29 April 2013 by Emma Sovich
I promised my boyfriend a box to hold nearly 800 of his Magic the Gathering Cards... for Christmas... 2012. I managed to complete (or nearly complete) the box... three days ago. To be fair, it was no small undertaking. I had to take a sheet of Davey board, slice it up just so, and glue it up to look like this:
I covered it in beautiful paper from Cave Paper, and I cut neat flaps for the inside walls to fit around the dividers:
And then I glued them all down...
I glued up the lid insert next
It's hollow on the inside. The lid will stay on with magnets, so the inset had to be deep enough to secure the magnets, but I didn't want to laminate five or six sheets of board together because it would make the lid strangely heavy. This way, the lid will have a bit of heft, but not too much.
And voila! The final box:
And on the inside...
This is only about 60 cards, to demonstrate that the dividers are spaced far enough apart. All I need to do now is glue on a bottom (when I order more material to make the bottom covered in the crackle paper) and glue the MTG colors in the inset circles on the outside of the box... and probably glue another piece to the lid that has a circle inset, because there are five colors in MTG, not four, and I forgot to cut an inset in the lid. Whoops.
Next time, I'll over-estimate materials, instead of under-estimating. Even though the Cave Paper is expensive, it's worth over-estimating so I can get it right. The proper way to cover the divider walls would have been to fold one piece of the crackle paper over each divider, so there would be no raw edges of paper or cloth along the side for the cards to bump, so the walls would be nice and smooth. Then, instead of a cloth bottom, I would have probably used the sparkle black, to mirror the inset lid. Although, I'm fairly pleased with the rust color.
You know, real books.
Here is a shortbread cookie in the shape of a cat:
I have a cold, so I figured if I am going to drink a lot of tea, I might as well eat some buttery biscuits with it.
My friend Uhle, who was in my Binding II class, and who is from Germany, gave me this wonderful feminist magazine from Germany that happens to share my name!
In other news, I signed up for way too many credits of things in the fall. You know, my thesis year. I'll be binding, printing, thesising, teaching for the first time!!! and TAing a book arts class, and taking some pedagogy classes. Hopefully I will also eat challah french toast and sleep in occasionally, too. You know, in December.
24 March 2013 by Emma Sovich
24 January 2013 by Emma Sovich
The newest issue of BWR, and my second and last as editor, arrived a tad early to my utter delight.
Meet/meat the Offal issue, 39.2. Isn't she stunning? Powerful and gorgeous? This issue is my favorite yet. It will debut at AWP in Boston in the first week of March.
I have poems in the next issue of Artifice, which you can pre-order here. I'm off-the-wall excited -- I absolutely love Artifice AND my former managing editor (who is now taking the reins as editor for issue 40.1 of BWR!) and former poetry editor are both in this issue as well! So it's basically the BWR issue of Artifice... uh, right?
Over the past month or so, I've seen snow in Boston (expected), Baltimore (a rare white Christmas!), and even in Tuscaloosa of all places.
My roommate's dog and I went out tromping in the graveyard, mandated by people on Facebook to find snow ghosts.
They were not amused.
01 December 2012 by Emma Sovich
A poem of mine went up on Bluestem today (thanks, Bluestem!). You can find it here, along with other good things to read, like Emma Ramadan's "Found," which jumped out at me as haltingly tumbling and fun to read.