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Hello world, my little postcard printing business has doubled, ha! I’m now selling my hand-carved and printed designs at Dudleya Studio in Atascadero on California’s Central Coast near Paso Robles. Two of my new designs (blooming cactus and thank you mountain goat, pictured above) are for sale there. Dudleya is the cutest little shop with art space for classes like felting, which Max recently surprised me with a private lesson in! We made miniature felted llamas of course (ironically, with alpaca wool). Here’s a picture of my postcards on the rack at Dudleya:

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And of Max and I in action felting:

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The most recent proofreading project I completed for GoldieBlox is now available to buy! GoldieBlox and the Parade Float book/toy set teaches girls engineering principles (wheel and axle in this case) and builds confidence in problem-solving. I proofread the box cover as well as the companion book. Though she’s not pictured on the cover, be on the lookout for adorably evil Katinka, a mini dolphin ballerina.

And speaking of floats… did you see the GoldieBlox parade float at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade? You can watch a video of it pre-parade here. So proud of this company and the play they promote!

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I have a new llama block print that I whipped up the other night. I modeled it after the profiled cow stamp I made some years ago, and really like how it turned out despite some issues with my carving tool/material (see crumbles on the stamp below), overcarving a few areas, and a general lack of planning on the design. Sometimes it’s good not to be a perfectionist and just go with what you end with! The finished postcard is printed on French Paper’s Speckletone Kraft cardstock.

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This new postcard design and the cow it’s modeled after are available for purchase at Riverside Studios in Truckee.

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It’s always an honor to edit a memoir, especially one as well written Alan North’s manuscript, currently titled Of Love and Stone. Alan (a published author with his Urban Adventure Handbook, Ten Speed Press) has a natural writer’s voice and weaves a narrative taking us from present-day (his return to rock climb full-time in Yosemite) to past (recollections of his relationship and moments that lead up to his divorce). It was pitched to me by a friend as Eat Pray Love for men. Definitely lots of grit, and inspiring to read about the mental aspects of rock climbing. Keep your eye out for this one!

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I completed a proofreading project last week on a 15-year-in-the-making book by scholar Joseba Zulaika. Titled That Old Bilbao Moon: The Passion and Resurrection of a City, the book is a first-person meditation on the Basque Country’s postwar generation. Covering everything from the bombing of Guernica to the construction of the Guggenheim, That Old Bilbao Moon is a comprehensive read for anyone interested in Basque culture, and specifically the city of Bilbao. Look for it to be released soon by the Center for Basque Studies.

*photo of Jeff Koons’ Puppy at the Guggenheim-Bilbao by juantiagues/flickr

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Max and I collaborated on a project for Castoro Cellars’ Beaverstock music festival in Templeton (Central Coast, California), and I’m so very excited on how it turned out. I made a bunch of postcards that we put on display in the artist lounge area. Festivalgoers could fill one out for free, place it in the mailbox, and then Max mailed all 300 of them out after the festival. It was a huge hit – I was out of postcards in the first few hours of the festival so had to restamp to resupply the booth. I made two versions: one a spinoff on the Tahoe state stamp I do, with the Castoro Beaverstock beaver with sunglasses marking the spot where Castoro Cellars is on the map; and the other a replica of the Castoro winery logo.

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I also spent some good time creating a tumbleweed (from my postcard paper scraps) with my friend Brittney for our campsite, which had a saloon theme. A lot of heart and soul went into creating this little guy, who we leashed to our “covered wagon” tent so he wouldn’t tumble too far!

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Today I finished copyediting another book for the Center for Basque Studies: Mythology and Ideology of the Basque Language: A History of Scholarship by Antonio Tovar, who is pictured above looking very scholarly. This classic text, translated into English by Jennifer R. Ottman, explores the multitude of myths surrounding the origin of Basque, walking us through the ideologies of various scholars, and concludes with a very simple explanation of what can be proven. As we were dealing with a translated classic, I kept my edits to a minimum here to retain the author’s voice and style. Stay tuned to the Center for Basque Studies for more information on this book’s release. Photo from Bilblioteca Virtual: Miguel de Cervantes

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