Thursday, May 1, 2014

Michelangelo LB

     My third beautiful LB returned today - one each of the last three years from late fall to May... and, what a gorgeous book this one is, yet again. One more page to arrive and I will determine how to attach the signatures. Very exciting. I did not "enhance" these photos - the transfer work is amazing. 
     A very special "Thank You" to the ladies who contributed: Teri, Liz, Terri, Sox, and Deb - you all rock, big time.

Friday, April 18, 2014

"Raven" Books

     Yeah! Raven Collaborative Completed... here is a photo synopsis for you to peruse. I enjoyed the process after finally getting "some" of my things unpacked. 
     Upon receiving the originals, each was reproduced on heavier textured paper and I used the person's submission as the cover for her book. The other four pages were used as signature covers. Found a great piece of paper from Hollander's to use as the endsheets for four books and then ran out of paper; so, I just made a plain front endsheet and a windowed back endsheet for my book. Kind of fun - and, since I plan to write in this journal - will add some personality. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Last Lacebook Page

     Yeah - last lacebook page for this season; the book will be heading back to its final destination in New York with Teri. An amazing book. 
     After my next project deadline (this week) I can begin organizing my space and I am totally looking forward to that.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Mixed Media Feb/March

     Will catalog the last several weeks of mixed media creations (or attempts thereof, lol) since the end of January. 
     While in Canada, Nadine and I co-taught a book making class on "coptic stitch binding" to eight lovely artists... had a lot of fun and it worked out well with two of us teaching. Completed two coptic bound books for myself and made a coptic book to present to my "blog winner" who lives in White Rock just before crossing the border into the U.S. 
[Please see March 14 blog post.]
     During the Olympics and other times while Nadine was busy, I knitted - three hat/fingerless mitt sets, one cowl, and an additional fingerless mitt pair (all gifts). When I returned home I whipped out a dishcloth (because I needed one for the kitchen with my recent move) and a Windschief Blue beanie that has been sent to my sister Deb in Seattle; and, began Owen's socks. 
     Nadine and I played around with jewelry making for a short time when she made a pair of earrings and used a new tool I told her about - the cup bur. It is so much handier than steel wool to smooth the tip of earring wires so they don't cut into the skin. I totally suggest it and brought an extra one home for myself.
     What a beautiful studio Nadine has to work in, providing many hours of entertainment - happy hours making art, doing random acts of kindesses, and pay-it-forwards... or creating books for donation, setting up brochures, helping with cooking classes, presenting on bookarts to fiber artists - you name it - very talented - all this in the month of March.
(Can you tell - I miss the time we had together.)

Photo below reiterates my March 15th detailed post...

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Quick ANC Trip

     Left Kenai at 9am in order to get to Anchorage to meet family for lunch and a hair trim at 1:30pm. Active blizzard warning for the Peninsula area including Cooper Landing. All was good driving except the mountains and pass which had torrential downpours and standing water. Of course, there are those "crazies" still out snowmachining at the summit.
     Made Anchorage in good time, however; picked up Devin and met with Jason/Lynette at Pho Jula Thai Cusine not too far from their homes. Had a great visit and delicious curry lunch special.

     After the short hair trim appointment went to Alicia/CJs and just "vegged" for the afternoon; didn't even notice that a storm was brewing and snow had arrived. Alicia came home about 630pm - we went to Asian Gardens for pineapple chicken and home to rest. 
     The photos below pretty much show the snow dump... and, my need for assistance before picking up Judy at Charlie/Poli's for a special breakfast visit and then an enjoyable few hours with her families.
     Left Anchorage at 250pm-ish. Roads were ridged from snow packing until the flats before Girdwood and all was clear for the rest of the drive home; arriving home about 530, with no snow evidenced.
     What a great weekend, making memories with a special friend and a chance to "catch up" with my own family.
     Judy and I used to watch a movie or visit at 530 in the morning after she took her husband to head to the "slope" to work on Saturdays in the 1990s. Judy would head home when everyone else was waking up! We had good times sewing and letting our tea get cold, taking the kids on outtings when they were still home, and sharing stories when we worked together.
     Have a safe trip home after your visit in Fairbanks, Judy... hugs until the next "in-person" visit!