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March 26, 2009

Hey anybody still out there?

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 4:38 pm

Hey there readers…..

My poor blog has been sadly neglected. Just a few more weeks until the spring semester is over and I am no longer a full time student and I’ll be able to spend time updating the site.

Of course that means I’ll be need to find a way to make some kind of income. I’m hoping that my photography classes at the Contemporary Art Center fill up for the late spring sessions. If you’re in the Hampton Roads area and are looking for a fun way to learn more about your camera and photography check us out.

Just as a follow up…I saw the afforementioned movie and was disappointed in it’s lack of bookbinding content. <sigh>

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January 6, 2009

A movie for us bibliophiles…

Filed under: Movies — jackie @ 12:12 pm

And the best part is that one of the main characters is a bookbinder! The movie based on the book Inkheart is coming out on January 23rd! You can read a bit about the book here.

Yay!

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January 5, 2009

Lots of good stuff…

Filed under: Fun, Good Things, How To, Morning Musings, stuff to buy — jackie @ 11:34 am

Good morning dear readers.

Thought I’d try to post some before jumping back into classes with both feet next Monday. I’m scheduled to take five classes this coming semester. Four of them are studio classes and one is a portfolio and resume class. Crazy I know but I’m running out of funds and need to finish up by the end of 2009. I’m sure about mid semester I’ll start pulling my hair out and should be about bald by May.  :o)

And now the good stuff…

I have Peter Goodwin’s new video on box making, Boxes for Books, and plan on reviewing it in the next week or so. The video is one in a series produced by Janette Heffernan. Information for all can be found on their website. You can also find a teaser for the box video as well as other great little bookbinding tidbits on Janette’s YouTube site.

For a small fee, you can watch and/or download a video tutorial for sewing a headband on a book by the Bookbinding Guy. You can also buy and download his whole bookmaking tutorial here.

Billie, of Billie’s Craftroom Blog, has put up a nice video tutorial on how to dye linen thread for bookbinding. 

Roz Stendahl has a great post on her adventures in bookbinding on her blog. Her post are always interesting and very informative. It’s definitely worth spending the time and reading through her other posts. She has a great website too.

This was posted on one of the binding lists, an entertaining site with an interactive book.

I’ve seen this posted on several sites but I thought that I’d post it here too. A nice tutorial on how to make your own flipbook. Something to do in your spare time.

Looking for some unique fabrics for bookbinding? Or perhaps you want to create your own? Check out Spoonflower. You can buy custom printed designs in their Etsy store or design and have them print your own unique fabric. It’s definitely a way to set yourself apart from other binders.

Speaking of fabric…if you like playing with fabric and making books, check out the Journal Making for Fabric Artists online class offered by Two Creative Studios and taught by Sue Bleiweiss.

If you haven’t been over to the Book Arts Forum in a while definitely check it out. Lots of good converstaion and upcoming swaps for the new year.

Ok…that should keep you busy for a while.

Have a great day!

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January 1, 2009

And the winner is…

Filed under: Announcements — jackie @ 10:20 pm

I put all the names in a bowl and had my lovely assistent pull one out… and the winner of the Alisa Golden book is… Billie. Congratulations.

Thanks to everyone who left a comment telling us about how you spend your new year.

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December 31, 2008

Happy New Year 2009!

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 11:19 pm

Happy New Year

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December 29, 2008

New Year’s giveaway…

Filed under: Giveaway, Holidays — jackie @ 4:32 pm

I have an extra new copy of the book Unique Handmade Booksby Alisa Golden. I just happened upon it in my travels during the course of shopping for Christmas and thought it might make a nice giveaway.

If you’d like a chance to win this book, just leave a comment with this post telling us about your New Years traditions. On New Year’s day, in the evening, I will put all the names in a jar and have my lovely assistant choose a winner.

Good luck!

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December 23, 2008

Happy Holidays…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:51 am

I will be out of town for the next couple of days and just wanted to say to all my dear readers, have a happy and safe holiday!

May all your wishes come true.

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December 16, 2008

Surfacing amounst the busyness of the season…

Filed under: Holidays — jackie @ 3:37 pm

Hello dear readers…

Long time no chat. I can’t account for November and the first part of December but the past couple of weeks have been crazy. They went from end of the semester madness to the Christmas crazies. (You know, shopping, baking, wrapping, shopping…)

As penance for my long absence I offer you my sought after and highly coveted Spanish Gold Brick cookies. I present them to you under the Christmas tree, served proudly on a handmade plate courtesy of my Introduction to pottery class.

Spanish Gold Brick cookies

Ok, unless you can reach through the computer screen and grab one off of my desk, you’ll have to make due with the recipe. So, here ya go…

Spanish Gold Brick Cookies

  • 1 package of graham crackers (enough to cover the bottom of a large cookie sheet)
  • 1/2 cup of finely chopped nuts ( I use pecans or walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter (yes the real stuff…Paula Deen would be proud.)
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) of margarine (yes, really. Do not try to substitute for real butter!)
  • 1/2 cup of sugar

Preheat oven 325 degrees. Separate the sections of graham crackers (my favorite brand is the Nabisco brand as I find they don’t get soggy as quickly as the cheaper brands of graham crakers. Of course this is assuming that they sit around without being eaten for more than a day or so after baking. But I digress…) and line on an ungreased cookie sheet (make sure your cookie sheet has a lip). Sprinkle crackers liberally with nuts. Melt butter, margarine and sugar in a pan. Stirring constantly, slowly bring to a boil and stir for another 2 mins. Pour mixture slowly and evenly over the crackers and nuts. Bake uncovered for 8-10 mins. Allow to cool in pan for about 10 mins. Separate with knife and allow to cool thoroughly before storing in an airtight container. Watch them disappear. If necessary, these can be frozen.

Trust me when I say that your neighbors will be knocking at your door with empty plates and sad faces looking for more cookies.

More later… After shopping all morning I need a nap.

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October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 5:50 am

Happy Halloween

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October 4, 2008

Fall is finally here in the southland…

Filed under: Morning Musings — jackie @ 8:36 am

Good morning dear readers.

Holy cr*p. Has it actually been over a month since I posted? I didn’t mean to be away so long.

I’ve been horribly busy here. I am taking three studio classes and a graphic arts course at the college this semester as well as teaching two digital photography and a couple of book arts classes. All of which keeps me constantly on the go.

I also signed up to participate in the Handmade Parade Craft Bazaar in November which means I’ve got to start  getting organized and preparing books to have for sale.

I am so ready for fall this year.  Fall is also the time to be thinking about getting new calendars for the 2009 year. For all you Chameleon owners, check out the DIY Planner site for some downloadable calendar pages that can be modified to fit your cover.

I’m happy to see that the Book Arts Forum is bustling. We’ve got alot of new discussion activity and new members. If you haven’t been over in a while definitely check it out as there are some great conversations going on.

Of note…

Jan Allsopp has an interview with artist and bookmaker Sara Bowen on her blog.

This has been mentioned on a few other blogs recently but it’s worth mentioning again as it’s a fun idea.  Photojojo has a great tutorial on how to make flipbooks using Photoshop. (Think holiday gifts)

I promise not to be away so long again.

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