wren08: (Bookbinding)
Finished!!

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The rest of the photos are here

I'm pretty happy with everything except the edge gilding. I think I am getting better!

Day 1570

Aug. 15th, 2011 05:25 am
wren08: (Bookbinding)
There is a moratorium on edge gilding until I have a couple of items... and if at all possible, have read a couple more texts. Cover gilding, I may or may not wait on as well- I haven't decided. It's not the binding that's difficult- it's the decoration.

Either way, it means that there will be fewer pretty pictures for a little while.

On top of that, I have designated this afternoon to picking peaches and this evening to printing, so I've got to make the bindary wait in all events.

Day 1571

Aug. 14th, 2011 07:25 am
wren08: (Bookbinding)
I would still be in bed except that the dog had to go out and has not come back in yet. Brat dog.

The refridgerator door broke yesterday- the piece that holds everything on the shelf. I'm hoping I can get a replacement part for it or glue it back together- I really don't want to McGuyver this. I can look at PartsDirect.com... but not for another hour or so- they're down for maintenance.

I did get the paper rack built yesterday- out of an old picture frame, cup hooks and dowels. It's quite functional and looks pretty good! I'm very excited to be getting some pretty pretty end paper to fill it up with.

I went by the library yesterday and put in a request for an inter-library loan for A Craftman's Guide to Edge Decoration for Bookbinding by John Mitchell. I'm still having no little problem with my edge decorating and this third copy of The Flying Yorkshireman has a different edge treatment than I have done before- I really don't want to get it wrong!

And the dog is still not in- an hour later. Since I have such an early start to the day- abet unwilling- I mixed up two part epxoy and I'm attempting to mend the fridge door piece, a coffee cup that's been mended before- the handle broke off and somehow whatever I mended it with before suddenly turned loose yesterday and my caffine molecule hairstick- again. I've also started an extra load of laundry that includes Bitsy's bed and finished up the handwashed dishes.

Now I think I'll start on the third copy of The Flying Yorkshireman. I have so many pictures of the process that, unless I do something radically different, I'm only going to be posting pictures of the finished book before and after gilding. But the first thing that I need to do is print it... onward!
wren08: (Bookbinding)
and from last night. I started working on The Flying Yorkshireman copy 2 while I was waiting on people to come to dinner... and I kept going on it this morning. You can see all the progress pictures here )

Since I can't work any more on it today, I'm going to run an errand and then come home and nap and quilt.

Bother.

Aug. 8th, 2011 09:23 pm
wren08: (Bookbinding)
I am NOT happy with this decoration job.

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wren08: (Bookbinding)
The first copy is done except for the decoration on the cover!

I forgot to take a picture of gluing on the super (linen), rounding and backing the spine- I'll try to remember next time!

Lots of pictures )

Day 1581

Aug. 4th, 2011 06:11 am
wren08: (Default)
Emily's dentist appointment went well Tuesday- no cavities and the only thing that might need to be addressed is a slight overbite. They were going to refer me to an orthodontist for her but I pointed out that there is no way I can afford to take her so there is no point. If it was affecting her health, I would find a way but this is so slight it is not even affecting her looks.

I finished sewing the first copy of The Flying Yorkshireman together and I'm going to try to back and bind it this weekend. I also have the second copy printed out and I'll try and work on that as well. My book press is smaller than I would like so I'm going to have to cut down my backing boards by about an inch- not very happy about that!

Pictures here! )

That last picture is of just how little thread I had left over when I finished sewing. Don't ask me how I judged it so closely!

I'm also considering entering anyone lived in a pretty how town in the country fair this year and possibly the state fair next year- depending on how it does at county.

Day 1590

Jul. 26th, 2011 06:55 am
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My book press should be here by tomorrow- Yay!!

I'm still working on The Flying Yorkshireman and the re-editing thereof. The more I read through this book, the more I am convinced that these are not children's stories. The new program is working like a dream- even if I did have to figure out a couple of things... like I need to set the booklet length to 32 for it to print 8 pieces of paper and the pages have to be reinserted in the order they came out.

Em's school supply shopping is done- now we have to find somewhere that carries pants in her size that aren't low riders. I get very sick of the too tight, too low, too sexy clothes for teens and children. They're children, not streetwalkers, for heaven's sake!

Emily wants a laptop for birthday/Christmas so she can carry all her manuscripts with her. I'm inclined to think this is a good idea... but then we'll have to clone whichever word processing program she likes best onto it. I'm so not interested in paying another $100 or so for another copy of anything.

Day 1595

Jul. 21st, 2011 07:10 am
wren08: (Autumn Witch)
On the agenda today-

    Take Emily to the doctor and have them check for strep. Take me to the doctor and have me checked for strep.
    Take the recycling in.
    Sweep the house.
    Wash my bottom sheet again because Pixel had an accident on the sheet after I put it back on last night (I washed them yesterday).
    Call back supervisor at my insurance company to complain about their handling of Eliz's case. Apparently she doesn't seem to understand the 'I work until 4' part of my message.


I also might stop and get an oil change and clean the bathroom today- it depends on how much time I have and how I feel after we get done at the doctor's. Dinner will likely be pizza and ice cream because I don't feel much like making anything else.

In quilting news, I have finished the star on Don't Go Out A-Lone Star and am starting on the spiderwebs. Emily had a great idea for a way to sign it in the quilting design. She mentioned Charlotte's Web and that I could sign it in one of the lower squares in the spiderweb which I think is a fabulous idea! She's so smart.

In bookbinding news, I got tired of waiting for Brazen Device on etsy to message me back or relist the book press I was interested in. He said it would be up by the end of the weekend two weeks ago and I still haven't heard back. So alrighty then- obviously my money is not wanted there. Instead I bought this one from Phyllisann:



It's not as pretty but I am sure it will work at least as well (maybe better) and I know that she will send it to me- I'd be dubious about ordering from Brazen Device anyway since he's been so slow to answer messages. I'd be worried he wouldn't ship it for weeks and weeks. Plus this one is less expensive and has free shipping- saving me about $100. Phyllisann doesn't have a lot of feedback on etsy but she lists the same things on ebay where she has over 2000 feedback- 98% positive.

Also? I finished all the signatures except the title page and contents so I'll start sewing as soon as I read it through and make sure there are no glaring errors and I'll need a press pretty soon.

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80s called last night and was badgering me to say that he's smarter than I am (oh please, you seriously think that?) and kept after me (calling and calling even though I was letting it go to the answering machine) until I was thoroughly put out with him. I was sick last night too and let him know it- my mistake. I wonder how long, if I never pick up the phone when it is him, it will take for him to get the message I'm not speaking to him and stop calling?

The funny thing about that is that I don't actually think I am the smartest person- I can think of six people I think are smarter than I am off the top of my head (that I know- I'm not counting people like Steven Hawking) and not one of them has ever called me stupid. He just isn't one of them.

One of the best things about being a grown up? You can have ice cream for breakfast if you want to!

Day 1606

Jul. 10th, 2011 08:22 pm
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Count correction because somewhere back there I messed up... or at least it had better be a mess up!

I just had the rather unhappy experience of two men fighting loudly (so loudly I could hear every word clearly) just under the railroad track in a fashion that is much more common in the inner city than here. I have never actually had strangers fighting where I could hear them before out here. I find I dislike it intensely.

I'm working on a little list of wishes for products I'd like to see on the store shelves- by Christmas would be nice.
    Children's Chewable Valium
    Frontline for Kids
    TalkOff for Teens
    People Chow


On that last, I want something that with three servings provides the optimum balance of carbs, protein and fat for daily living as well as 100% of the vitamins and minerals needed. I want it all natural, no additives, no preservatives, no filler and able to be kept on a shelf for up to three years. It should be something one could eat with no utensils, should not be messy (can be eaten while driving), should be adequate to survive on with only water for an indefinite period of time and should be tasty enough that the kids want to eat it. I think it should be based on lentils instead of soy to avoid the soy allergy and probably rice to make it gluten free.

Book progress pictures )

Day 7936

Jul. 8th, 2011 06:29 am
wren08: (love books)
I had yesterday off so you would think I would be well rested today.

If that's true, you don't know me very well!

I got the edit done on my book but while I was printing it out I ran out of ink, ran out of paper and ran out of ink again. This caused Emily and I to have to make a paper and ink run... which ended up taking three hours because Art Creations has it's new store open (oh, my!) and while we were in there, one of the employees mentioned that their other location downtown has book binding supplies.

Of course we ran down there. It was a bust. In a dark corner they have a few supplies but not as many as I already have at my house and no tools at all. No lifting knives, no hammers, no brass edged boards (which is what I needed/wanted)and no presses- not even one. They had a couple of pieces of Davey board and a lot of book kits prepackaged.

I really need to go wander around the North Shore sometime... preferably with lots of money! There's GreenLife and New Moon Gallery and the aforementioned Art Creations (lacking in bookbinding supplies but bursting with fabulous art supplies!) and Mud Pie and the Stone Cup and I don't even know what else- which is why I need to take a walking tour down there.

So when we got home, I finished the printing and got started on making up signatures. Once I get done with that, I'll scan them in and then clean up the pasting lines, remove page numbers and add page numbers and print them onto archival paper to be stitched. I goofed on my first set of signatures- I was going by my original book and I should not have- they made so many printing mistakes it's not funny! I now have a plan for signatures that is right and not an unholy mess.

So, um, yeah- I was up too late again. I never learn.

On the good side of the ledger, back to school shopping is nearly done. I had to stop by Walmart to get the kind of paper I needed to finish the printing and they have already started their back to school sales so we picked up 44 black spiral bound notebooks at 20ยข each and will pick up more when we go back for the not-school-supplies part of the list. (I didn't have the list with me and couldn't remember the things like band-aids and hand sanitizer because I don't think of them as school supplies) With me making daily lists and Emily's writing, cheap notebooks are something to stock up on! Since I have the supply closet in the library, storage for this kind of thing is not a problem. I also picked up a box of 36 black pens and a box of 72 wooden pencils which should hold us awhile.

Day 7955

Jun. 19th, 2011 09:21 am
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How I am up so early, I'm not sure. Ok, it's not really early in the grand scheme of things... and it's not really early for me... but I stayed up late last night talking on the phone. Until 4 am. And I drank wine.

While I was on the phone, I finished decorating the binding for Stardust, took pictures, posted them and cleaned up all the mess. And then commenced ripping apart The Flying Yorkshireman. At no point was I lectured for inattention or making too much noise.

Obviously I was not on the phone with 80s.

He did call and I excused myself for 20 minutes... he wanted to pick a fight because he had called me earlier in the day and I had not called him back. Do what? Wow, dude- I hate arguments so I don't call you back when you're in fight mode and this gives you the right to call me names? Um, no. He hung up on me three times and when he called back after the third time, I let it go to the answering machine, picked it up and hung up as soon as he started speaking. He didn't try back until this morning and then it was to apologize. Took less than 10 minutes. I don't think he yet has the message that I'm done with the bullshit, the co-dependency attempts and all the rest of it. If he wants to call and talk to me nicely, great. If not, there are several other people I can talk to that are more pleasant conversationalists even when he is behaving himself.

Shredder is doing well- healing up nicely etc. I haven't seen her eating yet but she is purring when petted and I managed to get the first two doses of pain medicine in her with a minimum of stress on her part. She jumped up and ran off when she tasted it... I think it tastes nasty... but I didn't have to fight with her. I prefer that since I don't want to disturb her incision any more than necessary.

As I said earlier, I have torn apart The Flying Yorkshireman. It was more difficult than it had a right to be because the pages are so fragile they kept tearing in my hands. I am also going to have to figure out a numbering system to keep things straight in my head as I am not going to be able to just copy them- I am going to have to scan them, clean them up and then print them off on the archival paper I have now. So I don't waste paper, I need to remember which pages go on the back of which other pages and that will take some organization.

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Stardust!

Jun. 17th, 2011 10:16 pm
wren08: (love books)
I still have the back and the spine to do... but I wanted to show the front cover! The new technique works better than I had hoped....

starcover

Progress pictures )

I'll have to wait until tomorrow for the spine and the back- this takes awhile! Also? Sheepskin is very stretchy.

Day 7958

Jun. 16th, 2011 10:06 am
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This is the first of a four day weekend for me- yay!

Today I'm going to try and get all the chores done (except the cooking- that has to be done every day). Shredder has to go to Wally's Friends tomorrow morning and get picked up tomorrow afternoon.

Around the rest of it, I am planning to title A Tree Grows in Brooklyn and finish casing, title and decorate Stardust. I think I have the alternative gilding worked out- it works on the white kid leather but not too well on the blue sheepskin. I expect I need to prep the sheepskin in some way that I didn't have to for the kid- and I have to figure out what that way is. Maybe glair? It's used in tanning as well as gilding so it seems the obvious choice.

I'm also going to work on my quilt :D

Just some thoughts on bookbinding- I never realized how many different materials go into binding a book nor how many of them are subject to being eaten by insects. There's leather, linen or cotton cloth, linen string and paper and the adhesives are (typically) hide glue, flour paste and egg whites. It's amazing that any old books have survived with that kind of appetizing buffet!

Day 7965

Jun. 9th, 2011 04:12 am
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Why am I up at 3am? I wish I had a good answer for that. I woke up about half an hour ago and was so rumpled up in my mind that I couldn't go back to sleep. My failing is that I trust people to do what they say they are going to do and then when they don't, I get upset. I was expecting a call from someone and, because they didn't, I'm disappointed and I think that's what's messing with my sleep.

I know it's juvenile to let someone's actions affect me so much but I just don't seem to be able to grow up and get over it. Grown up behaviour in general seems to escape me. That it seems to escape most of the rest of the world, doesn't help either.

Topic switch (or maybe not): This seems to be a bad year for relationships. I have had two people get back in touch with me that I have not talked to in a very long time- I think partly because they are both going through divorces. And then they vanished again. This gives me a couple of huge WTF? I'm beginning to get seriously annoyed at being the person that people call when horrible things happen and ignore when everything is going well. (Although I must not be nearly as much of a bitch as I've been accused of being recently if these people are calling me for comfort and advice when things are bad.)

With practice my edge gilding is getting better- I have discovered that the best cutting edge in the house for gilt is one of my good knives. Kids know this kind of thing instinctively- the 'good silver' serving spoon is always the very best sand shovel. I'm using the bamboo brush from the book repair kit that strangemodegirl generously sent me as a gilder's tip... I should dig in there and see if there is something that might work as a cutting edge too!

I hope that, if I ever get Neil Gaiman to sign this, he doesn't mind that it was an early attempt. I know I will be better with practice.

Day 7969

Jun. 5th, 2011 09:38 pm
wren08: (coffee)
46 - 51.


This really ought to count as five books.... so I will. I can't convince Goodreads of that, however.

I've had a lovely day- reading interspersed with exercises and a few leftover chores- all of which got done- and then cooking dinner. Poached chicken and a rice dish with broccoli, portabello mushrooms and cheddar cheese. Emily categorically refused to eat the rice dish so I made her a 5 minute chocolate cake so she wouldn't be going to bed with only chicken in her tum.

Yes, I spoil her. I spoil the animals too and it's just as well I don't have a mate as I would spoil one of those as well. She tells me that the cake is quite good.

After dinner I took apart my ARC copy of Stardust in preparation to binding it in a blue leather- by way of a dessert. It gave me a bit of problem as I am attempting to bind the covers into the book as part of it and they are peskily slippery. I'm also adding an illustration from Bpal's website simply because I love it to death. Next up will be tipping in the end papers. These will be in two pieces as the paper I want is just barely not wide enough. For that, I want a paper printed with a brick wall. (If you need an explanation of why I want that particular end paper, you need to read the book. Go and do so now.) I may actually get that done tonight... and then I'll be up to gilding the pages. Eek!

Day 7970

Jun. 4th, 2011 10:32 pm
wren08: (Autumn Witch)
My calendar is finished! I thought I had some orange ribbon here at the house but, when I went to look for it, I could not for the life of me find it so Em and I had to run down to JoAnn's and pick up some orange hanging ribbon. At this late stage of the game I was not going to screw it up by using something random.

While we were at JoAnn's, I noticed that they carry bone folders in the paper crafts section. Huh. Who knew?

Oh, you want pictures, right? )

After Easter, I hung Emily's easter basket on the porch until it could be divested of the ants it had acquired. As it turns out, that might have not been a good idea because now I will have to get her a new basket and new grass anyway- a bird has made a nest in it. I think it's a wren and Emily says there are 4 eggs but I couldn't get at the right angle to see,

bird's nest

After dinner, Em said she was still hungry so I made some of the No Yeast Cinnamon Rolls- with the strict instruction that there would be a picture taken this time. I did actually get one so here is what the cinnamon rolls look like- for the first 30 seconds they are out of the oven!

cinnamon rolls

After the first 30 seconds, you can refer to the picture I originally posted.

I notice that, as I finished up this project, I got ideas for two more advent calenders.

One for Thanksgiving- a tree with 30 leaf doors that has a harvest or thanksgiving scene and on the inside, something to be thankful for. The trunk could be a double door that opens to Pilgrims and Indians eating together to be opened on Thanksgiving independently of the numbered doors since the date is not the same every year.

The other one is for Easter with a picture in the middle and egg shaped doors around all four sides- 10 to a side so that it begins on Ash Wednesday. On the inside of the doors would be abridged quotes from the book The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes (my favorite Easter story) with illustrations from the book as the pictures. I could also use gilding techniques on the Bunny's shoes when she gets them. And the outside of the doors would be 40 different easter egg designs- some of them giving nods to other Easter stories.

Right here. This is why I am never ever done with all my projects. I finish one- and have ideas for two more. It's like the stinking doubling cube in backgammon.

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