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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Studio Sunday-

It's amazing how long it is taking me to get things back in order after the Open Studio in September. There are things that got taken down and tucked away and are slowly being brought out again. One was this print that I purchased from The Printed Vintage. It used to be propped up on the mantle and although I really like it, I didn't want it to go back there. There was't a place on the wall either so I had it laminated and now I can use it as a wipeable surface when I am working on lettering.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Two New Ventures in the World of eCommerce

I have embarked on two new adventures in selling on the web—a bookshop on my website and a store page on society6 which produces art as prints, cell phone cases, pillows, stationery, and more. I’ve been wanting to offer my published books in a more consistent way for a long time. I’ve also been watching these sites that put art on all kinds of items and have had a hankering to do so with something of mine. It’s a coincidence that it has all come together in this week of week of cyber selling promotion. Here’s a little about each and links.

I use weebly drag and drop for my website which I love and have used for other websites as well. I find it very easy to use and like the clean look I can get with it. However I have found that there are limitations to its ecommerce store. Here’s a wee bit about why for those who are interested in such things. If you’re not, feel free to skip on down. Weebly gives the option for categories which I wanted to use. Mine are Books About Making Books for Children and Art Books and Catalogs. I wanted one page with both categories but that was not an option. Therefore, I had to do them as separate pages. Because I didn't want two items in the navigation bar, I had to create a drop down menu under bookshop. This means that there cannot be a direct link to the general title of Bookshop, but only to the two separate categories. To some degree they are separate markets so it is not awful but it would be better if I were able to share a link to Bookshop. Since I had been sending potential buyers offsite to amazon or etsy, I consider this to be a big improvement and am happy to share it with you. 

Art Lessons and my two art catalogs are available here. At this point shipping is only available to the US. Feel free to contact me if you need shipment beyond.

Use the coupon code WELCOME1 for a 10% discount through December 2.

Handmade Books For A Healthy Planet and six ebooks are available. For this time of year, consider Festivals of Light: Making Books For the Holiday Season with six projects and lots of reproducible patterns for only $5. At this point shipping for Handmade Books For A Healthy Planet is only available to the US. The ebooks are available worldwide.
Use the coupon code WELCOME1 for a 10% discount through December 2.

I have one design available—breathe—in multiple formats. In addition to what is shown here, there are prints, canvas prints, cards, pillows, a clock, a notebook, and travel mugs. I've ordered a few items and look forward to receiving and using them.

Society6 has a promotion today, November 29, until midnight: 15% off everything and free shipping.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Studio Sunday-New Paper Supply

The weekend before Thanksgiving my husband and I took a trip to Brooklyn to visit our daughter in her new apartment. While we were there, we went to Talas, the bookbinder's supply company. I had one very specific goal—to purchase amate paper from Mexico, listed on their website as Caba Bark Papers. I was happy to find a large selection on their website (including gray) and even happier to be able to choose the papers in person as there is a lot of variation between the individual sheets. I'm getting ready for long winter nights of stitching new Spirit Books after the holidays —one of the reasons that I love January. I have four cradles awaiting books and hope to gather more before the new year.

Thursday, November 24, 2016


May we take time for quiet moments of gratitude
today and through the year.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Studio Sunday-for Leonard Cohen

I first shared this image in 2011. I wrote out the quote from Leonard Cohen's Anthem after the tip of the graphite leaf, which was a gift from my son, broke. I offer it now in tribute to Leonard Cohen.

Sunday, November 06, 2016

Studio Sunday-Patience and Time

Yesterday I spent a great afternoon at the Ipswich Public Library Authors Fair in Ipswich, MA. For my display, I brought a couple of the original Spirit Books and their catalog, a framed Emily Dickinson print and the accompanying catalog, and a paragraph from Art Lessons: Reflections From An Artist's Life printed in 34 point type on legal size paper. The little book tends to get lost in the display. I was pleased that the sign worked to call attention to it. I loved the marsh painting behind the Spirit Books.

I made it into a pdf for one of the purchasers of the book and am sharing it here with you.

pdf of quote from Art Lessons
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