Tuesday, May 27, 2014


Mornin'!  Mornin'!
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!  :):)
“Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”
Maria Robinson


  1. i am just glad you're getting back to more normal self. :) karma is such a doll. :)

  2. I've never been a fan of mod podge, but I know it has its purposes. I've never tried to glue wet wipes together, and I don't have any baby wipes, which I've concluded are far thicker than wet wipes, which will melt if they are exposed to an iron (don't ask how I know!).

    Glad you are feeling better, and you and Karma are working on that leather project again. I hope all the oil has now leached out. Good that you learned to experiment with the small one first (grin).

    Thanks for sharing your coffee mug, wipes, paper towels, and Karma with us for T this Tuesday. BTW, I've sewn these wipes together before.

  3. Well you certainly have been creative this week and I hope feeling better. I read your last post....you certainly did give that diet a good try. I hope all its effects wear off soon.

    Karma is cute as always!

    Have a happy T day!

  4. So good to hear your feeling much better.

    Karma is looking happy with the warmer temperatures.

    Your project is looking quite interesting, looking forward to seeing you get it all put together.

    Happy T-day

  5. These are wonderful! It was a beautiful weekend wasn't it!

  6. Glad to hear you are well on your way back to your "normal," Rita. Love those pictures of Karma, and I do hope to hear that you were able to visit Leah. We are only a few weeks away from summer! You'll need those fans. :-)

  7. Your coffee mug emailed me. She wrote: Thank God we're done with that eating plan.


  8. Rita your books are looking awesome :) I must put dental floss on my list and give it a try.
    You have lovely warm days...we are having a rainy few days, sun one minute and downpour the next :P
    Happy Tea Day to you and Karma :)

  9. Sewing book bindings with dental floss - now, there's an idea to remember! Thanks, Chris xx

  10. Anonymous5:13 PM

    Your kitty is a riot. LOL.

  11. Good for you for quitting The Plan. It seems like it was not the right plan for you!

    I'm glad that you are getting back to normal and feeling creative again. And yay for the reappearance of the coffee mug.

    Happy T Day!

  12. Hi, Rita! I suppose when you're covered in fur everything upon which you recline feels like a pillow. That explains why Karma looks so comfy with her head resting on hard surfaces.

    There's a lot to be said for normal. When you're bouncing back from unacceptable, normal feels better than ever.

    Thank you for showing us your arts and crafts. In the new millennium I have done some scrap booking and found it to be a satisfying and rewarding hobby.

  13. Karma is indeed a poser-:) Love the colors on the tissue papers. Would love to see the books once they are done.
    Happy T day

  14. My dog does the same thing--she puts her head on the hardest surfaces to sleep. I don't get it. It doesn't sound comfortable at all!

  15. I'm so glad you're feeling better, and I know Miss Karma is, too! She's quite the photogenic girl!

  16. Your cat Karma is adorable! ....she`s a natural in front of the lens. I had to Google a fauxdori. If only I could be that organized. I`m lucky if I can just find my computer everyday. Looking forward to seeing yours all done. I am curious about your latest art project with the recycled paper towels and wipes. Very intriguing! Cheers!

  17. i'm glad you are feeling better!

    i think i'm a little like your kitty, seeking out that sunshine when i can find it :)

  18. Glad you are feeling like creating. You accomplished so much, I'm impressed. Lately I've been a bit like Karma, taking naps and feeling lazy. Time to get busy. I'll be back to see how that new project is going though.


  19. I'm so pleased to hear that you're getting back on track and into your creative joy. Ms. Karma seems just as sweet and lovely as ever. And Freecycle is one of the best ideas ever. I gave away SO much stuff before I moved and met the nicest people. I'll have to join the group in this area.

  20. Karma is such a sweetie :) I love how those paper towels look and can't wait to see what you do with them. Most importantly I'm so glad you are feeling better and able to do some of the things you love so much ♥

  21. Glad you're feeling better, and were able to do some work on various craft projects (even if it was mostly just cutting, gluing and sewing).

    I'm also glad Karma has her bird shows back on kitty TV!

  22. Nice to hear things are getting back to normal, Karma as always is so damn adorable and your craft work is bloody great

  23. Anonymous12:46 AM

    Awww -lovely shots of Karma!

  24. Gosh you have been busy, especially that Karma Kitty! Everything looks so organised and beautiful - you're amazing Rita!

  25. I love that last picture of Karma! She is definitely a poser. :)

    And Janie is so funny. :P


  26. Keep Smiling!!!


  27. Sorry to hear that the diet did not work for you, I had great hopes for it to work so you could get rid of some of the pain. Hot here, like August hope you have your air on:)

  28. Glad you are feeling better.
    Karma is such a poser.
    Your towels are looking good.

  29. DANG! You are so so talented. I have a few small talents but you accomplish something I wish I had learned to do. Now, I haven't the will to learn how. It seems a skill that takes a while to learn (that which you do) and by now..I just stick with what I know.

  30. I'm glad you're getting back to normal. You're body has been going thru a lot of ups and downs. Hoping it settles back to something you can manage.

    Love the pics of Karma. She sure is a poser. Loved that last pic of her the most. :)

  31. Dear Rita, it's so good to read that you are back to being creative and that your body is responding with enthusiasm and energy.

    In mid-May I decided to spend time each day on my novel about Bronze-Age Greece. But I realized that I needed to do considerable more research before continuing with the 62,000 words I've done already. So I'm reading a few minutes every day. Life has been busy and I so look forward to some days when I can get in an hour or more of research.

    Let's cheer one another on! Peace.

  32. Miss Karma loves those hard pillows. lol I like the photo of her looking at the camera...so cute!

    It's good to see you're getting back to your kind of normal, Rita. :)

    Jennibellie is awesome! I've seen some of her journal making videos and loved them. I didn't know she has a ning site now as I've been out of the loop with visiting blogs for a while now.

    Interesting idea of gluing the paper towels etc. together to make a thicker paper.

    I hope you have a beautiful week!

    Love and hugs,
    Serena xo

  33. We love Freecycle!

    And that watercolor-y dream-y art work is well...



    I am inspired by how much you get done!

  34. You've been busy creating! I'm always so impressed and inspired by your creative work!

  35. Could you tell me how you were able to remove the excess oil from your cover? I'm having the same problem now.


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