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Saturday Finds

November 15, 2008

Here are my Saturday Finds for this week. Enjoy!

Rock Cushions by Ronel Jordaan

These are cushions, not rocks. They are 100% wool, hand-dyed, hand-carded, handfelted into free-forming oversized pebbles. Click on the picture for more information on how you can own these and other beautiful nature-inspired textile designs.

Books: From High to Low Tech

Print-On-Demand Sites
Photo books are a convenient online way to create an artist’s catalog, portfolio, or inspiration book on demand, especially when the idea is to produce just a few, and not with the idea of selling them.  They’re also great for creating family albums and travel books — a great gift idea, if you need one.

Pricing is fairly comparable for a bound 20-page 8 x 11 book within a range of $25, give or take. I have not seen the quality of any of the finished products, so if you have, would you let us know?

Some of the sources for print-on-demand photo books include:

Blurb, a flickr partner

Lulu – which also offers a wide range of other self-publishing services.




SharedInk which also offeres digital downloadable PDF books




. . . and the list keeps growing. Are there any I’ve forgotten?

Or You Can Make and Bind Your Own Books

If you prefer the personal touch instead, this is a great site with tutorials and sources for everything you need to make your own hand-bound books.

Or just make art out of a book! I love this video:

Have a great weekend.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. November 15, 2008 3:23 pm

    Oooh… Martha I love these rock cushions I have been seeing them around. They would for sure be a great conversational piece for any home!
    Thank you for sharing!! Hugs…

  2. November 15, 2008 3:35 pm

    I love those too, Joyce. They would be such fun to have. My dogs would probably think they were a big stuffed doggie toy.

  3. November 16, 2008 5:02 am

    Ok, I give credit for the concept, but I don’t want rocks on his couch. LOL!

  4. Janet permalink
    November 16, 2008 12:00 pm

    Snapfish is cheap and reliable. I have ordered a photo book, and it was fine, except I don’t think there is a way to edit the order once you have uploaded the photos, neither can you designate portrait or landscape. Some of the photos must be viewed by turning the book if they have changed from portrait to landscape. I could be wrong about the editing capabilities. So, if you want your photos to be viewed all the same way, submit all portrait views, or all landscape views. If it doesn’t matter to you, then……….it doesn’t matter!
    (I use Snapfish as one of the ways I back up my photo files. Free and unlimited space.)

  5. November 16, 2008 12:22 pm

    John, don’t you think you could “rock the house” with those?

    Thanks for that info Janet. I use Snapfish for family and travel picture sharing too. I’ve also ordered a few gift items from them, such as mugs, which are great. Not books though. I appreciate that tip.

  6. November 16, 2008 4:55 pm

    The rock cushions are wild, but I have to agree with John. The links for creating your own book are great fun. They’d would be a terrific idea for family Holiday gifts, also.

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