Monday, December 15, 2008

Long Scary Day

For those keeping track of my life today I took my GRE, my scores were not close to where I would have liked them to be but in a strange twist my math score was higher than my verbal. That means all the cramming I did over the last week paid off in the math, but seemed to have harmed my verbal score I scored significantly lower than I had on previous practice exams I had taken.

Today was a rare day here in the Southern Willamette Valley- We got snow- lot's of it. Overnight we had more than 4 inches fall, which means what I wanted to be doing was make a snowman or at least play in the snow! However I got up at 5:40, showered, ate some quick toast and trekked down the icy hill we live and trudged over a mile to catch a bus to get to my GRE appointment. Why not drive you ask? Well you see as it is rare day here when it snows the people who grew up here or have lived here for a long time have no idea how to drive in the snow, and I love my car too much to take it out. I was also worried about my car having the guts to make it back up the hill to our little apartment. I'm glad I left the car at home as the hill was a solid sheet of ice by the time I returned home this afternoon. That would have meant leaving my car at the bottom of the hill, which brings images of this video to mind.... which proves my point that Western Oregonians don't have a clue how to drive in the snow and ice.

In more grad school admission news I decided to go with the covers from the previous post. I made the inside covers the same purple paper but plain. The inside of the book will be white with metallic purple tapes screened at different angles on the bottom right corner at the begining of each section. I promise that I'll add images when I have it finished. I did some of the screening for it today but messed up a few of the pages I had here so I need to go buy more paper and do more screening before I can start sewing it all together. I really love those covers, it could because I'm child of the 80's... or it could be because I made them... either way I hope they to just the trick.

This will probably be my last post until after the new year. I head to Germany this weekend for 2 weeks in a winter wonderland that will include a visit to a German gummy factory, Prague, and many other unknown wonders. I'm looking forward to a wonderful vacation and getting away from the concerns of life here for a few weeks. I'll be working on my essay for grad school and then hopefully when I get home I can mail everything away and get back to life as normal- which means I might get a chance to restock my poor store. I also have a book swap deadline coming up soon for the book arts forum so hopefully that will get me back into the swing of things for binding.

Cheers and Happy Holidays to All!

Thursday, December 11, 2008


I need to start this post with a little hurray! Last week I received the Kreativ Blogger Award from Billie! I'm going to cheat by accepting the award without doing any of the work in passing it along... But she keeps a fantastic blog with some neat paper and wood creations so go check her out!

As I'm sure you can guess by my absence that I've been busy. This week was finals week, luckily I had both mine on Monday morning and got that over with quickly. I came home from my finals and dug into my application for grad school and my GRE's which are on Monday. The application process is where I'm asking for some opinions, I've started working on my book for submission as well and I've already tossed out the pages that I spent time working on Monday- they were way to busy with the covers and would be way way to busy with an exposed spine stitching.

However the covers I can't decide on. It's hard to tell under all the ink but the paper is a royal purple with a white pattern screened on and a neon orange tape on the side (click the pictures, they get bigger). I think I like the covers- just not sure if I like them for the purpose they were intended for. The submission of our 3-D object is to show our manual dexerity so I started off by thinking I wanted to have as much of the project as possible done by my little fingers. Now I'm starting to chicken out a bit and am thinking I should go with something a little more conservative. So I ask all of you who still stop by- what do you think? Do you like them, love them, hate them?
I don't have anything on the inside of the covers yet because a- I haven't decided if I am going to use them or not, and b- haven't deicided if I do use them what color paper the inside pages will be. If I do use them I'm leaning torwards the same purple and white pattern for the inside cover with white paper and a purple tape at the begining of each section all sewn up in a celtic weave.

Now that I've shared some of the neurocies that I've been having I need to get to work and get payroll processed. Hopefully a few of you will leave some feed back!