remember this - my lovely brown monthly planner?
i've had it a couple of years now, saving it for something special, something worthy, waiting on an idea, a really good idea
the other day, as i was looking wistfully at it's empty pages, i was thinking the next best thing to finding a calendar like this would be to find one filled with someone's plans and dreams and play-things
daily jots of comings and goings interspersed with thoughts and things - chicken scratch in the margins, ideas jotted quickly, with that urgency that tells you the author was afraid it might be a fleeting one
and i realized finally i wanted it to be me that filled it, with whatever crazy ideas i get, and notions i have
here is week one
there are two spaces for each day; the upper one is where i'll write my plans for the day i.e. "work" or visits, or dates with friends
the space directly beneath it will be where i'll write what creative things i did that day, or plan to do... we shall see, it's evolving...
the blank upper page is where i'll put in samples of what i've done, scraps and leftovers, bits and pieces, remnants of a week's work
this week has been all about the diamond jubilee quilt
i cut a piece off the tea towel and basted to one of the diamond-shaped papers
and then did a little machine stitching on the water-colour painted one
i love how they look but am not sure the towel will work for diamonds - it's awfully stiff and is so fragile, even with the stitching; i'm not sure it would hold up
then i got really brave and cut the thinnest strip into four equal pieces
this i love
i'm thinking sashing of some sort for the quilt
i think it would be fabulous
and the tea towel would work well there, whether in place of, or in addition to, the lace
doesn't matter - i love, love, love this
i'm so glad i started this book, this planner - at the end of the year it will be a wonderful record of where i've been, what i did and the things i made
freda asked a question in the other post, about clamping the signatures for my books...
i use three large clamps and two strips of book-board (left-over from making covers)
the strips are about 1" wide
once the papers and card for the signatures are all assembled (no holes poked yet) i line them up evenly and place the book-board on each side of the stack, flush with the fold
then the three clamps are put in place
this helps compress the papers and card, pushing them together and flattening them a little more than what you can do by hand or with a bone holder
i usually leave them for at least a day, sometimes two or three... it really does make a difference in getting a nice compressed spine to your hand-made books
so, my pages are ready to be sewn together and today i cut out the front and back covers for my book
tomorrow the fun really begins
i have a few new folowers to my blog - thank you, and welcome - it's nice to meet you!
i have been trying to respond to the comments you have all left for me, and to get around to your blogs - slowly but surely i am getting there
every day i get a little more caught up on things, a little more organized
it's definitely a process!