Hello July

I had planned to do a month wrap up yesterday but then I got sidetracked by work. So here we are in July and I wish I could say things were better but here in Texas the COVID-19 cases are really alarming and what is so unbelievable to me is that people still don’t seem to take this seriously.

I wish right now I would be talking about our vacation instead. Normally around this time of the year I’m putting my blog on vacation mode. I know many of you have had to cancel plans too. If only we knew when this was going to end right?

So yes, we would have been off to Germany tomorrow. While that’s not happening, what I am planning to do this weekend is enjoy a couple of days off and read and relax. I’ve been under a lot of pressure and I need to distract myself with books and crafts.

My reading which had been going so well in May kind of tanked in June. No thanks to a couple of DNFs. Granted the three books I finished were fabulous: We Need to Talk About Kevin, The Enchantment of the Greengage Tree and I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter.

If I can ever get caught up on reviews I will tell you more about those but if you are at all wondering about them add them to your wishlist. As far as reading plans for this month, I just hope for no more DNFs. What about you, any reading plans for June?

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I didn’t mean to take another week off from the blog but last week was a busy one at work and so not a lot of time left for blogging. So this weekend I’ve had a bit of a chance to read and take care of some other projects around the house.

I was super excited to hear that the Austin Book Arts Center is now offering online classes! While it’s not the same as being in a classroom with others, I’ll take this. I had registered for a class in March but then the pandemic started forcing us to stay home so my class was cancelled. Now I’ll be able to take it. Yay! I’ll tell you more about that in another post.

Speaking of bookbinding projects, I made a small little book out of recycled wallpaper and all the pages are from vintage books. I’m planning to use this for a collage journal so will be sharing more images as I’m filling it up.

I really enjoy collage and I was looking through The Collage Workbook, which I’ve had for a while, and would like to focus on some of the exercises. For those of you who enjoy collage let me know if you have any websites or books you recommend.

Alright friends I hope you are all well and staying safe. The COVID-19 numbers are not encouraging. Please let’s all stay home as much as we can and wear a mask. I haven’t been doing any summer clothes shopping but I can tell you that I have some cute masks. Alright hope you have a great week ahead!

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Quick Update

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Despite not blogging last week and thinking I was going to have a bit more time to catch up on reading, etc. my work was crazy last week and I even had to do a bit of work this weekend. So not a lot of reading got done although I did finish I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez. Really loved this one.

The rest of the weekend I was had calls with friends and family so that was nice and of course the never-ending work on my studio organization. I think I’m doomed to work in the middle of a sea of papers!

Now the good thing is that I did do a bit of book shopping in honor of my bloggiversary but I’m still waiting on the books to arrive so I’ll tell you about those once they are here. So that’s the news around here. Let me know what I’ve missed and if you read any good books this weekend.

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