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Experiencing technical difficulties

It seems that there was some very bad computer fallout after my last blog post. Those who subscribed to my blog received an unholy number of notifications and for that, I am so SO sorry. I want to reassure you that it was not virus-related. Apparently the notification got caught up in some kind of weird loop thing that made the sending computer think that the email never went out. I hope that makes sense. I believe the problem has been resolved. Thanks to all of you for hanging in there with me. And I sincerely hope that you don't get this notification 100 times.
12 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

It feels like there's not a lot of finishing going on in the studio lately. Well, I did finish this one coptic journal today, so that was something. What I'm talking about is my annual September fever. That's when I realize that Open Studio Weekend and classes and craft shows are right around the corner...and that my inventory is low. And why haven't I been better about keeping up my inventory during the summer? Why, why, why? So I start with the lists and the planning. What do I need to make? Do I have the materials? What are my upcoming deadlines? Then the calendars come out...September - November. I block out days with classes and shows so I can see what my production availability looks like. And once
10 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

Silver custom order

I've been working on a custom order for a photo album - the customer will be bringing me album pages pre-printed with photos to be bound into the album. I love these kinds of personalized books. The combination of materials she chose is quite lovely - a silver handmade paper with ivory baby's breath, grey bookcloth, and an ivory iridescent ribbon. Since I'm heading into craft show season, I decided to cut a few sheets of bookboard, instead of just cutting what I needed for the order. After drilling the spine holes in the board, it was time to start the binding process. I had a special request for infills on the inside covers, which isn't standard with my production lines. Infills help to even out the surface of
5 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

Demos & Desserts at Miller’s Thumb

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of doing a bookbinding demonstration at the Miller's Thumb Gallery in Greensboro, Vermont. The gallery is really lovely and is well worth a visit if you're ever in the area. I arrived at the gallery about an hour ahead of time because I left extra-early - I have a habit of getting lost whenever I drive to Greensboro. I had some time to poke around in Willey's, the general store next door. The place was hopping and I had to wiggle around to get through the aisles. The store is a local treasure - it has a wonderful feel to it. The gallery folks brought some of my work closer to the demo area so people could see what I
1 Sep 2014 Continue Reading

Worktable Wednesday

Today I spent a lot of time folding paper for accordion books. Folding, folding, folding. I've accumulated quite a few sets of covers that are just waiting to be filled. I also worked on lining leather with lokta paper. These will be covers for coptic journals I'll be binding at this Saturday's Demos and Desserts at the Miller's Thumb gallery. I spent the majority of my time working on a final report for the Vermont Arts Council - this was for the grant I received to go to the Paper and Book Intensive. I am a chronic self-editor, so there was lots of typing and erasing. I finally printed out a draft and forced asked my hubby to look it over. Once he gave me the okay, I decided
27 Aug 2014 Continue Reading

Wayback Wednesday

Right around the time I got my Kelsey, I made contact with Dick Goodwin, letterpress dude. He was so generous with his time and skill, giving me a tour of his shop and sharing his knowledge about the basics (I still have a lot to learn). He's been collecting letterpress equipment since 1961 and it is quite the spectacular collection. I was lucky enough to acquire a cabinet from Dick so that I can put my soon-to-be-mine type in it. It's a Ludlow cabinet with 20 cases in it. The thing is a behemoth and it weighs a bajillion pounds. There's no room in my studio for the cabinet, so it lives smack in the middle of our home office (there's no room in there either). The plan
20 Aug 2014 Continue Reading

Website changes

I'm making a few changes on my website and there's dust flying all over the place! The biggie is that I've opened up a store, so now you can buy my handmade books directly from me instead of going to Etsy. I'm still working out the bugs (my images are a bit blurry), but I'm already much happier with how people can view my work. The other change involves my commenting system. I've added a WordPress plugin that will allow you to respond to blog posts via Email. What makes this interesting is that you can reply to your Email and it will carry your reply over to the blog post, all without you having to visit the post - just reply and you're done! In order for
18 Aug 2014 Continue Reading