Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Snippets

Today is a return to Sunday Snippets, where I share a peek at my week in pictures...

It's been a rather quiet week but I made a discovery yesterday that I want to share for Sunday Snippets. Since I've been sharing a few photos of the garden patio my boyfriend and I are creating, I thought this wonderful discovery would be a fun thing to share here today...and I can't wait to show my dear boyfriend this place...

We don't have room for this whimsical item, but I love it!

I love pretty pink flowers...

...and lots and lots of colorful pots!

So many water pails to choose from and all of them COLORFUL!

I've been wanting a multi-tiered plant rack and there are many to choose from...


Forget Disneyland - THIS is the happiest place on Earth! ;)

What was a highlight of YOUR week, dear friend? I'd love to hear about it!

PS: A dear blog buddy of mine, Eddie at Clouds and Silvery Linings, has a new weekly feature at his blog called "Quotations to Brighten Any Weekend". As a collector of quotes, I love reading his weekly collection of theme-based quotes and I know you will enjoy them too!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Project in Process Completed: My 'Shabby Scraps' Journal!

FINALLY...

After 2 years, it's FINALLY finished...

Today, I am happy to share a project that took over 2 years to complete - what I call my 'shabby scraps' journal!

Signatures are finally hand-bound with a lace tie closure using vintage and vintage-style buttons to keep it all together...

I began this journal over 2 years ago, as well as another journal I began not long after which was donated for this years Artful Journey Retreat fundraiser once that other journal was completed. I am happy to say that I FINALLY completed the first journal I began those many moons ago...

 Vintage pre-cut scraps from a jar o' scraps bought at a flea market make up the cover of this journal...

The pages were completed and sorted into signatures and it was these signatures that needed to be bound into the journal but I knew it could prove to be a daunting task because I was going to hand sew these thick and juicy signatures into the spine of my book cover, instead of machine sew them, as the e-course curriculum for "Remains of the Day Journal" suggested...

Hand-sewn signatures using red thread for visual punch...

However, machine sewing these signatures is not an option I am confortable with. My issue with using a sewing machine for sewing signatures into a book is that the stitch length is still quite small, even after setting it to the longest stitch, and you can wind up with perforated papers that will eventually tear and fall out of your book...

A peek at a some pages from my shabby scraps journal which include a few transparent envelopes made using plastic packaging from cereal boxes...

While I do not aim to make 'archival quality' books for longevity, I do want my art-full books to last as long as I am around to use and play with them...

The first page of my book made from tearing up a large watercolor painting from my grandmother - the other side can be seen in the previous photo above...

Yes, I said 'play' with my books! I don't know why, but I do look upon art-full books as a kind of toy, for big kids, if you will...

Another portion of the torn up watercolor painting makes up the last page of my art-full journal

After all, there is much you can do with pages and envelopes and folding pages that make an art-full book more like a toy of surprises, than a book you read and learn from...

Another transparent envelope from a plastic cereal bag - if you look carefully, you can see a tuba player peeking at you! You can click the image for a larger view...

This journal is filled with more visual surprises than 3-dimensional ones, but it is FUN to look through and I will be sure to share more pages from this completed journal soon...

A small bit of hand sewing in my shabby scrap journal - I eventually added a date-stamp to this section for the completion date of this colorful handmade journal...

Thanks for reading and I hope you make something art-FULL today!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Book Project - 'The Garden Patio' Mini-Accordion Book

Hello Dear Blog!
Though I have some sewing work to complete today, I thought I'd take a quick moment to visit with you and share one of the many book projects I was working on during my absence...

While I was away preparing the supplies to teach my "This & That Journal" workshop, I thought of a way to use up some of the paper scraps left after cutting the book pages. These scraps were long and slim, but not the right measurement to cut into postcard size.

At this time, I was using some card scraps to make notes about items that were needed to make the garden patio look nice and colorful, as my dear boyfriend and I began to focus attention on this part of our new home together:

 There are other photos of our sweet garden patio I've shared in previous Sunday Snippets posts...

That's when it struck me that I could make a pocket-size accordion book to keep the notes of what was needed for our patio garden and have a handy-dandy list I could tuck into my purse or pocket AND it could be fun and colorful with sweet little sketches:

A mini-accordion book is born!

Here is how my 'Garden Patio Note Book' turned out with a few details on the construction and embellishment:


After folding the strips of poster board into a mini-accordion book, I thought I would dip-dye them in some old tea* that I keep for this purpose.

Then I began to use some rubber stamps from my collection to embellish the pages before adding my notes to the pages:

 The leaf stamp you see on the right page is one I made using a pink eraser...

Using the back and front sides is just enough pages to contain all my notes and little sketches which I painted with watercolors:



A layout of the dimensions of the garden patio that includes orientation - the sun rises in our garden patio!

Of course, I had to add some notes about how this little book was made, a 'forward page' if you will, that includes a date-stamp of completion:


Then I added a bit of cotton yarn that was also tea-dyed so the book can be closed when not in use. Now this little book is tucked into my purse when my dear boyfriend and I head out to look for items to add to our sweet garden patio!

Book cover made using a set of small alphabet stamps along with some leaf and flower rubber stamps filled in with watercolor paints

I had so much fun making this little book that I made another one with a different theme, but I will wait to share more about that book for another day...

My "Little Book of Heart Desires", a place to keep track of the little things my heart desires, usually art supplies!

Well, my dear, I hope you like this little accordion-style book. I don't often work in the straight-forward accordion-style book form, but making these sweet little versions was a lot of fun and I'm inspired to make more! It's fun to make a little book to keep notes or secrets in...

In the meantime, I must return to my sewing work but I will be back again to share another book project or maybe to share more photos of the garden patio. There are some exciting things happening in it these days!

Thanks for taking the time to read my scribblings for today and I hope you are making time to create something fun for yourself =-)



* - I have a stash of teas I use for dyeing fabrics or papers. LYONS GOLD BLEND is a favorite because it creates a lovely antique look, like that of parchment paper, but I use it sparingly since it's generally an imported tea and it doesn't come cheap!