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Birthday Book

Friday, August 19th, 2022

Details of the wee book that I made for my sister-in-law’s birthday.

I used blank flash cards for the signatures/pages (think kids and school) and tree wrap (used for protecting trees when injured or to prevent injury) for the cover. I love that tree wrap is soft, textured, and easy to embroider. Two variegated colors of variegated embroidery floss were used for the rice stitch.

I saw a tutorial on the Rice-Stitched Book on the San Diego Book Arts Youtube channel.

The cover code is based on Morse Code. Rather than using dots and dashes I used color. The code is Happy Birthday.

Birthday Book/Card

I knitted an I-cord and wrapped a washer for the closure.

Birthday Book/Card Closure

Each page has the person’s name and date of birth, the last a sentiment.

The code references Morse and Celtic Tree Code. I like the idea of tree code and family tree.

Birthday Book/Card Page
Birthday Book/Card Page

Birthday Book/Card Page

Birthday Book/Card Page

Birthday Book/Card Page

Birthday Book/Card Sentiment

The signatures of the book were stitched together using the rice stitch. I used double stick tape (not sure I like it) to bind each signature together after it was stitched. Usually the signatures and not bound together so the stitchwork inside can be viewed. I don’t like seeing just two lines of thread. I like that binding makes a thicker page. In the future I am thinking about adding macrame to the inside when I use thicker paper like watercolor or handmade.

The gift tag has a piece of paste paper that I made.
Gift Card
Paste paper is enjoyable to make. I use a cornstarch paste with added acrylic paint. I have added milled cloves to paste for color and fragrance. Since the milled cloves seemed to work, I am planning to use some of my ceramic colorants that were used for glazes and clay bodies.

It is a joy using new materials and learning new processes and techniques. And then to figure out how to use them to make art.


Rice-Stitched Book First Attempt

Friday, August 19th, 2022

I have been considering a change in format from wall and vessel to book. Thought I would start with folding so I purchased two books:

Hedi Kyle and Ulla Warchol’s text, The Art of the Fold

and

Alisa Golden’s text, Making Handmade Books.

In addition to the texts I have been following several Youtube channels:
Bainbridge Island Museum
DAS Bookbinding
Elinat Kessler
Kirsten Varga
Kit Davey
Louise Jennetta
Nik the Booksmith
The Preservation Lab
San Diego Book Arts
Trama Atelier
Vintage Page Designs

I spent a couple of weeks folding templates.

Folded Templates

This was my first attempt folding and stitching a small book after watching Maria Rebelo on a San Diego Book Arts video.

Book Rice-Stitched

Book Rice-Stitched

Book Rice-Stitched

Materials
Tree wrap, drawing paper, cotton thread, double sided tape.

Scale
3″ x 2.75″ x .5″


New Bunny Family Members

Wednesday, May 25th, 2022

New Bunny Family Members

New Bunny Family Members

They are so bonded at times they look like one bunny.
One Bunny
New Bunny Family Members

Two Bunnies
New Bunny Family Members

New Bunny Family Members

New Bunny Family Members


Accustomed to Being Invisible–Completed

Tuesday, May 10th, 2022

A piece in progress that sat on a shelf for several years. Just couldn’t complete it then.

2016 March 21
Accustomed to Being Invisible

Code Used–
Code for Blocks

2020 January

Code for Blocks

2022 May 8

Blocks for the code–Accustomed to Being on the top with Invisible inside the frame.

Accustomed to Being Invisible

Accustomed to Being Invisible

Accustomed to Being Invisible

Accustomed to Being Invisible

Materials List–hardware cloth, fiber, plant bits, wood, paper, wax, PVA.


Dandelions

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Dandelions are a particular favorite of my bunnies. Thought I would try to grow some.

Today I noticed something wrong with the dandelions. My first thought was ash from the wildfires. When I took a closer look, I realized that wasn’t the problem.

Dandelions

Dandelions

Dandelions

Dandelions

Cotton swab dampened with alcohol.

Dandelions

Bit disappointed that I will need to dispose of their dandelions.


Rooster Ornament, Wisteria Tendril, Brugmansia

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

When I was a child were given Easter chicks. The chicks were cute and cuddly, but they grew into roosters. That would be the roosters that would lie in wait and attack my legs every time I walked out the door. I grew to fear roosters, still. In an attempt to overcome the fear I have rooster stuff randomly placed in the garden and in the house.

When I saw the wisteria tendril wrapped around the rooster, it creeped me out. First for the imagery, second the fear of needing to remove the tendril.

Rooster Wisteria Tendril

Rooster Wisteria Tendril

Earlier in the year when the Brugmansia and Wisteria were blooming.

 Wisteria Brugmansia


Found Succulent Leaf

Monday, May 6th, 2019

I found it on April 7th.

Succulent Leaf

I kept it because I thought it might make its way into a piece.

Succulent Leaf Texture

Then it Sprouted Roots

Succulent Leaf

Succulent Leaf Roots

Today it Found a New Home
Succulent Leaf Potted


2019 January 1 Shell Beach

Tuesday, January 1st, 2019

Happy New Year

Low Tide
Shell Beach

Shell Beach

And Collected Holey Rocks

Shell Beach

Shell Beach

Shell Beach


Volunteer Datura

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura August 25, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura August 25, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura August 28, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura September 4, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura September 10, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura Pods September 24, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura Pod Detail
September 24, 2017

Datura

Volunteer Datura After Pod Removal
September 24, 2017


Found Earrings, But Were They Really Lost

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

Today I was cleaning vases. When I looked in the green glass vessel,

Green Pot

I found a single earring.

Earring

Not sure why it was there. Rather than climbing the stairs and placing it in my jewelry box, I thought I would just put it in this fun little box.

Box

When I opened the box, I found this–

Earrings

I had been looking for the earrings for the past several months. I was sure that they were together and that I put them in a safe place. Just couldn’t remember where that safe place might be.

Now I know. Apparently, my subconscious believes that the little box with the metal lid is a safe place to store earrings. Well, and a nice needle.