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Super Swe-e-e-e-t Award ImageEarlier this month I received a Super Swe-e-e-e-t Blogging Award from Alison Delory (http://alisondelory.com/blog/). Alison and I met when we both joined the same writing group. Her success as a freelance writer and editor, and the recent publication of her children’s book, Lunar Lifter, fills me with inspiration. She’s a wonderful person and a great writer.

Although I don’t have a blogroll on my website, I do follow some great blogs and I find I’m discovering more all of the time. Blogs are truly one of the best things about the advent of the internet. That anyone can share her or his writing, thoughts, and experiences with a wide audience is truly amazing and gives one a great sense of community.

Although I may not always have time to read every post by my favourite bloggers, I’ve learned a lot about so many different things from reading blogs. And I’ve even learned a little bit more about myself. I am therefore super happy to give the following bloggers a “shout out” with this Super Swe-e-e-et Blogging Award.

 

The Super Swe-e-e-et Award Guidelines:

If you’re a blogger and would like to mention your favourite blogs by giving them a Super Swe-e-e-e-t Award, please follow the guidelines below:

1: Thank the person who awarded you.

Thanks Alison!

2. Answer the super sw-e-e-e-t questions. (below)

3. Nominate a baker’s dozen (13), or as close to this number as possible. (below)

 

Super Swe-e-e-et Questions:

1. Cookies or Cake?

– Cookies, especially chocolate chip cookies or ginger snaps. I can never resist a cookie, especially when it’s soft and chewy.

2. Chocolate or Vanilla?

– Chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Can you tell I love chocolate? I’m especially a fan of dark chocolate. The darker, the better.

3. What is your favourite sweet treat?

– My Nanie’s brown sugar fudge. She makes it for me every time I go visit her in Ottawa. I have the recipe and will sometimes make it for holidays or parties, but it’s just not the same because my Nanie includes a special ingredient: love.

4. When do you crave sweet things the most?

– After dinner. Having something sweet after dinner is a habit I picked up as a child when my parents always had cookies in the house. I no longer always give in to my sweet after-dinner cravings, but I’m still always tempted.

5. If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

– A sweet and simple “sweetie” sounds good to me.

 

My Baker’s Dozen of blogs (in no particular order):

Sarah Phelps Creative (Sarah Phelps): http://sarahphelpscreative.com/

The Cheeky Goat (Joy Farrell-Grove): http://thecheekygoat.wordpress.com/

More Than Just A Listener (Erin Tomlinson): http://erintomlinsontunedin.wordpress.com/

Lavender Lines (Colleen McKie): http://lavenderlines.wordpress.com/

East Coast by Choice (Kimberly Walsh): http://eastcoastbychoice.ca/ http://eastcoastbychoice.wordpress.com/about/

Tanya Davis: http://tanyadavis.ca/fr_blog.cfm?feature=1831197&postid=2685376

Gaspereau Press (Andrew Steeves and Gary Dunfield): http://gaspereaupress.blogspot.ca

Curtains Are Open (Colleen O’Dea Anthony): http://curtainsareopen.blogspot.ca/

Hook and Eye (Heather Zwicker, Aimée Morrison, and Erin Wunker, et. al): http://www.hookandeye.ca/

Sheree Fitch: http://www.shereefitch.com/

Aliventures (Ali Luke): http://www.aliventures.com/

Anagram for Ink (Niko Sylvester): http://nikosilvester.blogspot.ca/

Christina Vasilevski: http://christinavasilevski.com/blog/

All of your blogs are super swe-e-e-e-t. Thank you for enriching my every day life with your words, your wisdom, and your observations of the world around you.

If any of my readers have suggestions on some other great blogs I should check out, please post them in the comments.

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The Hunger Games Movie Poster. Retrieved from http://www.majorspoilers.com/talk-back-the-hunger-gamesDespite my previous post about The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins where I voiced my annoyance regarding the love triangle aspect of the story, I really enjoy the series overall. I was therefore counting down the days until I could see it visualized on the big screen.

I eagerly anticipated Hollywood’s portrayal of Katniss Everdeen (although I worried they would turn her into a helpless sex object as Hollywood is wont to do with its female leads — but, thankfully, I think they kept her character fairly close to the novel). I was also curious to see how Hollywood would visualize the arena and how they would deal with the graphic violence obligatory to a story about children being forced to kill other children (Hollywood’s visualization of the arena was great and the killing was quite tastefully done and tame enough for younger viewers). What I didn’t anticipate, however, was that Hollywood would all but ignore one of the driving forces of the storyline: the politics of food and hunger.

Without revealing spoilers, I must say I was quite disappointed with how food and hunger was portrayed in the film — or, I should say, not portrayed. I went to the movie with my partner, who hasn’t read the books. When the movie was over he told me how much he enjoyed it, but that he didn’t really get why it was called The “Hunger” Games. And I can certainly see why he would wonder that.

The people within the twelve districts of Panem are starving (to various degrees, depending on the district and its main industry), and yet the Capitol lives a life of gross extravagance where food is consumed for pleasure and not survival. Although the movie shows some disparity between the Capitol and the districts (bright and clean vs. dull and dirty, wealthy vs. poor, have vs. have not, etc.), food did not play much of a role in the film at all. In the novel, for example, when Katniss and Peeta board the Capitol train, they make themselves sick from gorging on food because they’re not used to having such an abundance of it readily available for the taking. In the movie, however, when Peeta and Katniss sit in the dining car, they don’t even touch the food in front of them, let alone show any signs of having spent their lives in a constant state of hunger. Not to mention that their bodies don’t show any signs of hunger (not that I’m suggesting the actors should have lost weight for the role, because I generally find that concept abhorrent, but makeup and lighting can do wonderful things).

Katniss & Peeta sitting at a table, not eating. Retrieved from http://bestmoviesevernews.com/hunger-games-gives-reaping-goodbye-3086/Furthermore, in the book, when Katniss hands Rue the cooked leg of her latest kill, Rue comments on how she’s never had a whole leg to herself before. Katniss fares better in District 12 than most because she has learned how to hunt (albeit illegally), but Rue’s line is so important in illustrating how the people of Panem are kept under control through the distribution (or lack thereof) of food. Yet, in the movie, although this scene makes an appearance, Rue’s line does not. Nor is there any mention in the movie that the Hunger Game’s winner’s district receives a plentiful supply of food for the year, which is another important point that illustrates how food is used as a means of control over the districts. Also, without trying to give anything away, why was the Careers’ food source in the arena so important? This explanation, too, is left out of the movie.

Analyzing the politics of hunger that propels the storyline in the novels is more than I can do in a blog post, but the fact that the movie barely pays attention to such a pivotal part of the story (it is called The Hunger Games, after all) leaves me at a loss. The only reason I see for Hollywood to focus on the killing game rather than reasons behind why Panem’s children are forced to kill each other is because the Capitol’s gross extravagance and waste reflects our own society too much. Hollywood, after all, is built on extravagance. And although there are still many people in developed nations who go hungry, a reminder of our own general wastefulness, of our own extravagance, of our own flaws, of our own apathy in feeding the world’s hungry, and of our own likeness to Panem’s Capitol — a place so cruel that their main source of entertainment is watching children die — isn’t what the general populace wants to see or admit to. And like the members of the Capitol, don’t most of us prefer to remain in the dark? To avoid asking ourselves the hard questions? So we watch to be entertained rather than educated or enlightened.

And entertained by The Hunger Games movie I was, despite its flaws. No one can argue that Hollywood does not know how to entertain. But the movie ultimately fails because one of the most important points of the story is lost — a point that is meant to have us question our own world and humanity, and not just that of a fictional dystopian society written and filmed for our pleasure.

The movie, although good, should therefore be called anything but The “Hunger” Games.

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Dear Reader:

I must admit that I’ve been finding myself increasingly unhappy since the New Year. I thought maybe it was just a case of the winter blues (after all, I do hate the dark and the cold and the snow), but then I came to an obvious realization last week when I was forced to miss yet another gathering of my monthly writing group.

I took a teaching assistant job back in January for the winter semester. I didn’t particularly want to work two jobs, but I thought the extra money would help me save so that I could take another Ryerson publishing course in the spring/summer semester and maybe take a trip up to visit my family in Ontario. The only catch of my new TA job: class is held on Monday evenings. Monday evening, unfortunately, is also when the Letterpress Gang holds its weekly meetings and when my writing group, the MSVU Voices Project, holds its monthly workshop, which means that I haven’t been able to attend either since before Christmas.

First, I didn’t think missing LPG meetings would bother me so much — after all, I can still participate and stay in the loop through social media by reading the weekly minutes and offering suggestions on upcoming projects and events; however, I forgot about the sense of community and inspiration that comes with attending meetings, talking letterpress with like-minded people, and seeing friendly and familiar faces.

Second, when I took the TA job, I knew I’d be disappointed at not being able to attend Voices Project meetings, but I didn’t realize how much I’d come to value those workshops, and the learning and inspiration I take from each one of them. The Voices workshop that was held last week is what made me realize the source of my unhappiness. This month’s guest writer was E. Alex Pierce and the theme of the workshop was finding the girl in you as a source of creativity. Not only was I disappointed to have missed what was sure to be a great learning experience from an established poet (and it was according to Alison Delory who wrote a blog post about it called “Seeking the enlightened peak“), but I was also saddened to miss out on listening to the work of my talented friends and colleagues in the group. Moreover, it almost physically hurt that I wasn’t able to participate and expend my own creativity or enter that in-the-moment place of inspiration I find during each Voices meeting when pencils are scribbling and synapses are firing, when the energy and emotion in the room are palpable. The next Voices Project workshop, which is being held on April 2nd, is also sure to be inspirational and educational. But, unfortunately, I’ll have to miss it once again in order to invigilate the final exam for my TA class. And, even more unfortunately, that meeting will be the last before the Voices Project breaks for the spring and summer months.

The additional ten hours I’m working each week as a teaching assistant (not to mention that I also take on the occasional freelance editing job) are ten hours that I’ve lost from writing and letterpress printing. And because I still have other everyday responsibilities that fill my free time, I am unable to make up those lost hours. I am therefore falling behind on my blog posts, nor can I remember the last time I worked on my manuscript or wrote a poem, and I haven’t touched my press in over one month. Although ten hours doesn’t seem like much, I now have ten hours less time to focus on my passions and engage in the activities that help centre me, relieve stress, and make me happy. Although the extra money is nice, I’m not sure it’s worth the sacrifice. Finding time for your passions — those little things you love to do that keep stress at bay and help you maintain balance — is just as essential as finding money to pay the bills. Making time for yourself is as necessary for your emotional and physical well-being as food and fresh air. Maybe even more so. After all, I was less stressed and more happy when I had less money and more free time.

I still have approximately one month left as a teaching assistant before the semester comes to a close, and I don’t think I’ve ever been so glad to lose a job. I may still take the occasional TA job for some extra cash here and there when the opportunity arises, but as long as I’m involved with the Letterpress Gang and MSVU‘s Voices Project, I’ll never again accept a job that requires me to work on Monday evenings. That way — if nothing else — I can at least continue to find balance and inspiration within my letterpress and writing communities.

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This weekend I took part in an origami workshop at Inkwell Boutique and Letterpress Studio. Julie Rosenthal, who taught the workshop, has been folding paper since she was about thirteen. Oddly enough, I also tried origami when I was about thirteen years old, but I never got the hang of it because I had trouble visualizing a 3D object from 2D instructions (this is something I still struggle with). I learn better from being shown and working hands-on; I was therefore excited to be a part of Julie’s workshop.

Origami striped hearts made during workshop at Inkwell BoutiqueJulie was gracious enough to come in the day before moving across the country and teach a group of us various folding techniques traditional to Japanese origami. The workshop was, not surprisingly, Valentine’s Day themed, but Julie made sure to show us how to create the beautiful paper lilies I fell in love with the first time I ever stepped foot into Inkwell Boutique (see “Letterpress Love“). She also taught us how to make various different hearts and even a gift box.

Items made during Origami Workshop at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress StudioShown above, left to right: Origami gift box, origami heart with stand, origami heart with wings, origami striped heart.

Origami box made during workshop at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress StudioOrigami gift box. Next to the lilies (below), learning how to make a gift box from folding paper was my favourite part of the workshop. They are incredibly simple to make and add a personal touch to gift-giving. I will never need to buy another gift box over again!

Origami heart with stand made during workshop at Inkwell BoutiqueOrigami heart with stand. When I first made this standing heart I thought it was adorable, but didn’t see much practical use for it until Julie mentioned that they make perfect place cards at dinner parties or wedding receptions. They can also be taped down to a present in lieu of a bow.

Origami heart with wings made during workshop at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress StudioOrigami heart with wings. This makes a very good Valentine’s Day decoration to hang up. As with the standing heart above, it can also be used as a gift tag on a present or used decoratively in place of a bow.

Origami lilies made during workshop at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress StudioThe item that many in the workshop (including myself) looked forward to making the most was the origami lily that Julie sells at Inkwell Boutique. I’ve purchased quite a few of these since discovering them because they make great gifts, they are beautiful, they don’t die like real flowers do, and my cats don’t eat them! I made two during the workshop and then two more when I got home.

Origami lilies made during workshop at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress StudioCrystal skull vase for Origami lilliesI’ve had this mini Crystal Skull Vodka bottle sitting around my house for quite some time just collecting dust. I didn’t want to get rid of it because, well, it’s a mini crystal skull; it’s awesome — no further explanation necessary. I noticed it when I was looking around for something to put my newly-made origami lilies in and knew it would be the perfect for the job!

Origami lily made during workshop at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress StudioOrigami lilies made during workshop at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress StudioOrigami lily made during workshop at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress StudioOrigami lilies made during workshop at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress StudioOrigami lilies made during workshop at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress StudioOrigami lily made during workshop at Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress StudioJulie was also kind enough to give us written instructions for the pieces we made during the workshop. Hopefully, now that I’ve been shown how to make them, the instructions will jog my memory or allow me to better visualize their creation.

For more information on some of the wonderful workshops or events that Inkwell Boutique holds, please visit their blog, follow them on Facebook and/or Twitter, or contact Andrea Rahal at hello@inkwellboutique.ca.

For more information about Julie Rosenthal and the services she offers (including origami lily wedding bouquets), please visit her website and/or check out her Facebook Page: Origami Creations.

If you’re interested in learning how to make some of the above origami creations or others, check out Origami Club and/or Origami.com.

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I didn’t post my usual blog entry yesterday because I just wasn’t feeling up to it. I’m too tired, I said to myself. But, really, I was just feeling discouraged and couldn’t bring myself to write anything.

Part of my discouragement stems from still being unable to bring myself to write creatively since early December, but even more so I’m currently discouraged by my letterpress abilities… or lack thereof. I stopped in to visit my favourite store, Inkwell Boutique & Letterpress Studio, the other day and realized that none of my prints can stand up against anything in that store. To make matters worse, I explored Etsy for letterpress items to see what else is out there for me to “compete” with. It didn’t take me long to realize I still have a long way to go regarding the quality of my prints.

Although I’m still feeling kind of tired today, and still a little discouraged, I have a better outlook after watching the video below by Danny Cooke: “Upside Down, Left To Right: A Letterpress Film” (Note: Watch to the end credits which are particularly well-done).

Videos like this remind me why I do letterpress printing: it’s zen. Sure, it can be frustrating at times, like when I damaged some of my type a couple of weeks ago (see “Letterpress learning curve“). It’s also time-consuming, and sometimes my back hurts when I’m done from bending over as I sit on the floor with my type case or try to figure out why I’m not getting the impression or the registration I want. If I’ve been printing a long time, my feet become sore, and when I lose myself in printing I often forget to eat or drink until I become nauseous from lack of food and my throat feels like sandpaper. I love the feeling of the ink on my fingers, but get angry at myself when I don’t notice I have ink on my hands and pick up a clean piece of paper or a finished card.

But despite all of these things, printing gives me a great sense of accomplishment when I’m done. And while I’m in it I enter a world all of my own, away from the stresses and worries of every day life. I lose track of time because time no longer exists. Only the ink and type and paper and my hands exist.

Although I don’t have any design experience and I don’t have the capital to invest in better letterpress machinery, type, cuts, and polymer, I’m sure the quality of my work will improve with time and experience. But I must first be patient and remember how much I enjoy the process, regardless of the results. And, of course, I must try not to compare myself to other people who have probably been printing for years.

I’ll be doing some more printing this weekend; practice, practice, practice makes perfect.

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I began this blog in order to write about writing, editing, and publishing. But, lately, I have been obsessed with letterpress! I spent some more time printing this weekend. Here are some peeks of my latest prints:

"L is for LOVE" letterpress cardValentine’s Day is coming so love has been a theme in my recent prints.

Got Scot? letterpress cardI found this engraving on eBay and immediately knew I wanted to play on the “Got Milk” ads. This card is indicative of Nova Scotia and the Maritimes (and also of many Canadians and Americans in general).

"You're a HOOT!" letterpress cardI bought this engraving because I fell in love with the winking owl. That is all.

To see additional pictures of the cards please visit my Etsy site.

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I spent the last couple of evenings printing Valentine’s Day cards and establishing an Etsy store. Check it out: Pebbles & Buttons Letterpress. Suggestions are always welcome.

Musical heart noteMy reason for opening an Etsy store is not to make money (the margins on letterpress items are quite tight to begin with), but to share some of my work with others. I realize that my prints are quite simple and that I still have a lot to learn when it comes to letterpress printing, but I love doing it and I know I will only get better with time and practice. And I hope that maybe someone, somewhere, will find joy in giving or receiving something that was made from the heart.

 

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Despite not “winning” NaNoWriMo (See my blog post called “NaNoWriMo update, part 3“), I was very proud of myself to have started writing a large project. But after November I stopped writing all but this blog. And even then, I haven’t been writing as often or as in-depth as I used to. I would like to say that the holidays took over. I was too busy shopping for Christmas presents, making Christmas presents (all of those homemade, hand-bound books I made went somewhere), and wrapping Christmas presents. I was too busy planning events or going to events, seeing friends and family, and too busy printing letterpress cards (well, that part is kind of true). Work was busier too, so I didn’t have as much down time at work as I normally do in which to write or work on my other various projects. Although December was a busy month overall, these are all just excuses that don’t hold much weight. Despite added responsibilities, a true writer makes time for writing — something I have not been doing.

My writing as of late has been placed on the back burner; it is no longer a priority. I’m not sure why, but I’m beginning to explore the various possibilities. Hopefully, by gaining awareness of why I no longer make writing a priority, I can figure out how to move beyond my issues so that writing once again becomes a large and important part of my life.

I recently came across a “colourful” but enlightening web article called “25 Things Writers Should Stop Doing (Right Fucking Now)” by Chuck Wendig (h/t to Nate Crawford at the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia for posting this on the WFNS Facebook page) that opened my eyes and helped me focus on some of the issues I’m experiencing with regards to my writing… or, more appropriately, my lack of writing.

Stop running away

Wendig says, “Your writing will never chase you — you need to chase your writing. If it’s what you want, then pursue it.” I do want to be a writer. And by that I don’t necessarily mean I expect to be the next Margaret Atwood or Salman Rushdie. Nor do I mean I want to quit my day job and live in a beach house with a typewriter in the South of France (although all of these things would be awesome times infinity). I doubt I’ll ever get published or be able to write full-time. I mostly want to be a writer for myself, but being a writer won’t just fall into my lap. Writing takes effort, but this is something I need to remind myself of ever day. Perhaps that is because writing hasn’t become habit for me. Or perhaps that is just because writing is hard.

Stop thinking it should be easier

Wendig reminded me that “[a]nything truly worth doing requires hella hard work.” Writing is hard work — if someone tells you that writing is easy then s/he is probably lying — and sometimes getting the motivation to work hard is, well, hard. It can be difficult to come home after staring at a computer all day at work and want to stare at a computer all evening to write. Or if I’ve had a particularly busy or difficult day my brain doesn’t want to do any more thinking. I’m certainly aware that this is a challenge for me. Yet, like exercising, I may not want to do it, but once I’m in it or have finished I feel so much better. The hard part is getting started.

Stop waiting

I wait too much. I tell myself, “I’ll write tomorrow.” I tell myself, “I’ll write again when the next idea comes to me.” I’ll tell myself, “I need to figure out where this is going before I continue.” And so forth. I need to stop doing this and just sit down and write something. If it turns out to be crap, then oh well — at least it’s “writing practice,” as  Natalie Goldberg says in Writing Down the Bones: Freeing the Writer Within. However, ideas are more likely to come to me while writing than while watching television or doing the dishes.

Stop deprioritizing your wordsmithy

Wendig makes a good point in his article: “You know you’re a writer because it’s not just what you do, but rather, it’s who you are. So why deprioritize that thing which forms part of your very identity?” This is point enough as to why I once again need to make writing a priority. A part of me is missing. And I feel it.

Stop treating your body like a dumpster

All sorts of Christmas goodies haven’t helped this, but to be honest I started treating my body like a dumpster long before the holidays. Added responsibilities in the evenings that make cooking a nice dinner difficult have led me to start eating a lot of take-out (the opening of a Smokes Poutinerie in Halifax hasn’t helped), and plain laziness has resulted in choosing easy (but unhealthy) lunch options such as canned, processed, and high-carb foods. Although I don’t really believe in New Year’s Resolutions because changing aspects of your life that you don’t like shouldn’t be relegated to a single day during the year, now that the holidays are over I have made it a point to once again start eating healthier and exercise on a regular basis. As Wendig says, “[t]he body fuels the mind. It should be ‘crap out,’ not ‘crap in.’ Stop bloating your body with awfulness. Eat well. Exercise.” Good advice.

Stop blaming everyone else

My tendency isn’t to blame other people, but to blame other responsibilities or life events beyond my control. Work was too busy. I’m tired. I don’t have time. I have too much else to do. I have a headache. And so on and so forth. In reality, the only thing I have to blame for not making writing a priority is myself.

Stop overpromising and overshooting

Wendig’s advice is to “[c]oncentrate on what you can complete.” Although I was happy to have started something big during NaNoWriMo, I was disappointed in myself that I couldn’t reach the 50,000 word goal; I didn’t even reach 10,000 words. But even though everything I’ve written above are poor excuses for not writing, I am a busy person with other hobbies and responsibilities that I need to juggle. My goal is not to drop everything else in life and focus only on writing; rather, I need to work on time management and include more writing in my life, even if it’s only a goal to write 250 words a day.

Stop being afraid

Wendig says, “Everybody who wanted to be a writer and didn’t become one failed based on one of two critical reasons: one, they were lazy, or two, they were afraid.” He has certainly hit the nail on the head there. Laziness is definitely a part of my problem (writing is hard and sometimes I’d rather not do it for this reason). But, mostly, it is fear that holds me back. Fear of failure. And maybe even fear of success because of what that might mean for my life and how that might change things. Fear of success is understandable because change can be scary. But not doing something from fear of failure is so silly because — by not doing it in the first place — I’m already failing. Although my brain knows this on an academic level, it is still a hard challenge to overcome. Perhaps the hardest. I suspect it was fear of failure after not completing NaNoWriMo that led me to stop writing in December, rather than an excess of holiday responsibilities. My thought process throughout November went from “I can do this; I can write 50,000 words in one month” to “I can’t do this. I can’t write. I am not a writer.” So, if I’m going to make any New Year’s Resolution, it is to change my thought process: I can do this. I can write. I am a writer. I am a writer on my own terms, and at my own pace.

What challenges do you have to overcome as a writer? I’d love to hear some of your experiences and what you do to overcome the challenges you face in order to write.

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Well, the holidays are upon us! Chanukah/Hanukkah/Hanuka (whatever!) has begun and it’s only a couple more days until Christmas Day. My Chanukah cards have been distributed (and apparently well received) and hopefully my Christmas cards will reach my family and friends before Canada Post goes on vacation (some of them were mailed out a little later than I anticipated).

I decided to print one more Christmas card before I move on to other designs — one that gives my wishes for the Christmas holiday as well as a thank you for whatever needs thanks.

Merry Christmas and Thank You cardUnfortunately, I don’t think my pictures do the print justice, but I believe this is my prettiest, most striking card yet due to the contrast of both the colours and the fonts. “Merry Christmas” is written in 12 pt. Bodoni whereas “Thank You” was printed with the metal slug I received as a gift when I purchased my Kelsey Excelsior 3×5 press. I’m not quite sure what the font is, but it resembles an Old English or Wedding typeface (if you know what font it is please let me know by commenting. I like it and am interested in acquiring a full set of it).

I also recently had a couple of metal slugs made (cast by Don Black Linecasting) with my blog name and web address in 10 pt. Times New Roman, so I can easily print a signature on the back of my cards as show below:

Pebbles & Buttons Signature Now that my holiday printing is finished, I’m looking forward to printing various other greeting cards (and Valentine’s Day is coming too!). I plan on opening an online store sometime in the new year so I’ll be sure to keep you all updated.

But, in the meantime, I would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy Chanukah, a Happy Kwanzaa, a festive holiday season, and a very big thank you for reading my blog.

Merry Christmas and Thank You card

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Hello Readers:

Evil demon cold/flu germI apologize for the late post today. I’ve been feeling rather under the weather as I attempt to fight some evil demon form of cold/flu bug, choosing excess sleep over blog writing, or much else for that matter.

But regardless of the evil germ spawn that has taken up residence in my lungs and sinuses, I’m beginning to find three blogs posts per week a little excessive, especially since I’m now focusing some of my efforts on writing fiction and printing letterpress goodies (Etsy store to launch in the new year).

As much as I would like to do everything all of the time, there are only so many hours per day (and perhaps staying up late to work on my various projects is what led to the evil germ spawn inhabiting my body in the first place).

To free up some additional time for my other hobbies/crafts/obsessions, I’ve decided to limit my blog posts to two per week on Mondays and Fridays. I may still throw an extra post in here or there if I come across some fantastic letterpress video I need to share or if I get excited about a project I’m working on, but two posts each week is my guarantee.

As always, thank you for reading.

Crystal

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