Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Making Book Again

 A couple of years ago I mentioned making a journal here in my blog. Making Book and Need a Journal


It's nearly full. Only 3 pages left to fill.  I don't write every day, but I sometimes write a lot or I sometimes write big.  So anyway time to make another.


This time I used a graham cracker crumbs box. 


I decided to make this journal more square and this box was squarish. 


To cover the covers, made from the crumb box, measure the paper 1/2 -1 inch larger all the way around.  Score the paper where it should fold over the cardboard.

Glue, but don't leave it like this. Smooth it with a foam brush or your fingers.

Center the cardboard on the paper and smooth it. Then fold up the sides and the top and bottom edges and smooth.  Using the bone folder helps.


Next I cut a piece of paper to fit the inside of the covers except for about 1/4 inch all around.
(I missed a few photo opportunities throughout the process. Please don't consider this a true tutorial.)


This is the inside of the other cover.


The outside back cover.


The front cover.


The signatures with stitching holes poked.


 About halfway through the stitching process.  I love the colored cord.


 Finished.  In this photo you can see the curved needle.  It makes the sewing up easier, but a straight needle can be used.


Ready now for recording anything I might need to say.



Here is the book I absolutely love for making books.  Very easy to follow directions.


A peek inside.  Coptic Binding is the binding I'm more familiar with.  But I have made a couple of other kinds.


I made this one using a glued binding.

I found this idea on YouTube. HERE . Sea Lemon has some very nice book making tutorials.


That is all for today and, really that's enough.

Ta Ta,

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Poem

Is it True?

They sometimes say
An apple a day keeps the doctor away.

It's also been said
That violets are blue and roses are red

I've heard reports
That some like the arts while others like sports.

Have they been discussed
Preventing  decay or removing rust?

On occasion they speak
Of  what they've found and who they seek.

Have there been mentions
Of heavenly streets paved with good intentions?

Has it been proclaimed
Who is at fault and who will be blamed?

You may well ask
 Is this the right time to complete the task?

One mustn't whine
It is almost the end and everything's fine.

The End

This poem was indeed written by me.  I like it perhaps you do too.  There may be more poems as I have plenty of them.  Please, if you use it, give me authorship.  Thank you


As it is nearly Easter, here is my favorite resurrection hymn.
May the Lord bless you every day.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Miscellaneous


A Sunrise from my Window



Jean Louis, a
 skier from France.


Whitley Bay, a place I would like to go.


Easter on the Prairie
1976


Still Life with Wine


Handspun yarn in Muted Conversation
Spun and plied by moi


Goofy socks, I loved them so much I bought two pair. A year later I met the man who does Goofy's voice, but, alas, I wasn't wearing my socks.


In an old Bunker


Princess Sophie Louisa Marie Tucker Jean 


Vintage 1971
Ponchos and VW Bug


A Cabin Wall 2014




A Glorious Sunset in Cayucos after a storm.

Come back again sometime, please.  It will be grand having you back.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bad, Bad Blogger

So it has been more than a month since I wrote anything.  And to be honest, I really didn't want to do this today.  Nevertheless, here I am.   Ahhh. Now what to write about.  Okay.  I'll start with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.   




Last fall I auditioned for a part in the Imagination Theater production of Alice.  Lo and behold, I was chosen for a part.  It was not Alice nor was it the White Rabbit.  This is fine as Alice is a young girl, not a woman and the Rabbit needed high energy.  Not me, ha.













Nope, I wasn't chosen for the Cheshire Cat.  But that is fine as the one who did get it is wonderful.










  
I was not invited to the tea party.


Perhaps you would never guess, so I will just give you a hint.


As I mentioned, not Alice, soooooo

Yup, I'm Dum.
(He's the one in the middle.)

Here are some photos of the current portrayals.


The wonderful Sarah as the White Rabbit.



Alice by Taryn


Here is Alice by Tessa along with the Caterpillar (Mackenzie)

Two young ladies were cast as Alice. They do alternate performances both are excellent.



The Mad Hatter and March Hare at the Tea Party
Jan (l) and Morgan



Don't you love her Cheshire Cat grin?
Willow



The talking flowers



The Knave of Hearts and the other cards.



The fabulous Queen (Kathleen) and delightful Bud (Gianna)

And of course, the Tweedles





Tweedle Dee (Kim)



Tweedle Dum (yours truly)

Ours is a small but wonderful local theater.  They have produced many great shows including Les Miserables which I participated in.  2013
Imagination Theater

I want to thank them for making my dream of singing, dancing and acting on stage a reality.

 Although I didn't mention every actor or character, all of my cast mates do a grand job and are fun to be with. Here are the ladies of dressing room A being goofy.



Come see us any Thursday or Friday evening or Saturday or Sunday afternoon in February 2017.

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine
 Proverbs 17:22

Monday, January 2, 2017

Well, After All

It is a new year.  Everyone is saying so.  And it feels like a new year, so I guess it is.  Hummmmm.  What to talk about?  Sewing? Weaving? Spinning? Dogs? Cats?  Monkeys on a Branch?  Clouds?

Aack!  I can't think of anything.  Jewelry making or repairing?  Ummm, maybe.

12 or so years ago I was doing a lot of beading for earrings, bookmarks, necklaces.  Then I gradually stopped to where I was only doing an occasional repair of some existing item.

My daughter asked me, a month ago, if I could shorten a necklace I had made for her.  I did that.  Then Christmas Day she asked if I could fix a necklace which had come apart at the jump rings. THEN  I was sitting there at my beading table, but there were items all around and excitement rose in me.   


The necklace for repair.  I only had silver jump rings so of course I had to go to the bead store.




Since the bead store was closed, I took out a kit I bought from Cocopah.  a couple of years ago but didn't make it.

It's started now and nearly finished. Pretty beads.



Golly, what a mess.






Here are a couple of items I have made in the past, some are potential gifts others I wear.



A necklace on silk cord.











A close up blur of the beads







                                                     Earrings.






                                                                              This is a book thong aka a book mark.  I saw some for sale in a bookstore for $6. Then I made some. They don't fall out if you drop your book.











One season, or actually only a month, I got excited about making beads from paper.  Here are some I made, but never used them. Still I think they are pretty.




Here are some earrings I made that I wear especially the middle ones.  The reason I don't wear the one on the right is I've misplaced its partner.  The red and black ones were perfect for my red and black opera outfit which I no longer have.  Perhaps I should have included the earrings when I gave it away.



Last my absolute favorite me-made item.  I did copy it from a beading book,  I made it with gold wire, citrine, and co-ordinating beads.   It's prettier in person.


That's all for this post.  Happy New Year.
God Bless You.