So, this is my second ever "hoopla" that I've made. My husband's aunt is retiring, and just got accepted into the Master Gardener program, so I thought it would be a nice way to commemorate. I wish the stitching had been a bit more even, but I think it still turned out lovely.
So, I've been carrying around this recolored picture from Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics, I think it was from the sample at Free Comic Book Day before the Absolute Sandman came out to show the recoloring. Anyway, I've always wanted to make some sort of dream journal out of it.
I finally felt like I had enough practice with the coptic stitch to give it a go, because I wanted to have it with the spine exposed. I also wanted to do it with cardstock, even though I usually bind with letter press, because I did a book for a friend where that worked out lovely for multi media journaling.
Here's the cover. I got a little excited with the glitter.
And the spine!
And the experimental embellishing of the inside cover and first page:
My friend Astrid wanted a journal from me for a little while, so I finally made her a coptic stitched leather finished journal. The bead markers are mostly purchased, although the acorn I made out of Sculpey.
Since she's starting a journey of connecting to her creative, spontaneous side, I started her off with some embellishments, to get her inspired. Something I am less than happy about is how the stitches on the cover boards sit, but that comes from being out of practice for a bit.
She made me a yoga mat bag, I requested one in "chakra colors" and her interpretation of that was PERFECTION for me. Also a beautiful tie dyed silk scarf that I can use for a yoga strap, but it's so pretty I'll probably use it for my belly dancing. Also, right off my Pinterest, a coloring case made from a converted DVD case. It's full of beautiful mandalas to color in, and she colored one for the outside of the case as well
Okay, sorry for the delay... I was having technical difficulties, and I STILL didn't get the pics I wanted, but here finally is Cloverlilly's WONDERFUL package:
A blind Mag clutch filled with jewelry, iron ons, a beautiful assortment of movie poster cards
I love jewelry and bobby pins, and don't make the kind she sent me... what a treat!!! I didn't get close ups of everything, but a Mag necklace, a zydrate necklace, gorgeous Mag bobby pins, Graverobber earrings, and a Zydrate Support Group pin on a scrabble tile. LOVE!!!
Wish I'd gotten better pics of the movie cards, they are BEAUTIFUL. Thank you for such a rockin' swap!!!
So, I'm getting into the polymer clay thing, so I've been doing a few busts. This was for the Repo! The Genetic Opera Swap round 3. The cool thing about it was my husband went out the next day and bought me some sculpting tools (I've been using an exacto knife and a pointy stick)... so I'm looking forward to trying dolls next instead of just busts.
The process is below. Sculpted with Super Sculpy and painted with gauche then sealed.
My package from Songs4Drowning was amazing, and just my taste!
First, I LOVE yarn, especially hand spun yarn... so she sent me some the color of stormy Chicago sky, beautiful plying:
Next, Some "Gentleman Johnny Marcone" money scented candles (my husband is love with these) the color of Marcone's eyes... and some Strawberry Shortcake candles that smell like Lt. Murphy's grandma's house... they smell EXACTLY like strawberry shortcake dolls, and I LOVE all the candles:
Last but not least, an ADORABLE Bob bookmark and a "trashy romance novel" to keep him company. It's hard to convey how awesome the Bob is, WAY awesome in person