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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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  1. Jackie, I’m looking forward to your video’s!
    all the best, Annie - the Netherlands
    ps: love the Chameleons

    Comment by Annie — December 7, 2009 @ 2:39 pm
  2. Bisquits and gravy? Do you happen to deliver?

    Seems that everyone is feeling a little pinch these days but I’m still sorry to hear that the sales were not what you’d expected.

    Since I’m still just doing the restoration/rebinding thing, I’m working steadily but no great work load either.


    Comment by Dan Wells — December 8, 2009 @ 8:01 am
  3. Thanks Annie. I’m hoping to have some videos ready after the first of the year.

    Dan, I was hoping for a few more sales but knew I wasn’t going to sell out. Very few people at the show were buying anything. It was slim sales for almost everyone.

    Comment by jackie — December 8, 2009 @ 9:36 am
  4. I was at a craft sale in Gathersburg, MD a couple week ago and two different binders were present.

    One had jounals using sewing like coptic and long stitching. No one was in her booth and, truthfully, I couldn’t find her anywhere around.

    The other make journals similar to your Chameleons, except that I don’t believe they had exchangeable covers. I don’t know becuase I couldn’t get close enough to pick one up. She was too busy. I guess it was just her day (or at least moment as I didn’t go back by there).

    I’m considering doing an Antiquarian Book Fair with my wife displaying and selling her inventory and I would be there with examples of rebindings and restorations just to do advertising. We have to look into the collapsable bookshelves first, I guess.

    Comment by Dan Wells — December 8, 2009 @ 10:37 am

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