And--I am happy for selfish me, too--snicker! This means that she can get set up remotely to their computer at home from my computer here so that she can actually come over to my apartment and spend the afternoon doing crafts or painting or hanging out watching movies--and still answer her calls here!! (She and Dagan have cell phones.) I think Dagan has actually already done that remote connection stuff on my desk computer--or maybe it was the last one he built for me? Anyways, apparently, during their less busy times, she can go work on the flooring at the new house, do the errands and such, too. :) At least that is how it should work. No matter what--this allows her some freedom. She is very good at what she does and has such patience on the phone--it has all paid off! I am so happy for her I could just burst! They are finally getting their new house built (with Leah's floor plan) and she has got her dream job and freedom to work on the house and Dagan likes his job a lot...everything is going so well for them!! Makes Mom happy, I tell you. There must be something to this Law of Attraction (The Secret) stuff, eh? :)
First of all, we haven't done this for a long time and we forgot a step at the end, but it was no big deal. When I work on my papers I will show you the steps we forgot. We were so busy taking pictures of the process that we actually forgot part of the process--hehe! Maybe just too excited over her new job to think straight?? hehe!
First of all you put some water and some paper into a blender (that is specifically for papermaking--you don't want to use the blender for anything else). You can just use paper alone or you can add cotton linter squares or the loose pulps that come in white and colors. There are sooo many different combinations you can use to make paper or to recycle paper--endless possibilities! Of course, the more pulp you have the thicker the paper, too. We have experiemented a lot with thickness. I'll take more pictures of the various ingredients as I play with my own papermaking over the next week or so.
You beat the heck out of it for a minute or so. We discovered last night that you can't use the cotton squares that you get in the beauty aisle--they just clump up and don't separate. Hey--we try all kinds of things! hehe! But if they don't work--regular cotton balls won't work, either.
Then you pour the pulp mix into the mold. The mold sits in a tub with about an inch of water in it to start with. You can keep making more paper and adding more pulp and reusing the water until it gets a few inches deep--unless it has too much color and you're changing colors. It says not to ever pour the water down the sink. You are supposed to pour it down the toilet. So we always do--and Karma thinks that is a strange and interesting human abberation.