MAGPIE'S MUMBLINGS

A blog about my interests, which include crazy quilting and various and assorted other artsy pursuits and sometimes known to contain mumblings of a random nature.

Monday, June 04, 2018

A wee little book

I did a bit of a studio clean up (I know - what IS this world coming to!!) and came across something I have been meaning to share for awhile.  Several months ago our honorary member of our little CQTeers crafting group (Liz) sent us each one of her little artist books with the challenge to fill it with something.  It took me awhile to decide what I could do.  I have an inherent fear of defacing books which my mother instilled in me when I was little so it took some mental talking to before I could manage to touch it.  Here's the beautiful handpainted cover that Liz created for my book...
The book measures approx. 5" tall x 4" wide
About the time the book arrived I was in the throes of a somewhat more thorough cleanup of my sewing room and came across what I created in an online ledger class taught by Karen Ruane.  I sat down to look through it and was aghast to discover that the double sided tape that I had used was turning everything brown and was letting go (despite having been assured in the store that it wouldn't do such a thing....false advertising!!).  So...I ended up taking the ledger apart, salvaging what I could and putting them into this new little book (MINUS the double-sided tape I might add!!).  This is the result...










If you are interested in seeing more of the ledger I originally did, you can find the first post about it HERE (and if you want to know more, if you click on the 'journals' topic in my sidebar it will take you to more posts (you'll have to scroll down).  

- THIS is a sweet knitted sweater for a little girl.

- If you'd like to try covering plastic coat hangers with crochet, have a peek at THIS.  I think I'd prefer to use wooden hangers if I could because plastic does tend to break after awhile.  They would make great gifts though!

- THIS is a really intriguing idea for consistent blocking of afghan squares.  I think I'd be tempted to use dowels though, simply because they're a little more sturdy.

-  The San Francisco School of Needlework and Design has unveiled their latest online show with the theme 'A View From My Window'.  Go HERE to see the amazing works of art!  Their current challenge theme is 'Burlesque' and I know the entries for that will be fabulous too.  You can find out more about the SFSND by visiting THIS link (they have a really interesting newsletter too).

- Have a look at the amazing fiber art by THIS artist!  And THIS one too!!

- I'm not a hat person, but I know a lot of you are so perhaps you might like THIS crochet pattern.

Another anonymous quote..."The problem with the world is that the intelligent people are full of doubts while the stupid ones are full of confidence"  




21 comments:

  1. Anonymous4:04 PM

    Thanks for sharing your info. I really appreciate your
    efforts and I will be waiting for your next write ups thanks once again.

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  2. Well, you did a great job! Now we are art partners. Or co-conspirators!

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    1. I love the co-conspirators idea!

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  3. If your readers are interested in more about the adventures in Chinese ink painting, they could go to my art blog, http://beautiful metaphor.blogspot.com

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  4. The books with sewing is a great idea to use those end pieces hard to throw away.
    Thank you for the link to the crochet hat! It is adorable.

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    1. I'm not a hat person by any means, but this one caught my eye. Thank you for the lovely comment!

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  5. I was also taught not to mark on books and I too, find it difficult to start on a new one. Yours is turning out to be quite nice. Thanks for the links. The art from View From my Window is quite interesting.

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    1. Happy to know I'm not the only one that finds it hard to make any marks in books. I can't even turn a corner on a page - obviously brainwashed as a child!

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  6. Hi Maryanne wow love what you have done on your pages you are so clever ,well done my friend xx

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    1. Thank you! It's pretty much all I could salvage from my original ledger project...sad, but at least I have something to remind me of it.

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  7. Perfect filler for your artist book!
    Yes, the San Francisco School of Needlework and Design, is displaying beautiful
    work, thanks for sharing.

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    1. At least I found a way to save some of my original project and fill the wee book at the same time. And the SFSND is pretty amazing.

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  8. I am that girl who looks at others murderously who dog ear a book, do not turn the page correctly etc. My daughter has an interesting story of me showing her the art of 'how to turn the page of a book' when she was two!! Needless to say she is rather anal about caring for books as well. =) Your journal book is fabulous. You certainly learnt some wonderful concepts. Did I perchance spot a hexie or two. Tidying up one's sewing room always coughs up some interesting past projects. Loved the link of looking through the window. What a brilliant idea. I would love to stitch a view from one of my windows one day. Your links always inspire.

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    1. I think I have permanent ridges in my tongue from biting it when I see my DH leaving a book open on a table or (worse!) bending the spine backwards so it will stay open. Old habits die hard! And yes, you did see hexies and I'm glad you enjoy at least some of my links.

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    2. Oh......I enjoy all, lovely Mary-Anne! =)

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  9. Love what you have done with these little treasures Mary Anne! The handmade book was the perfect place for them! Have a good week! Christine x

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    1. Thank you Christine. I was happy to be able to combine the two projects for sure.

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  10. Love your new booklet and how you have managed to salvage much of the original one.
    I'm sorry about the double-sided tape ruining the work but thank you for sharing the disadvantage using it.

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    1. Depends on the type of double-sided tape you use Maureen. Apparently some are of archival quality and that's not what I ended up getting, despite checking with the seller to be sure.

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  11. This is such a sweet little book with the beautiful cover. How fortunate you were able to salvage your pieces and place them in this new book. Great quote...Hmmm!

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    1. Thank you Sherry - it was sad that my original book didn't stand the test of time, but at least I was able to keep bits of it to remind me.

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