Friday, March 19, 2010

Miscellaneous Shots

Today's update will include a few different things. First here are some shots I took yesterday when I hiked from Sable Lake to Lake Superior across the sand dunes with friends Renee and Dianna. As you can see, there is almost no snow in the dunes.

Samething on shore. There is very little ice hugging the shore. For those of you agate hunters who have been itching to come up -- the time is here.

Each year I try to come up with a new mineral art product or two. This year I am making hanging sun catchers in the shape of animals. Those I selected are fish, butterfly,bird, and tutle. Also pictured are some of my standard sun catchers. This year each sun catcher also comes with a high quality suction cup.

Finally, I received the "dummy" mock up of the book. It is the actual size and has the actual paper and bindry. The specifications for the book are:

 Size = 6 inches wide x 9 inches tall x ¾ inch thick
 Pages = 258
 Number of photographs and diagrams = 265
 The book’s text pages are printed on bright white, heavy gloss art paper coated with a protective press varnish.
 The cover is printed on a heavy artcard stock with gloss lamination and grain embossing to help the book to be “backpack” proof.
 The bindery is a new-technology sewn lay-flat binding that allows the book to stay open to a designated page when it is placed on a flat surface.
 The cover also has 3.5 inch flaps that fold to the inside. The flap inside the front cover contains a Quick Reference List of agate hunting tips.

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