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"Begin at the beginning, and go on till you come to the end: then stop." -- The King of Hearts

I'm an adopted Texan. As they say, "I wasn't born in Texas, but I got here as fast as I could!" I post pictures and opinions as suits my mood, mostly because I can. Hooray Internet! 

So far I have three blogs here. By the Way is the oldest. I started it in 2003. I lost a couple of years to Vox because I was too lazy to bother to export when they shut down. I consider it an exercise in accepting impermanence. When I followed my husband to Singapore for his first expat assignment, I started (T)expatriate: A Southern Girl in Singapore. That covers 2010 and 2011, give or take. Next came Oslo, and (T)expat 2: Norwegian Boogaloo,  in 2012. Now I'm back home, and back on By the Way.

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Bookbinding Class - Day 2

Today started with flowers and cinnamon buns, so it was obviously going to be a good day.

Myssie's Hibiscii

We glued down our spines and cover boards, put on the bookcloth, turned the corners,

Gluing the Cover Cloth

cased in the text blocks and all of a sudden -- real books!!!

Book #1

Book #1 went into the presses and we charged headlong into Book #2. Although it was technically the same as the first, I found myself adding a lot to my notes, which I had thought were quite comprehensive....

Here is Don turning corners

Don Turning Corners

and Ed making end tapes.

Ed Making End Tapes

About six hours later, scant minutes before the end of "overtime" (the extra hour beyond the optional hour that Myssie agreed to stay with us) I had Book #2 ready for the press:

Book #2

This photo really doesn't capture the colors at all. That marbled paper is just gorgeous.... I'll get it back tomorrow, but I did have Book #1 to bring home and show off :-)

We even remembered to take a class picture!
Ed, Geri, Darcy, Don and Myssie

(Ed had already taken his books to his car, so he didn't have the fruits of his labor to display for the group picture. That's a shame because he used some really gorgeous papers and leathers; his books looked quite different from the rest.)

Now, are those HAPPY BOOKBINDERS or what??

Thank you, Myssie! Thank you MPH! This class rocked.

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