What I love about a journal like this is that you can use family 'treasures' that can be pulled out of a box. Most of these things are stuff that you feel guilty about throwing away and they clutter the house, but in this application, create a wonderful story.
Wool felt is the basis for this journal. It has several pages sewn together so that any stitching that would be on the back side is captured in the middle of the page. These are a few of the pages that I have finished. The page for Tracy and one for myself are still unfinished. I have to dig in some old family 'junk' stuff to find the basis for these last two pages.
The next photo was of my parents when they were dating in college. This photo was printed directly on fabric and then cut out. Next I stitched around the photo with beads and a leaf trim, stamped on rayon ribbons and included an old doily my grandmother had made with the red flowers.
The last page in the row above are all wedding pictures from my Mom and Dad's special day. One picture is of his parents and one of hers. These photos were also printed on fabric. The next two pages, not shown, are for Tracy and me.
Moving on to a house made of fabric and lace, centered is a picture of our entire family sitting on the porch of the house we grew up in. Such happy memories!
The back side of the book is just lots of fun old buttons and leaf ribbon... just a fun ending to this book. Now to finish the last 2 pages and fasten it all together. How many of you think it would be fun to bring your bag of 'treasures' and create your own fabric journal?? Just let me know!!
Do you remember the fun woven rug I made for my bedroom? The second rug (from the big loom) is done except for the fringe around the edges. My goal for last weekend was to get my bedroom completed and show pictures of all I have made in my totally unconventional room.
Jeff was in a golf tournament over the weekend and I thought I would have lots of time to get it all done...
Well, it didn't happen... instead, I created another UFO.
I knew that the bathroom had to be painted.. and Jeff does not normally let me do any painting in the house which is totally fine with me. I normally end up with more paint on me than the walls. BUT... I wanted it done and decided to at least edge it in for him.
So... I started with my little 2 1/2" brush, edged all the doors, windows, mirrors and flowers and then just kept on going. He wasn't going to be home for awhile so I kept on painting. I painted the whole bathroom with a two and a half inch brush and we won't talk about how long that took! (that is how much I hate paint rollers!!)
I DO NOT know how people paint and don't get paint in the top of their brush or down their arms. There is so much paint dried in the top of this brush that it won't flatten out. I guess it likes that spiked look. It went in the trash.... much easier to buy a new one that is in the correct shape!! This day was way too much like coloring in the lines for me but it is coming along. Now to pick up a new brush and paint woodwork.
Jeff is playing golf next weekend too!
Maybe next week we will complete the bedroom! Oh well, it has been this long!!