Category : Studio

Countdown to Open Studio Weekend…

Two weeks until Vermont Open Studio Weekend!

Yesterday I took a stroll down to Postcard Town. Ugh.

Ugh aside, I love love love my postcard this year and it is big – 8.5″ x 6″. Check it out:

Vermont Open Studio Weekend Spring 2012 postcard - Blue Roof Designs

Once again, I received help from my hubby on the design. Did I mention that I love them? Here’s the back for you curious folk:

Vermont Open Studio Weekend Spring 2012 postcard back - Blue Roof Designs

Once again, I used a QR code in the bottom right-hand corner of the postcard. If you’re on my mailing list, you’ll just have to scan that dealie with your smart phone to find out what it says.

Here’s a closeup of the QR code:

QR code - Blue Roof Designs

It’s got my logo in it! I used Unitag’s Custom QR Code Generator. Not only can you add your logo to a code, but you can also change the color.

The mailing will be going out tomorrow. It includes a coupon that you can use when visiting me during Open Studio Weekend.

If you’d like to join my snail mail list, just contact me and I’ll hook you up. I have three postcards with me at PBI, so you’ll get one postmarked from Michigan!

Worktable Wednesday

I started the day by working on a photo album. This style includes one of my favorite bookcloths – it’s made in France and has a beautiful rose/blue iridescence.

I bought it from Kate’s Paperie a few years ago and have figured out that TexLibris is the manufacturer. Since I don’t live in NYC and can’t make special trips there just for bookcloth, I’ve tried to get a sample book of the full bookcloth line. Sadly, I’ve been unsuccessful. Poo.

After I finished gluing the album covers, I got to work on creating samples for tomorrow’s Mixed Media Cards workshop at Studio Place Arts.

My worktable quickly started to get out of control. The picture below was the beginning of the chaos that ensued. Everything was everywhere.

Thankfully, my hubby pulled me out of my downward craft spiral by making me a cup of hot chocolate. That helped.

It’s not often that I get to break out my collection of rubber stamps. I have one whole shoebox devoted to frog rubber stamps. Seriously.

I love making workshop kits. This is just the beginning – each kit includes enough paper and envelopes to create 12 cards.

I can’t wait to see what people create tomorrow!

The Bed Pan of Triangles

Bed pan full of paper triangles

I have a bed pan of triangles in my studio.

Wait – you don’t have one too?

I guess I should start with the origin of the bed pan. Earlier this year, I had all of my wisdom teeth removed. My sister came with me to the appointment as I wouldn’t be able to drive myself home.

So I’m in recovery and I start to feel nauseous. I really don’t like throwing up and I’m doing my best to hold it together.

It is at this time that my sister decides to reminisce about the previous night’s episode of Glee, which included a group vomit scene.

And then I throw up. Thanks Sis.

The doctor gave me a bed pan to take with me in the car, just in case. Thankfully, I didn’t need to use it.

But I just don’t throw things away. Never look a gift bed pan in the mouth.

So I also had a bunch of paper triangles.

When you make books and are covering boards, you trim off the excess material to eliminate unnecessary bulk.

Did I mention that I just don’t throw things away? Never look a gift paper triangle in the mouth.

Bed pan of spilled paper triangles

It seemed like a natural fit.

Worktable Wednesday

This morning was spent much like last Wednesday – I glued coptic journal covers using two more sheets of the paper I got from Chena River Marblers.

I was bummed to find that the purple marbled paper was grain short, so I could only get one journal out of it. Poo.

Things got more exciting once I went on a field trip.

I’ve mentioned that my new bookboard is too large to fit in my Kutrimmer (argh). In order to get my board cut, I had to travel to a friend’s studio to use her Kutrimmer. She has a 1080.

Me? Jealous? Yes. Very.

Kutrimmer 1080

The thing is beauteous. In addition to having a larger cutting length (31.25″), it has a rocking foot-operated clamp. My foot never gets to help when I cut board at home. šŸ™

17 boards later…

I didn’t cut the boards all the way down to finished sizes – I didn’t want to kill the blade and I can finish the rest at home on my inferior 1071.

I think I’ve become a bad Kutrimmer mommy.

There was a fun and gross discovery while cutting the bookboard – a smushed, bloody bug.

Smushed bug on sheet of bookboard

I performed several Google searches to determine whether smushed bugs are either archival or acid-free, but had no luck.

If you have any knowledge on the subject, please share! šŸ˜‰

Worktable Wednesday

Back in the studio!

Today I glued coptic journal covers using two sheets of the paper I got from Chena River Marblers.

Cut journal bookboard covers

I simply cannot resist this marbled paper. I want to eat it.

Working with it has a super-positive effect on my mood. And I’d like to express my gratitude for the fact that it’s grain long – I can get two journals from each sheet.

Marbled paper from Chena River Marblers

Gluing journal covers

Journal covers in the book press

Now to sort out the linen thread colors…

Foliage Vermont Open Studio Weekend ā€“ Central VT Artists

Central Vermont Foliage 2011 Open Studio Weekend map with heart

Vermont’s Open Studio Weekend is 1 1/2 weeks away.

Yep, you heard that right!

This year is the debut of the first (and hopefully annual) Foliage Vermont Open Studio Weekend!

If you’re planning on visiting my studio (and you totally should!), you can visit other great artists within a 20ish minute drive of here.

And as you can see in the image at right, the studios in the heart of Vermont form a sweet little heart.

Central Vermont has a lot to offer this October – exhibits and demonstrations of pottery, jewelry, sculpting, weaving, painting, photography, illustration, and more.

I’ll be referring to studios by both name and number – the number refers to a listing in the Vermont Foliage Studio Tour 2011 Guide. There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

Here’s the rundown of who’s who (click on the links to learn more about specific artists):

I created the map below to help you plan your travels. Depending on your route, you should double-check for any road closures that are still in effect due to Irene. The State of Vermont created this awesome map that has the most up-to-date information on road closures.

Have fun!

Make that map bigger! I like my studios ginormous!

Foliage Vermont Open Studio Weekend

Vermont Open Studio Weekend logo

As I’ve mentioned in other posts, Vermont was hit hard by Tropical Storm Irene. Thankfully, communities are recovering quickly with help from neighbors, friends, and local government.

Vermont is open for business!

Now is a great time to come to Vermont for a weekend getaway. Vermont’s Department of Tourism predicts a spectacular foliage display this year.

For your amusement, I present the Foliage Forecaster. Oohhh…ahhhh…

If you check out the forecast for October 1 – 2, you’ll see that central Vermont will be in mid-peak to peak foliage. That’s good news because…

…the Vermont Crafts Council is trying something new this year – the first (and hopefully annual) Foliage Vermont Open Studio Weekend!

There are 174 artists participating in 147 locations across Vermont.

And that peak foliage in early October? My studio is in the middle of it! This is the perfect time to come visit my studio. I have a great view of Camel’s Hump and you can feel free to enjoy a picnic on my lawn.

On October 1 -2, come for a tour of my studio, demonstrations, and savings up to 50% off seconds and discontinued styles. There will also be selection of bookbinding supplies available for purchase.

Iā€™m studio number #139 in the orange Studio Tour Guide.

There are several ways to get your hands on a map:

Depending on your route, you should double-check for any road closures that are still in effect due to Irene. The State of Vermont created this awesome map that has the most up-to-date information on road closures. It also includes other information, such as the location of local wineries and orchards.

In my next post, I’ll talk about the specific studios open in central Vermont.

Worktable Wednesday

Something I’ve learned over the years is that it never hurts to ask. Ask about what? Well, pretty much anything. As long as you’re prepared to hear “no” a lot of the time, the benefits are worthwhile.

Case in point – Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery. From this point on, I’ll refer to them as VBCC.

When I attended the Vermont Cheesemakers’ Festival last year, I noticed that VBCC had a bunch of wooden crates stacked up behind their booth. The crates are part of the packaging for their cheese.

Not only do they look cool, but they also have a job to do – from their website:

This wooden crate and micro-perforated film allows the cheese to breathe and continue to ripen while maintaining the proper level of moisture.

Fast forward to this year’s Cheese Festival. I’m looking at the crates behind their booth and thinking that they must be trash. They can’t reuse them for food – it’s probably against some kind of health regulation.Ā  I decide to ask if I can have them

Score! I think I got 3 crates that day and I was in heaven.

Fast forward to this year. I go by the VBCC booth. Once again, there are stacks of crates.

I ask. I score.

They give me a box full of crates which includes 10 large and 12 small ones.

Piles of wooden cheese crates

Sadly, some of them have to be discarded because there’s cheese stuck to them (gross). A couple of the large one were broken and aren’t repairable. No worries – there’s still plenty to play with.

I decided to use the large crates to organize my paper and bookcloth sample book collection. They are the perfect size.

Paper and bookcloth sample books in cheese crate

Paper and bookcloth sample books in cheese crate

I keep the sample books on the top shelf of my bookcase and whenever I need them, it’s easy enough to pull down the full crate.

Many thanks to Vermont Butter & Cheese Creamery!

By the way, you have to try their Cultured Butter with Sea Salt Crystals and Fresh Goat Cheese with Herbs.


Worktable Wednesday

This week marked the first of four weeks of social media trainings I’m doing throughout the state of Vermont. It seems I’ve managed to create a second business for myself – Blue Roof Consulting.

Things are changing for me and I can’t quite figure out how I want things to evolve. The one thing I do know that I want to continue making books – I’m not willing to give that up.

Sadly, there was no time for me in the studio today. In between appointments, however, I managed to squeeze in a trip to one of favorite places to dig for treasure – The ReStore.

I went there looking for random materials to incorporate into books, but what I left with was an awesome metal file drawer for $1.00.

metal 2-drawer cabinet

I have no idea where it’s going to go, but it had to be mine. The plan is to paint it, but I don’t know what colors to use.

That’s where you come in.

The six color finalists are all listed below. I’m looking for you to vote on your 2 favorite colors and the two most popular choices will be used on the drawers (one on the exterior and one on the drawer fronts).

You can view the color chart on the Krylon website.


Many thanks for allowing me the opportunity to not have to think. Voting will be open until 5:00 p.m. E.S.T. on July 31st.

Don’t worry, I trust you. šŸ™‚

Update 8/1/11: Thanks everyone for your votes! We have 2 clear winners – Totally Tangerine and Blue Ocean Breeze. I’ll get the paint!

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