To the Max
So, what have I been doing besides neglecting my blog? Everything from the extremely scary (being evaluated for bone cancer–I don’t have it) to the mundane (yeah, laundry, cleaning, blah). Not a lot of art in between, though, and I’d all but completely abandoned my blog (hey, it’s only been about a month and half). I currently have three posts I want/need to write but am just jumping in right now with a few quick updates.
BEST, our Etsy bookbinding team, had a swap that ended early this month so I got my first non-commission book completed in a long time. The theme was “fits in an envelope.” Technically, mine fit but it was a small padded envelop (it was going overseas so I felt better about padding it). The “font” on the cover was self-designed, covers are leather, hand dyed and carved, covers are sewn with linen thread and the pages inside are scrap paper and refillable (I use brads to hold the paper in the notepad).
You can find pictures and info on the various swap books on our Bookbinding Team blog.
I’ve decided to aim for having at least 50 items listed in my Etsy book shop and am trying to list about three a day. Of course, since I don’t have time to make tons of new books, I’m posting several custom options for people (including the new notepad). Two of the new custom options are for Steampunk books (I might have to do a third option for a medium, mid-price book, too). Take a gander at my shop if you’re looking for a custom/personalized book for yourself or a gift (Dad my find one useful).
And, finally, the whole reason for the title. We’ve apparently adopted a stray (well, he’s staying with us for the moment, at least). He’s a beautiful gray schnauzer and we’ve decided to call him Max. I don’t have any pics of him yet but will try to get some done and posted soon. He’s incredibly sweet, likes to snuggle and is pretty quiet. We’ve checked the local vet, neighbors, and animal control and had no luck yet with finding his owners (he’s not chipped and didn’t have a collar on). I’ll probably post a “found” ad in Craigslist here and check with our local Humane Society to see if anyone’s contacted them, but we may end up with an extra family member.