Skip to main content

I'm calling them done

As I began to assemble the journals I'm making for my granddaughter, I realized I screwed up the first signature again.

Carp, carp, carp.

The first two pages needed to be blank. The first one gets glued to the inside front cover and the second one gets glued to the end paper, which extends from the inside front cover and across the first leaf of the book.

The inside front cover should look just like this, the inside back cover. 

Instead, it looks like this:

I cut the end paper in half and glued it to the inside front cover.
Leaving the join rather messy and untidy and not very neat. 

But seriously? She's five. She's going to love them. And they're done. And next time (and there will be a next time, since my husband's grandchildren are younger and it's a pretty cool gift for beginning writers), I'm going to make a miniature dummy to work from so I know exactly how to print the signatures. In fact, I should probably make the dummy RIGHT NOW and tuck it in the box with the rest of the bookmaking supplies.

The journal-making instructions I used were for a blank book. I never even looked for bookmaking projects using printed pages. But back in the olden days, when I worked for a magazine, we would cut a piece of printer paper into eighths and fold each piece in half and make tiny little books, writing on each one what story or ad was supposed to go there. Dummies for dummies. But hey, they worked.

Ah, well, I'm being too perfectionistic about this. Because they really are pretty darned cute. Pink for spring, blue for winter, yellow for summer and orange for autumn. See?





And now that they're done, I have more time to knit.

First one done. The second one (green) is nearly done. I will also be
making a purple one. Pattern is here, and I am using Elann's Esprit,
which is a cotton/elastic blend – perfect for headbands. 

Comments

Anne M. said…
Very cool! You're right - she'll love them.
Chevelle said…
Wow! That really is a labour of love! It's definitely a keepsake. What a lovely gift!
denise said…
Love them! They turned out great. Truly a great idea.
denise said…
Oh, and the headband is adorable!
Winnie said…
Soooo cool! Love the personalization you did on these too! Thanks for the link. I am loving the headband as well. Just precious. Today I am going to some crafting, this work week has been a nightmare and the next 20 days appear to be the same. Ugh. Enjoy the remained of the weekend!

Popular posts from this blog

YES!

Update on the water: the circuit breaker tripped, either due to a power surge when the electricity came back on last night OR when lightning struck in the area. My neighbor's electric fence control box got hit in the same area. He was able to reset the circuit breaker for us and we have WATER! I think I'll go do a load of laundry. Heh.

It's all about the food

The dieting portion of this blog is temporarily suspended. Continue reading at your own risk.

If you’re going to throw a party, be sure to have good food and plenty of it. That’s my daughter’s philosophy, and I think it’s pretty good advice.

The members of the group who will be here Thursday night are middle-aged and older, so I think mostly traditional appetizers are in order. We’ll have Swedish meatballs and those little sausages cooked in a sweet-and-sour sauce, along with artichoke dip, hummus with vegetables and crackers, a bowl of cinnamon-spiced nuts and a fruit pizza.

Cupcakes are on the menu. Cupcakes sure seem to be popular these days – Google Blogsearch came up with 1,181,447 hits and amazon.com is selling a boatload of cupcake cookbooks.

Mine are plain old chocolate, and will be decorated with the words “Yes We Can” on top. I think some will be iced in blue and some in white, with red lettering.

I’m also making pig candy. I first had this at one of my daughter’s Oscar parties s…

And the winner is …

Kitten with a Whiplash, who left two comments and it was the second (which had nothing to do with the contest) which won the prize. Congratulations, and since the Kitten was the only commenter who expressed any interest in actually winning it, I'm so glad the Universe took care of it. Heh.

What a weekend! But first, how was yours? I hope you did some fun stuff and got some necessary stuff done, as well. It's all about balance.

Saturday was our fun day (but we had to drive, drive, drive to get there and then drive, drive, drive home again, all in one day, boy was I tired). We went to my husband's granddaughter's first birthday party. In addition to a sweet little doll, suitable for ages 0+ (meaning it has no parts that will come loose, and do you know how difficult it is to find dolls for babies when you live in the Middle of Nowhere?), I made her this:


I haven't sewn anything in a month of Sundays, so was a little apprehensive about finishing it on time, but this p…