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It’s my 2-year blogiversary!

Hedi Kyle Festschrift 2009 book cover I can’t believe it – today is my 2-year blogiversary and I almost missed it! I’ve entered the terrible twos – yeehaw!

In honor of this milestone, I’ve decided to have a giveaway. The prize – a copy of the Hedi Kyle Festschrift 2009.

If you’ve never heard of Hedi Kyle before, well, she’s pretty much a book arts super genius. She’s created numerous bindings, including the Flag Book and the Blizzard Book. In addition to being a generous teacher, she co-founded the Paper and Book Intensive. I could go on and on about how great Hedi is, but I don’t have to because the Festschrift pretty much does it for me.

If you’ve never heard the word festschrift before, it’s a book written to honor an academic who rocks. Because Hedi is a super genius, she gets a super genius book written about her.

And let me tell you, the Festschrift is a pretty damn fabulous book. The book contains articles, photographs, tutorials, and drawings of Hedi’s work and work that she inspired. Contributors include Carol Barton, Julie Chen, Keith Smith, Gary Frost, Claire Van Vliet, among others. If there were a Dancing with the Book Arts Stars, the people who contributed to this book would be on the contestant roster.

So enough with the blabbering. Let’s get to business. To enter the contest, just reply to this post. For an extra entry, complete the following sentence: You know you’re a bookbinder when… If you’re not a bookbinder, then you can answer the following sentence instead: You know you’re not a bookbinder when…

The winner will be chosen at random, so don’t feel too much pressure to perform. I would, however, appreciate a good laugh. 🙂 Entries will be accepted until midnight on April 9th and the winner will be selected on April 10th.

Good luck!

41 Responses to “It’s my 2-year blogiversary!”

By Marj Fulmer - 4 April 2010 Reply

After years and years of consuming books, I’m excited to learn how to create them! just finished a basic bookbinding class and can’t wait to expand my experience.

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

Marj –

You’re in for a lot of fun! If I can ever answer any questions for you, just let me know. Flickr has lots of great images of handmade books, if you ever need any inspiration.

Elissa

By Lucinda - 5 April 2010 Reply

You know you’re not really a bookbinder, even though you love to make books and you constantly buy pretty paper because you KNOW that one weekend you are going to get totally inspired and obsessed and make 32 fabulous books (“32” because I think I have enough paper for at least that many books) in 48 hours … wait, where was I? Oh, yes. You know you’re not really a bookbinder when your glue dries up before you use it. 🙁

By Elissa - 11 April 2010 Reply

Lucinda –

Methinks you are a bookbinder. 🙂

Elissa

By stitchworks - 5 April 2010 Reply

You know you will never make a real bookbinder, when you have had enough of ploughing, your hammering is all ‘cock hide’,you never will measure straight, your headband springs off, and after all that your end papers are creased !

By Elissa - 11 April 2010 Reply

Jackie –

I guess I’m not a bookbinder then because I don’t have a hammer! 🙂

Elissa

By CHERYL - 5 April 2010 Reply

You know you’re a bookbinder when the first thing you research related to a new city you are visiting is whether there are any book arts classes in the area.

By Elissa - 11 April 2010 Reply

Cheryl –

I am with you on that one! You should ask my hubby how many book arts places he’s been dragged to over the years. He’s learned that he’s just better off keeping a smile on his face until I’m done.

Elissa

By Jeff Macklin - 5 April 2010 Reply

You know you are a bookbinder when you travel 250 miles to hang out with bookbinders for 6 hours.

Thanks and congratulations on two years.

regards

Jeff

By Elissa - 11 April 2010 Reply

Jeff –

250 miles sounds reasonable to me!

Elissa

By Nani - 5 April 2010 Reply

You know you’re not really a bookbinder when the perfect name for your small press imprint would be “Crooked Books”–because everything you bind (or trim) is a little askew!

That book sounds terrific. Talk about a walk of stars! I’ve often wished I could take a Hedi Kyle class in making those 3-d paper lamp structures..

By Elissa - 11 April 2010 Reply

Nani –

I think that part of the beauty of handmade is in the imperfections.

I took a class with Hedi a few years ago and it was so fabulous. If she ever comes anywhere near you, you should definitely take a class from her.

Elissa

By Robert Angus - 5 April 2010 Reply

You know you’re a bookbinder when … you start adding ingredients to make the paste taste better.

Happy Blogiversary 😉

Robert (AKA. OctaviaPress via Twitter)

By Elissa - 11 April 2010 Reply

Robert –

Hmmm…what ingredients are you adding? I’m wondering if they can make PVA taste better. Not that I eat PVA, but still…

Elissa

By Meredeth - 5 April 2010 Reply

you know you’re a bookbinder when you have more bonefolders than rooms in your house. since i have recently acheived such a status, i thought i’d share the news. (^_^) anyhow, yeah, miss kyle’s stuff is awesome, she’s everywhere you turn in the book arts world~

By Elissa - 11 April 2010 Reply

Meredith –

Congrats on your bonefolder status! There should be a badge for that.

Elissa

By evan - 5 April 2010 Reply

congrats & thanks for the giveaway!!
you know you’re not a bookbinder when perfection seems attainable

diplomatics on twitter

By Elissa - 11 April 2010 Reply

Evan –

Yeah, I really need to throw that whole perfection thing out the window.

Elissa

By Ken Smith - 5 April 2010 Reply

You know you are a bookbinder when you romanticize on the paper’s deckle edge.

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

Deckle…droooolllll…

By velma - 6 April 2010 Reply

wishing you a happy terrible two. please don’t enter me, i have the book!

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

Thanks Velma!

By Leslie Waygren - 6 April 2010 Reply

You know you’re a bookbinder when you examine every handbound book you come across in order to figure out how it was made.

You were very fun at Focus on Book Arts. Hope we’ll see you next year.

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

Leslie –

So nice to hear from you!

I can always tell a bookbinder when they come into my booth at a craft show. They do this thing I call “sexing the cat”…they pick up the book and hold it in the air, examining it closely like you said. It’s so funny.

I just saw the call for proposals for next year. If you need any virtual help with the conference, let me know. I’m happy to help.

Elissa

By Rhonda Miller - 7 April 2010 Reply

A very generous giveaway, cool! Congratulations on your blogiversary 🙂

By Rhonda Miller - 7 April 2010 Reply

and you know you’re a bookbinder when you’ve developed a ‘bonefolder callus’ on some unusual spot on your palm.

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

Rhonda –

My callus gets thicker during the holiday season and then gradually fades away through the spring. Maybe I’m not working hard enough…

Elissa

By Ellen - 8 April 2010 Reply

Happy anniversary!

You know you’re a bookbinder when… you find yourself staring at your shoes, wondering what kind of binding you could do with the leather.

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

Ellen –

You just had me wondering what I could do with shoelaces…

Elissa

By CP - 8 April 2010 Reply

You know you’re a bookbinder when you see a new leather purse or jacket and think, “Now that would make a great book cover!” Congratulations on your blog anniversary. Thanks for offering the great give-away.

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

CP –

It seems like a lot of people want to rip apart their clothes! 🙂

Elissa

By dymphie - 9 April 2010 Reply

Congrats!
you know you are a would-be bookbinder when you have spent two whole days untangling a skein of linen thread.

please, don’t enter my name, the book is on my shelve already 🙂

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

Dymphie –

Been there, untangled that.

Elissa

By Anna-Marie - 9 April 2010 Reply

You know you’re a bookbinder when…
the first thing that comes to mind when you see a book is “I could make that.”

Happy second anniversary!

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

Anna-Marie –

Or how about this – “I could make that better.”

Elissa

By Lottie Anderson - 9 April 2010 Reply

You know you are a bookbinder when …. you don’t think it is unusally to have your fingers stuck together.

Heres to the next 10 set of twos

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

Lottie –

Or strange to constantly be peeling glue off your fingers. Just like being back in elementary school!

Elissa

By Robert Angus - 9 April 2010 Reply

Just another one before the game ends (Don’t count this one, cause I already entered)…

You know that you’re a bookbinder when your collection of paper, leather, and book cloth competes for space in your 1200 square foot storage space, and you have to rent a garage just to store your extra equipment that you probably won’t use this decade, because, like, who needs an over-sewing machine and an extra guillotine anyways?

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

Robert –

Of course we all know that everyone needs at least 3 of everything. However, I’d be more than happy to take that guillotine off your hands.

Elissa

By Joanne B Kaar - 10 April 2010 Reply

Making the perfect papers for that book!

By Elissa - 12 April 2010 Reply

Joanne –

You’re lucky that you’re able to do that!

Me + making paper by hand = notsogood

Elissa

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