As a matter of fact, I’ve taken several classes but haven’t had the time to actually keep up with it.
Yesterday, I was speaking with my friend, Susan Fuquay, who is the editor of The American Quilt Retailer, who surprised me that she paints with oils and is a part of a weekly class group.
Susan totally inspired me, so I’ve just signed up for Evening Watercolor classes with the Somerset Art Association on Wednesday nights starting in June. I’m very excited about getting my paints and papers out to start painting again.
Just a little TEASE:
I wanted to show you this bag whose pattern will be in an upcoming Quilter’s Home along with an iron-on QUILTZILLA-themed patch! Now, this isn’t a bag you’d take to work or to the market, but is one for shop hops, quilt shows, vendor night at your guild, etc. It’s roomy and bright and, with the iron-on, will have a total quilty theme! This bag was put together by celeb quilter, Amy Buehler.
On the Couch
Thought it was time to start therapy. I need to deal with this weight issue of mine amoung other things (Evan growing up and my fear of the empty nest).
Wanna talk about karma?
My therapist is in an office above a DUNKIN DOUGHNUTS! Now, what would Freud think of that?!?
Keep Your Eyes Open!
The latest Mark LIpinski’s Quilter’s Home is just starting to hit the stands! So keep your eye out for it! It’s kind of a fun issue if I may say so myself! So far I’ve only caught one typo! LOL
MY Mid-Life Crisis Purchase
The other day, I went to quiltmaker/author Eleanor Levie’s home in Bucks County, PA to work on a story for Quilter’s Home. On my way back, my midlife crisis hit me and I stopped in Lambertville, New Jersey where I bought……
. . . Yes, I finally picked up my ukelele! I have no idea how to play it nor do I have much time to learn but it’s something I have wanted for a long time. Now, I can write naughty quilting diddies for y’all!
By the way, Elenor is the author of this Martingale book, Skinny Quilts And Table Runners: From Today’s Top Designers (I’m not one of them. . . )
While I was in Lamberville, I found one of my favorite kind of shops . . .
A used bookstore. I came out with these babies —
NEED A JOB? Know someone who does?
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Managing Editor (this is one you can do from home!)
Internationally distributed, Mark Lipinski’s Quilter’s Home magazine needs an experienced Managing Editor to manage magazine and book schedules, participate in creative concept meetings, write articles, assign and edit copy, and supervise staff and freelancers. The ideal candidate is creative, organized, self-directed, and has a strong interest in the quilting industry.
Manage schedules and handoffs:
· Create and maintain magazine timeline.
· Coordinate workload so that editorial, art, and production are able to produce magazines, special issues, web content, and other products with minimal overlap.
· Track multiple projects and ensure that all steps on the timeline are completed according to schedule and all handoffs are complete, accurate, and on time.
· Maintain editorial calendar to ensure that broad plans are in place for content a year in advance, and detailed plans exist for two upcoming issues.
Create, edit, and proof content:
· Help concept and plan content for magazine, web, books, etc.
· Write articles, and edit/approve incoming articles to make sure they are factually and grammatically correct.
· Copyedit text at Design phase, and perform QA edit of proofs before they go to the printer.
· Gather and coordinate visuals (photography, headshots, etc.)
Manage staff and freelancers:
· Manage staff members as direct reports, and manage freelance editors on both per-issue and ongoing basis.
· Solid knowledge of and ability to perform within magazine and web publishing cycle, with a proven ability to produce deliverables for multiple ongoing projects.
· An excellent understanding of the quilting industry and our readership, or, at minimum a strong interest in quilting and other interests pertinent to our female demographic.
· Exceptional writing and editing skills pertinent to quilting, women’s lifestyle topics, or the hobby and craft industry.
· Self-directed and able to proactively solve problems and keep editorial team running smoothly.
· Knowledge of basic computer programs (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Outlook).
· Degree in English, Communications, or related field.
· Four years writing and management experience required (magazine, book, or newspaper writing preferred).
FRIENDS AND FOES
Jean Boyd mentions my schoolhouse in Portland. Here goes — Quilt Market Revisited #4: Schoolhouse
Julie gives a shout out here Home Again, Home Again, Jiggedy Jig