Hurray for Delightful Blogs!

I am very happy to announce that Papermusings has been accepted as a Delightful Blog!

Check it out:
Link to Papermusings

You can also click on the Delightful Blogs button on the sidebar…while you’re there, check out the other blogs. I’ve discovered some pretty amazing blogs and bloggers through this site.

Happy surfing!

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Seeing Stars…But Not The Paper Kind

Yesterday morning on my way to work I I had a surprise encounter with Mark McKinney of Kids in the Hall and Saturday Night Live fame. Not exactly a household name, but for someone who grew up obsessed with KITH, I was starstruck. At first I wasn’t sure that it was actually him (he looks older than I imagined him to be) and so I couldn’t stop staring… I wish I wasn’t so darn shy so I could walk up to him and say hi. I’ve met a number of celebrities over the years, but don’t have any photos or autographs to show for it because of my immense fear of looking like a dork. Sigh.

Last Saturday night I had the opportunity to see another of my fave celebrities: Mike Ford of Moxy Fruvous fame. I’ve mentioned my love for Moxy Fruvous in past posts, and my sadness at their now playing together as a group anymore. The show was a benefit concert held on Ward’s Island, one of Toronto’s islands just across from its harbourfront. B and I were excited about the ferry ride over to the island, we we’d never been there.

This is a shot of Toronto harbour taken from Ward’s Island:
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When we landed, the show didn’t start for a while yet so we decided to explore the place. It’s very picturesque, with cottage-like homes (worth millions of dollars!). We came across a small beach where we found this piece of installation art:
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Mike gave a great performance – I absolutely love his sense of humour and the playful songs that he writes. He even came over and greeted B and me during the intermission (he and B distantly know each other), which was thrilling for me. Fifteen years ago I’d have never thought I’d not only be meeting one of the members of Moxy Fruvous, but that my partner would befriend him! Very cool indeed…!
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In bookbinding news…
I am very proud to say that this past Saturday, I taught my first male student! Teaching classes in a scrapbooking store, I can imagine how intimidating it must be for men to take a class there, even though I’m absolutely convinced that many of them would love bookbinding if they gave it a chance. Well, I’m happy to note that my student thoroughly enjoyed the experience and has vowed to come to my other classes. Yay!

And for an update on the bookcloth-making fiasco… I finally did manage to make a few half-decent sheets of bookcloth, although the PVA glue did seep through it in some parts. I’m not entirely happy with the final results, but it is much better than the first few sheets I attempted to make.

At first I had tried ironing a product called “Therm O Web – HeatnBond” onto the back of the fabric but that didn’t work. Not sure if I or the product was the problem…

I’ve since received some hints on making bookcloth from the ever-kind-and-helpful Astrid. And based on the amazing books she makes, I think I’d be crazy not to follow her advice! I’ll keep you posted on my future bookcloth-making adventures!

Still Alive…

Since B came back from his trip over two weeks ago, I’ve been spending almost every spare moment with him, watching movies, going to ball games, shopping, catching up with friends, hanging out in coffee shops. It’s all good, but it means my book projects have been seriously neglected.

Here are a few projects I’m working on:
– A commission for 2 fabric-covered notebooks. I had never made my own bookcloth before, and talk about tricky! The first two attempts were disasters, but by the third sheet, I started to get the hang of it, although the results aren’t perfect yet. Argh!
– A special project that will soon be published in a national magazine. I’ve been given yet-to-be-released papers by the editor-in-chief of the magazine – very yummy! I’ve been slowly working on this project, as I’m so afraid to screw it up (and this time I don’t have the option of running to the store for more paper if I mess it up…). More details to come…
– A maquette of a dos-à-dos (back-to-back) book for a commission. A coworker wants me to make a book for her friend who has several styles when it comes to decorating and fashion. Since we couldn’t decide on a single design, I suggested we make a dos-à-dos book with two completely different themes…we’ll see if the reality turns out to be as good as my vision.
– A baby book for an aquaintance on the verge of giving birth. I really want to push my creativity for this one, and come up with something totally off the wall.
– Workshops. I have 5 or 6 scheduled for this month alone. Check out the Events and Workshops page for more details.

Enough to keep me busy for sure, but I need to find the time to work on all these projects! Things have really picked up at work, and my days are so filled, I have no energy for book-making when I get home in the evenings.

I have made a few other books the past few weeks, including two that I really, really love. I’ll post more about them soon.

Sorry I haven’t been keeping up with the blog – I’ll try to be better!