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lk ludwig
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There used to be a particular brand of photo paper that was rubbish for photos as it wasn't waterproof. However, this flaw made the paper perfect to use to do ink jet image transfers. All one needed was a spray bottle, some paper, and a wooden spoon to make the loveliest of image transfers. It worked on paper, fabric, and even light-colored leather. And, as a bonus,often the post-image transfer photo paper was pretty cool looking and could also be used in journals and paintings and what have you. Oh, I LOVED that paper. Sadly, the manufacturer discontinued this paper... Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Having a grilled cheese, and watching my most favorite episode of Dr. Who, Vincent and the Doctor. I cry unabashedly at the close every single time. The premise being the Doctor and Amy travel back in time to meet Vincent Van Gogh, whereupon an adventure ensues, and at the close they try to show Vincent how much meaning his life truly has. (the music is Chances, by Athlete.) The Starry Starry Night scene: Continue reading
Posted Sep 17, 2015 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Way back in February, I did a ton of repair work on my laptop, replacing broken parts and upgrading as I went. My laptop worked like a dream, practically purring as it zoomed along the internet. Then in May, my youngest spilled a very tall, and very cold, glass of chocolate milk into my laptop. She tried very hard to keep it working, because, having watched me learn how to fix my laptop, she knew I had invested quite a bit of time into the repair. But, turning it back on each time it shut itself off wasn't as helpful... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2015 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Riff as a noun: an ostinato phrase (as in jazz) typically supporting a solo improvisation; also : a piece based on such a phrase a distinct variation as an intransitive verb: to perform, deliver, or make use of a riff First known use of riff- 1935 (from Merriam-Webster) getting ready to riff (clockwise from left: my heavily annotated copy of Exposed Spine Sewings by Keith Smith, my big binder of personal notes & stitch samplers, (the green page is fun foam- easy to sew through when working out a group of sewing ideas), wood glue for constructing stitch samplers &... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2015 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Finally, my computer, my beloved late 2009 MacBook, is repaired! I'd been limping my laptop along since late summer, and just before Christmas, it died. I certainly couldn't afford a new MacBook, and it turned out, I couldn't afford to take it in to be repaired either! So, I did the repairs myself! I researched what I needed to do to diagnose the problems, how to do the repairs, what to buy, and where to buy it. I ordered what I needed to do the repairs, and once everything arrived, I installed a new hard drive, RAM, fan, and "non-user-replaceable"... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2015 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Bet you thought I'd forgotten!! Yes, I know August is almost over, but almost only counts in.... anyway... The Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah Journal a perpetual, portable journal Journal Features: portable size: 6" x 6" and 1.5" thick. zippers closed! (no sewing required!) removable & replaceable pages. storage pouches and pockets. made from inexpensive materials. constructed, not sewn. choose whatever type of paper you'd like! (drawing, printmaking, watercolor, found papers, maps...) prep your pages however you choose. customize your journal cover to suit your needs! (While the Book Of The Month classes won't be covering surface treatments for paper, I do offer a... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Visiting the Graveyard by Mary Oliver When I think of death it is a bright enough city and every year more faces there are familiar but not a single one notices me, though I long for it, and when they talk together, which they do very quietly, it's in an unknowable language— I can catch the tone but understand not a single word— and when I open my eyes there's the mysterious field, the beautiful trees. There are the stones. — Mary Oliver, from "Red Bird" Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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A Line-Storm Song by Robert Frost The line-storm clouds fly tattered and swift, The road is forlorn all day, Where a myriad snowy quartz stones lift, And the hoof-prints vanish away. The roadside flowers, too wet for the bee, Expend their bloom in vain. Come over the hills and far with me, And be my love in the rain. The birds have less to say for themselves In the wood-world’s torn despair Than now these numberless years the elves, Although they are no less there: All song of the woods is crushed like some Wild, easily shattered rose. Come, be... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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This is one of the books I made as part of the class process. I always make my own books with the binding as I create the videos and instructions for the class, rather than just work with already finished pieces and written steps. This allows me to add in little tips and tricks as I go- things like how to repair a signature or folio cut by tightening the thread, or how to make a bit of trim more sturdy so it can be used as a support for binding. I love doing that, because those little tidbits can... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Late last summer, some enterprising birds made a nest on top of our garage door opening mechanism. After a few months, Joe removed it, and placed it on a shelf near the door, thinking the littlest little would find it fascinating. Last week, a pair of robins decided it was the perfect location to start a family. This is crazy because the garage has a lot of foot traffic in and out, and we park right beside where the nest is placed! We also use the power tools located in that garage, and Sunny has a little kitchen play space... Continue reading
Posted May 6, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Ever wish you could edit photos on your laptop or desktop as quickly and easily as you do on your iPhone or iPad? You can! My inbox had an email from the Nevercenter folks this morning advertising a HUGE sale on their CameraBag 2.5 app for Mac & Windows. It is normally $20, but is on sale for a very limited time for $8. Nevercenter also has a free, 15-day trial version, so you can check it out before purchasing. I'm not affiliated with Nevercenter in any way. I've purchased their apps for my computer, iPhone and iPad. The original... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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The Book Of The Month Bookbinding Online Class Series! Starting with April, I'll be offering a new online bookbinding class each month! I love teaching bookbinding! I'm a mellow, easy-going, patient bookbinder and instructor. I make sure you understand the stitch before you begin sewing your book! You'll practice the sewing, and create a sewing "sampler" which will become a wonderful reference tool. I keep my samplers in a binder, so when I need to choose a binding to use for a new journal, I have a collection of 3-d visual references of bindings to peruse! Each class will cover... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Besides getting questions asking about which stones are actually gemstones, and those sort of queries, I have been asked about buying gemstone beads, and about how to price jewelry. I'm no expert, but I'll share what I can. And, given how I price my items, you might not want to take my advice. Since the cost of the gemstones directly affects the cost of jewelry, those questions are connected. SOURCES for beads: I purchase quite a bit from Etsy. I search for a specific stone, look at different vendors, their shipping costs, and their reviews, and choose based on that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Spring is finally here! Yesterday, warm, magnolia-perfumed breezes floated through open windows. The high for the day was 80 degrees. Tomorrow will bring rain, followed by snow. Yes, spring has come to western Pennsylvania. In celebration of green shoots and magnolia blossoms, the Easter holiday, and Mother's Day, The Wishmonger is having a huge sale! Prices have been reduced on all jewelry items; some a little, but most a lot! Earrings have all been marked down 43%- 50%. Wrap bracelets were reduced varying amounts; prices now range $20 to $45. Necklaces now are priced $30-$40. A quick word about the... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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I like using cheap composition books for various writing, research, and class planning projects. What this has meant is when I've needed to write something down, or look up something, I've had to sift through a pile of notebooks to find the correct one. You know how that went, right? So, I pulled the covers off of the composition books I was using and extras I had on hand, and bound them into two journals. The composition books became the signatures of the journals. (the sections/stacks of folded papers are called signatures, individual folded papers are called folios.) I wanted... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
Since launching The Wishmonger, I've gotten quite a few questions about gemstones from friends and readers- questions about what stones are gemstones, sources to purchase stones, the cost of stones, and how I determine the prices for my jewelry. I'm going to do my best to answer over the next couple of posts. I have done quite a bit of reading regarding gemstones. Being the ever-nerd that I am, my reading has included some books and manuscripts that date back to the 1600s found in a wonderful online library of rare antique books on gemstones on the Farlang website. Many... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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from my instagram feed... storm warning the temperature fell 57 degrees in 24 hours Bella a few glimpses of the oldest little Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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I gave myself a haircut a few days ago. I had been, once again, growing my hair out, thinking I might like to have it long again, and had, once again, gotten to that awful in between place where I tried not to look at my hair when I looked in the mirror. So, this is me, now. at 51. Self-cut curls. Wearing a freshly made pair of earrings and a new shade of lipstick. Slightly crazy and rather curly, or is it the other way around? Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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I've been making jewelry. Lots of jewelry. Lots and lots of jewelry. So, I've opened The Wishmonger, an Etsy shop. I've listed more than fifty items. I've been a bit nervous about inviting everyone in, which is silly, but true! From my shop announcement : "Since we're dealing in wishes here, you never can tell exactly what you'll find... handmade jewelry, art, hand-bound books, vintage goodies, random antique bits, thrifted treasures, flotsam & jetsam, and perhaps even... wishes. Come have a look! You might find something from your wish list!" "If you are a dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2014 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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After getting the ball rolling here on my blog, I certainly didn't intend to disappear from posting. I also have been remiss in posting to/reading messages on Facebook. In addition, I've been doing the barest of email reading. If you haven't heard from me, chances are I don't even know you tried to reach me. The last day my middle child, my oldest daughter, my Magpie, attended school was October 25, 2013. I've been rather focused on her, and more than a tad freaked-out. (If you take "overwhelmed" and mix it in with "incalculably worried", you get "more than a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Gwen: "Any idea what it is?" Jack: "Not a clue. Could be a weapon. Or a really big stapler." Having Torchwood on during my email hour is infinitely more fun than using a timer. Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2013 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Every year, at Halloween, I end up in my own personal version of the SyFy show Face Off. If you haven't ever watched the show: Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. Each week the artists are tasked with using their considerable talent to create original movie-worthy characters such as aliens, human-animal hybrids, horror villains, cyborgs and others. Challenges incorporate a wide range of skill sets including design, sculpting, molding and application. It all builds to incredible reveals of the... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2013 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio
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Gryphon prefers to use graph paper (quad paper) in his sketchbooks because it works equally well for drawing and writing. He uses them to work on drawings, RPG character designs, logos, poetry, and fiction. He and his closest friends often develop creative story lines they all work on simultaneously, writing fiction and drawing characters. Sometimes the works are collaborative and meant to fit together into one whole; other times the work is parallel, and exists in the same story arc. When he filled his latest sketchbook (wire bound, black covers, serviceable but dull), Gryphon asked if we might find something... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at The Gryphon's Feather Studio