I love dropping a bit of lavender essential oil on my pillows at night before I go to sleep, but in drop form you end up with small drops of highly concentrated scent, which manages to be both simultaneously overwhelming and underwhelming, depending on where your nostrils end up.
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Mangoes, coconut, cocoa, and lime… at this point all you need is sunshine, some sand, a swimsuit, and a cold beer, and you’ve practically got a tropical vacation. And while I suppose I could sit in my sandbox in a bathing suit, but it’s December, and I would probably die. So I suppose some Tropical Body Butter will have to do.
The final step of making a book, after you’ve got your book block all sewn up, is the cover. The cover isn’t hard, but it does require some finesse, attention to detail, and a lot of measuring. Let’s get started, shall we?
For the cover you’ll need some eska board (or other thick card, I recommend two sheets of illustration board glued together as a substitute), a lot of glue (plus leather glue if you’re using leather, and fabric glue if you’re using fabric), a ruler, a pencil & eraser, your bone folder, a strip of thinner cardboard (feel free to lift this from a cereal box), and some thin woven fabric (I like muslin). Read the rest of this entry »
It’s almost Halloween again! While Halloween is one of my all-time favorite holidays owing to my childlike love of dressing up, now that I have a job and what not I no longer seem to have time to sew an epic costume that makes people feel bad about themselves (jokes…). These costumes are all pretty easy to pull together at the last minute, so you can go to all of your fancy-pants Halloween parties with your costumed head held high as you aren’t going as a sexy nurse for the fourth year in a row.
With two Snow White films and Once Upon a Time released this year, she’s pretty much the fairy tale character of 2012, and you’ve got four different versions to choose from; Kristen Stuart (Snow White & The Huntsmen), Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror), Ginnifer Goodwin in Storybrooke, and Ginnifer Goodwin in magical fairytale land. Whichever Snow you choose, I’d recommend powdering yourself with some baby powder to get nice and pale, and finishing the look off with red lipstick, bright eyes, and some subtle blush. You’ll also need dark hair, so consider a wig if you’re blonde. Or… Read the rest of this entry »
The book block is the meat of the book; all the pages in the centre. They can be blank or printed—whichever suits your fancy. I’ll be working with blank pages here, but someday I’ll get around to detailing how you can set up your own designed book into signatures and print them for your entirely self-made book.
The first part of making the book block is a lot of folding. You’ll need to fold every single page in half. It seems a bit daunting at first, but just put on a show in the background and you’ll fall into a nice rhythm and it’ll be done before you know it. Use your bone folder to create a firm crease. Once you have a nice stack of papers (in multiples of 4; each set of four is a signature), go back and re-crease every fold. When you’re done all the folding and creasing, your stack of papers should be perfectly square; you should not be able to tell which edge of the stack is folded. If you can, go back and go over the creases with your bone folder again. Read the rest of this entry »