Wednesday, 1 July 2009

After nearly 6 months of silence ...

... I've surfaced! Still not organised, not completely unpacked, but renovations are done and I love my new house, the surrounding gardens and of course, seeing my little grand daughters daily. The vegetable garden is under way with winter veggies taking off, and even though it's winter we are picking lettuce and rocket every day for salads. The chooks love it and you'd think the old black cat had lived here all his life. I've even bought a car, after many, many years of not driving.

Thank you to all my blogging friends who have supported me through these months with comments and emails; I can't tell you how much I appreciate that. For quite a while I didn't have internet access and the first thing I did once online was catch up on all my favourite blogs. I try to comment as often as possible because I know how encouraging that can be.

At the moment I'm working to get my work room unpacked and usable so that I can make some books. I've done one commercial job and I'm about to do another, so that is a great incentive to get organised.

I received 2 wonderful parcels recently from Gracia & Louise. These contained collaged zines by Gracia Haby - "Tumble & Fall", a magical book of stars, and "A vagary of impediments & a sneak of weasels", an illustrated list of collective nouns. Beautifully presented and packaged, the parcels also contained cards, and a most welcome surprise - a copy of "Tweak, Tweaked, Tweet", a concertina of Australian birds, by Louise Jennison. Visit them and see what they are making. Thank you Gracia and Louise. Oh, and if you are fascinated with collective nouns, do visit their other site here.

Another surprise came my way a few days later when I read in Melior's blog Bibliophilia that I'd won her June give-away. This, #1 of her zine "The Happy Bus" has now arrived in the mail and I'm delighted with it. Original writing by Meliors and others, a fold out map showing Neural Pathways to Happiness and a little packet of stickers - plenty to read and think about. Thanks Meliors. Now, if you don't know Melior's blog I suggest you visit and leave a comment by 14 July. You'll be in the running for her July give-away - a staghorn coral brooch, embroidered to represent a fragment of bleached coral.

Way back at the beginning of this year Astrid tagged me. In response, rather than list things about myself, I think I'll just lead you to a few new blogs I'm reading. There are so many interesting book binders and book artists out there now and I find more each day. In fact Astrid's blog is a great source of new blogs for me. I'll try to add a couple each new post. I think it's important that we support one another.

Blue Roof Designs; Books by Rachel; CaiLun; Moonbindery; Buechertiger; Paper Curious - so read them and enjoy. And don't forget to leave a comment now and then.

21 comments:

  1. Welcome back and thanks for the link!

    I have been subscribed to your blog for almost 4 months - now I am looking forward to see what you will write (and I'm hoping for some pictures of books) ;-)

    Best wishes!

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  2. welcome back and happy new house!!!

    x

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  3. Welcome back to the blogosphere.

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  4. Yay, Carol, to new house and new work space. And co-commiserations on trying to put everything in their new home. Still too cold to paint around here, and this morning's radio said it'll be like th is for the next two months! Well!!!

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  5. Hi Carol
    Wow, so glad to have found your blog now too!
    I just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to comment on my blog – it means a lot to me.
    Your comment/s are really valued by me. Thanks for visiting.
    Xo
    Judy

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  6. Good to see you're back on the internet! And thanks for the link :)

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  7. I'm glad that you are beginning to settle down in your new house. It must have been a lot of hard work the past months, but also a lot of fun I hope.

    Welcome back to the blog world =)

    XO Eva

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  8. Hi Carol,
    So glad to see you back in the blogosphere - hopefully you'll feel inspired now that you have dived back in. Thanks for the blog links - Bibliophilia is new to me and such lovely work...a great find!

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  9. I'm looking forward to seeing your new books, and happy that you are blogging again.

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  10. Good to see you back at it, Carol!

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  11. Oh!Welcome back to blogland, Carol!

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  12. it's great that you're back!

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  13. Welcome back! As I prepare to move next week I understand the pains of moving all to well.

    Looking forward to hearing from you a little more often :)

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  14. It takes a long time to get settled. I'm still settling after 10 years in my house. Hope nothing was broken. Looking forward to reading about your house and bookmaking projects.

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  15. Welcome back to blogland and best wishes for your new home.

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  16. so good to have you back in the blogosphere Carol!
    your garden sounds terrific!

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  17. Welcome back, Carol. So glad to hear you're settled in. Your new arrangements sound lovely.

    Thanks for your kind comments on BookGirl. I look forward to your posts.

    Clara

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  18. Hi Carol,

    So glad you enjoyed these zines by Louise and me. It is a joy to share them with people like your good self.

    Welcome back to your blog. I am looking forward to seeing what you next share here.

    see you, g

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  19. So glad you like our little bundle of zines. Your new home sounds wonderful... chooks and a black cat how perfectly fantastic.

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  20. So good to see you back, Carol, and happy in your new house! You were missed. :)

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  21. Thanks so much for mentioning my blog! I know how hard it is to keep up with blogging when life gets in the way. Sometimes I wonder if that's really a good thing.

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