Friday, November 18, 2011

Chunky Book Swap Music

The October chunky book swap theme was music.  I wanted to create it in paper and have a fold out.  i printed out  a figure of a conductor from something in my files of inspiration.  (It was at this point i decided i really need to spend time, yet again, learning Paint Shop Pro).  i ended up cutting and coloring the figure and scanning it in, then printing it out.

The fold out was painted old sheet music that sucked up the paint.  it folds in to look like a book. the fold out represents the idea that music makes your spirits soar and spread your wings. 
On the reverse side i made a fabric pocket and added the music tag with the information about the swap.

We had to make 11 of these and send them off 10 to Lorena in Hawaii and she sent us one from each participant. 

 This is the front, made before counting my music charms when I went to add them there were not enough for the other 10 cards. 
The November swap is maps.  Somewhere you had to use a map.  I managed to go off on a tangent then later seeing some very inspiring ideas online.  

Saturday, November 5, 2011

My gorgeous Day Of the Dead Book

After i posted yesterday my friend Liz in Chicago sent this photo taken in "Tlaxcala during Day of the Dead and the whole town square was full of spectacular ofrendas."  So here is a real one!

yesterday i showed a glimpse of my book made in the paper bag swap.  here goes

This is pages 2 and 3.  I made page 2 and Janet page 2 and one side of her inset sticking out.  this goes in the bag opening

Page 4 is janet, don't you love that tortilla maker.  page 5 is the outside of Arlene's bag
 Arlene pages 6 and 7 she did not glue down the bag flap completely so it forms a pocket and has a label pushed in it.  great way to make it and i love hidden compartments and pockets.  The texture of page7 is enhanced with dyed cheese cloth and to the right is a glimpse of her inset into the open bag side.

here is one side of Arlene's insert card.  love those images

Now here is where the scanner was supposed to separate these two but it did not.  the left is side one from Arlene and the right is side one from Janet on page 3.

this is the other side of Janet's insert.  it really is lovely 

here is page 8 Arlene and page 9 Janet.  this is where scanning is a pain as it was too long for the scanner bed and I could not pull the tab  with heart back where Janet placed a pocket and image under the tab and I cut off the last image.   So have to look for a camera.

below is Janet page 10 and my page 11.  I made an ofrendas (Sp?) to honor my mother who died this year.  the food offerings are more like an English feast with a ham, lots of pastries and champagne.  The yellow scrunched paper at the top represents the flower garlands and lots of candles to light her way to us.  And what sort of celebration could we have without the sugar sculls.  Very surprised that there were none available in San Antonio.   It goes so well with Janet's dancing couple.

And finally my insert.  

It really is a beautiful celebration of the hereafter.  

Friday, November 4, 2011

Awful week or two

Over the weekend of October 22 we headed north to Dallas so I could attend the Bead Fest at Arlington Convention Center.  it turns out that the rangers were in the world series so the roads were a night mare.  We learned that this was a baseball game!  The show was lovely but marred by the loss of my canon point and shoot camera.  Once home it was laser eye surgery over a two week period, quick and easy and then I had to do something about the increasing tinnitus and decreasing hearing in my ear. In the affected left ear, the tinnitus was so bad it was drowning out all speech.  iPod ear buds at least allow me to listen to TV but socializing is painful and even ever patient Chris was getting exasperated. I was put on Prednisone to try and cut the inflammation in some area where this all happens although no-one is quite sure where it is happening.  Menieres remains a mystery disease even after 35 years.  At least Serc controls the vertigo and my doctor said that Serc only helps one in nine people.  At least one break.  

Prednisone is both a savior and a terrorist.  Too much and bad things happen.  I switched to taking it in the morning, today, as it causes sleeplessness.  It is a 20 day course now, started with idea of 14 days and he switched when he saw the hearing graph.  It is now going into my right ear.  

Then a neighbor and friend of DH had a stroke.  A really fit guy who exercises and does not over eat.  horrible shock, happily he is improving quickly and will get a stent early next week.

good stuff.   A few weeks ago i mentioned the Day Of the Dead swap.  it is a paper bag book swap.  we make 3 bags into 6 pages and swap 2.  Crazy crafty Anna organized it at Sketchbook project.  She is truly incredible and as well as mother and wife raises goats and make soap from goat milk.  

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS is celebrated in most of the Latin American cultures with Indian populations.  In  the Aztec world death was not thought of as the end but rather the beginning of a life, free from the hardships of earthly life.   once a year the dead return to earth.  the Catholic church messed with the dates so that it coincided with All Saints  and all Souls days.  Alters (offrendas) are set up in homes or in country at the cemetery to welcome the dead home.  Their favorite foods, drinks and interests are proudly displayed on the altar.

traditional crafts were central to the decorations and festivities.  Sugar sculls, special bread, paper cutouts and sculptures features happy skeletons and catrinas.  IT IS NOT TO BE COMPARED WITH HALLOWEEN, a commercial driven party venture of scary creatures and fear of the dead.

Here is the first page made for the swap.  It is a water fall book that means each bag is cut so that they increase in size.  Page1 for swap  and a card sticking out of the pocket.

inside page two and three.  On three i wanted an altar and ussed tissue paper to represent the flower wreathes they make.  the candles are to light the way for the loved ones to find their way home.

backside of bag of DOD fabric.

bag two is a photo from the DOD collection my friends the Llanos a sculpture in a box.  

page two and three of bag 2.  the card sticking out has a recipe for cookies.
Since I do not have a camera I am relying on the scanner to show the bags received in the swap made by Janet and Arlene.   This was a fabulous swap and i love everything about it.

This is my completed book and i will create a post of it so here is just a taste of this fabulous work!