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Monday, January 28, 2019

Best Laid Plans

Last week my plan was to have a busy week but that's not how things turned out...
I got a bad cold and was grounded all week. Lots of hot tea and books.
Not the worst way to spend a week.

Normally I am a coffee/cappuccino drinker but when you are coughing and your throat hurts....
I had picked up this book The Painted Journal at the library and enjoyed
paging through. I liked it but I'm not sure I'd buy it. But worth checking out from the library for sure.

More tea....and a look at an old autograph book I bought a while back. Why are they just so charming? I seriously think we need to bring them back.

Two Recommendations
I love The Collage Ideas Book. It is quite small and easy to toss into your bag and have with you to read on the streetcar or at a cafe....or waiting for the streetcar...lots of interesting pages.
And, I am a big fan of the collage magazine kolaj. (Just google it) You can order a sample issue to check out. It is kinda pricy but I think it's worth it. I enjoy every issue.

Can you resist this?

(This is a good idea for a couple of pages in a glue book.)

I know I couldn't....a friend showed me her copy and I had to have one. I don't really like the book design -- it is an oversize book and I don't like the layout with the image in the center and the binding down the middle is still really fun to look at and pretty cheap used on (the dreaded) Amazon.

Just in case you need the info.....

I am pretty sure most of you know about the already (especially if you are on  Instagram) but just in case......
A fat and fabulous book of beautiful paper ephemera from Uppercase. And that's my pal, Michelle's beautiful Dennison ephemera up top.
I am savoring each page.

I finally managed to make it into my studio and had fun playing some wax seals. I know a lot of folks have been using wax seals for ages but I have only recently started and I love it.

I want to put them on envelopes in the mail but I don't think they will make it through the postal system...

Made up a small batch of mini collages on ATCs....

Don't you love his hair?

So, I am on the mend and hope to get out there and get busy this week. I also planned a trip to Chinatown to photograph but that got canceled due to pouring rain. I will try to get there soon to check out The Year of the Boar (sounds better than Pig).
SF Scrap may have been lonely without me visiting so I plan to go there. The Film Noir Festival is also happening and I need to go and get scared.
And I need to start working on my travel journal and plan my trip....

And what are you all doing this January 2019?
I know if any of you are in Chicago you are freezing. I can't believe what I'm reading about your crazy weather. Stay warm and healthy everyone and see you soon.

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  1. Glad you are on the mend. Love all the goodies you posted. Always so inspiring. Love your seal with the little envelope and the bee. Just received my copy of Ephemera. Can't wait to dig in. Have a good week.

    1. Enjoy your copy of Ephemera -- I am sure enjoying mine but it makes me want to run out and look for stuff!! lol Thanks for the comment -- always appreciated.

  2. Trying to stay warm in Mid Michigan - my Ephemera book from Upper Case has just arrived and it is pure eye candy - loving it!!!

    1. Oh yes -- eye candy for sure! I wonder why I didn't hear about it and submit my ephemera? I sure do have a lot of great stuff. And my stamp bundles -- i didn't see any in the book. Stay warm -- I have been hearing about your crazy weather.

  3. I love your sophisticated seals. Will be heading off to buy a copy of the Ephemera book -- it's new to me. You always have such good sources on your site. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thanks, Annette. You have to order the Ephemera book online at the Uppercase website. It really is wonderful to see so many beautiful collections. The problem is, it makes me want to ADD to my collections and I am running out of room.....

  4. Bummer you were sick but hope you're feeling better! I received a wax seal from a pen pal recently and like you am excited about the possibilities of using one. I don't own one yet but would love to know where you found the envelope wax seal in your photo... It's absolutely precious. I also can confirm that the seals do indeed arrive in tact. I had a wax seal letter arrive all the way from India once. xo

    1. Wow -- a seal from India??!!? How cool is that? Ok, maybe I will try it. I know way back in the day they went through various postal systems but that was before all the new machines...I have a couple of envelopes i bought at a flea market in France that had three seals on each envelope. Somebody really wanted security. And that envelope seal? Hummmmmmmmmmmmmm maybe you will be seeing one sooner than you might think........

  5. Delighted to read that you are feeling better. Thanks for the photos and I have also received my priceless Ephemera it! Your concern about wax seals getting through the postal system is valid UNLESS you purchase flexible wax that guarantees your seal getting through the mail :) I've tried both and the "flex" component of newer wax gets through everytime.

    1. Hi Linda -- thank you, I am back in business. I think since I didn't get into the Ephemera book I should do a post on my own ephemera. God knows I have a whole lot of it. And isn't that book great? Hummmmmm flexible wax? Haven't heard of that...I just have the regular wax....

  6. I am so sorry for being late to the party. I am so glad you are feeling better, but I have to admit, being sick with all these wonderful books surrounding you wasn't a bad way to get well.

    I have a friend who sent an envelope with a wax seal at Christmas. It didn't make it through our postal service, even though she paid extra for hand stamping the envelopes. Apparently, there are several different types of wax, so if you plan to buy any, you should ask if the wax is suitable for traveling through our postal system. My friend didn't ask until after she learned her wax seals didn't make it. The lady she bought the wax from told her the sealing wax was not intended to travel through the mail. WHAT?? Sounds like cheap wax to me! Hope this doesn't happen to you, dear Pamela.

  7. The party is always going on! No worries. Thanks for the wax seal tips. So far I am using my wax seals on gift wrapped presents and tags and not sending them out through the mail....

  8. What a fun post! For someone who was down with a cold, you sure did get much time in with some "fun" reading! Thanks for the enlightenment on the different books out there...I don't know if this is good or bad for me, and my purse! heeheehee
    Oh, and I agree, yes, bring back autograph books! how fun!
    Jackie ")



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