Aww, you guys! I can't believe how fast the chick and pincushions went. There will be more of both just as soon as I can get to them. Too bad I have an actual full time job. It just keeps getting in the way of the fun stuff! My biggest problem during the week is actually being able to take pictures. It's dark now when I get home, and mornings can get a little hectic. I'd like to make a light box, but I'm really trying to clean my workshop out so I can paint and fix it up all pretty, not bring more stuff in. There must be a space-saving light box contraption out there somewhere, or maybe I just have to invent one myself.
This picture was not taken with the use of a light box, just the pale morning light from my kitchen window, which is quite nice, really. If only it didn't hang around for such a limited time each day.
Enough about that, I actually wanted to talk about books again! First of all, I finished one of two books I'm working on for the shop, and have listed it. The second one is a little bigger, and nearly done too. I'll let you read all about it over there, if you are interested in that sort of thing. I think I have enough of this lovely French printmaking paper left for one, or maybe two more books. I should look for a less expensive alternative, but it's just so nice, and stands up well to ink and watercolors. It's just right for a commonplace book, or a travel journal.
I've also squeezed in a bit of reading, some from the list, and some not. First of all, those of you who recommended The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, what are you trying to do to me?! Heart-wrenching would be the best description I can give you. For those of you interested in WWII/Holocaust books, put this one at the top of your list right now. And even if you're not interested in that period of history, it still should be high on your list.
I've also continued with the Fablehaven books, and I think they are getting better. I finished the second and just started the third. I think kids that are Harry Potter fans and looking for something else to read would really enjoy this series. Fantastical, magical creatures are always fun, and the stories are suspenseful and keep you reading.
The Dew Breaker is also on my list, and I have the CD recording of it from the library, so I can listen while driving to and from work. I have to be in just the right mood to listen to a book, so maybe I'll get to this one later this week. Looking at my to-do list I don't see any spare time for reading, so this may be the best way to fit it in.