good intentions

It’s been a while. My life is just nuts. I keep cutting things out of it but there are not enough hours in the day. Regular readers know that last year our youngest was diagnosed with a chronic pain disorder, and while she now has a great team of specialists to work with, she has needed some help finishing out this semester. It is not often that I say this, but fortunately I am an ADJUNCT professor, so I am only on campus two days a week. The other five have been spent driving back and forth over the three hours between where we live and where she goes to school to help her manage. Obviously this has taken up a lot of time I spend doing other things, something had to give, this time it was the blog. I post almost everyday on my Instagram account because all I need to do is take a picture with my phone. But trying to put my life/studio work into words has seemed like too much effort of late. But I miss being “here”. Because sometimes putting the work into words helps me figure it out, and blogging has always been a link to my tribe,and it has been a difficult time to feel cut off from that. So WHAT have I been doing? I really have been busy, not always in my studio, often in the living room of my daughter’s flat, which has fewer amenities and fewer choices! But I have tried to keep working, because as I am sure you all know, it’s the work that keeps you sane. I have been really focused on small functional books lately, as it is festival time, and since giving up my job at the print shop, I need to figure out how to make up that income in the summer. Here’s a small sample of that work

little baby books made from lovely scraps

little baby books made from lovely scraps

and even smaller book charms, each with an individual stamped quote

and even smaller book charms, each with an individual stamped quote

Lots of colourful journals with ribbons and pretty paper

super colourful!

super colourful!

and as always recycled book covers and lunch bag journals

lunch bag journals

lunch bag journals

leading up to this – my annual trip to the Buffalo Small Press Book Fair

my table at the book fair

my table at the book fair

I am going to be at another book fair this weekend in Westfield NY at Eason Hall. Tomorrow May 2nd from 9-3. Stop by!

I am also slowly creeping along on some ongoing projects. As I will be around this weekend – maybe more pictures tomorrow.

If you are reading this – thanks for patiently hanging in there. Summer is coming, and before that Paper and Book Intensive. Can’t wait!!

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