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January 2005- Issue 41


Gentle Thoughts


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Welcome to the first newsletter of 2005!

We have lots of new subscribers this month - I hope you enjoy byhand!

Here is what's in this months newsletter:

Winter Challenge
| Numbers Deco Round Robin |
Suzanne's Calendar New byhand Products
Stolen Moments | What's on Sale!

|The Journal Project|

Please note that shipping of byhand Products has increased for a number of reasons - mostly that Canada Post has raised their rates! sigh. sorry.

If you've never been involved in art swaps, why not join the byhandartists? We are just beginning a Mini Leather book swap, and Decorated Altoid tin swap and another round of Decos. Now is the time to sign up! Start your 2005 year with a creative boost!

Please drop into my other website: It changes every month!

While you nourish your creative spirit by reading this newsletter, don't forget your creative body needs nourishment inside and out!
Join my new Yahoo Group

Recently Forbes announced that USANA is #16 in their "200 Best Small Companies" ranking. Well worth a second look!

Books to Inspire

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Bound and Lettered

Previously Tabellae Ansata, you will find this issue is full of byhandartists! Both myself and Nadia Kurjata-Munarolo have written articles here and each of us has included artwork by the other along with that of other byhandartists and subscribers! What a hoot!
The original set of 6 copies I had are sold out, but there are 5 more coming in. If you would like to reserve a copy, please email me! (
They are U$8.50 plus shipping.

Art Dreams

New from Vickie Enkoff!
If you've considered switching your artistic passions from hobby to business you'll want to read this!

I found this a wonderfully interesting read. (Not just because I was one of the artists interviewed!) Vickie has covered many of the aspects one must consider when turning their endeavors into a business. She has interview 20 very different artists and the replies are fascinating! You can tell which ones are the writers - their interviews are much longer! Some sell online, some in galleries and some have their brick and mortar stores. It's fun to see another side of the artists you know and love. Included are interviews with Suzi Finer, Rice Freeman-Zachery, Sherrill Kahn, Tera Leigh, Marny Madrekis and lots
more (Moore, Teesha, too!).

Please contact Vickie to order! Check it out!


Quietfire Retreat

June 11 & 12, 2005
in the beautiful Alberni Valley!

There are 15 spots in this workshop - as of this newsletter 5 places are taken!

The workshop for this retreat will be the Copper Book, which we will do on Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend will include
Copper Book Workshop including book materials
A goodie bag
Catered breakfasts & lunches, all day coffee, tea and snackies on the days of the workshop
Spa evening
(oh, so relaxing and fun)
Field trips & Shopping Opportunities
(other than Quietfire Design!)
Fabulous Scenery
(if it doesn't rain...)
And you'll be just over an hour away from the incredible Long Beach on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

The Spa evening at the hotel will include facials, snacks and the possibility of libations! I am arranging massages, as well, but move over, I'm first in line! (kidding!) I'm sure this will be a fun and relaxing evening!
Accommodation will be a the Coast Hospitality Inn in Port Alberni, only a few blocks from the workshop location. A block of rooms have been reserved for the Quietfire Retreat and the event price is $90CAD/room. Participants will be required to book their own rooms and make their way to Port Alberni. Let me know if you're planning to fly in - we will arrange a pick-up!

If you're interested in coming to play, please email me at and please put Retreat in your Subject Line! Thanks!
Approximate cost of the retreat $180 CAD/person (approx. $145USD). Your $90 CAD ($72 USD) deposit holds your spot and becomes nonrefundable after May 1, 2005 (unless your spot can be filled). You may use your Visa, PayPal or cheque made out to Suzanne Cannon. Please email me if your cheque is on the way!

I've had emails from more than 30 people from Oregon to Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg and of course, Vancouver Island!
We're gonna have a fabulous weekend!

Hope to see you in June 2005!

You can see more of the Copper Book creations in the Class Photos section of my website.



If you're Canadian (like me!) and you'd like to order byhand products in Canadian dollars but don't want to wait for the mail system to deliver your cheque, there are alternatives! You can read more details here or email me. I'll try to make it easy-peasy!

I can't tell you how pleased I am that you are offering product here on the island and it is available in Canada! I also appreciate how easy you make ordering, answering questions and shipping.

Nadine M. - Victoria, BC

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Don't forget if you'd like to share some artwork that you have stamped with a Quietfire Rubber Stamp, please send me a copy and I'll be delighted to put in the Stamping Gallery.

Don't be shy!

Quietfire Design on the Road in 2005

Check out our booths at

Stampers Celebration - Calgary AB
April 1, 2 and 3, 2005

This will be my second year at this amazing event.

This year I'm teaching Designing Decos for Divas and Mini Mica Memories. As well, I'll be a vendor - drop in and say Hi! Hope to see you there!


New Products!

Somerset Wedding

Although it is not released until February, you know this book is going to be a winner!

Here is what they say about it:
Beautiful close-up photographs of extraordinary ideas will overflow in A Somerset Wedding. The bride and groom become inspired with numerous project ideas that can infuse elegance, simplicity and individual style into their perfect day. Preparing, uniting, celebrating, and remembering are the categories into which the projects will be presented.

I am accepting pre-orders for this publication. Please email me if you would like to reserve one!

$18.50CAD plus shipping.

Small brass decorative corners, just 1/2" along each leg. I haven't tried applying these, so I can't tell you all about it - yet! Package of 10 for $2USD

Vintage Women Collage Sheet
I've assembled this sheet with images which are altered book size, ATC size and images that are perfect for Slide Mounts! Enjoy!

Suzanne is a member of the

Site Siting

Recently I had the pleasure of meeting artist Izabela Gereb. She has recently move to Port Alberni from Vancouver.
Izabela has a Master of Science in Wood Technology (a 5 years program) with a major in Furniture Design and Manufacturing from the University of Brasov in Romania. But more recently her passion is painting. You may see her fabulous furniture designs and artwork on her website at The hard part is deciding which one you have to have!

chair by Izabela Gereb

Screen by Izabela Gereb

Stolen Moments

The Underemployed French Knot

You've used all sorts of attachments to keep things on your ATCs, altered book pages and cards, but have you tried the French Knot?

We're going to borrow a technique from the needle artists this month to add more texture and interest to our projects!

To the right is a closeup of the page I did in Lizard's deco. The hole in the bee charms was so small that I couldn't even use a tiny eyelet to hold them in place.

First I pierced three holes with my awl where I wanted the bees. I chose a very small needle (probably a #24 or #26) and used only 3 strands of 6-strand floss (I chose a thread colour to complement the colour of the rubber stamp ink I'd used).

I knotted the end of the thread, came up through the hole from the back, added the charm and completed the French Knot. Make sure you keep tension on the thread at all times. See the illustration below (it's better than I could draw it!). You can do more wraps around the needle to increase the bulk of the knot. Make sure you practice a few before you do the "real thing"!

Illustration from Reader's Digest The Complete Guide to Needlework

Winter Challenge Swap!
If you're too shy to join a swap on the byhandartists Yahoo group, join here!
Several of the byhandartists are dedicated ATC creators and they've given me the itch. And with Stampington having just published their Anthology of ATCs there is lots of inspiration to be had!

Get out your cardstock, your stamps, your collage items, your pens and ink and rev up your creativity!
The theme is


I used the ATC alters for this sample, made closures (as shown in another newsletter), stamped, cut and collaged with a travel theme.
Create without Limits!

Letter a quote on it, collage it, stamp it - whatever your heart's passion. Just make it look old.
Try using the ATC Mini Alters or the Mini Bingo Cards!

Sign up deadline, February 1, 2005. Email to sign up

Due date: March 1, 2005 to me at Quietfire Design, Box 1231, Port Alberni, BC Canada V9Y 7M1

Artists Trading Cards are 3 1/2" x 2 1/2". The great thing about them is that they don't have to take a lot of time to make. It probably takes longer to design them! They also don't cost a lot to mail - and we like that.
Additional information will be sent out when you sign up!


Numbers Deco Round Robin

The byhandartists third round of decos is nearing completion. Here are some more fabulous pages from those decos which is bound to stimulate your own creativity. Most of these pages are from Groups 1 and 3 (the cheeky group!). More next month.

Donna in bj's

Donna in Beth A's

Beth Anne in Donna's

bj's famous 7 Deadly Sins deco

Beth in bj's

Beth in bj's

Beth in bj's

Tricia in Vickie's

Tricia in Vickie's

in Lizard's

Suzanne in Tricia's

Vickie in Tricia's

Vicki in Tricia's

Lizard in Tricia's

Tricia in her own deco

Tricia's cover

Lizard's deco

Lizard in her own deco

Suzanne in Lizard's deco

Donna in bj's deco

Donna in Beth A's deco

Donna in Beth Ann's deco

Donna in Beth Ann's deco

Donna in Beth Ann's deco

Rose in bj's

Beth Ann in bj's

Beth Ann in bj's

Beth Ann's cards in bj's pockets

bj in Beth Ann's

Beth in Beth Anne's

Donna in Rose's

Donna in Rose's

Donna in Rose's

Suzanne's Schedule


Jan 15 Parksville BC Beginning Calligraphy Malaspina University College, Parksville
Jan 29 Victoria BC Pipe Organ Binding Island Blue Print
Jan 30 Victoria BC Altered Books Island Blue Print
Feb 15 Port Alberni BC Beginning Calligraphy 4 evenings - Port Alberni Parks and Rec To Register call (250) 723-2181
Feb 18
Abbotsford BC
Endeavour Educational Services
School District Professional Day
Feb 19 Burnaby BC Altering On - Niches and Drawers Burnaby Community Education
Feb 20 Vancouver Versed in Versals Westcoast Calligraphy Society
April 1, 2, 3 Calgary AB Stampers Celebration Vendor and Instructor
Friday 7-9pm Calgary AB Designing Decos for Divas Stampers Celebration
Saturday 8-10am Calgary AB Mini Mica Memories Stampers Celebration
April 30 Port Alberni, BC A Day with the Arts Studio Tours  
June 11 & 12 Port Alberni BC Copper Book Retreat Contact for details


What's on Sale!

The Premium Subscriber Sale is now on! You must be a Premium Subscriber to participate in this sale! To learn more, click here.


The Journal Project

A few months ago, byhandartist Ellen Harper posted scans of a wonderful journal she had made. On each page of collages she had a single word which was the focus. I thought this was such a great idea that I challenged the byhandartists to make their own. Each week I assign a word and the artists create around that word. We've only just begun!

The above artwork is a digital collage by Therese in Trenton. Nice, eh?

Please come and join us!

If there is any information you would like to see in this newsletter, let me know. Each month I will email you to let you know the new issue is published. If you know someone who would like to receive notice of byhand, just have them email me and I will put them on the list. Bye for now and thanks for visiting!
(250) 723-0321 Quietfire Design

The original title lettering of byhand was done with a Mitchell's Roundhand Nib, size 0, and Higgins Eternal Ink. Quietfire Design Rubber stamps were used to create the other designs.

Artists whose work is shown in this newsletter retain the copyright on their own work.

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