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Simple Stitched Books!

So, my mother (who I am currently staying with), is part of a certain support group for cancer survivors and their families. It’s a sort of small group for a very specific kind of cancer/tumor that I had when I was young. But since many a few families are in our area, they decided to have a picnic for this group! Once it started getting planned though, things quickly snowballed so now we’ve got a whole lot of people coming from out of state even! So, my mother decided to put together little giftbags/goodie bags for everyone who was going to attend.

About 3 weeks ago, I attended a class/event thing at my local library and learned out to make very simple booklets. So, of course, with this new found skill I was tasked to make a booklet for each giftbag (15) for the picnic, rapidly approaching.

Luckily I was able to get a lot of the supplies I would need for this project, for my birthday at the end of July. I knew I wanted to make journals but I wasn’t planning on making so many little booklets so soon, but either way I consider myself pretty lucky that I got all that I did. So for this project I’m using the following items:

Those are all things I got on my birthday haha. I promptly cut myself with the Z series blade and it bled quite a bit (I haven’t cut myself with an xacto in 10 fucking years until that day =___=) so be careful! The paper trimmer has been INVALUABLE, swear to god it’s fantastic. So right now I’m cutting up a bunch of standard 8.5×11 sheets of computer paper into smaller 5×4 sheets with the trimmer (oh god just thinking of using scissors on this is painful).  Oh, here’s the supplies I’m also using for the booklets:

So here’s a couple photos of all the supplies before and after production.

All of the supplies laid out. The smaller ones are the cut versions of the big pages.

The beaded spine of the completed booklet.

The completed booklet

The pages of the completed booklet fanned out.

I made each book with two signatures(multiple sheets folded and nested into each other to become the pages of a book) and 16 total pages. Due to the construction they aren’t the most sturdy things in the world but I have no doubt they’ll hold up well and be lovely little souvenirs. :3

Have you dabbled in bookmaking? Have you ever hand-made gifts or goodie bag
items? Questions? Comments? Suggestions?

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Busy Busy Busy

Guess what I’ve been!  Well, for the past… however long it’s been I’ve been going through some stuff and preparing for travel! In april at some point I think or maybe early may (idk time gets hazy) my girlfriend became my ex which threw all my life plans at that time pretty much topsy-turvey. I guess it’s my own fault getting too invested too quickly or something I guess. I don’t know. In any case long story short being  that she was done, and so its over.  We’re still pretty amiable I suppose, obviously we don’t talk as much as we used to. I am no longer moving up to her city to go to her school, in fact right now i’m in process of a big move.

The original plan was to stay with my grandmother until like august and then go up to my now-ex’s town and school etc. Instead I moved my ass out of there as soon as possible (pain, nothing to look forward to, no real friends there, etc.) and came back home to michigan for a little while. The first few days or whatever i saw my best friend EVERY DAY. She broke up with her bf for various reasons which has caused me to think about my ex for a while now again, and for the past week or so I’ve been sick =3=. Tonsil infection or some nonsense. I should be well enough to hang with people again tomorrow but it’s cut a lot of time out of a very short break before I go a moving again!

You see on June 20th I head out to california to see my mother, sister (+niece) and brother! i don’t have an awful lot for friends out there either, at least not any that seem interested in seeing me anymore, BUT I will have close family, good food, and time to craft and learn and work and all that good stuff. In any case the plan now is to go there, work on everything i can for at least 6 months or so (ideally a year) while saving up as much money as possible to come back to Michigan and get a Car and possibly housing.

SADLY that means for the next… 6-months to a year the magic will be in short supply as I have packed it all away due to the cali families nosiness +intolerance but I’ll have plenty of gardening/crafting time and such. Which reminds me, due to my early leaving I planted what few things i could but it looked like none of it was doing well anyways so i kind of failed my grandmother in that respect =3=. I have made some Tincture and Salve that I have yet to label but when I do I will link you guys to my etsy store and all that when the time comes. I don’t have enough (imho) to start selling yet though. I also have some other projects coming up and all that but everything will have to wait until after I get to cali.

Which reminds me… I have to cut down on my luggage… ugh.

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Updates all around!

Well, I thought it’d been longer since my last blog post but I’m happy to realize I’ve been keeping up with my goal of “at least once a week”.  Though losing time isn’t something I tend to do often, though this is a special case as I’ve been kind of distracted, last week my best friend was visiting from all the way across lake michigan! She was here last week from the 12th to the 19th, but I did manage to get a post in that week. But other than that I got almost nothing done. Then this week, (19th to well, today the 22nd) I’ve been up north visiting my girlfriend and talk about getting absolutely nothing done! haha. But anyways let me deal with this in moderate order.

Well, I talked to my cousin on maybe the 13th and she said that for starting tomatos from seed, they should actually be started in January…. Goes to show just what I know, eh?

And of course I find this out almost immediately after  I buy my tomato seeds…  She also let me know that I should start my broccoli. So! my best friend and I dig around in the garage and the basement for pots, potting soil, and so on. (Okay I did it mostly by myself but that’s only because she’s scared of spiders and well… this house is old and my grandmother doesn’t exactly go in either of them much…) Anyways! The tomatoes I bought were from the Seeds of Change Tomato Garden Starter Kit, which you can get at walmart for less than 10 bucks or something. They come with two little pots made of some fibrous material that will break down in the soil, roughly 9 or so seeds. (Thats how many sprouts I’ve got so far… I thought i only planted 8 seeds… but I digress) and it comes with some soil to put in it as well as a little plastic tray to put beneath the pots for excess water.

I also took a large circular pot, and planted 3-4 broccoli seeds but none of those have sprouted yet…

This week I plan to dig up and plant the rest of my seeds (except for the ones that explicitly say April) I’m also gonna look for a few smaller pots for my herbs. But we’ll see about that when I actually have some extra money haha.

I’ve also got a small wood project in the works, which I’ll give you guys pictures when it’s completely finished but I’ve got a few supplies I need yet :T

Now that I’m back home I’m going to be reading more and deeply delving more into my rune-study. I cleaned up my altar today and just yesterday I was able to get my hands on a mjolnir amulet.  Thinking about it I could’ve waited and found one I really liked online but I felt a strong need to grab one idek. It’s nice, pewter with black in the recesses (Though I would’ve preferred it without the black methinks) but it was shorter than the other one they had so I liked it more.

Also one of these days I’ve just got to fix my pants. I have two pairs that I wear most often (The others uh don’t exactly fit anymore.) and I recently cleared off my grandmother’s desk/sewing machine and so I’ll be able to repair the back pocket of my green pair (I mended the other pocket by hand) and I also need to fix my belt loops on those and my camouflage pair. but I’ve never used a sewing machine before… so we’ll see how that goes! haha.

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Matters of Illumination.

love  Illuminated manuscripts, I mean, who doesn’t? One of my more recent fantasies has been to learn calligraphy and maybe even play with that kind of thing. Though I don’t think I have nearly enough free time to make an entire bible or somesuch :v

Well I turned out pretty lucky and recently got a calligraphy starter kit (The Calligrapher’s Studio Kit
to be precise.) from my neighbors and a couple days ago I finally cracked it open. The book that comes with it is… to be honest kind of lame. It doesn’t explain the components of the kit and barely tells you how to get started. The page that talks about supplies and stuff concerns a lot of things that don’t actually come with the kit which sorta pissed me off >3>

But I was able to figure out some things more or less and it looks pretty good, I just need to get some better practice paper since the ink it comes with bleeds through my sketchbook real easily =x= Also the bottle it was in was leaking so I had to sacrifice one of my glass bottles to become an ink well (which, inadvertently, may actually be what it was made as…). So I’m working on my skills with the dip pen it comes with. it has quite a few odd pen nibs, one of which is called an “automatic pen” which is really wide and kind of like a weird-ass paintbrush in it’s effect. It’s certainly an adjustment from normal writing to this calligraphy writing, I have to hold the pen at different angles than I’m used to even with a fountain pen.

But it’s pretty fun! and it seems like I can get the hang of it pretty easily so we’ll see what projects I’ll make out of this in the future and maybe by then I’ll have something decent to take pictures with!

Do you have any experience in calligraphy? Any hints or tips for using a dip pen? Questions? Suggestions?
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