Home and Jane

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This Jane Austen quote appeals to me, but it was a friend who asked me to make a gift card for a friend. Shhhh, that’s all I can say at this point, and I can’t reveal the back.

It’s fun to be challenged to learn new things– like printing on the back of the card, which means lining up everything.

My next challenge is two-color registration. Stay tuned!

Spending our days…

DSCN4164Annie Dillard once wrote “how we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.”

As I move into my mid-60’s (yikes) I realize that this idea of living a good life (whatever that is) means everything. I know I am privileged to have choice in how I live my life–not all do. Discovering a passion, letterpress, and a way to play with words has allowed me to truly slip into flow.

“According to Csikszentmihályi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning.”

This often happened when I was teaching, working with young adults and helping them find some meaning in their lives (always more important than whatever was in the curriculum). But I’m certainly finding it now in my printing work.

My other joy is having time to play with my grandchildren, watch them grow, and see my own children in their eyes and smiles. I spent yesterday with two children and Sunday will see the other two. Their visits fill me up with indescribable happiness.

Now that I’m settled in my new shop (or settled in two, actually since my new press is at home), I am trying to develop a routine. Summer is not exactly the time to do that, but it’s coming slowly.

I am trying to remember how each moment matters.

Three Things I Learned on Vacation

  1. I need to be by the water. This is nothing new. But I was reminded once again how my heart opens when I pause.
  2. Time away from the press helps me think of new ideas. Sitting and doing nothing actually helps me create.
  3. Being alone comes naturally. I spent so much of my time in Rhode Island by myself. And I was perfectly ok with that.

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She’s Here

Actually, she arrived a couple of weeks ago. But I’ve been busy closing Water Street, moving into my new space at IMG_4865Forage Studio, and figuring her out.

The biggest problem will be having what I need both at home and the shop, something that’s already proven to be an issue. So perhaps over the next few weeks I’ll see if I can duplicate some items like furniture and leading.

Either way, I am SO excited. I love the first card I was able to pull off the press.

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A 1, 000 lb in my kitchen

In three days, I’ll be the happy owner of an 8×12 Chandler and Price letterpress, fully restored by Ed Regan in Indiana. On Wednesday, he will arrive– ready to move it from his truck and roll it into my kitchen.

Yes, my kitchen. It’s the only place I have for such a lovely, huge item.

I am moving the rest of my shop to a new location as Water Street Studio is closing. But trying to get a heavy press up to the second floor again is impossible. So my husband suggested the little sitting room of our kitchen. After moving the furniture out, I agree– it’s perfect.

I don’t have a photo yet, but it’s one of these beauties!

Travel safely, Ed….

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