I want a technology concierge!

I’ve had a particularly frustrating several days with technology. My ipad will let me receive email but not send it. I interact with the website of my webpage host so infrequently that logging on and navigating their site was painful. Continue reading

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The look of the book draws book binder’s expertise

Mark AnderssonSo nice to see bookbinding colleague Mark Andersson featured in this article:  The look of the book draws book binder’s expertise in the Arizona Daily Star. Mark is also the president of the Guild of Book Workers, a professional organization that I belong to. Mark has shared his knowledge and talent at our annual conferences and is just an all-around likeable guy! Continue reading

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I wonder who bound this book?

Who bound the book holding Pope Francis I first blessing?

Who bound the book holding Pope Francis I first blessing?

This large folio being held for Pope Francis I to read his first blessing shown featured in the UK’s Guardian online immediately made me wonder: who wrote and illuminated the text and who bound the book?

It’s so true that we all see events through our own filters. I watched the announcement and introduction of the election of Pope Francis I live. I noticed that microphones were held for him, books and folios were held for him to read. When it was time for the new pope to offer his first blessing, a large folio was opened and held for him. I thought I could see illuminated letters in the text. Was this a very old volume, read from by many popes? Or, something put together just for this occasion? I’d like to know, would you?

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Sometimes the Book IS the Entertainment

Revolution: The Lifecycle of Water

Revolution: The Lifecycle of Water Told in a Stop Motion Pop-Up Book

Pop-up books are fun for everyone. They might be very simple for young children, or quite complex and collector’s items. Personally, I’ve never seen one that combines the physical and digital worlds quite like this one, Revolution: The Lifecycle of Water by
Chris Turner. Awesome.

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Can smaller retailers provide better online customer service than the big guys?

www.craftsy.com provides fast, friendly and accurate online customer service.

http://www.craftsy.com provides fast, friendly and accurate online customer service.

In my opinion, the answer is a resounding YES! In the last two weeks or so I’ve had cause to interact with three different retailers online. Two big and one not-so-big. The big retailers, Amazon and Sears, failed miserably in their customer service tactics. Continue reading

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Robin Crusoe Update

The Robinson Crusoe told in one syllable words is just about put back together. Soon he’ll be ready to go back home. But before that happens, here are some mid-project photos. Continue reading

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Blog Mentions Can Create Sales

Sanctuary is a signed print from an illustration by Chet Phillips. it depicts familiar super characters presented in a crossover setting in the style of a Japanese print. Raging radioactive monster roams in the background.

Sanctuary depicts familiar super characters presented in a crossover setting in the style of a Japanese print.

We all know that blogs make connections for people that might not happen any other way. I think of blogs as world-wide “word-of-mouth” comments. And just like in the physical world, the source of a word-of-mouth endorsement is of paramount importance. Continue reading

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