November 20, 2010

Folded Page Book Art...

Today I finished a little project I have had in my head for a while. It took a lot of folding time, so I worked on it over several days. Using an old book to craft new art has always intrigued me. There are some beautiful examples that I found here, here, and here.  Martha Stewart had an article in Living with directions for folded page book sculptures. I used a few old books to practice (they look like these) and liked them well enough to "shelve" in my niche at the top of the stairway. Truth is, I liked the fact that they had red hardcovers and I needed that color there. There are many artists who also slice ,  dice and crumple their books into incredible distortion, that is impossible to resist. I am drawn to it all. My favorites are the works of Cara Barer, Jacqueline Rush Lee, Su Blackwell and Brian Dettmer.


 It is pretty intimidating stuff for sure. (above: Cara Barer, Su Blackwell)
Nevertheless, I gave it a shot and here is my creation.  I decided to use newspaper for the garland, flowers and leaves...there are slight bits of color.


Do you think this is something you would like to try?

November 17, 2010

Sneak peek...

My fabric cornucopia design for my daughter's Thankgiving table. (The picture was taken with my cell phone, hence the quality is poor.) This is the first time I will not be cooking thanksgiving dinner in my home for over thirty years. We will all gather at L and T's house this year. I don't know if I am ready to pass the baton on permanently just yet, but I have to admit I am looking forward to handing it over to her capable hands next week. It has been a very busy fall and K (daughter #2) and I have the supporting roles. So, K who is a terrific baker is handling the desserts (it is also Lawson's fifth birthday next Thursday) and I will be contributing my stuffing and pecan pie, a special request from K's husband. the very first time I met him was at Thanksgiving and he loved the pecan pie...it has been on the menu ever since! I also volunteered to style the adult and children's table. Go ahead twist my arm.

Neutral tones will prevail, allowing the food itself to take the starring role.  It took no time at all to make this cornucopia with leftover slipcover fabric in a diamond pattern. It had enough body to forgo the usual interfacing and the burlap ruffle was a rustic addition. The pattern is just a basic cone shape with a little flourish on the end, cut from newspaper. Easy. One seam and stuffed with fiberfill, about halfway. The ruffle was simply pleated as I sewed and edge stitched after. It stayed open the way I thought it would.  The frayed, shabby roses were left over from another project. I like the vintage doily on the outside. Now comes the fun embellishing. Some painted walnuts, fabric and twine pumpkins, pine cones...anything else I can find. I will post a picture (using the "real" camera) of the finished project.

The children's table will have chalkboard placemats and little gingerbread houses on name coasters. the latter inspired by Martha Stewart as seen in the December issue of Living. I also thought they would enjoy these sweet paper toys that they can put together from here. The talented Marilyn Scott-Waters,  generously offers a variety downloads for free. You will be enchanted with her designs. Her books are on my Christmas shopping list.

What are your Thanksgiving plans?

November 14, 2010

November 10, 2010

Faux deer head...

Here is my take on the faux deer head trend. It is on the wall in my foyer, headed (no pun, intended) up the stairs. Yes, my husband does think I have lost my mind. I really like it, though. He has a nice garland of dictionary pages and a fun paper ball to match. What do you think?



I made the ball with a small styrofoam ball (1 1/2 in), paperback dictionary pages cut into quarters, a pencil and hot glue.
Place the eraser end of the pencil in middle of one quarter page, and wrap around in a way that suits you. Put a small drop of hot glue on bottom of page and press onto ball with pencil. Easy, and no burned fingertips. I am going to make more of these, they are surprisingly sturdy!