|This is so awful for late April.|
Anyhoo, on a lighter note, I've framed my other set of pan pastel birds and am quite pleased with how they look. It is quite difficult to get a good picture of it without glare and reflections, but I think you can see it well enough in this pic:
I am working on a new watercolor journal using 140# Strathmore paper and some lovely cover weight charcoal colored paper. I have the paper folded and the covers cut. I've also cut a template for punching the holes. As you can see in the picture below the entire thing needs to spend more time either in the book press that the hubster made for me or at least under my huge unabridged dictionary.
As you know my bookbinding class that was supposed to be at Hollander's last weekend was cancelled. I have always wondered why their classes are so much and now I know. I ordered some of the cover weight paper they used in a previous class I took and they are fabulous. However, they are quite expensive. I really want my books to not only be somewhat arty/creative, but to be made from the finest materials while still charging a reasonable price. I certainly couldn't use these materials all the time.
I think you will agree this is fantabulously beautiful paper - but this small piece (16" x 22") comes at a price of $18.50. I was planning to make soft covers from it with through the spine sewing, but at that price I may have to just use open spine designs.
While I was ordering from Hollander's I also bought more waxed linen thread - this time I ordered sage and plum. And I bought a scalpel with blades that I think may be just the tool to cut covers so that I can sew over tapes and then weave the ends through the covers.
I am a little sore from my workout yesterday - I did a 1/2 hour program on the treadmill, then spent about 20 minutes with the balance ball, elastic bands and hand weights, and then got back on the treadmill to jog a mile and then walk another 1/2 mile. I think I am taking today off.
I am expecting Little Miss 3 around 1:00 - that is in about 1/2 hour - and then her sister, Miss 8, will get off the bus here. They will stay with us for dinner and then we will take them to their house for baths and get them in bed and stay until 10:00 ish waiting for their Mom. I'm not sure how much of this latest book I am going to get done, but I love my girls and always have a lovely time with them.
I'd better get this body moving.....
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