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HOLY MOLY! TWO RARE, HOT SALES!

We’re offering two sale opportunities for Back to School!

ALL KINDLE COVERS ON SALE! 10% off thru JULY 31!

Also, a sale for all those fans of the discontinued felt patch-style Kindle, iPad & Nook covers. Buy one of these selected covers at a bargain 30% off.
http://www.oberondesign.info/Newsletter/newsletter-7-16-14.htm

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Today is MARCEL MONDAY! WIN A $50 Gift Certificate!
Marcel loves the warm summer. Here is the picture you have to find on the site.
DATE: Monday, July 7th
TIME : 5:30 PM Pacific Daylight Time
( 6:30 PM Mountain, 7:30 PM Central,
8:30 PM Eastern ) See all of the rules here:
http://oberondesign.com/contact/contest-page.html

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Books and Recommended Reading….

I am always excited when I hear that one of my favorite authors has a new book out. Francisco Goldman, is only “top ten” authors because of his books “The Divine Husband” ( my favorite! ), “The Ordinary Seaman” and “The Long Night of White Chickens”

I discovered him because one of my very favorite films, “Hombres Armados” directed by John Sayles, was very loosely based on “The Long Night of White Chickens”. Then I found “The Divine Husband” and I became excited to read everything he had written. He also has written a non-fiction tale called “The Art of Political Murder: Who Killed the Bishop?”, the story of the death of Bishop Juan Gerardi, Guatemala’s leading human rights activist. He also has a great but heartbreaking novel, “Say Her Name”, about the death of his wife in Mexico.

Now I have a new one to look forward to:

"The Interior Circuit: A Mexico City Chronicle", Goldman’s exploration and celebration of present-day Mexico City.
 I hope that you find one of these suggestions interesting. I Just finished “Bel Canto” on my kindle. Any recommendations?

Archive special from Catalog #3: Rodeo Cowboy in Saddle & Old Boots in Teal. Available on Large Journal, Small Journal and Large Moleskine through July 7th. Avail. for custom combinations. Click here: http://oberondesign.com/journal-covers/archive-specials.html

 
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KEEPING A GARDEN JOURNAL

We can register, as our grandparents and great grandparents before us did, weather conditions, growth patterns, successful garden design, pest problems, bountiful crops of food and flowers and that once in a century hail storm in July. Recording our successes and failures in the garden brings consistency to our lives in a special way. It grounds our busy minds and ties us to the planet and its cycles of forgotten nature. Read More….http://oberondesign.com/garden/

 



Moleskine sells a gardening journal that fits right into our covers:
http://shop.moleskine.com/en-us/notebooks-journals/passion/passions-gardening-journal-6590

 



See all of the cover choices here: http://oberondesign.com/journal-covers/moleskine.html

 

CELEBRATING ASTRONOMY
Have you been taking time to observe the night sky this summer?
Read about French astronomer Camille Flammarion and his connection
to the Roof of Heaven image.

Camille Flammarion (26 February 1842 – 3 June 1925) was a French astronomer that maintained a private observatory and authored over fifty books. It is therefore appropriate that he was also the founder of Groupe Flammarion publishing house, publishing books on astronomy, spiritualism, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. He also wrote popular science fiction novels and published an astronomy magazine, L’Astronmie. It was in this magazine that, what has come to be known as, ‘The Flammarion Engraving’ first appeared. The engraving has never had an attribution to any artist. However, scholars speculate that, Flammarion, apprenticed to an engraver as a young boy of twelve, was probably the created the image himself, influenced by illustrations in Sebastian Munster’s 1544 book Cosmographia.


Flammarion was influenced by the great thinkers and social movements of his period, Darwin, Lamarck, spiritualism, and new thoughts on biology, anthropology and archeology. He has been defined as astronomer, mystic and storyteller who was fascinated with the possibility of life after death and the existence of other worlds.

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CELEBRATING ASTRONOMY
Archive Special: The Moon
First Introduced in Catalog 5
Single Panel image available through June 30th on:
Large Journals, Small Journals and Large Moleskines in Navy

http://oberondesign.com/journal-covers/archive-specials/leather-journal-archive-special-the-moon-70-91.html

New from Oberon Design!

Adjustable, hand cast women’s rings from Oberon Design

http://oberondesign.com/jewelry/rings.html

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PRODUCT UPGRADE ANNOUNCEMENT!
You spoke, we listened. By a ratio of two to one, our customers preferred not to have a felt patch on their inside tablet or eReader cover. The no-felt improvement will begin after 12 p.m. noon today ( June 10) PDT time. After this date covers will be made without felt unless specifically requested by email WHILE OUR FELT SUPPLIES LAST. (December 2014?) We have also made strap fit upgrades to eReader covers which can be viewed on Kindle & Nook pages when the website upgrade is complete. Thank you all for your participation!

http://oberondesign.com

A great review of our new Samsung Galaxy phone case!

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READ THIS!
WOMEN’S LEATHER HANDBAG TOTES TO BE DISCONTINUED BY THE END OF JUNE!NEW STYLES COMING SOON…..
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE FROM THE HANDBAG WIZARD!
The great news: Several new handbags are on the way!
However TOTES ARE BEING DISCONTINUED. You still have
time to purchase women’s tote handbag through
The END OF JUNE.  ORDER NOW if you have your heart set
on a tote handbag.

http://oberondesign.com/oberon-accessories/handbags.html

NEW IMAGE POLLING TIME! Go to our Facebook Page to vote

We’re working on an owl image.
NEITHER OF THESE is the final image!!! They are just ideas!
You are being asked to vote on which direction to take.
Please click the LIKE button on Facebook to vote for your choice and leave comment. THANK YOU!! Cheers, Becca

https://www.facebook.com/oberondesign

Leather iPhone Cases

Read about how to keep a Birder Journal here:
http://oberondesign.com/philosophy/
 
FATHER’S DAY GIFT FOR BIRD WATCHING DADS!
Red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus) may be the most abundant and well-studied North American bird. Interestingly, this bird was well loved by many indigenous American cultures and depending what region you live, called by many different names. In the Northeastern range the Oji-Cree called them jachakanoob. In Ojibwas language dialects the name memiskondinimaanganeshiinh, literally meaning “a bird with a very red damn-little shoulder-blade” is used. On the Great Plains, the call the bird wabloša (“wings of red”). Its songs are described in Lakota as tōke, mat’ā nī (“oh! that I might die”).

Archive Special Red Winged Blackbird
One of my personal favorite Oberon images of all time, partly because I love red-winged blackbirds and their lovely call, this image was introduced in Catalog #11 in 2006. Read the original image story below. It is available in Fern or Teal on large and small journal covers and large Moleskine Notebook covers thru Sunday, June 15th. It would make a wonderful gift for fathers or friends that are bird watchers!

Listen to a red-winged blackbird here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vyC23UiDDFM

Oberon Image Story

Crossing untamed fields in June, an echoing, dissonant birdsong penetrates the still air. A flash of iridescent black amongst cattails, closer, closer still, and we see the crimson shoulders; his wing fanned protecting his mate and the nest. We sit in tall grass, listening, comforted by his otherworldly yet joyful call.

 

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