I was introduced to the art of bookmaking today and I must say... what an amazing day!
I love books, and I seem to be appreciating them more with each passing year, but a day of being off the computer and using my hands (and brain) to create something tangible was like being able to take a deep breath... it was like having a day in the darkroom, only there were more people around... and it was light.
Since it was my first attempt at this craft I was too focused on the measuring and sewing and gluing the right spots, to get any photos during the process, but rest assured, I will be making more. In fact, I'm already trying to figure out how to re-organize my studio to make room for an area that could just be set up for bookmaking.
If you are interested in learning more or making a book on your own, I would suggest taking the course through Luz Studio & Gallery, here in Victoria. Studio owner/photographer/bookmaker, Quinton has been at this for years and I must say he's a very patient teacher!
So now I've got an 8 x 8, hand-stitched, fabric-covered, 25-page blank book with a fish de-boss on the back and headbands in the spine! Not sure what I'll use it for, but with all the possibilities to customize the size, covering, page paper, end sheets, etc... I'll definitely be making more!
There's nothing like letting the doggies run!
For the last two weeks we've been fostering a little dog from the Victoria SPCA as he healed from surgery which removed an eye that had been injured and left untreated. And when it came down to it, we knew we couldn't let him go. He just fits in - he's a yin to Suzy's yang, but they get along in their odd little social inept ways. So now this snuggly little 4-year-old shih-tzu mix, Mr. Coco is the newest member of our family!
To celebrate his new birthday, I took him and our Suzy girl (who'd almost 11) out for a doggie date with three other dogs who have experienced some awful stuff in the short time they've been on this earth. So today was the official launch of "Only Good Days Now"... something my friend and I thought up to remind these little dogs that there will be no more bad days... only good ones from now on. Days of visits at the park, meeting new friends, running, playing, being social and getting lots of love (and treats!) and many naps of course!
After the park, we went back to Miss J & Mama's house so they could show off their new toys...
Here's what the celebration with Mr. Coco, Suzy, Miss J, Mama and Zoe looked like!