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Bookin’ in Brooklyn

When my hubby pitched the idea of going to New York for New Year's, I was psyched. However, I didn't have any interest in going to Times Square - that's for people much more tolerant (and younger) than me.My plans were much more specific - Brooklyn, baby. I wanted to
6 Jan 2017 Read more

Adios 2016!

Confession time - I get really cranky this time of year. There's just something about the time between Christmas and New Year's - why doesn't it go faster? I'm ready for next year!This period of time is informally known as Elissa Reflects and Beats Herself up for All the Things She Didn't
30 Dec 2016 Read more

Awesome resources – IU Libraries Book Repair Manual and the Studio Protector

Elise Calvi, the Head of General Collections Conservation and Conservation Services at Indiana University Libraries recently posted on the Book Arts Listserv that their online book repair manual had been updated.From their website:This manual documents many of the treatment procedures used in the General Collections Conservation (GCC) Lab of the Indiana University
16 Dec 2016 Read more

Visit to Chena River Marblers

This weekend I was fortunate enough to be able to do something I've wanted to do for a while - attend Chena River Marblers' open studio.In the past, I always had something else going on during the event, but it worked out well this time around. I had to be
12 Dec 2016 Read more

Snow Farm 2017

Many moons ago, when I worked at the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (now CERF+), I attended a board meeting that was held at Snow Farm. Located in Williamsburg, MA, Snow Farm offers craft and fine art workshops.I don't know why, but they've never stayed on my radar - and this is
6 Dec 2016 Read more

The oh-so-awesome Small Business Saturday

Oh baby, today is the sixth annual Small Business Saturday! Started in 2011 by American Express, the celebration encourages people to shop local and support their communities.I'm going to take a moment to focus on the word small. A business doesn't get any smaller than a one person operation - and that describes the
26 Nov 2016 Read more

A Bookbinder’s Black Friday

Ah, the splendor of Black Friday.This year I have decided to keep a low profile shopping-wise. After I bought all of that paper in Japan, I have no good reason to buy anything else for the rest of the year.Instead, I will be spending my day completing a bunch of
25 Nov 2016 Read more

Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair

On December 2-3, the second annual Northampton Book and Book Arts Fair will take place at the Smith College Campus Center in Northampton, MA.The event includes exhibits, sales, book signings, demonstrations, lectures and features not only antiquarian booksellers from the region, but also book artists, letterpress printers, papermakers, engravers, and
15 Nov 2016 Read more

I’m teaching at FOBA!

I am very excited to finally announce that I'll be teaching a workshop at the 2017 Focus on Book Arts conference! I would have written about it sooner, but honestly, I couldn't believe that it was actually happening.I tossed ideas around for weeks and agonized over my proposal before submitting it.
9 Nov 2016 Read more

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