How's your day been? I've spent the last week or so, still recovering from my illness...the virus 'going around'--and was finally able this last weekend to do nothing but SLEEP!
What a gift THAT WAS!!
To have two days lost to sleep brings a load of rumminess --where am I?!--mental fragility--who am I?--and a little spurt of Creativity!
I can do a little something, but not a huge project yet!
So, in the spirit of sharing, I will show off my 'little' (2 1/2" x 3 3/4") book; originally gifted me a couple years ago by a artsy friend.
When I received it, I thought the little handmade treasure charming, but I was also a little put off--I loved the idea of it, but it wasn't quite 'me'. I couldn't imagine what it was...
hmmm, was it the color on the front?
(not much on 'rust' and earth-tones...)
was it the pages with the little stamped sayings, about stamping, following the muse, and hearing voices?
half of the pages were completely blank!
(equals no color! and I'm a total COLOR person!)
maybe it was a little bit of everything?
The book is so cute, though...it was begging for bling!
So, taking the reins the other day, I imagined my friend Sharon would be happy for me to add the love to the little book she'd gifted me, and it would also be a tool in my recuperation. I'm thankful to have friends who gift me handmade treasures like this...
Using copies of 'Where Women Cook' and 'Digital Studios,' both by Somerset, and a few little trinkets I had, I made this into 'My Heart Book'!!
I first covered up the rust ribbon on the front cover...little strip of scrap paper--green! That's it! equals 'growth'...
then, a little red heart made in an art class...melted embossing powder in a mold! FUN!
(I know it told me to follow my muse, but i'm not sure who that was / is...so
'follow my heart' felt more 'me'--at least right now!)
a couple quotes from 'Where Women Cook'--old issues--and they always have inspirational quotes.
i love silver linings in clouds if we look closely enough, don't you?!
you can see the original stamp here, and I added little stickers which might be 'my' four out of five voices!...plus the top page, a little Mary Engelbreit 'cherries' paper, with a little dab of chocolate 'love'!
this little paper on the left was cut from a fabric sales catalog, and I added all the little hand-drawn flowers to the stamp on the right. I'll color some in later on with my watercolor pencils.
'My Concrete Sky'--a fantastic blog! (check it out!)
loved this little quote....felt really good to me...the book is coming together!
and then! A little bit of Divine Intervention!
It extends on the left above the cover--I used her legs upside down at the top of the page, along w/ the stars from the trading card. The Bingo number is mine, a little wooden bling, which is the date of my birth!
Isn't this FUN!!?
(one of my favoritest things about altered art is 'going outside the lines'--I LOVE having things off the canvas, outside the edges of the book; inviting the viewer to relax, and get involved)
|(clipped from 'Women Who Cook')|
Look at these roasted cherry tomatoes ...YUM!
and I cracked up when I saw the WC Fields quote--
can we ever laugh enough?
Well now, you gotta love the 'Hokey Pokey'--but I'm thinking for my little
happy book about things i love, that I'll just put those right here!...found the inside of a greeting card with a hand-written message from my Dad--I don't find those very often (Mom usually does the writing), and a quote from Susan Branch, then opposite;
a little tag with a silver heart charm, and on the tag, all sorts of fun things I LOVE: dark chocolate, cozy jammies, smell of cut grass, etc....
|(a little bowl of berry-love from (Where Women Cook')|
really, is Life that Complicated?!
Well, we're on the last page, and here's what it's really all about (to me):
"Live Each Day On Purpose"
(like you're MEANT to do it!)
to me, the cross is symbolic of What I'm here for, and
Why I do the things I do