This and That

I have two new books to show you! I made them for a swap themed “Mini book of proverbs”. I have been obsessed with texture lately, as you can see here. 🙂

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I actually filled them with quotes and poems. 🙂

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I added pressed leaves and flowers to this one. The combination of flowers and the colors I used (homemade alcohol inks and acrylic paint) reminds me of fairies and enchanted forests.

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Another thing I have to share with you is my new recycling project. Actually, two projects! The first one is the scrappy yarn I’ve been slowly making for quite some time now.

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Every now and then I take my bag of yarn scraps and while watching listening to TV, I tie them into a new ball of yarn. It’s a slow process, but kind of meditating. I even separated cotton from viscose, black from white, and all those chunky woolly bits were tied together to make that crazy big ball of “everything else”. 🙂

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So I decided to use some of that lovely crazy yarn (the off white cotton to be precise) , and on top of that I recycled and old bed sheet to weave this rug!

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Look at all those knots coming through and giving a nice texture to the rug! That’s what I wanted to achieve!

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They are a bit shy now but they will come out even more after I wash it.

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I am happy with my new rug! 🙂 Imagine the possibilities with that scrappy yarn, not only in weaving but also in knitting and crocheting! Oohhh, so many ideas are coming to my mind!

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

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A Wonderful Weekend

Sunny weather means spending time outside with hubby and our dog. With a bit of shopping of course. 🙂

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A pair of shoes for me!

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Meda probably thought I was going to the moon or something and went completely mad about the swing, LOL!

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Kisses! 🙂

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A bit of swimming.

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Hubby likes to photograph birds. 🙂

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And other things. 🙂

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I photographed some of my journal pages!

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The next two are not finished yet, I’m looking forward to see what I’ll come up with. 🙂

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My cousin gave me a huge bag full of books. There are nearly forty books there, ready to be altered! Pure joy!

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It’s funny how people react when I tell them that I want their “trash”. Old doilies, buttons, ribbons, books, all kinds of things they wanted to throw out but felt bad about it. When they give those things to me, they feel better knowing they will be reused or recycled, and I feel great having more things to play with or to make art. So everybody’s happy. 🙂

 

Books books books!

I’ve had a wonderful week! And the reason for that was – inspiration! A ton of it! I was so in the bookmaking zone, that everything else seemed irrelevant. And everything was so easy to do! Well, my hands and fingers hurt, and my butt feels numb from all that sitting, but who cares! I have so many gorgeous little books to look at, to sell, to give, to own! I can’t explain how good I feel! But I have a feeling you kinda noticed by now, and I promise, I am not drunk or on drugs, it’s just “bookmaking high” thing,LOL!

Anyway, the only thing that bothers me are the photos, which for some reason didn’t turn out quite right, no matter how many times I photographed, or if it was it inside or outside, they just are not good enough. But, I can’t help it now, so here are some of the photos, and yes, there are a couple of pendants that are not books, but I just felt like trying some new things. 🙂

Those were the necklaces, and here are some tiny books made into earrings:

Then some slightly bigger books:

And another great thing this week was that I found two bags full of books by the entrance of my building, and they are all hard cover, so now I have fourteen books to play with! Some are quite large, about 30cm nigh, and I can see them becoming great art journals. Apparently, someone didn’t want them anymore, and to be honest, who would want a book about installing heating in commercial buildings! 🙂 But they are all in excellent condition! More fun for me! Yay! 🙂

Have a wonderful weekend everyone! 🙂

Rainy day

Strange weather here. Yesterday was very hot, and today was cold and rainy. And I am never in a good mood when it’s dark and cloudy. I need sunshine to keep me motivated and inspired, so nothing much was done today. Except for a couple of small leather books. I even made a necklace using one book, which is not something I usually do, but I had to try. It turned out not too bad.

It’s tiny, only about an inch high. I am sorry I didn’t take a better photo, as it has my handmade papers inside, and with a love poem or something else written in it, it would be just perfect. But I will do that some other day.

And here are my latest journal pages:

I used the same quotes in my journal as I used for the bookmarks I made for the Swap at Milliande’s.

I made these couple of days ago, and they are on their way to England. The theme was “Love, Faith and Hope”, and to be honest, I had no idea what to make at first. I even threw away one set of bookmarks because I wasn’t satisfied how they turned out. Then, as I was making some stamps, I decided to use them in this project, and in just half an hour or so, the bookmarks were finished! I painted some recycled cardboard, decoupaged text, played with my stamps, added a few touches with pen here and there, and voila! Happy me. 🙂

I hope you had a great weekend! 🙂