Sometimes when you change horses in the middle of the stream, things don't turn out as planned.
This is a birthday gift for my friend Tom. Back in June, he fell off his bike and as a result of the injury had his shoulder replaced just before Christmas.
My original plan had been to tangle some bikes on the dictionary page for shoulder. Luckily I had a dictionary that had the image of the shoulder bones on it. Perfect, right?
When I received the invitation to his party, this little guy was on it. More perfect, right?
We lost perfect when it came time to frame it. I had this frame on hand and even though it was smaller than the dictionary page, I liked the size. Unfortunately, where I placed the little guy was not too perfect because I also wanted the shoulder in the frame.
Oh well, he liked it. It got a big laugh and his wife also had this guy on the birthday cake. The cake read: Next time use training wheels!
I have an embarrassingly large number of knitting UFOs (unfinished objects); mostly socks, but a few other items as well lay in a state of somewhere between just begun and 15 minutes away from finished.
These are my Isolde socks from the What Would Madame DeFarge Knit? book. I love that title! I think I started these three years ago and TA DA! Finished! Out of pergatory and onto my feet!
The yarn is Frog Tree Pediboo - a 80% Merino and 20% bamboo. I think these will see a lot of wear!
I'm working on backgrounds for an altered book class I'm taking. I have noticed that the pages in one of my books seems to just suck up the paint. It's like painting on new sheetrock that's had not primer. While I realize that gesso would probably resolve this issue, I want some of the text to show through the paint.
In a very unscientific experiment, I used the same paint and the same technique on two different books. The second book was swimming in paint (but I probably didn't account for the book being smaller...). So I still don't have an answer, but that's okay. The extra paint sent to some ATCs that needed a background too.
And that title would, of course, be sung to the tune of "Wouldn't you like to be a Pepper too? Be a Pepper. Drink Dr. Pepper". I do not wish to be the only person to have that song stuck in my head!
Now that the holiday season of 2014 is one for the books, it's on to the next holiday. Yes, technically it's Martin Luther King Day (sidenote: I saw Selma today. Very very good movie), but I'm moving on to that great holiday perpetuated by Hallmark and 1800flowers: Valentine's Day.
No, I'm not making valentines for my valentine. I'm making them for complete strangers because that's just more fun!
For an upcoming ATC swap on Swap-bot, the challenge/theme is to create a Valentine's ATC using a page from a book. I'm choosing to make origami hearts for these. I have a couple of other ideas up my sleeve, but figuring out how to make these hearts was simply enough for today!
I did think about Kelly's comments over at Whimsy by Kelly about using your good stuff. This isn't my good stuff, but the pages came from a very cool book I purchased this past week at the thrift store. Published in 1941, it's Familiar Quotations by John Bartlett.
I often buy books with every intention of using it for something like this and never do, feeling that the book and the words are too dear. I took a deep breath today and pulled out two pages from the hearty tome. Okay - I will admit that I made sure they weren't Shakespeare or Dickens or Dickenson or Bronte or.... In the end I shut my eyes and tore. Gently. With a straightedge.