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Olio – December 29, 2015

Olio: a miscellaneous collection of things  Do you ever run across so many fascinating items online that they back up before you get a chance to share them? I’m suffering that condition now but I’m going to control myself and share only 6 of them. Want to Create Things That Matter? Be Lazy. [99u] – While I agree with the basic premise of this article – that creating things of value, deep things, you have…

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Taking a Stab at Coptic Stitch … Again

Here’s my latest creation, a handmade blank journal with a Coptic stitch binding. After taking a class from artist Heidi Jeub to learn how to make these a couple years ago, I made a whole bunch in order to cement the process in my mind. And then I didn’t make any. Until this one. I remembered the procedures for making the signatures and the cover, but that Coptic binding was a tricky one. I managed…

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The Best Place to Work

Aside from reading books on creativity, I have a tendency to pick books about human behavior and the social sciences. I have three of them by my bedside now, checked out from the library. The one I just finished reading is called, “The Best Place to Work: The Art and Science of Creating an Extraordinary Workplace” by Ron Friedman. This book was an easy read, presenting research that has been done on creating workplaces that…

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Frankensteining the Talent Pool: Devin Townsend + David Draiman

Shazam! Another Frankensteining the Talent Pool idea! This one sparked by my husband playing a couple of videos by the band Disturbed on YouTube this evening. The kicker was Disturbed’s version of Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence.” The way Disturbed performs this song made me listen more carefully to the lyrics because they start slowly and quietly, with the music becoming louder and more emotional as it continues, until there is a pause…

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My Beautiful New 2016 Day Book

It’s that time of year again … time to buy a new calendar/day book for the upcoming year. I’ve been keeping a day book for years and years now, probably since the 1990s, when my sister-in-law bought me my first one. At the time, I was journaling long-hand in notebooks, trying to follow the suggestion in “The Artist’s Way” about writing three pages per day. The long-hand requirement drove me crazy because I didn’t always…

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