Caregiving: A Ready-Made Christmas

The idea of a Christmas made up of beautiful homemade gifts, cards, decorations, and food is so enticing. Social networks are covered in ideas shared and tried. It is the season for giving, and the thought that counts seems to count more when the gifts are handmade. Banquets big and small ought to be labours of handcrafted love. Yeah, it isn’t happening that way here. Not this year. Read More Caregiving: A Ready-Made Christmas

Book Review: Indie Publishing: How To Design and Produce Your Own Book, edited by Ellen Lupton

I’m one of those people who enjoy office supply stores, the sort who saves little scraps of paper and cards with interesting drawings/photos, and also the type to wish I had more crafty skillz than I actually do. I have a weakness for oddball notebooks, journals, and excellent pens. I write a lot–fiction, memoir, reviews like you see here–and I think it’s helpful to know of different ways that one can get their work out there, preferably presented in fantastic way. Because the mister and I have our own micro-micropress (as in, tiny), Nouveau Nostalgia, where we produce arty, limited edition books with handmade elements, I bought Indie Publishing: How to Design and Produce Your Own Book for inspiration. It provides a lot of construction basics, as well as specific tips for layout and promotion.

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Daily Goodie: Holiday Papercraft

Good morning! So glad to see on this Tuesday morning.  I was going to try to snap a picture of the eclipse, but it is snowing like bananas here and the sky wasn’t clear enough to see anything.  Boo!  NASA should have some great pics up today, as well as the rest of the web, so I found you a pretty papercraft Christmas card instead.  Read More Daily Goodie: Holiday Papercraft