Thursday, May 26, 2005

For your shopping convenience.

I just discovered a great new store online. Ok it's probably not new, but to me it is, which is the most important thing. It's got gorgeous paper, fun kits and bookbinding supplies. I mean, what's not to love? Paper Source is my new obsession and it's obvious by the size of the order I placed today. But if you love bright colors, clean lines and pretty papers you'll be like me and will immediately add Paper Source to your favorites list asap! They also have super cheap, yet very pretty bookbinding cloth. Can't wait to try out Papaya on a book! I also ordered this great accordian book kit.


I love the color of the paper, plus I won't have to do any board cutting!

They also sell cute things like this flower bracelet kit.


I figure I can make one without the kit, but it's a super cute idea! I think this site is going to be great for getting my bookbinding business going.

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

"To do, or not to do..."

With the 3 day Memorial Weekend coming up, I've been trying to figure out what to do. This is the first holiday since Christmas our firm has given us, so I would really like to take advantage and get away for a bit. But now I don't know what to do. For a while I had plans in the works for either Vegas or Alaska, but both fell through. I think I'll still get to Vegas somtime this summer (I've only been once!) but I still haven't figured out what to do this weekend. I have roommates going to Jackson Hole or Moab, but I'm just not in a camping mood. I guess if I do stay home, I'll at least be able to do a lot of reading and knitting... Woohoo. Maybe I'll visit the Springville Museum of Art and check out Dan Weggeland's paintings there. There's also a new exhibit at the Utah Museum of Art about women's fashion, shounds interesting. I should probably hang here anyway since I have printing to do... Oh well... I'll get a fun vacation sometime I guess.

Also, how cute is Jessica Simpson's new hair cut?


This is exactly how I want my hair to look! I'm going back to blonde baby, just wait!

Friday, May 20, 2005

Paris In the Springtime

Paris Loop is off the needles! Just in time for the most gorgeous weather. It's high 70's today and beautiful. I'm wearing my Loop and loving it. Although it's 100% wool it's not scratchy at all and it basically looks like a half poncho. I also got my swap CD's off in the mail today! Can't wait to see what other people are listening to, but if you were wondering what's on my iPod here is the playlist I created:

1. All the Way Up to Heaven - Guster
2. Closet - Pete Yorn
3. Clint Eastwood - Gorillaz
4. Telescope Eyes - Eisley
5. You're On My Mind - Kalai
6. Careful - Guster
7. Grazed Knees - Snow Patrol
8. Eleanor - Low Millions
9. An Ode to Maybe - Third Eye Blind
10. Someone to Die For - Jimmy Gnecco
11. Commerce, TX - Ben Kweller
12. Life - Coolhand
13. Self Portrait - Stephanie Smith
14. Wonderful - Andy Stochansky
15. Canned Heat - Jamiroquai
16. Look What You've Done - Jet
17. 24 - Jem
18. Same - Snow Patrol

I like this mix a lot and it's all I've been listening to for the last day or two, so I hope my swap mates like it too! Tomorrow I'll be making some postcards for the post card swap I'm in too. That is if I'm not coming down with a bad bug, as I'm feeling kind of under the weather today.

Well, pretty soon I'll be off watching "Star Wars" in my new Paris Loop. I'll let you know what I think of the last-ever Jedi adventure!

Thursday, May 19, 2005

How Time Flies...

This week has gone by so fast, I think it's going to be a repeating pattern. I had my first letterpress class last night and I'm really excited but really intimidated. Everyone in the class is an art major and we're expected to spend 12 hours a week in the studio. Don't know how I'm going to fit that into my already packed schedule, but I guess since I'm non-credit, it'll be ok if I can't. I just want my work to be as good as everyone else's. Anyway, enough of my insecurities, I think it's going to be a great learning experience. And who knows, someday it could come in really handy, like if I wanted to print my own wedding invitations someday. Not saying that day is anywhere in the near future, but it's always something to think about!

Star Wars

I'm almost done with the Paris Loop, just one or two more inches to go! I can't wait. Maybe I can get it done tonight and then I can wear it tomorrow for the "Star Wars" viewing I get to go to!! Yippee, I can't wait to see this movie! It's the end of an era! Tomorrow is going to be a great day because not only do I get to see "Star Wars" I get to get out of work early to do it! Our office rented a theater for us to go see it, so I'll be leaving at 2:30 from work to get there! How nice is that? Wait it gets better since we get to wear... JEANS! :) This never happens at our law office, so I'm taking full advantage!

Monday, May 16, 2005

Kool-Aide Rocks!

So I had some craft-tacular fun with Kool-Aide this weekend. I finally got around to dying the yarn I bought and it was so much fun! It was a lot easier than I thought it would be, and I really like how my yarn turned out. I experimented with a lot of flavors. The first skien I did was lemonade and pink lemonade, so it made this really pretty yellow/pink pastel yarn. Next I did 4 reds together and just kind of mixed 'em around all over the yarn for a more mottled look, then I did grape and black cherry which didn't turn out as dark as I would have liked (maybe not enought kool-aide to yarn ratio?) but is still a pretty purple/red color. Then my other favorite was blue varigated with new cool apple, blue raspberry lemonade and changin' cherry. It's a really cool teal/light green/bluish varigated. I can't wait to knit 'em up and see how they look! I think I'll use them make some purses and felt them.

I also am almost finished with the Paris Loop. I decided I needed to get this finished before I could work on the booga and sophie bags, the yarn was calling to me... so hopefully I can finish it tonight.

And now for....
Quick movie review time!!!
I saw "Fever Pitch" this weekend, starring Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Falon. I can't decide if it was better or worse than I was expecting. It was cute and all, but there were some parts that seemed to drag. But all in all, I'd give it 3 stars. Maybe more of a dollar movie for most people, but fun nonetheless.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

I Knit!

So I finally had some time last night to knit and I got the Paris loop on the needles. I only have about an inch and a half, but I can tell I'm going to LOVE it! I ended up getting some gorgeous varigated yarn in sherbert colors and it's going to be so summery! Can't wait. I have also had time to work on the felted purse for my mom. I hope it will be big enough, becuase I've read that the item will shrink 30%, but I'm already making it bigger than it calls for, so I think it'll be good.


I also finally got some pictures of the Springback taken! They aren't the best, but when I get it back after the exhibit, I'll take some better ones. I'm really pleased with how it turned out. It toally springs open. When I turned it in for the exhibit, they were all really impressed that I tackled such an advanced binding and that it works! They want me to join the Guild of Bookworkers so I'm going to really consider it.


I also have plans to make a purse like this one. Crafster and Glitter are my two new favorite sites. I've signed up to do a CD and a postcard swap and can't wait since they'll be my first. I've already started puting the play list together for the CD swap. I'll post it here after I send it! :)

Friday, May 06, 2005

Printing my own books

Soon I'll be able to print my own books. I'm signing up for a letterpress class and I'm so excited to learn to set type and print something! Don't know what I'll print, since I hate to write, but I think I'll be able to figure something out.

Speaking of books with content, I discovered the coolest site! The Gutenberg Project has tons of books online and many are already set up in folio format so you can just print them and bind them together and "Voila!" you have a book! :) I'm doing Pride & Prejdice as my first book and of course will have to make a complete set, but there are tons of different ones to choose from. Oh man, this is going to be good. I think I've found something to keep me busy for a very long time.


In other book related news, I finished my Springback Book and am submiting it for exhibit at the University. I'm also submiting an accordian book I did called "She Walks in Beauty" by Byron. This will be the first time I'll have exhibited my works. I took pictures of the Springback today so I'll post them when I get them. It's so cool because it's springs open pushing the gutter up. Anyway, hard to explain and I couldn't have finished this book without the help of my boss, but it's turned out so cool! :) With all the books I've been making lately, I haven't had much time for knitting, but I'll be able to get back into it soon.

Monday, May 02, 2005

Boston Baby...

So just surfing through some blogs I came across someone who had a link to this test. I was just talking with someone about a website similar to this {, see below} the other day and was excited to try it out and look what happened!! Boston is my number one city!! That may have something to do with the fact that I said I most wanted to live in the NorthEast. But hey, I was being honest in my answers, so I'm thinking the test doesn't lie. I really want to move to Boston, but I've never even been there. Kinda crazy I know, but I'm hoping to get there this summer for a bookbinding workshop at North Bennet. We'll see if that happens.
Anyway, kind of some interesting results here:


American Cities That Best Fit You:

60% Boston

60% Chicago

55% New York City

55% Philadelphia

50% Miami

You should take the test too!

My results on weren't as exciting. I got a lot of southern cities and Boston wasn't on the list at all, but Long Island was number one. Check this list out:

Long Island, NY
Charelston, SC
Jacksonville, FL
Miami, FL
New York, NY
Seattle, WA
West Palm Beach, FL
Orlando, FL
Houston, TX
Philedelphia, PA
Manhattan, NY
Norfolk, VA
Tampa, FL
Chesapeake - Virginia Beach, VA
Carlisle, PA
Memphis, TN
Austin, TX
San Antonio, TX
Atlanta, GA
Charlotte, NC
Fort Worth, TX
Pitsburg, PA
Phoenix, AZ
Dallas, TX

I don't ever want to live in Texas again and I can't believe I only have two cities from the NorthWest, or even the West for that matter. I could maybe see living in Virginia, but not Florida and not Tennesse. I just thought it was a really weird list for me. I guess it will be interesting to see where I actually do end up living throughout my life. I'd like to live in a lot of different places, but who knows what life will bring! I'm hoping Boston! :)