I'm finding it difficult to navigate the path between honestly sharing my feelings and laying on a guilt trip. It's not easy to decide when I've moved from letting someone know how they've hurt me to giving unnecessary details so that they'll be hurt. Any hints?


Paddleboats, originally uploaded by kate e. did.

I took this photo last Fourth of July weekend at a lake near Iowa City.

Signature #1

Signature #1, originally uploaded by kate e. did.

My Summer Vacation

The title of this post may be making some of you question whether you've stepped through a time warp, but let me assure you, it is, in fact, the middle of March. The weather is very rainy and indecisive. School is still in session. And flowers have just barely started to bloom.

But! I have news that pertains to my summer vacation and it is very exciting news. Around 2 p.m. today, it was decided that I will be spending my summer working at First Presbyterian Church of Salem in Oregon! Getting my internships lined up has been weighing on my mind this semester, so it's great to finally know that both of them are set. I'm so excited to spend some time living in the Northwest because it's someplace I've always thought I'd enjoy.

Anyway, it will be great to have some time away from the hurry and pressure of Princeton and to be paid to visit a place I've always wanted to go. Woot! I will be required to work on the weekends, but I'm hoping that I might find a few friends with "alternative" work schedules who might like to make random, midweek trips to the mountains or the coast. Mostly, I'm just glad that I won't have to spend another miserable summer living in Central New Jersey where the concept of humidity was perfected.

Coming to Get You!

Coming to Get You!, originally uploaded by kate e. did.

I love how these flowers appear to be moving toward the camera, ready to leap off the screen and into your face!

Perfect Blue

perfect blue, originally uploaded by kate e. did.

Another from the archives. Maybe I'll write about my life sometime soon, too.

Dianthus Red and White

Dianthus Red and White, originally uploaded by kate e. did.

I don't want my readership of 10 people to get bored with all the photos of my books, so I thought I would pull something from the archives. Here's to Spring, friends.

I've Never Said This Myself...

...but I can understand why someone might feel it.

Don't worry, friends, I'm not despairing of love.

Signature Covers

My new favorite thing to do when making books is to wrap each signature in a piece of decorative paper. With the visible binding, it looks particularly nice. It also helps provide strength for the stitching.

Want to Buy Me Things?

If any of you ever felt like buying me a belated birthday present or a we're-so-sad-your-heart-is-broken present, this would be perfect. It's from one of my favorite Etsy shops, takae, and it's beautiful! If you click on the picture, it will take you directly to the listing even... pretty please :)


Stripes and Dots - Binding 2, originally uploaded by kate e. did.

Plum Fields

Plum Fields - Covers 2, originally uploaded by kate e. did.

Yeah, it's a lame title, but I'm not that creative... This is one of the books I made this week. It already sold, but I have five more for sale in my Etsy shop.

Now I Know My ABCs

Now I Know My ABCs - Binding, originally uploaded by kate e. did.

New Bag

New Bag, originally uploaded by kate e. did.

If you click on the photo to get to the flickr pages, you can scroll over the picture and see where I got my things!

LittleMary's Stars

This is the other set of books I made for LittleMary. It was a lot of fun to work with her. Anyone else in my life may feel free to patronize me, too.

LittleMary's Rainbows

My new patroness, LittleMary, recently purchased seven books from me all! at! once! Pictured here are the four with rainbow pages.

Each book is 5" wide x 7" tall. One cover is black, the other is white and the paper in between makes a lovely rainbow. With 168 pages, these notebooks should serve the average person for a year or two. To ensure that they would be unique, I used a different color thread to bind each one. I happened to have some rainbow ribbon lying around, so I included a ribbon bookmark with each book. I was very pleased with the outcome and definitely plan on making more of these in the very near future.

Fingernail, originally uploaded by kate e. did.

Took this one while I was in DC with Emily back in January. The Awakening has since been moved to Prince George's County...blah.