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"I am I the only on on this site? I seems to be.Other than you, every time I am on, it's just me and you. Cheryl what's going on, should even both to take this further? Oh by the way, how did you get your name across you work on the books?…"
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RE: rejection of products or services ... I knew a woman whose products were good, but there was room for improvement in her customer service. I bought from her and after the 2nd time doing so, stopped because I was fed up with not being sent exactly what I paid for. It may have seemed minor to her, but changing an accent colour or small pieces of the item wasn't acceptable to me. I wanted what I saw, not a variation. There's another Black woman seller I was going to buy some items from, but… Continue

Posted on July 17, 2009 at 17:42


I wish I had 8 arms. It's a bit frustrating, having to work on one craft at a time. While I'm making something, I can't wait until I get to move onto the next project. At the same time I can't rush anything, or else the item will undoubtedly become ruined.

I'm eager to start making soap and shampoo, but I have to exhaust my current materials first, make as many books and jewellery and ornaments as I can before justifying further expense to do more crafts. This probably means another… Continue

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I have found book jewellery (also referred to as "book thongs", but the term "thong" conjures disgusting images for me, and, the synonyms are negative) to be much better than a traditional bookmark. They're unobtrusive and easier to use. I love them and want to provide them with at least 1/2 of my books. My next purchase of bookmaking material will render me almost 400 books. It'll take me forever to paint the covers and so I won't… Continue

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Afrofest is coming up and I'd hoped enough members would sign up so that we could share the booth space for $62.50 each. Unfortunately that's not happening (8 members are needed and would get 1/2 a table each) and I suspect that this is due to cost. One of the things BCG will be doing after obtaining charitable status under a local arts umbrella organisation is raising funds in order to pay for members' selling space at events. It would be great if we could raise enough money to pay for our own… Continue

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At 12:42 on March 10, 2014, Rose Marie Barden said…

I am I the only on on this site? I seems to be.Other than you, every time I am on, it's just me and you. Cheryl what's going on, should even both to take this further? Oh by the way, how did you get your name across you work on the books? Please share.

At 21:48 on October 22, 2012, Dolls By MonTQ said…

Adore your new works. r u selling the journals? 

At 16:01 on September 19, 2008, Christine Burton said…

Your work is phenomenal. I thought I loved your journals, but your beadwork is awesome.
At 7:55 on June 28, 2008, cheryl said…
A couple weeks ago, I chopped off all my hair. I'm nearly bald now. I'm more used to the feeling, but I wish I hadn't thrown it away. Well, I think I did. A bag-full of hair I could've used in my crafting.
At 13:01 on June 22, 2008, cheryl said…
Tuh! My belly's bigger than my butt too. lol I'm also bigger than 22. But hey, that's me! Take it or leave it. :p lol

I share your frustration with time-consuming work. I finished up some books, thinking "Ooo, I got a lot done!" Then I really took a look ... Just 4 books! Ack!
At 19:05 on June 19, 2008, cheryl said…
Sure! I'll email you the code.
At 21:05 on June 8, 2008, cheryl said…
Yes, definitely you should add that to your profile.
At 14:19 on June 2, 2008, cheryl said…
I'm excited about the books I'll be creating after June 7. Some will have embroidered or otherwise embellished spines. I've also finished making several stamps, which I'll be using as well, and I'm gathering leaves for pressing to use on some of the bookcovers. I hope that works out, as I love collage!
At 8:14 on May 19, 2008, cheryl said…
At 22:16 on May 12, 2008, cheryl said…
Yes, for sure! I think Patch and Ifama have music in their profiles.

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Specific crafting I do (NOT what people do in my company) -- a LIST of what I make, decorate, or artistically alter with my hands, and/or other part of my body.
Journals, Christmas ornaments, light switch plates, jewelry
About Me:
I'm chiefly an artistic bookmaker. I also paint Christmas/Kwanzaa ornaments and make jewellery. Rughooking I did only once but it is on my list of crafts to engage in regularly. I'm a beginner knitter. At most I can make rags and scarves. I have a portable quilting frame but haven't quilted anything yet. I am dying to do pottery again (1st and last time was over 20 years ago) but I probably won't start that until I've retired. I badly want to paint bisque and do bead embroidery ... I'd love to make paper from scratch but I don't think I'd have the patience ... the list goes on. I almost never logout, so my profile will almost always "show" that I'm online. :p
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Favourite crafting books and videos
Bead Fantasies series

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