Goals and Dreams

Coming home from a very restful weekend at our friends’ place on a lake an hour away from our home, my husband and I were talking about our journals and the vision we had for them. We had spent a majority of that day working on making a 200-page, large journal for our friend, which took approximately 8 hours from start to finish. But it ignited the passion and desire to dig in to make some product to put in our gallery. We set a goal…10 complete journals in 3 weeks!

As some people may know (but most don’t), both my husband and I work full-time during the day, but I’m also taking a full course load online trying to get my Writing degree. That weekend was the first one of my three week break between semesters in August. Perhaps it was a lofty goal, but it was something we could strive for and see the progress made!

By September 3rd, we had finished 8 small journals (approximately 9″ tall by 6-6 1/2″ wide) and 3 large journals (approximately 11 1/2″ tall by 9″ wide) – which included the large journal made for our friend (she gave me permission to post it to the Gallery page as SOLD). During those weeks, we also started 2 small journals and 4 large journals that are in various stages of completion. But now Fall Semester has begun so my time is quite limited.

However, we do have some idea of how long certain parts of the process takes…for example, a 200 page, small journal text block takes around 1 hour to sew together – a 250 page, large journal text block takes between 2 1/2 to 3 hours to sew together. But what part takes the longest? Waiting for the glue to dry during the various stages!

We are already talking about a new goal for the month between my Fall and Spring Semesters to work on, and hope to start vending at different venues next spring. So here’s to Goals and Dreams…only your imagination will limit you!

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