Friday, October 31, 2014

And Finally! Some Book Binding!

It seems like it's been ages since I did some book binding! After school holidays and getting side tracked with other projects, I've finally had an opportunity to sit down and bind a couple of books. 

This one will be a gift for my daughters school teacher this year. I've always given her teachers a hand made gift. I find hand made is always far more appreciated. I just need to design a book plate to go inside. I'm thinking of designing an eraser carved stamp so I can use it in all my books.

This one is destined for my Etsy store. It's a new technique I've tried by incorporating an Accordion style with a Coptic bind. I hope to post this in the store within the next few days.

I've got lots more ideas brewing with book binding. Leading up to the Christmas period though, I will probably be focusing on making Christmas gifts. Hopefully I'll be able to squeeze a few more items into the shop before then too!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Isn't It A Bit Warm For This?

It seems that I get time to blog when my daughter is at gymnastics this week. I should probably be watching her right now but they are sitting on mat having a discussion at the moment so that gives me time to post what I have been doing for the last week, even though I should have been working on book binding.

It's a bit warm for this at the moment, in Australia. We are half way through Spring and have had some scorching weather over the last few days, so that's a great reason to start a new crochet blanket, right? I swore I'd never make another one after the last blanket took two seasons of winter to finish. Oddly enough, I've done a lot more of my current blanket in a week than I thought I would! I think I'll make myself a nice cushion cover after this! I do love a nice cushion cover. 😉

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Hama Bead Madness!

School holidays doesn't give me much of an opportunity to get any of my art work done. There are too many distractions and I find it very hard to concentrate. Needless to say that even though I don't get to be creative on my terms, I do still get to be creative with my daughter and the crafts that she chooses to do.

A trip to Ikea one morning scored us a massive jar of Hama beads (also known as Perler beads) and a small assortment of plates to use. 

As soon as we got home, we searched Pinterest for ideas on patterns to create. So for the next two days, we spent hours upon hours making A LOT of designs! I'm still not very good at ironing the patterns once they're assembled, but Ill get there.

For the remainder of the holidays we have continued to play with the Hama beads and with no shortage of ideas on Pinterest, I think we'll be playing with Hama beads for quite a while! I find it quite relaxing really and it does kill a good many hours, especially when the weather isn't too great outside. School holidays end next week, so it'll be back to book binding again. I do love the holidays though. It's a great opportunity to not nag about getting ready for school and I enjoy the sleep ins!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Catching Up Again!

I'm mobile blogging tonight. My laptop is charging and I've just helped my daughter finish setting up her new blog so I figured a blog post from me is well overdue. If I don't do it right now and wait til my laptop has finished charging, I will forget, so here I am!

Apart from working a lot lately, a trip to Sydney for a week and organizing my daughters 10th birthday, I've been working more on some book binding projects for my Etsy store and experimenting with some new techniques as well, which I'm really excited about. 

This is a Coptic stitch binding with a bit of an Accordion technique added to it. This book was just a prototype but I'm working on another which will be added to my Etsy store very soon.

I also bought myself a sewing machine recently. I regret not paying attention in high school during sewing lessons and lately I've been keen on learning the basics and possibly incorporating sewing into some book binding projects. At this stage, however, I'm pretty addicted to making cushion covers. Haha!

So, this is what's kept me busy lately. I promise I will be back to regular blogging again (and I can see you all rolling your eyes right now because you've heard it so many times already). Stay tuned for more and, as always, thanks for stopping by my blog today. x

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