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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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6 Comments

  1. No New Year resolutions overhere either …. (same road ;-D ) Writing letters is great; it’s always a treat to receive something that isn’t a bill!
    Would you be interested in exchanging a letter or a card with me now and then?
    best, Annie - the Netherlands

    Comment by Annie — December 27, 2009 @ 1:29 pm
  2. That´s a great idea, especially for me living in Spain. But then you need many stamps!(little joke).

    I can send you then from here?

    regards,
    sabine

    Comment by sabine bergjes — December 28, 2009 @ 6:53 am
  3. Annie and Sabine,

    Writing letters is a way to connect with people on a more personal level and a fun way to communicate from far away places. Surprisingly it doesn’t cost too much to send a letter overseas. I’d be happy to correspond via cards and letters with anyone that is interested. Just email me your address and I’ll send mine.

    Happy new year,

    Jackie

    Comment by jackie — December 28, 2009 @ 8:49 am
  4. Jackie,
    Thanks for the mention. I tried once to transfer a bunch of those old posts over to my new blog and ran into some technical issues–or maybe “user issues” would be a better phrase :D

    I had to stop using polymer clay a couple of years ago because I started having a reaction to it so I “switched” to making hardcover books with leather covers. But, I did a Steampunk book recently with copper mesh for the spine–someone could easily translate this spine and hinging system to a book with polymer clay covers instead of leather. http://www.ladyartisan.com/elusivemuse/2009/10/24/lady-artisan-goes-steampunk/

    The text block was sewn directly onto the mesh and then the covers were attached to the spine with the hinges. If someone needs more info on how I did the mesh spine, made the hinges or put it all together, please feel free to comment on my blog or contact me directly through there.

    Thanks again! Off to wander through your site.

    Comment by Eva — December 28, 2009 @ 11:01 am
  5. Eva,

    Sorry to hear about your reaction to Polymer clay. I have issues with PVA if I use it for long periods of time. There are other clays that are used by professional doll makers that are supposed to be very strong and light that might be good for making book covers. Have you ever tried Magic Sculp? It’s a bit more expensive than polymer clay but it’s supposed to let you sculpt really fine detail.

    Thanks for stopping by the site.

    Jackie

    Comment by jackie — December 29, 2009 @ 9:39 am
  6. Jackie,
    Actually, I suspect my allergy is to the phthalates that all the polymer clays used to have and most of the clay companies have removed them. I just haven’t gone back to try anything since it happened because I’ve been enjoying playing with other clays and media :D

    I’ve never tried Magic Sculpt but I believe it’s a two-part epoxy, like Apoxie Sculpt, which I have (and do use). I just haven’t really played around with it for making book covers yet. There’s a bit of a learning curve going from polymer clay to other clays and I’ve mostly been focusing on the sculpting aspect with clays since the leather work has captivated me for the bookbinding.

    Thanks again for the mention. You have a very nice site and I love your links :D

    Eva

    Comment by Eva — December 30, 2009 @ 12:18 am

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