Tag: June 2010

1 june 2010... A new voting month at the Pepsi donation site:
A Chance for Bliss Support the rescue of senior animals at A Chance for Bliss sanctuary. California, USA.
Second Chances Wildlife incubators and medical supplies, etc; Kentucky, USA.
More Saved Animals Build online tool to help animal rescue org.s coordinate & save lives
*** Again: once you sign up (lower left, must supply an email addy), you have ten votes a day!

2 june 2010... Pepsi Donation cont:
Center for Rehabilitation of Oregon Wildlife Open a Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Center in E Portland, OR

thurs 3 june 2010

Entry #1 of 5 on this page (tagged: june)

Oh hey people! This Saturday:
  Drawing Day!

"Drop Everything And Draw"... Well, yeah, I could use some uh motivation in this direction.

fri 4 june 2010

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My friend LaLooFah sent me a happy link...

Creativity Boot Camp

  Creativity Boot Camp

Going 6 june to 18 june. It's free!

Now, obviously, if I were to do this... I should focus on my drawing for these two weeks. But; I've not done any serious photography lately, either. And; journaling is something important to me as well, that has not gotten a lot of attention lately!

Yeah. I'm a mess!


my paper cutter
sat 5 june 2010

Entry #3 of 5 on this page (tagged: june)

♥ Oh my paper cutter! ♥

The paper cutter was my first major art purchase. I bought it in 1997, right after I got out of college and was living on my own. It cost just over 50$, money which I didn't really have at the time! and I got it delivered to my door for free, from Staples, I think.

Fiskars Rotary Paper Cutter!

It's the Fiskars 12 inch Rotary Trimmer with the silver guide rail and 45mm blades...
  Craft 12" Desktop 45mm Rotary Trimmer (more expensive now, at 83.60$ but worth every penny!)

Honestly, as an artist, the paper cutter been my most important purchase. (Not counting my computers and softwares and the Internets *grins*).

I can't remember what project I had in mind when I bought my paper cutter. But it has been through so much, since then.

I had a book-making stage, during which I hand-bound a bunch of books and journals. And cut the paper down to whatever random sizes I wanted.

And of course, my on-going postcard stage. I print up two postcards on one sheet of cardstock and cut them down with the paper cutter.

And in the midst of all this, any random thing I want to add to my journal also gets cut down on the paper cutter!

This week I bought supplies for the over-used paper cutter... some extra blades and a new 4-sided cutting strip. It felt good to get those, but the paper cutter needed to be cleaned before anything new even got close to it!

Cutting anything sticky, will be the death of your paper cutter! Cutting up sticker paper or lamination paper... The sticky builds up on your blade and cutting surfaces, and eventually it will warp your straight edge.

A warped straight edge sucks! Believe me! We use paper cutters at my day job as well; cutting sticker paper warps even the most expensive paper cutters!

So, yeah. I cut a lot of lamination paper when I was making my postcards to send overseas. so my blade and cutting edge are a mess. (But I don't think they are very warped yet.)

I cleaned them up with a combo of alcohol and baking soda and elbow grease. The alcohol will start breaking up the built up sticky, and the baking soda will kill the sticky.

And then I ran it through the shower. The water's probably not great for the metal parts, but it cleaned out the leftover baking soda bits!

When everything dries out, and I put in my new blade and cutting strip... It'll be like a brand new paper cutter! *happy*

thurs 10 june 2010

Entry #4 of 5 on this page (tagged: june)

tiny flowers

Guess I've been looking for a change in my life, here lately. Been off-line a few days this week. Reading instead.

Still couldn't figure out exactly what I wanted, so the universe has forced a change. I'll be spending a bit more time at my day job for the rest of the month.

I do like my day job. But still: bleh! On the other hand, the extra money... will be used. *laughs*

And... I'm still not sure where I want to go with the rest of my (more limited) free time...

Books to read, Snuggle blankets to crochet, the garden, the paper journal, drawing and other art projects, re-arranging the art spaces, get back to postcards, etc.

But right now, I'm going to be reading. I think. The "to be read" pile has actually grown considerably! I don't even know how this happens; stupid Amazon, stupid Fictionwise! *laughs*

sun 20 june 2010

Entry #5 of 5 on this page (tagged: june, )

okay. I ran into this awesome web page last weekend...
  Freebie "no strings attached" Postcards from Aisling
(current, as of 7 june 2010)

I put my name in, tho haven't received anything yet. But I've been thinking about it for a week... and I'm thinking that I need a form thingee on my website, to send out some "no strings" postcards!

(Form removed, see notes below!)

Okay? Your address will be used for the power of good only! June postcards... I'm printing them right now, and I'm aiming for the end of June to get them out the door. My plan is subject to chaos, of course.

I just love sending out postcards!! :)

Update! 25 june 2010... Postcard Update!
Thank you for your interest! The back of the June postcards have been printed and I'll be writing on them this weekend. Out the door on monday morning!

If you are interested in a free, "no strings attached" postcard, sign up soon! This is not a trade, this is a free and ongoing experiment! Sign up, because getting a postcard from me will make you happy! :)

Update! 30 june 2010... Postcard Update!
postcards are out and I'm taking down the form! Look for the next "free" postcard sometime in mid-July! Thanks again for your interest!

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