Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Book Origami Swap!

A few posts ago, I told you about my new friend Nikki at WhimSY Love and how she helped me with my folded books. What I didn't tell you then was that we agreed to swap folded books. It came today! I love her heart books! I consider this one of my first pieces of "real art" and it will be going up in my new house (fingers crossed). (Will this make me a grownup?)

Also, I figured out how to make hearts and this new folded book will be going into my shop very soon. I LOVE DOING BOOK ORIGAMI!

I should write a book. About books. I mean, using books. As art.

Front Page!


I made the front page of Etsy! Thanks to therainbowgirl for featuring me in a treasury of such cool things. I love the scribble heart...

*edit* I first published this entry as My First Etsy Front Page, but found out through Craft Cult (through a Storque article), that I'd been on the front page before and never known...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Ooh! Hearts!

Last night while listening to Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban I figured out how to fold hearts.

Actually, that's not the truth. I just realized that I figured out how to fold hearts during church. Is it the Spirit of God that leads my mind off in creative directions? Is it HIS will that I think about this instead of the lessons?

Hmm...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Daily Grind



Roller coasters have nothing on me today.

I woke up early. We were having the missionaries over for dinner tonight and I had to cook dinner and put it in the crock pot to be ready when we came home from work. I also listed another folded book.

Then I come to work to train a librarian from another branch on how to do my job. Am I getting laid off, I wonder? (We find out next Thursday what positions are being eliminated in my system...) The librarian lets me know she is being trained to take over at ANOTHER branch for someone's medical leave. *whew*

Then I get a call from my hub-sand that my mother in law has been admitted to the hospital.

Then my realtor called and said that the appraisal of the house was fine - we can get our FHA loan - AND we only have to fix two tiny things before escrow can close (of course, the loan has to do its thing).

Then I had a program to conduct for Summer Reading Program. My children's librarian quit the month before SRP started so I'm on my own doing the Children's librarian job plus my own (branch manager and adult services librarian). We had CALM do a presentation. The lady who did the presenting brought a live Great Horned Owl. I was *this* close to it and IT WAS SO COOL. I got to work on a folded book during the program. It was so nice to sit still for a half-hour.

Then I came home and fought to keep my two year old from bothering the missionaries while we had dinner- they aren't allowed to have children crawl on them - so, of course, that's all Kiff wanted to do. How DOES he know?

Then we took Brian's kids back to their mom's house and made a detour to the hospital to visit his mom. She didn't look good...

And then I came home and made cookies. I'm on my own tomorrow at the library so I made cookies to comfort myself. On Fridays one of us Reference Desk people is always off so the other flies solo. It makes for a pretty long day... But I am not complaining. For now, I am employed and for that, I am grateful. Hopefully I will still be employed after next Thursday.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Envy


Envy is a terrible thing. Just when you become content with what life and God have given you, envy rears its ugly head and says, "Hey Lady! You WANT this! You NEED this!"

I'm not *truly* envious, but when I saw this site, my jaw dropped and I felt the curling tendrils of beauty-hunger writhing in my stomach. I'm in the process of buying a house, and that should be GOOD ENOUGH, but now I want THIS house!

I can't wait to see if I can make my future house this beautiful. Wowee. I think I need words in all the rooms. Red words.

Coming Up With Titles


One of the hardest things I have to do after I make my folded books is to come up with a name. When I was at BYU in the Fine Arts program, I was exposed to a lot of art - most of it pretentious. A good piece of work can be ruined by a stupid name. One friend of mine named all of his sculptures "Opus No. 1, 2, 3, etc." It got rid of one pretentious element (high falutin' name), but was pretentious in that he had no musical background or musical connection in his work. Duh.

Anyway, I was sitting in church with my sis-in-law and together we brainstormed names. Gena is about the most down-to-earth person I know. I started listing all the church-type words I could think of that sounded pretty: eternity, truth, hope, charity and all that. Together, we came up with about 30+ words that would make good names for my work.

And then when I made up the pieces, I named them the first thing that popped in my mind when I looked at them.

That's why one is named Baleen. I couldn't help but think of the underneath of mushrooms or whales' mouths... Duh me.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

New Ventures


Well, I did it! I've listed two folded books in my etsy shop. After a year and a half of waffling and wondering and some other "w" word I leaped in and did it. Yay me!

Back in art school, Wulf Barsch told our class that if we had a good product, it would sell. I really believe that I've worked on these folded books to the point that I've perfected (well...) the craft - I know what a "good" one looks like, I've learned how to fix mistakes, how to test patterns and how to ship the buggers, too.

Oh, our house is supposed to close on Aug. 3rd, if not sooner. I hope it's on July 31st. That's Harry Potter's birthday and I would like to share that happy day with him.

And yes, I know HP isn't real. But he's real enough for me.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Good News and more!

Wonder of wonder, it's a miracle - a miracle!

An offer was accepted on a house we like! As soon as the bank signs the agreement, escrow begins and the countdown to home ownership begins! Of course, now the real work begins... inspections, updates of loan apps, contingencies met, etc. I imagine this is going to be quite a headache for a while - but hopefully not heartache! Perhaps I should wait to get my hopes up, just in case it doesn't work out... Oh well. I'll survive. If it doesn't work out, we'll continue looking at houses. Blech.

Have you ever wanted to contact someone whose blog you read, but been too nervous? For several months now, I've loved WhimSY Love's site and shop. After I discovered how to make folded books from Mary Engelbreit's (now defunct) magazine, I started looking around for examples on the Internet. To my surprise, I found someone one etsy selling folded books - Nikki's shop. I was thrilled that someone had found folded books, too, and was brave enough to sell them. But I wasn't brave. So I lurked on her shop's site for a long time and finally found her blog.

I've wanted to sell my own folded books for a while now, but had so many questions about how to ship and pack and present that I've put it off. There was nothing for it, I had to get my nerve up and ask someone who knew HOW to do this.

So I emailed Nikki from the address I got off her blog, humbly begging her pardon for my impudence, but wondering if she might let me know how she did such and such. To prove my case that I wasn't recently copying her, I gave her links to my flickr pages of folded books. I was scared spitless that she would think I was trying to rip her off.

Guess what? She answered. AND SHE WAS GREAT! It was like a new crush. We had a mad crazy week of emails, both of us exclaiming to each other how great it was to finally meet someone who understood folded books (we have each gotten the same looks and weird questions).

She gave me confidence to branch out in my shop. So look soon for more goodies coming...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Must (heart) Books


I have some new work in the shop today. I'm trying out a few more examples of word jewelry for book lovers. In the ten minutes I have between everything else, I try to make up more. It's just such a time-consuming process doing each step of making the jewelry that I can't do too many at once!



Reading is sexy. Too much? Too obvious?


Read me a book. Very demanding woman, eh?


And last of all, READ in Celtic. This one came about because of a customer request. I was surprised that the word is also a name. It's my sister's middle name! Do you think anyone will want to wear a word that could be thought of as a personal name and have to constantly explain, No, this means READ in Celtic/Gaelic. Sheesh.

Back to work now.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

C is for Cookie!


As an avid collector of cookie recipes I see a lot of recipes that claim to be The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe (in the world/ever/even better than yo' momma's, blah blah blah). Well, I saw this recipe on Good Things Catered. Um. They are good.

Are you jealous?

Behold the beauty!

Recipe:

2 cups plus 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
12 Tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted & cooled until warm (THIS WAS THE REASON FOR THE GOODNESS. DO NOT SKIP THIS STEP. AND LET THE DUMB STUFF COOL OR YOU WILL HAVE GREASEBALL COOKIES! wanna know how i know? oh, i used regular salted butter. mmmm, salt...)
1 c brown sugar, packed
1/2 c granulated sugar
1 large egg plus 1 yolk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Mix butter and sugars.
Beat in egg, yolk and vanilla.
Add dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
Stir in chips.

Roll 1/2 cup of dough (yes, 1/2 cup) into a ball-type shape and pull it apart in half. Put the jagged side up on the cookie sheet. Leave lots of space around the cookies or you will have One Cookie. I only was able to fit 6 per batch and I have big cookie sheets.

Bake at 325F for about 17 minutes. They will look puffy, but not liquidy in the middle. Let cool. They will get shiny!

The hub-sand said this was one I could make for him anytime. He's good to me, eh?

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

New Book Jewelry

It's been busy in my shop this week. I have been putting together some new book-themed jewelry. Here is a sampling of what's new:

Reading is Sexy. Hullo! Twilight?


Honored to be an 020.23. That's the Dewey Decimal Classification number for Women librarians. Hee hee.


Lover of Story. I think this one is really romantic...

More will be coming as I have time to make them up and post them. My 'to do' box is full of bead sheets to cut and make up. Be on the lookout for "Read Love Pray" and more "lover" beads...