’s no guarantee that they will have any of the decorative stamps that I want.

Recently, I decided to try ordering some stamps online. It was actually a pretty nice experience. I could choose from a large selection of designs, purchase with a credit card, pay a very minimal shipping charge and they showed up in my mailbox two days later. I love to mix and match stamps on my letters so I’ll buy a variety of different stamps in varying amounts. I almost always add too much postage to my letters but it’s ok because I am personalizing my correspondence. Alexandra Stoddard taught me to do this in her book Gift of a Letter .

Years ago when I wrote letters on a regular basis I would write early in the morning before I went to work. I would sit at my kitchen table with a cup of coffee and my stationary and pens and write letters to friends near and far.

Where do you write? When do you write?

I mentioned the other day that I was going to have a little giveaway for the new year.  Post a comment here and tell me where and when you like to write.  I’ll put your name in a hat for a special little prize and I’ll pick one this coming Sunday evening.

I hope everyone has a great day.

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