Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Sleepless on Shaw Creek

I spent a very sleepless night last evening planning for a new format for my repurposed books. I find that if I am thinking about a new project when I lie down for the night, I can't turn my mind off. But I have acted on that plan and am ready to try my new method.

This morning I met 5 other retired women from the school where I used to teach. We had breakfast at Bob Evans. What a wonderful time we had - lots of laughter, sharing of grandbaby pix, talking about memories and the old days and what we are up to these days. We stayed there for almost 2 hours.

From there I drove to a friend's house and picked her up. We headed to Lansing to do a bit of shopping. I went to JoAnn's to get some supplies for my new method, did a bit of shopping at Bed Bath and Beyond, had lunch at Ruby Tuesday's and stopped at a library book sale in Leslie. I bought 8 more books to make journals from.

I am back home now and have just made the afternoon coffee and taken some out to the front yard for the hubster. He is working on a small front porch/deck. I am drinking my coffee whilst writing this and have a bit of work in progress to share with you.  Here is my latest book. It has 7 signatures with 5 folios in each, for a total of 140 pages (minus the first and last pages that have the endpapers glued to them). The paper is 67 pound cover paper that can take a light water medium.

This is the front of the book.

This is the endpaper.

I also have a couple more books in progress and some signatures folded.

I love this one and may do a coptic stitch with either gold or red linen.

This may be the one I make using my new method today. I hope to have it done to show you tomorrow.

That's all I have for now. I am having Miss 8 over for the day tomorrow and she will be spending the night. We will definitely be doing some art and will have something to share with you on Thursday. Little Miss 3 will be spending the day here with Papa (the hubster) on Friday so her Mom and Miss 8 can have a girls' day out.  I will be doing something arty with my friend Nancy and can't wait.

So much to do, so little time.........



  1. Those are some great finds for book making! I look forward to seeing how your new method works out too!

  2. I love your ideas for the books!

  3. These will make splendid books! I'm curious about your new method! hugs, nancy

  4. Great covers!!! Your books will be great!

  5. Whoooo...look at those beautiful books!

  6. I love all your plans. Thanks for sharing your enthusiasm!

  7. Nice work =) I am a sucker for green stuff