starting a new page

I just saw my last paper was finally handed over to the "study office" with a "passed" stamp. So maybe nother week to pick up the diploma. So as of July 1st I will be done studying and out of work ....

And not be able to go on holidays because the applications are already "in progress" ...

But with a lot of free time to get my dwellings (<-- beautiful word) in order and gt some self centred sewing done and thanks to my knowledge of the English language play examiner for a group of international students ...

But it also means I have time to catch up on old projects - my mother has this basic cooking book "Bayrisches Kochbuch" that she got way back when. According to her I loved the little bands to mark recipes so much that I took the shears to them ... It was still in heavy use, esp. around Christmas but over the years it fell apart ... So this spring she asked me if I could fix it ... and of course I seaid yes (couldn't really say no, could I!?).

sewing in the last page and re-attaching the back cover

First I had to "sew on" the last page glueing it to a narrow foleded paper strip sewing in the fold and making loops around the original sewing of the book block. And then re-attching the back cover with the fly leaf.

getting rid of old bands and attaching new ones ...now only a new back is missing

Then I did add new ribbons as bookmarks and generally took care of the back as the paper ha gotten loose at the edges - you really sholdn't use a broken book.

letting the finished thing dry between friends

The last and hardest part was attachign the new spine to the book - but I'm really glad I found the happy blue kitchen approbriate print to use to cover the back - now I just need to let it dry pressed between other cook books and I will beable to take it home and amend the sins of my 3 or 4 year old ego.

What do you do with your old books, those much loved, well thumbed volumes, when they start showign their wear and tear

And dream plan my new apartment ...

1 comment:

  1. Hey Leo, many congrates on your big finish! It must be a very light feeling. I can see the appeal of reaching for long standing unfinished projects as a good way to celebrate! There's a Copy store called Kinkos (it's a chain here in the states) that will take books that are falling apart and punch them with holes and bind them with a plastic spine. Not so pretty as your technique but it does give an old book new life! cheers! cw