Friday, October 30, 2009

San Francisco Treats: GBW Standards Underway


Josh and I are in San Francisco for the GBW meeting, and it is glorious! We arrived on Wednesday and hit the ground running. Checked in at our hotel, figured out the public transport & found Ike's Place for lunch. Ever since seeing Ike's on Man vs. Food, we knew we had to try those delicious sammies, and goodness gracious! they were as good as they looked on tv! After lunch we walked and walked and.... eventually wound up at the Tonga Room another planned destination where we got our tiki fix!

Thursday was another wonderful and full day complete with a bookbinding tour of San Fran, and the opening reception where we got to browse through the Marking Time Exhibit at the SFPL. I'll post more details about my trip in the coming weeks, but now I'm off to an NBSS reunion breakfast where I'm excited to do some more catching up with classmates and meet other fellow grads.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Rosewood Folder & Walnut Box

Today was an exceptional start to the week! I'm having fun getting prepared for our trip to San Francisco for the Guild of Book Workers Seminar. It was a productive day in the bindery. My friend Glenn brought some pumpkin bread over, which made for a wonderful fall feeling that is otherwise amiss here in warm Orlando. And now I get to watch the top 20 on So You Think You Can Dance!

All of the above are so wonderful, but the very best thing was something special that came in the mail. On Friday I got a notice that I had a package to pick up at the office which wouldn't be open again until Monday. I had all weekend to wonder what sort of mail was in store for me.

Last month, when I called Randy Arnold for his interview, I got more than than I requested and made a new friend! In these photos you can see the beautiful folder that I received from my friend. It was a delight to see that the package was from him, and a thrill to see what was inside. First of all, look at that great packaging! The earth tones compliment his work perfectly. Pictures don't quite capture how nice it is to hold this rosewood folder, and how perfectly it fits into its handsome walnut box. You can see more photos of this folder on Randy's blog, and visit his shop to add some tools to your wish list!

Thanks a million, Randy, for my new prized possession! If any of you happen to be headed to the Guild meeting this week, I'll plan to bring my new folder along. Let me know if you'd like to get your hands on it, and I will have a show & tell!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fourth Handmade Winner: Custom Wedding Card Box

Number 4 on the list was a certain Kate Jones, who is now officially Kate Lynch! Kate is a friend of mine from college who got married in Maryland this past Saturday. I knew she was getting married, so I decided her winnings would be part wedding gift & part giveaway gift!

I thought about what I could make that would have added a little extra to my own wedding and quickly found inspiration in a shoe box full of cards. I won't be able to part with our wedding cards anytime in the foreseeable future, so it sure would be nice to have a pretty box in which to store them! (Happily, I will have my own version of this box soon, because I cut out two sets of boards while I was working on Kate's!)

The dimensions are based on the measurements of our stack of cards. It's a little wider than the tallest card and a little taller than the widest card! I decided on a landscape box rather than a portrait, simply because I thought it would be the most elegant.

The Lynchs had a color scheme of truffle brown and cornflower blue, so I tried to stay in that color ballpark while picking my materials. The white decorative paper that is inset on the cover of the box is a strip of vintage Royledge shelf paper.

Congrats & Best Wishes, Mr. & Mrs. Lynch!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Third Handmade Winner: Holiday Book

The third winner of my handmade giveaway was Christina, who has a blog called Hall Family Happenings, and a wonderful Etsy shop called Nina Bo Bina. Josh & I purchased a sweet burp cloth set from her earlier in the year when we found out that our cousins would be having a little girl! Check out the shop for all sorts of fun handcrafted fabric items.

This holiday book should arrive in Christina's mailbox today! It is a softback book, measuring 5.25 x 6 inches, full of 24 perforated pages. I thought the Hall family could use this to make a few holiday lists for the upcoming season!

Hope you enjoy it Christina! Thanks for entering my giveaway!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Ben & Caitlin's Wedding

Congrats to Ben & Caitlin who were married on the 3rd! They had a lovely fall wedding complete with autumn colors and homemade pies. The ceremony was held at Bull Street Baptist in Savannah, and the reception was out at Old Fort Jackson. It was neat to be back at Bull Street, and it was fun to see the fort. Josh and I were excited to see it after driving by for years without taking a peek.

The photo above is a detail of the guest book I made for the newlyweds. I used a preprinted text block which included columns for date, name, address, and comments. There are plenty of pages left so they can use the book in their guest room and at any future celebrations.

There were so many great details throughout the wedding - both the preexisting rustic gems at the fort and the special touches prepared just for the day. I even found a hidden Mickey (almost)!

A shot of the guest book in action!

And finally, click above for some pretty scenes from the day.

Special thanks to Lisa of Orange Blossom Ink for letting me use her fonts and borrow her printer for the cover AND for driving us to and from the airport rental car place after our car troubles!

Friday, October 2, 2009

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