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 I know how much of each book I need, I can start cutting paper, bookboard, and bookcloth. I spend a lot of time hunched over my paper cutter. That’s why not much of anything else gets finished.
It might sound like I’m complaining, but of course, I love all of it.
The best part is when I need to shop for materials. Today I purchased one of my favorite things – ribbons! I have long been a super-fan of Offray‘s 1/4″ double-faced satin ribbons – they’re affordable, good quality, and super affordable. You can usually get a 10 yard spool for $0.25 when on sale.
I bought my usual colors of ivory and black, but also one spool each of some new fluorescent colors – yellow, pink, green, and orange. I have no idea how I’ll use them, but the colors were just screaming at me.
Are fluorescent colors officially back “in” again? I must be out of the eighties rewind.