Guest Interview 3: Book Folding by Dawn

Hello, Let’s start by telling us who you are?

Dawn Samantha Goddard, my email is and my Etsy shop is called Bookabee.

What’s you craft?

My craft is called book folding. I design patterns with measurements that when marked in a book and the pages folded over create a picture or words in the side of the book. Great for gifts with a difference. Its very relaxing creating patterns and takes time to fold the books but its a good way to de-stress and relax.

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What illness/es do you have?

I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (M.E.) and Dissociative Neurological Disorder in 2007 and just recently i’ve been diagnosed with Lupus. As a result, i’m unable to work in my dream career which I had just qualified for in forensics. I’m tired and in pain all the time and now I have welts and hives for no reason which are so itchy and sore I can’t stand anything on my skin. I’m allergic to the sun so cant go out for long with my two year old and if I do, I have to be covered head to toe and have two layers of factor 50 suncream on, but it still doesn’t help much. I get a whole host of other symptoms which make me feel like giving up but I will not give in.

What are your favourite pieces of craft equipment?

My laptop is great as I can sit when I don’t have much energy and either draw new patterns or write novels without having to move much. It also keeps me in touch with family and friends which keep me sort of sane.

Why did you start crafting?

I first got into card making when I got ill with the M.E. as a way to keep me busy and give me some sort of thing to look forward to and now it has escalated whoops! I’ve always been creative since I was a child with writing stories and drawing so it was a natural thing for me to do. I now sell my patterns to cover the cost of making the books and all profit from the soldier patterns go to charity for Help for Heroes.

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What adaptations or changes have you had to make to craft because of your illness(es)?

There are times when brain fog means I can’t get the ideas from my head to paper or screen so I am unable to do them and it is depressing but got to take one day at a time. Now I have urticaria from the Lupus, any slight pressure on my skin causes welts so I have to watch how I use some tools like craft knifes as you have to hold them firm and tight.

What is your favourite project or part of crafting?

Right now my favourite project is designing patterns, I can create just with my laptop and not use up loads of energy. I start with a silhouette and load it into a program called B.A.D.S which turns it into a pattern.

How expensive is your craft?

Once I have the B.A.D.S program which is just under £40 I can create as many patterns as I want at no extra cost. As for books, I shop in charity shops or the library for cheap books with lots of pages to keep costs down so I can create a finished book folded and decorated and bagged nicely for £5.

Any advice for someone with a chronic illness starting off in your craft?

All you need is a pattern, a ruler, a pencil, and a book and then you can start creating.  It does take time to create so just go at your own pace and enjoy the craft.

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Dawn has also been good enough to add a quick guide to book folding for anyone wanting to give it a go. (If you are you should check out her Etsy shop as she has some great patterns on there for really good prices, I’m sure if there was something specific you wanted she’d be willing to help too.)


How to work out the book fold

Divide the number of numbered pages in a book by 2 to give you the number of folds. So if a book has 500 pages then it can do a 250 fold pattern. Don’t forget to count the un-numbered pages too (e.g blank pages, dedication pages etc.).

If you have left over pages, such as a pattern of 240 but the book can do 250, then divide the extra pages by 2 and that will give you extra pages to leave at front and back.

Make sure the pages are tall enough for the pattern you want to use, so if the second measurement is 22.4cm you will need a book with at least 23cm tall.


Numbered pages          648

Divide by 2                   324

Pattern is                      320

Extra pages                      4

Divided by 2                    2

So you would start the pattern on leaf 3

Keep the ruler firmly in place and mark the first measurement on the page then move the ruler down and mark the second measurement. Fold the corners to the spine of the book as neat as you can then crease the fold.


Liebster Award

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by the lovely facetfully. Thank you! You should all check out her blog.



Here are the rules a nominated writer needs to do in order to accept the Liebster Award:

  • Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link to their website.
  • Display the award on your website — by including it in your article
  • Answer 11 questions about yourself, which will be provided to you by the person who nominated you.
  • Provide 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5 – 11 writers that you feel deserve the award.
  • Create a new list of questions for the blogger to answer.
  • List these rules in your post


Questions for me to answer:

1.  What makes your heart sing?

Music? music and sunshine

2.  If you could trade places with someone for just one day, who would you choose?

I have no idea, honestly, I mean theres loads of stuff I want to do but, no one i’d want to trade places with really. I guess, someone who’s staying at a swanky hotel in Monaco or something would be interesting.

3.  Was your favorite grade school, middle school or high school?

I’m from the UK so that would be primary or secondary school, but honestly I have ALWAYS hated school. Which is odd because i’ve always been very academic but I’m rubbish in social situations so I don’t have many fond memories of either. I guess i’d pick primary school (age 4-11) purely because I use to get away with some stuff because my mum use to work there.

4.  You can go anywhere in the world tomorrow…where?

Ooof, if i could go anywhere then it means i’d be well, so I would probably go to either Costa Rica, or Koh Tao, no wait, Croatia, no, oh hell, I would buy a round trip ticket lol.

5.  What is the last thing you do every day?

Check in on stuff on my phone, this includes any games I have on the go, email, fb and chatting to my lovely friend 100steps

6.  What prompted you to start blogging?

I’ve tried it out a few times but not very seriously. But this time I thought it would give me something else to do when I don’t have the energy to craft or i’m on my laptop. I thought people might find my journey and ideas about crafting whilst chronically ill slightly interesting.

7.  Can you keep a secret?

If it needs to be kept yes, haha, yes I can. I would never tell someone someone elses secret.

8.  Is it ever okay to lie?

Yes, for example, if you’re keeping someones secret!

9.  True or False?  I am all grown up.


10.  Car, bus, train or plane?

Plane because it normally means I’m going somewhere warm and exciting, or car because its the most comfortable.

11.  What is the best place you have visited in your country?

hmm, i;m going to take this as somewhere I have a memory of just wanting to stop and go wow. Which would be Old Trafford (Manchester Uniteds football ground) on match day. I think that is partly the atmosphere of all those people but the stadium has a lot to do with it too. I’m not sure of just a place in itself.


11 facts about myself:

1. I really like watching sports

2. My hair is a really dark brown

3. I’ve only met one of my best friends in real life

4. I have a cat called Benji

5. I listen to music a lot

6. I’m a Slytherin

7. I’m running out of facts about myself

8. I have an older brother

9. I’m currently failing at learning spanish (if anyone knows of any good Spanish music that isn’t Spanish guitars please let me know!)

10. My will power is really weak

11. I spend most of my time making up really in depth stories in my head


People I nominate for the Liebster Award:

Questions for you to answer:

1. If you could only recommend one book to everyone, what would it be?

2. What’s your favourite flower?

3. If you could go to any city in the world and live there for a few weeks, where would you go?

4. Morning or evening?

5. Favourite treat or desert?

6. Are there any websites that you can accidentally spend hours on?

7. Do you get loud angry or quiet angry?

8. What was your first movie star crush?

9. A song to listen to to feel good?

10. Rain or Shine?

11. What is one thing you always wished you could do?

Fuse Bead Birthday Cards

I finally got around to doing something with the fuse bead designs I created last time.

This is a pretty simple idea for a birthday card but I think they look really nice and you can use any colours you want for the presents.


I ended up using some really strong double sided tape that I have to make sure they stay stuck as I’m not sure if the ordinary craft glue i have would secure the plastic well. Half remembered D&T lessons made me to wary of using normal glue with plastic. It probably would have been fine but the double sided tape has worked well and it was easy to do so no worries.

Easter Holidays Crafting Update

I managed to finish all of the lettering and the lower half of my cross stitch last week so I though I would share another update. There is a mistake in the spacing of the lettering (d’oh! I nearly managed no mistakes) but I don’t think it is very obvious at all so I haven’t changed it as i had done the last 3 letters before I had even realised.

I had a problem with the edges of my aida fabric fraying while i have been working on it so i wanted to tape the edges up to stop that from happening. The problem is the only tape that I could find in my house was washi tape. I did attempt to use it but it didn’t work very well! I finally got some masking tape (sent dad to the shop), and the edges are now secure.

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So, that’s the lower half completed, i reckon i’m about half way through. I’m looking forward to starting on the sun and spear but i’m a little apprehensive about it as i’m deviating from the pattern and changing the colours round a bit. Hopefully everything will go fine there.

I mentioned in my last post that I’m on holiday at the moment. Well, I needed something easy and brainless to do while lying around in the sun/back in my room. So I looked through my yarn stash and decided that I was going to attempt the puff stitch using some variegated chunky yarn. (Its Sirdar Folkstone Chunky yarn and I’m using a 6.5mm hook) If all goes well it will be a cowl, but I’m actually not sure I have enough of this yarn to make it, but we will have to see. I might be able to find some more online somewhere if I decide I want to make it into a cowl, its been discontinued but I will cross that bridge if I come to it. I started it off before I left to make sure I knew what I was doing, but hopefully I’m a bit further on than the picture shows by now. WP_20150404_14_19_09_Pro

The only other thing that I have on the go at the moment is my Tunisian Crochet blanket that I’m sure you are all getting a bit bored of me mentioning! But all of the seams have been done! (They need to be pulled a bit tighter to make it neater but its done!) Once I get back and recovered from my holiday I will be starting to crochet a border around it but right now its sitting by the window all folded up neatly. Initially I will be slip-stitching around the whole thing in the cream coloured yarn that you can see that was used in all of the seams. Then once that is done i’m going to pick a few of the colours in the blanket to go around the edge. I haven’t decided which yet, and to be honest i’ll probably be winging it depending on what I feel fits at the time.


Going on Holiday while Chronically Ill

At the time of this post being published, I will (hopefully) be on an airplane starting its decent to the canary islands and a lovely sunny holiday. I’ve queued a couple of posts up ready so that this here blog won’t go completely dead while i’m away/while i’m recovering from being away.

But, I thought I would take the opportunity to let you know some of the things I do to make sure I can enjoy a holiday away while chronically ill.

1. At the airport:

Firstly book Assistance! Even if you can walk a bit, or you can walk but it tires you out or hurts a bit. It helps so much. I know the first time I used assistance I was really self conscious of it, I’m young, I don’t look sick, but they don’t care. They’re really helpful. Airports are big places and the energy you save from not having to walk all the way to the gate or stand in a queue for ages can really make a difference. I’ve used assistance when traveling alone as well, and they pick you up from the plane and get your luggage and bring you all the way to your transport.Think about what else will help as well, personally I always book a window seat on a plane so i can lean against the side and don’t have to support myself, other people might prefer aisle seats to be able to get up move around or get to the toilet easier. Pack what you need in your hand luggage. Be that snacks to keep you going or drugs to help you.benni

2. Accommodation:

When I go on holiday I know that I might not have enough energy to get down to dinner everyday, if I have a low spoons day I don’t want to be stranded with nothing to eat. If i’m going away with other people this is less of a problem because they can wheel me in my wheelchair somewhere. But if I’m alone I need to stay somewhere with room service just in case. Think about the things you need and look for a place that will fit you. If you are worried about how far you can walk, think about whether you want to stay somewhere compact. A lot of hotels can be spread over a really big space, the last thing you want is to run out of energy on the wrong side of the resort (I know this from experience!). Hotels with taller buildings tend to have less walking involved. Or if you are thinking of self catering this might be more a, are you sure you will be able to cook everyday or do you need somewhere that has an on site cafe/restaurant. People will have different requirements but these are things to think about before you book somewhere.

3. Research

This is similar to the last point but, if you are like me, I get very anxious about going away with my illness. If you have food requirements, try emailing your hotel to find out what they can do for you or, if you are going through a travel company, their rep. Some hotels have things like menus and restaurant times on their website. Maybe take a look to see where the closest shop is if you need snacks or drinks in the room. Take a look on trip advisor and even post in the area you are thinking about forums on their website, they can be really helpful. Find out how far you have to travel from the airport and when check out is. The more things you have sorted before you leave the less energy you will lose on the journey and arriving.


Once you are there, don’t feel like you need to fit everything in! Stop and enjoy yourself, you are not going to have a brilliant time if you are pushing yourself way beyond your limits and crash. Plan maybe a couple of things you want to do, but otherwise listen to your body and rest. I go back to the same area a lot, when we first went, we found out about the local market by the seafront so my big activity that week was to go to that, the rest of the time I stayed within my limits. Now, I can’t get to that market but I still enjoy myself around the hotel by resting and enjoying being on holiday! I know there is a temptation to try to ‘make the most’ out of your time away, but the most important thing is that you are enjoying yourself not being in pain or sick and regretting it.

Are there any things that you do to make sure a holiday goes smoothly while ill?

If you have any questions let me know, I hope you are all well, and that it is currently sunny in the canary islands!

Quick Crafts: 3

1. Beaded Roses: These showed up on my feed last week from Life is Bello and I just had to share them when I saw how easy and well explained they were. So, okay you are going to need a couple of things before you can do them which isn’t what I normally pick for these quick crafts posts but they really are lovely and once you have the supplies you can make loads and loads of beautiful beaded roses!


2. Paper Flowers:

There are loads of different ways to make paper flower explained out there all over the web, but I think these are my favourite ones. You can use plain or patterned paper to make them and they’re a lot more substantial than some of the tissue paper ones that you find. I found the tutorial for these paper flowers over on PaperVine.




3. Toilet roll Owls:

I think these whacky little owls are brilliant. All you need is the inside of toilet paper and some paints or permanent markers. I found these little chaps on this site. Its all in spanish but the idea is pretty simple colour the roll whatever colour you want then fold over the tops to make the ‘ears’ and draw your lovely owls on.