After trying out bookbinding for the first time with a saddle stitched notebook, I wanted to try other styles. I’ve always loved the Japanese style of a side stitched binding so I decided to try that next. I found a fabulous how-to diagram on Wikibooks and used this tutorial video by SeaLemonDIY as well. Lastly this site dedicated to Japanese bookbinding is fascinating if you’re interested in reading more.
The materials I used for this project were:
- A rotary cutter with self healing mat and large plastic ruler
- Old notebook paper
- Two medium sized binder clips
- Utility bone folder
- A 14×14 piece of cute scrapbook paper
- A size 24 tapestry needle
- Colored hemp cord
Start by clipping together a stack of notebook paper. Using the ruler and rotary cutter, cut off the edge and/or holes. Once the paper is cut, take one sheet out of the stack to use…
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On the reading list
Ah, the first read of a squeaky-new year — and my very first digital read. Justin Halpern’s I Suck At Girls has two awesome distinctions in the wide world of Meg’s reading — and, you know, it was really funny. And secondhand embarrassing. And funny.
Halpern’s true-life account of his attempts at wooing the ladies is laced with humor and heartbreak. A quasi-follow-up to the bestselling Sh*t My Dad Says, Halpern’s story of his path to lasting romance is a quick, relatable read for both sexes. You don’t have to be a dude to appreciate the awkward fumbling of a teen asking his/her crush to the prom — and the terrible expectations that follow.
As you’d expect, though, Halpern’s caustic father totally steals the show. Sam Halpern manages to be both profane and profound, and his wisdom about Justin’s endlessly stunted love life is laugh-out-loud hilarious. Seriously, how could…
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This is a fun way to use an old film camera! They are just beautiful and deserve to be displayed : ) This way it also serves another purpose.
You can get an old camera at any flea market and probably at some thrift stores (or ask someone from an older generation, there’s a good chance they have one of these lying around or buried somewhere in the attic and wouldn’t mind passing it on)
The thing about coconut is either you like it or you don’t, there is no midway so to speak. I really like coconut in many forms but not all – Thai & Indonesian curries are my absolute favorite. Since Pondicherry is tropical, coconut is available here in abundance. In the brutal heat of summers there is nothing better than a tender coconut.
This cake is super moist and delicate in flavor. The cake gets a lot of texture from the grated coconut (fresh) that I mixed inside the batter as well as sprinkled on the surface. The batter also gets a lot of rich flavor from the coconut milk. As a variation you could also mix in some fruit in the batter, like strawberries or raspberries.
The icing for this cake is more like a custard – a mixture of ricotta cheese, coconut milk, sugar and one egg. I warmed up…
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This recipe is a variation of cinnamon rolls. You might think why do I need to make a variation of a classic recipe – the answer is because you must always try new things and new combinations. These buns are delicious and are a wonderful combination of tahini, dates and brown sugar.
I have mostly used tahini in savory combination but these buns are really delicious. The sticky topping adds oodles of flavor to these buns. It takes a little time and a little prep work to make these but the result is totally worth it. These buns are perfect for the holiday season – wrap them in a festive colors and shapes and gift them to your loved ones. Or warm up an individual bun and enjoy it with a warm cup of coffee for breakfast or in the evening. Try something different this season!
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