Notebook cover

Last night at our ATC meeting Barb showed us how to make a cover for a small pad of paper.   The pattern uses two 12×12 pieces of scrapbook paper, and between having the meeting at a scrapbook store and all the paper Barb brought in, there were a lot of choices!   This is the one I made.

There’s a strap with velcro that crosses the book to keep it closed.

Here is how it looks open.

Our theme for the trading cards was “bound”, and everyone make cool little books!

Fat Tuesday!

Today is fat Tuesday, and I’m asking you to do me a favor.   First, think about the beautiful city of New Orleans, and all the citizens from that city that have been displaced by Katrina.   Remember that in New Orleans, Mardi Gras is a weeklong celebration of all the decadent joys of life before lent, with its self-denial and sacrifice.   I’d like you to take a moment and realize how tough this time of year would be for a displaced citizen of the Crescent City.   Here in Detroit, we refer to today as Paczki (pronounced poonch-key or paunch-key) Day, a day for eating the special Polish jelly doughnuts.   People bring paczkis (actually, paczki is the plural of paczek, but in Detroit we don’t do it that way) into the office.   You can buy them at the grocery store, but the die-hards go to the Polish bakeries in Hamtamck and stand in long lines.   I don’t mean to dis the wonderful paczkis passed out today, but if you are expecting beads, parades, woman displaying their lovely breasts, and alcohol, a jelly doughnut is a pretty poor substitute.    So I ask that if you get a chance, do a little celebrating today.   I’m not asking you to go crazy, but in honor of a wonderful city, maybe throw on a colorful scarf or have a wine spritzer after work.     C’mon, let the good times roll a little.