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Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends

My cousin, Katie, and I used to have an elaborate office game upstairs at my grandma and grandpa's house called Odds & Ends.  Katie lived on the east coast and would come for two weeks every summer and winter, and I lived just up the hill from my grandparents, so we were able to spend nearly every minute of every day of those stretches operating this little business.  We sat at my grandpa's mammoth desk, setting up our books of receipts, our business phone, and our office sundries.  Our inventory consisted of all the various objects that happened to live upstairs at The Farm, as the family called my grandparents' house.  From bookshelves to a little green vase to plants to encyclopedias to an iron-shaped doorstop, we sold it all, with prices comically out of step with the actual objects themselves. As I sit to write down this first post consisting of miscellaneous links, the name feels just right.  Here are the odds & ends I've been thinking about this week:
  • Great posts about the National Stationery Show up at Oh So Beautiful Paper (this link contains a round-up of her posts, complete with the links to each) and dreamy invitations to NSS sent to Audrey Woollen of Urbanic Paper Boutique in L.A.
  • A DIY printing tutorial featuring a light-sensitive fabric dye, Inkodye, from the endlessly creative Jessica Jones at How about Orange.  I was so excited by the prospect, I immediately scoured the Internet for this little product and have a bottle being shipped to me as I type.  What will I do with it?!  I can hardly decide -- the possibilities are almost paralyzing!
  • A site that has me giggling:  WTF Letterpress.
  • I am reading--and riveted by--Stephen Greenblatt's The Swerve, an account of papal scribe Poggio Braccolini's discovery of Lucretius's ancient manuscript, On the Nature of Things.  But objections have been raised to Greenblatt's reconstruction of history.
  • I'm planning to visit a book arts book store and gallery in Milwaukee soon called Woodland Pattern.  Has anyone been there?  I've heard great things about it and am super curious!
Here's hoping you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.  On my agenda:  paper waxing, farmers'-marketing, garden planting, and studio cleaning.  I'm beyond thrilled that it's starting to feel like summer.


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