Re:trospective on 2009

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[Alyson Kuhn] I have loved being the editor of Felt & Wire during its first year of life. The ease of e-publishing has changed my life beyond my wildest imaginings. Think it, write it, post it. Love it. Thanks to technology, my inspiration and gratification have sometimes been almost simultaneous. And 2009 has been My Most Postal Year. I wish to toast my correspondents, both new and renewed – and encourage you to click those links.

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Our toast to toasting

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[Alyson Kuhn] Quite the kuhnvergence of paper pals and other friends at my party this past Toastday. Many guests, and even a couple of absentees, indulged me with toastess gifts I’ll show-and-tell you about. Some countrymen also lent me their toasters. Scene at left: The official toastmeister’s travel toaster, installed on my kitchen table. What you don’t see: the temporarily-disabled bleeping smoke detector and my all-time favorite toasting vehicle, a DeLonghi toaster oven named Alfredo. But this is no time for a toastimonial.

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Our toast to digital printing

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[Alyson Kuhn] Yesterday {Toastday, December 29}, I had a toasting party. Thanks to Paper Culture, the invitations I mailed looked like me, sounded like me, but were not typed by me!

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Take F&W’s magical calendar tour, win!

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[Tom Biederbeck] A calendar can be many things, as the inventory at Felt & Wire Shop shows: a planner, a diary, a “collection” (read on) or simply a graphically thrilling set of images to adorn your quarters … while of course revealing what day it is. With 2010 upon us, this is the ideal time to award loved ones or yourself a post-holiday gift of the calendrical variety. To get you in the mood, we’re giving away 10 of the featured calendars on this guided tour.

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Material Goodies from Carmel

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[Alyson Kuhn] I was recently in Carmel for a couple of glorious days. Not at a B&B, but lots of R&R. Actually, I feel an alliteration coming on, for R&R&R: Regeneration & Reference Librarian & Revisitation. Allow me to show you Italian regenerated leather at Material Goods, an Arabic encyclopedia at the Monterey Institute of International Studies, and a French treasure desk at Pine Inn. Ready, set, read.

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So Noted: I.D. magazine to publish its last

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[Tom Biederbeck] All things must pass, but that’s small comfort with 2009 winding down as one of the bleakest years on record for magazine closures. Even more painful is that the design press seems to be coming in for more than its share of bad blows. Latest to fall is I.D., the International Design Magazine; owner/publisher F + W Media has announced that the Jan./Feb. 2010 issue will be its final printed edition (Nov./Dec. 2009 cover shown).
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