Thursday, 19 April 2012

Looking at the Stars

I've been back a week and I'm still having jet lag problems. I'm no longer having trouble sleeping but I am finding it impossible to stay awake beyond 9.30 pm and I am feeling very vague and not quite with it. I wake up every morning feeling like I've been drugged or have got a hangover... not fair when I've not had a drink all week! But it has been back to work so I've just had to get on with it and my students have just had to put up with me! 


I've started something new this week - a six week book making course which I'm teaching on a Tuesday and then repeating on a Thursday. We started with various folded book structures all made from a single folded sheet of paper.


Some were old favourite and others were new structures that I've discovered recently.


Although some of them looked as though I would never get them folded back again...


And one or two have provided a bit of a challenge for the tutor as well as the students!


But fiddling about with books all week has got me back into my miniature books and today I finished the first of the remaining twenty four that have been ordered.


This one was an "Oscar Wilde" themed book and the cover has been decorated with one of my favourite quotes "We are all in the gutter but some of us are looking at the stars"


Inside I have made a book folded from a single sheet with integrated pockets... a new structure that I discovered this week.


And in each of the pockets is a little tag with another Oscar Wilde quote. Only another 23 of these little books to go! As for the jet lag... tonight I'm trying the Gin and Tonic cure. I figure if I'm waking up with what feels like a hangover I might as well justify it... and I'm not teaching tomorrow!

13 comments:

  1. Poor you - hope your system readjusts soon. The folded books are delightful and the Oscar Wilde one is wonderful - I love the tags and quotations.

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  2. Love the books and I hope the G&T does the trick. As for me, I discovered melatonin tablets in the US and they sure do make jet lag much easier to bear.

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  3. Is there anything that can't be cured with a stiff G&T? Fascinating books - love the idea of folding up one piece of paper to make something so intricate - the Girl would love these!

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  4. Good for you Gina, no point of a hangover without the fun! ;)
    I do love that quote!
    Vivienne x

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  5. Love hand made books and these looks gorgeous Gina. I see Joanna has recommended melatonin. It's certainly very good at resetting your body clock if you can get hold of some.

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  6. Fascinating to see that some of these are made from a single sheet of paper.... look forward to receiving my little book,

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  7. Wow hope you enjoyed the G & T and that it helped - the book course looks fascinating - love the little miniatures.

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  8. The book course sounds and looks like it's got off to a swinging start Gina even if the tutor is still working to an Antipodean timetable! The G&T cure sounds a bit drastic. Won't that just make the thick head twice as bad? You'll soon be back in the same time zone as the rest of us and then there will be no stopping you again!

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  9. What clever little books! I don't know how you keep going with jet lag. I suffer dreadfully if I fly east but west is fine. I think your G & T cure should work well.

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  10. Hope you're reading this after a good night's sleep. These kind of handmade little books are new to me and fascinating - never thought about book 'structures' before. XCathy

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  11. Those books are lovely.I wish I could make things like that.I'm joining you in a gin and tonic tonight.I just fancied one earlier so popped to tesco and got a bottle of Gordons(its got to be Gordons!)and some tonic.

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  12. It's not jet lag. It's being back home. Book another holiday immediately.

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  13. Sorry you're still suffering!! I don't get it from Oz and NZ, only from USA. Love the Oscar Wilde book, great quotes. Looking forward to Tuesday.

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