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Two more books from Tedorigawa Bookmakers' famous Cereal Series. Genmai FlakesThese are blank notebooks with coptic binding and about 100 pages each.

Actually, one is 100 pages and the other is 120 pages but I don't remember which is which. I suppose I could look it up....

The covers are from two cereal boxes. The book on the left says, "Genmai" (brown rice) "Flakes." Like corn flakes except made out of genmai. The book on the right has, in small letters at the top, "Salad Cereal." And then a series of pictures to show you how to make a salad on top of your cereal in three easy steps: put the cereal in a bowl, put salad fixings on the cereal, add dressing. Viola! Salad in a bowl!

On this pair of Cereal Series Blank Notebooks, I tried a different way to sewing the coptic binding: more precise and complex on the tail and head pieces (bottom and top). I liked the head and tail sewings but not the middle three. Usually I like the middle three sewings but not the end ones.

Things we learned on this project? Measuring and cutting straight are important. Also, just because I have black waxed thread, doesn't mean I have to use it. i.e. Another color thread might have been better. Finally we learned that measuring, folding, and sewing is best done while not simultaneously watching a movie on cable.

Genmai Flakes with handHere you can see the basic size of the Cereal Series Blank Notebook. It fits quite nicely into an overcoat pocket and opens out flat for full use of the entire page. (200 grams of this cereal will get you 50% of your daily requirements of seven essential vitamins, iron, and calcium, according to the front.)

By the way, this cereal is made by Kellogg's.

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I whipped up my first miniture book one bright and shiny non-snowy December night. (And cut off all my hair and my beard.) The miniture is holiday-themed. For Halloween. Because I recycled a box and it had housed a jack-o-lantern of the plastic and small variety.Hallow_Hand.jpg

First, I folded the signatures in what has been called a Hot Dog fold. If you click the link and then look to the right, you can click on a YouTube video that explains it all. But let me back up. First, I drew a bunch of Halloween-related pictures and wrote a short essay about Halloween on some very thin Chinese-style paper. THEN I folded them in the hot dog fold. This meant that some of the pictures and some of the essay were not visible - they were buried in the folds. This made it a surprise book, even for me.

I used what is called the perfect binding, not because it was perfect but because it looks like a 'real' book, with back, spine, and front. All of those were taken from the jack-o-lantern box

Then everything was hastily and sloppily glued together so that I could get back to my holiday wine. It dried overnight and then I showed it around and people (okay,one person) was suitably impressed but it really was sloppily glued together. It's.... cute, though.

Hallow_Trick.jpgWhat did we learn from this little excursion into miniture-ness? Folding is fun. Writing and then folding is more fun. Making small things is fun. Sometimes, but I prefer to make more useful things such as calendar or diaries (I'm actually working on one for 2010 as you read this. If you're not reading this in the dead of the night.)

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