Sunday, August 17, 2008

Productive Weekend

I've had a crazy productive weekend! I have all the leather and cloth covers completed for my wholesale order, half the paper for the text blocks folded and punched, and all of the brag and chopstick books done!
I also sold the build your own kimono book listing on Friday so I got that book constructed and finished as well!
It doesn't end there...
Have you ever spent an entire weekend locked in your studio to look up and find that every surface is totally covered in stuff and absolutely none of your floor can be seen?
Well thats exactly what happened to me. So I decided to clean the studio up as well.
Should have stopped there... but I didn't. I'm working on my first set of ATC's for a swap at the Book Arts Forum and I have been wanting to try coffee staining for some time so I boiled up some water- I don't actually own a coffee pot- and threw some coffee in. I crumpled the pages hoping that the "bruised" paper would stain darker. Sadly that didn't work out as I had hoped and the pages aren't as dark as I thought. I think I'm gonna dunk them a second time tomorrow to see if I can get them darker.

Sometime in the middle of all my crafting today I also got a new book listed on Etsy! It's a lovely recycled leather sketchbook. You can see the upclose detail of the part I love above. It has this one little corner where you can see the layers what went into tanning the hide.

I'm off to see if the kimono book is dry in my press yet and hopefully get some photo's of it before I'm off to bed.

6 comments:

Rhonda said...

wowzers! that IS a productive weekend :)

Billie said...

I can relate to that feeling, I had it myself on Saturday! And again now as I have just taken delivery of two whole hides!!! YIKES where will I put them...didn't think they would be THAT big. What a newbie eh DOH hehehe.

I love your book it is amazing, the graduated tones are beautiful.

Billie

Kiley said...

I know Rhonda, I felt it Monday afternoon I was dragging.

Thanks Billie, that was from my favorite piece. Two hides is a lot of cow! My pieces are all scrap and are at best big enough to manage two books out of. It makes storage much easier :D

Iris @ Pied Crow Press said...

I know what you mean about the workplace mess! In our old house, I got so sick of half-finished projects being left everywhere. Now we're in a new house, though, and so every time I'm finished working at my desk, I put absolutely everything away before I leave. It takes much more time, but I never walk into the room and say, "uuuuggghhh!" anymore. Plus I don't end up with bits of paper glued to my socks and pants. :D

Kiley said...

I've only walked out of my studio with things on my socks once....

I usually am pretty good about cleaning up but I was working on bit's and pieces of the wholesale order as the mood struck me.. aka I can't spend all day at the sewing machine or cutting so I had everything everywhere....

Iris @ Pied Crow Press said...

Haha, sometimes I end a day of working looking like some kind of crafty monster. Paint in my hair, paper stuck to my arms from spray adhesive, and little bits of paper and string all over my shoes and socks. Hazards of the handmade.... :D

I love that little goldfish book you posted about a while ago. Totally adorable.