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I put some of my handmade books in my Etsy Shop, and I really just wanna keep filling and filling it up! I remembered that my dad had this little mini tripod, and that my mom has an excellent cannon digital camera. So I took those two things, set up a little makeshift photo studio with the sun pouring through my window and took some yummy pictures. Heres how some of them came out :

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I have been hearing a lot about Patti Smith’s novel Just Kids, and am now officially convinced that I must buy it, thanks to the Free People blog entry, just kids – part one. I always love the photos they have on their entries as well. And the quotes picked out are great.

So although I have yet to read this book, I have always been a big reader and collector of quotes. Every book I read seems to be covered in dog ears, underlines and highlighter. I will even buy books that I have already read through lending and libraries in order to massacre them in this way. My notebooks always have random quotes scrawled in the edges and over images. When I was a hostess at Vinnie Van Go-Go’s in Savannah, I would write them down on a waitress pad, and now have an endless pile of waitress pages filled with excerpts of whatever I was reading at the time. Anyway, this is me saying that I must find a way to reuse these words that obviously meant something to me when I jotted them down. Savannah is such an inspiring place, but I kind of can’t wait to get back to my studio in Brooklyn, and make all these ideas a reality.

"Real and unreal, beautiful and strange. It got me high as a kite, but it didn't last long enough, it ended too soon and left nothing behind.' 'That's the way it is with dreams, they're the perfect crime." - Tom Robbins

"Some things you never forgot. She had come to believe that the very things the practical world dismissed as ephemera-things like songs and moonlight and kisses-were sometimes the things that lasted the longest. They might be foolish, but they defied forgetting. And that was good. That was good." -Stephen King

Maybe, some kind of quote a day project? Let me know if you have any ideas for how I can utilize this collection of mine.

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So I had a good meander around Barnes and Noble yesterday with Herbie and ended up picking up a copy of The Handmade Marketplace by Kari Chapin. I’ve only had it for a about 24 hours but I have really delved into it, and am super impressed. Its totally inspiring and helpful, and is really helping me to see how easy it can be successful at something I love as long as I have the proper drive, and of course, my tech savvy boyfriend makes things a little easier also. What I like about the book is that although a lot of what it goes through is stuff I already know in the back of my head, she really breaks it down simply, and gives comprehensive tips on how to get something successful started. Reading it feels like talking to a good friend who always has excellent advice, and the illustrations by Emily Martin (a.k.a. The Black Apple) and Jen Skelley make my eyeballs feel good.