Tuesday, May 27, 2014
We've had hot, windy, mostly sunny days all weekend in the 80s. Miss Karma still often enjoys a hard pillow...
...like the door frame.
Since I've been gradually getting back to my normal...I got the bug to work on the fauxdori booklets. Ah! Did you forget about my leather fauxdori covers with the too much coconut oil rubbed in? LOL! Well, I've been patiently leeching out the oil and am getting closer to being able to use them. So I went through my various tablets and loose paper I had in the bookcase and began cutting...watercolor paper, drawing paper, marker paper, and writing paper...for both the smaller and larger fauxdori.
Notice my beloved, battered thermal mug of coffee is back by my side all the live-long day for the T Stands for Tuesday folks. ;)
I even cut up some old filler paper to have lined paper for the small one.
Karma kept me company...using the craft table for a pillow...
...with one eye out for sparrows and swallows.
She hadn't even noticed I had picked up the camera...
...at first--LOL! What a poser. ;)
I've been following Jennibellie on youtube for some time. Jennibellie is an avid recycler and mixed media artist. She started a Ning channel back in April and I joined...and signed up for the monthly challenge group (which I haven't managed to participate in yet). Anyways, she put up a video for some prep work to do before the June challenge where you take watered down glue and kind of paste together your used artwork paper towels.
I glued together my paper towels (select-a-size Viva so they aren't square)...
...and I tried the used baby wipes, too, even though she didn't think they'd work as well. Those took forever to dry and I'm not sure they are holding together as well as the paper towels--but, then again, I'm not sure what we are going to do with them.
I think my mod podge might have been a little too watered down--LOL! Instead of ending up like a thick paper, mine came out more like glue-scented, leathery plastic. I have no idea what we are supposed to do with these, but I can already imagine using them as soft, floppy bookcard covers or small journal covers. I'll let you know what the challenge is.
Meanwhile...I got out what was left of an old 12 X 12" paper tablet and cut covers for the fauxdori booklets.
Then I matched up the inside papers with covers. Had four extra covers for the large fauxdori so cut up some business paper to fill those.
Poked holes for a simple pamphlet binding, used dental floss, and sewed them all together.
You use two or three booklets at a time and I have ten for the larger one and eleven for the smaller one all set to go. I am thinking that I might wax the inside of the leather covers to see if that would prevent any more leeching of coconut oil onto the booklets. That might work, right? I'll try it on the smaller one first.
Don't worry. I'm not overdoing it. These two projects took me four days. :) It sure felt good to be back doing something creative, though--even if it was just gluing, cutting, folding, and hand sewing.
This afternoon Caroline comes to clean. I plan to ask her to help me bring my fans in from the garage. I think I should be okay to do something like that now. I have somebody coming to pick up all the older writer's magazines today, too (freecycle). Hopefully I'll make it over to help Leah this week. :):) Things are slowly getting back to normal around here.
Have a truly fulfilling day!
Keep smiling! :):)
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