Friday, June 21, 2013

And Now For Something Completely Different...

Last weekend in Australia was the release of the Nintendo 3DS game, Animal Crossing: New Leaf. I had been anticipating this games release for so long, having enjoyed the original DS version, simply called, Animal Crossing, years ago. So, this past week, when I haven't been working on making books, I have been spending some time (a lot) playing New Leaf.

It really is such a beautiful game where you are the Mayor of your own little town. As the Mayor of this town, you must make sure your residents are happy by chatting with them and carrying out small tasks for them. You must also perform Public Works for your town in order to make your town thrive and become a become a happier place to live. You can plant flowers and trees of many different varieties (and I mean MANY). You can go fishing, and it depends on you whether you want to sell your catches, or donate them to the town museum. Again, there are so many different species of fish to catch, and don't get me started on the varieties of beetles, bugs and butterflies you can also catch! The game works in real time and the seasons change in real time, and the moon cycles are real time too. There are special calendar events such as, fishing tournaments, bug catching tournaments, Halloween challenges on October, snowman challenges in Winter, and so much more. Special guests visit your town, you can upgrade your shops and your home, customise your appearance, the list just goes on and on! I could be here all day explaining the intricacies of the game, but I really suggest that you go out and buy yourself a copy and discover just how truly wonderful this game really is.

This is my character in front of her little home. You can fully customise your home and buy furniture, carpet and wall paper. There are many different furniture sets you can collect and buy for your home. The possibilities are endless. You can also customise the outside of your home by choosing different fences, letter boxes, doors, and exteriors for your house.

You can customise your appearance by purchasing various items of clothing and accessories. Again, the possibilities are endless. You can even design your own clothes!

There are many residents in your town. The happier your town is, more residents will move in. Each one has its own personality and they will all require your assistance and advice throughout the game. Depending on your responses to your residents, depends on whether they choose to remain in your town, or leave.

Special visitors will come to your town to give advice, sell you special items, hold special events and more.

Another added feature is that you can link up with your friends using wifi, or over the internet. They can come and visit your town, catch fish in your town, pick fruit from the trees in your town and visit your residents. In turn, you can also visit their towns and do the same. Anything you catch or find in their towns, you can take home with you. There is even a special island you can visit together (or on your own) where you can play games and earn medals. Like I said, I could literally be here all day explaining everything about the game (and there is still so much I am yet to discover). So, go out and grab yourself a copy of Animal Crossing: New Leaf on the Nintendo 3DS. I promise you, you'll be hooked in no time. A game for any age, you're sure to enjoy every aspect of it. I just adore this game in every way!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Keeping Busy.

I can't believe I've neglected my blog so much of late! I just looked at my list and I've only posted about twice each month for the last two months. I guess that's because I've been keeping busy! I have had full intentions of blogging a lot more, but as we are all too familiar with, life does become a little hectic and we have our priorities. Needless to say, I have been keeping myself very busy with my book binding, so I am going to show you just what I've been up to!

Another cover design. This time for a Japanese Stab bound sketch book.

I've started work on another recycled box journal. I've spent some time collecting papers for this one. I have even included some resin papers in this one. There will be full details of this project once it's finished, so stay tuned! A lot of work still needs to be done!

These two are Japanese Stab bound sketchbooks using some gorgeous scrapbooking cardstock that I found at the local craft store. The striped one is my favourite.

This is a set of three mini cereal box books that I've been working on. I've (again) run into all sorts of problems with them, but I've iron out the kinks and things seem to be looking up with this lot now! Again, I will post images of the finished products.

I'm going to keep this post short today. I just wanted to touch base and let you know what I've been up to, and get myself out of the 'blog neglect' rut that I'd got myself into! Thank you all so much for stopping by my blog today!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013


I've missed the last couple of weeks of WOYWW, but I'm back this week! Unfortunately, my desk has remained pretty tidy these last few weeks but it's mainly because I haven't been doing any art journaling and A LOT of book binding. For my book binding, I really need to have a clean and tidy desk. Now because I'm lazy, I didn't bother to wash the paint off the desk, but merely covered it up with some paper and taped it to the table.

This weeks project was to be a sort of Smash Book, but I started getting a little bit particular about things and is turning out to be quite an involved project now, using an assortment of sketch paper, resin papers, tea stained papers and other papers I have in my stash. Still, I'm having fun with it.

I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at my desk this week and if you'd like to participate in WOYWW, just pop over to Julia's blog and find out how to take part!

 Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Well, That Wasn't Meant To Happen.

So this week has turned out to be a little bit of a fail as far as book binding goes. Last week, I came up with some (what I thought were) really cool ideas and started working on them straight away. I had been browsing on Pinterest and found some great Tangles that I could use as cover designs and I also thought that certain food packaging would look awesome as book covers too. Soon after coming up with my wonderful ideas, I came down with a head cold. Deciding that I needed to soldier on during this time, I soon realised that head colds and book binding don't mix. Although my covers looked fantastic (well, at least I thought so anyway), my binding was just awful.

However, I think I may have been a bit hard on myself for this particular Coptic Stitch journal. I looked at it a few hours after I had finished it and decided that the stitching was not as bad as I had initially thought. I did use the wrong thread though. It IS waxed linen thread, but far too thick for the project, in my opinion anyway. Overall, I think I'm actually happier than I was with this book!

My next project was to make another Coptic Stitch journal with food packaging as a cover. Using an iconic Australian jelly package, my intention was to make something really cute and unique. I thought I had stitched everything together quite nicely, but perhaps it was a little too firm, as the cover kept popping up. But then, maybe a little loose, as the pages sort of 'slid' around. I couldn't quite figure it out. 

What you can't see in this image is my hand holding the cover down. So, today I decided to pull it apart at try again. It wasn't going to be a seller, so why not just give it another try? This time, I stitched the pages together quite firmly and not quite so firm with the top cover and I ran into the same problem again. That, and the fact that I gouged the cover while cutting the binding off. Knowing that my daughter will always snaffle up my creations, I figured I would at least make try to devise a way of holding the cover down before giving it to her.

This actually ended up being a method that worked quite well, but wasn't quite what I was after. However, with some tinkering and modifying, I'm sure I can get this cover design and closure method to work. I'm determined to make it work. So, although all these things weren't meant to happen, perhaps it was the universe's way of telling me that maybe it WAS meant to happen. Otherwise, I wouldn't learn from my mistakes, would I?

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