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Work in progress


This book is a work in progress. It is covered with a gorgeous Japanese tangerine silk bookcloth which matches the end paper perfectly. I have a very soft spot for this end paper, I used it in a very special green leather book I made as a gift for someone last year and it always looks classy.

I say this is a work in progress, as it is a binding I have not tried before, only two sections sewn so that the stitching forms the design on the spine. I’m not sure if this type f binding has a name or not. I wanted the stitching to highlight the end paper so instead of the usual cream linen thread I used this lime green embroidery silk which worked quite well. Now even though the book is almost finished, I am going to continue with it and for the first time, I am going to fill it with calligraphy and other goodies, so you may be seeing this one again when it is finished. I started making books to do this very thing but was completely sidetracked by the process of making the books, which became an end in itself instead of a means to an end, if you see what I mean. So we shall see how this goes….


Now, I’m not saying that vegans are annoying, but there is no doubt that life would be a whole lot easier if my Number 1 son was a vegetarian. I took him shopping this morning for smart shoes to wear with a suit. He has some job interviews looming and needs to look sharp. Easy task you might think. Not if your son is a vegan and refuses to wear leather, it isn’t. We came to an impasse when I refused to buy cheap and nasty plastic shoes (I notice people’s shoes and plastic one’s are just plain nasty and won’t last 5 minutes) and he refused to wear anything leather (although there are lots of leather shoes out there that looked like plastic!). We may just reach a compromise if we can find some leather looking but not so ‘training shoe’ looking shoes which I think is his only hope. There must be something suitable out there, I can’t believe all vegans only wear jeans and casual shoes. Or maybe I should let him wear casual shoes with his suit to assert his individuality? Who can say?

I have also been working on my web site (not my Etsy store though unfortunately). I am determined to finish my web site as I do enjoy coding the html and css. I find it strangely therapeutic. It definitely appeals to my inner Maths teacher :-) I was stuck for ages this afternoon with a problem which turned out to be a simple coding error but talk about not being able to see the wood for the trees, it took me forever to spot it. It’s times like this when I miss my ex, who was my encyclopedia and guru for all things Mac and technological. It was great having someone at the end of the phone or an email away who could always tell me what to do or where to find out what I needed to know. This just about sums up my afternoon…click to enlarge.


9 responses to “Work in progress

  1. creechman February 2, 2008 at 11:02 am


    Time to watch “Contact” again.

    Those enormous sound pulses from outer space were from Vega.

    My first car was also a Vega.

    This is too weird.

  2. Diane February 2, 2008 at 11:07 am

    I seem to remember the first Star Trek movie mentioned Vega too – although that turned out to be a corruption of Voyager…. I just remember bald headed lady banging on about ‘Vega’…

    Loved ‘Contact’ too.

    Wonder if they have non-leather shoes on Vega. Or even feet to put in them. I might order Vegan shoes and end up with 5 shoes – one for each foot.

    Now this is getting weird…. :-)

  3. Eric "Speedcat Hollydale" February 2, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    My Vega was featured on Voyager, and was parked by valet service on Valentines day. My vitreous humor “saw” the vincable velvet seats … are you a vegetarian Diane???

    Hello from Speedcat “Vinnie” Hollydale
    Captain of the Starship Venus Ceturie

    …. how was that?!?

  4. Diane February 2, 2008 at 1:13 pm

    Very, very valiant effort, your voracious vim and vigour and valued vocabulary has visited variety on this variably verbose, vapid and often vacuous blog.

    Vegetarian? Never! Not veal though…


  5. thepoliticalcat February 2, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Hi, Diane! What a beautiful blog you have. Thank goodness for Skippy and Jon Swift and Blogroll Amnesty Day. I followed your breadcrumbs over from Rotus’ and am now adding you to my blogroll.

    I can haz your blogroll too, pleazs?

  6. Diane February 2, 2008 at 5:49 pm

    Dear cat – thanks for following the trail. Of course you may join my blogroll. Consider it done. I enjoyed reading your blog too….

  7. strugglingwriter February 2, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    Amen to that web design graph, especially the slice about scrapping the css and just using tables, and the cursing of Internet Explorer and Bill Gates. As you can tell, I do a bit of that in my day job

  8. DrowseyMonkey February 2, 2008 at 8:38 pm

    lol @ cheap nasty shoes. Ah yes…I tried veganism for a very short time. Altho I was a vegetarian for about 20 years…I had to change due to a health issue…but I can’t cook meat…heck I can barely eat it.

    Anyway…I have an very V-like award for you over at my blog :)

  9. Diane February 2, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Thank you for the award, it’s much appreciated :-)

    I can understand being a vegetarian but veganism seems just one step too far – it makes life SO difficult. And I’m not sure he is getting a balanced diet so I cook for him whenever he is home and make him take a multivitamin! It certainly taxes my culinary skills – I’m getting quite inventive!

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