Julie, from Blue Girl XO and I have been online friends for over 3 years now. We both have a love of vintage and of handmade books, we have done many trades and Round Robin books together. Her style is impeccable. It is soft and beautiful and the attention to detail.. I am in awe... I can pick her work a mile away. She loves things so tiny and beautiful.. me on the other hand.. Big, messy and crazy. She created a group to make a piece of Art a week and post it every Thursday. Its called Artful Thursdays. Great idea, I love Deadlines.. I work better that way. It helps get rid of my hoarding of vintage supplies and gets me doing projects I have been putting off for ohh lets see, years now. You can do anything.. from sewing , scrapbooks, paper Arts.. anything. I love this idea so much! So last night as I was finishing my last episodes of Dexter.. I created something small. I know beautiful and Dexter.. dont sound like they go together.. they dont. Before I put up what I created.. I wanted to share the way I make a piece of Art. I start by cleaning out my Studio. Not sounding so fun, right? While I am organizing, I pick up things and put them in a basket. Things that catch my eye, need to be fixed, projects untouched or that are calling my name.. Thats how I roll.
I made a mini twill book. I purchased this 3 inch twill many years ago. For what reason? I still dont know, but knew I had to use it. I thought about stamping images on it, making a belt.. I just love the cream color and the size. So I put these little things in my inspiration basket:
After staring at these things for a while, couldnt take my eyes off of Dexter.. here is what I came up with:
You need 36 inches of 3 inch cotton twill. You will fold them back to back with a larger piece on the bottom, heres what I am talking about:
Then with your sewing machine, ( I like to use brown thread for almost every project) sew down the right side of the book. This will be your spine. I also sew on the right side of each page. I used scalloped edge scissors and made a V, on the closure. I sewed the printed ribbon, pink velvet and cream pleated trim on the side of the book. Took the green leaves off the crotchet flower off and added the cut down to size white leaf. I sewed it to the front cover of the book. The flower is used as a button. I made a button hole on the V part of the closure. Then I stitched the printed text ribbon with the vintage pink thread.
I hope you understand my directions.. I kind of dont understand them myself. I am terrible at directions. I guess thats me not playing by the Art Rules. If there are any.
So there you have it, a piece.. I had not planned on. What will I use it for you ask? I think I might actually stamp little love notes for my Hubby with Staz-on ink.
Thats all I have for now, please check out Julie's blog there are more Artful Thursday's blogs on her sidebar to check out.. Wow, this is a first in a long time.. Posting on a Thursday. I am telling you, I am feeling so creative and inspired..... more Artful Thursday's to come! Ohh on a great note, I have raised $32o.oo for Haiti!!!!!!!!!!! YIPPPEEEEEEEE..... I hope it goes to the right hands.. American Red Cross please dont let the people of Haiti down......! Going to see a movie on a school night... AVATAR.. Hope its as good as everyone tells me. hugs-Lilia