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« on: February 17, 2018 11:13:10 PM »

It took me eight years to get around to finishing this!

It began when over the course of a year I kept hearing the song "Angel from Montgomery", by John Prine and/or Bonnie Raitt, after never hearing it before, and it was always in my head. Part of the chorus is, "Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery / Make me a poster of an old rodeo..." Being a fan of craft swapping, I couldn't help but interpret that as a request for a handmade flying angel and a rodeo poster.  Smiley It developed into a little art book from there.

The pages have chipboard bases, and the cover is knit handspun yarn (one of the first batches I spun). There is also embroidery, needle felting, stamping and collage. The pages are just bound with a couple loops of waxed thread. I printed lyrics onto a reclaimed paper grocery bag, and everything came from stash. I wanted to add some bead-weaving and crochet to the mix just to see how many crafts I could fit into it, but I was more ready to simply finish.

And the pages:
"I am an old woman named after my mother / My old man is another child who's grown old"

"If dreams were thunder and lighting was desire / This old house would have burned down a long time ago"

"Make me an angel that flies from Montgomery" (pop-up angel-lady can be released from the tabs over a map showing the Montgomery, Alabama area...it did take a while to find that specific map!)

"Make me a poster of an old rodeo"

"Just give me one thing that I can hold onto / To believe in this livin' is just a hard way to go
When I was a young girl I had me a cowboy / Wasn't much to look at, just a free ramblin' man"
(Note that he's holding a ferocious chihuahua - I used the image with permission and it had an amusing backstory)

"But that was a long time and no matter how I try / The years they just rolled by like a broken-down dam"

(Chorus repeat)
"There's flies in the kitchen, I can hear them buzzin' / And I ain't done nothin' since I woke up today"

"But how the hell can a person go to work in the morning, / Come home in the evening, and have nothing to say?"

(Chorus repeats)

So, part of why it took me so long to sit down and finish this project is I have no real connection to the song; I just had the mandate to make the angel and the poster, which didn't make a ton of sense on their own! I have no plans for it, so I'd be happy to send it to someone who does have a connection with the song, as a freebie craftylittlemonkey's mom is going to be the recipient!
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« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2018 01:23:44 AM »

lovely job!   

I like the song, but have no connection to it.  Plus, I'm moving soon and NOT accumulating stuff!

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« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2018 04:18:32 AM »

This is amazeballs! Unless somebody else is mad for it would you give me a sec to show it to my musician parents? It is just so cool.


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« Reply #3 on: February 18, 2018 10:52:46 AM »

This is stupefyingly awesome! Just so original and clever, as well as interesting and beautiful!

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« Reply #4 on: February 18, 2018 08:16:05 PM »

I love everything about this.

« Reply #5 on: February 19, 2018 07:48:07 AM »

Calluna- I love it when you use art to interpret songs or movies. Your Wizard of Oz yarn is one of my favorite things in the entire world. I love how you interpreted this song with a variety of different mediums. I don't actually know the song myself- but I love this  Grin

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« Reply #6 on: February 19, 2018 08:17:51 AM »

This is absolutely amazing.  I'm just sitting here stunned and smiling.  Great work.  Thank you for sharing!

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« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2018 07:40:04 AM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley

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« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2018 09:20:06 AM »

Wow, this is incredibly beautiful!

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« Reply #9 on: February 21, 2018 09:41:38 AM »

Thanks, all! Kiss

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