...barely. I have a very, very sore throat and a runny nose that's driving me mad. No work this week then. The library has been its usual self, full of friendly and weird people, missing books and sometimes found books too.
Really, wow is it possible that at the age of 24 I feel too old for homework? Being an apprentice is all good except for the homework. I still have one year and eleven months to go, I'm writing my third assignment and I feel like running away screaming and pulling my hair. I love the library, still.
I haven't been all lazy with bookbinding, but definitely lazy with taking photos. There's still the leather bound little book gathering dust on my desk. One day I will do some archaeological digging around and clear some workspace for myself along the way. One day, when my throat is all better.
Over a month ago I showed you a glimpse of something blue. It was a late surprise Christmas present for my friend Karen. Well, she received it in the mail, blogged about it, she's even probably already filled it already too, but only now I'm posting my photos.
When I wasn't a real bookbinder yet, just binding random books using various methods, I used to use lots of things attached to book covers. Buttons, rusty nails, feathers, pebbles, glass. All sorts of things. I don't know what happened to that girl. I hope she didn't grow up. I know she would be much better with the homework than I am.
A book in a bag, but this is all I can show you at the moment. It's for a friend, and I don't want to ruin the surprise. I hope she likes it, in fact I'm almost sure she will. At least she knows exactly what I like.
My little full leather binding is one step closer to being ready, but I'm really reluctant to finish it. I'd rather doodle some new designs and bake the awesomest cherry brownies. Oh, I really deserve those brownies, despite the birthday cake we had earlier this week! Sad news for my eager readers, good news for me. I'm going back to the library, as a full time apprentice this time around. A little less bookbinding and a little less blogging I'm afraid. But if all goes well, in 2011 this will be a blog of a master bookbinder and a librarian. Now, let's all be patient. And if you're in the neighborhood, there's brownies for you too.
Two more days and then I'm on my way to London! And you know what? I've caught a cold. I'm not really ill yet, so I'm hoping that a lot of rest and comfort food will make it go away. But one thing I know for sure: being on a plane with a dripping nose is one of the least fun things I can think of right now. I've never felt as miserable as I did when I came back home from a language course via Paris. I have no recollection of the city at all. Three days of my life was wiped off my memory. I know I was in the Eiffel tower because I have a photo to prove it.
Before my throat got sore I managed to finish numerous projects. But since photographing clothes is really difficult without a tripod or a friend, the only thing I can show you now is my travel journal. It's about size A5 with 60 pages. Skinny but large. With a bag. I've kept telling you that books in bags are a great idea, but after our trip to Gozo with a travel journal sans bag I'm totally convinced that just about all books should have bags. How much ephemera is it possible to quite randomly collect in two weeks? A whole lot of ephemera.
A combination of charcoal and pearl gray linen felt right for a December trip to London. I know it's gray (and black!) here in Finland, and it was terribly gray in Warsaw a couple years back when I was on a little December trip there, so I thought a gray book set was more appropriate than a green one in London too. I'm sometimes a bit weird about colors. (And that's why I added a little red linen as end bands.)
All right, one more time: Please remember that TODAY is the LAST DAY to place orders you want delivered in time for Christmas! I will leave my Etsy shop open while I'm gone but all orders placed during my visit to London will be shipped Dec 15th and I can't guarantee that they'll arrive in time unless you live in Finland. I know this is the worst time of the year to abandon my shop like this, but I have very little power over my free time and I just couldn't give up the possibility to go to London.
If you're in London and would like to meet me (I know I would like to meet you!), drop me a line now (with some contact info please) or later and hope that I'll have the chance to read my e-mail somewhere. I already have some super exciting plans for Saturday, and they include some great company and at least a little stop right here.
We had some autumn sunshine today and it made everything look so beautiful. Even the people walking on the streets looked happier than usual. Maybe they were happier. I think I like autumn after all. Yesterday it rained all day and I stayed home. Sewing almost all day.
I made my own version of the bag on the cover of this great book. I cut up an old wool skirt that was probably used by my mother several decades ago (she's not really really old, but several decades anyway) and eaten a little by a moth or two some time later. Of course this skirt was saved "for crafty purposes" and I'm glad it was. I lined the bag with some Japanese goodness and used the same fabric for the handles too. Now I have a pretty bag that I don't really need since I have more than enough bags and I use one or two, but I had a vision in a dream so I had to make it. Besides, recycling is good. Maybe the bag will be put to use some day. Or maybe someone will get a gift.
I've been sewing a lot lately: pouches, pencil cases and a bag. Once the sewing machine is on my work desk it's best to make the most of it. The project that made me clear my desk for sewing purposes was a baby quilt for the little girl who became my DH's goddaughter last Saturday. I know light blue and dark brown aren't girly colors, but I know I can't be the only person on earth having issues with color coded babies. Instead of girly colors the baby got some beautiful colors. A quilt and a tiny flock of three birds (one more bird was sewn by DH but I accidentally left it out of the photo). I think we'll end up sewing these birds for all the babies that come out of our friends.
I've got a book waiting to be cased in so I can't stay up all night chatting with you. I'm off to Helsinki (and thereabouts) for the weekend and early next week but I'll do my best with taking photos of a book or two before leaving.