Sunday, July 11, 2010

More Summer Journal

Ok, here you go, because I promised more pictures of the Summer Journal, hey it's only a week after Fourth of July....I'm not doing too bad.
Below is detail of the outside.  Beading, embroidery, sequins and of course my collage quilting style which works best for books, quilted books.  OH, I love quilted books.
Anyway, I adore this Heather Bailey fabric, jelly bean design
 and which I acquired from Robyn, my fiber soul sister.  I have a fat quarter of this in pink but for some reason when I saw this color I went crazy. 
So as I was piecing the cover I was inpired to acentuate the jellybeans into flowers. I almost got too carried away with this detail which is hardly noticable, but I couldn't help myself.  I know the coloration difference between the above graphic and my photos is broad, but hopefully you get the idea. 
As I make the pages for the inside of the book I am always looking for fun stitchery embellishments.  I used some wool thread I purchased from Sue Spargo, I know if you love wool like I do, you will appreciate this. 
But of course stitching on paper on my machine without giving any care or attention to the tension or the bobbin thread, gives me a great scrappy design element. I love this look, it gives it more of a collage feel.

I will post some more...coming up soon.  Check out my Etsy shop, I am adding more small items.  I am going through a tag phase using my hand carved images....they are just so cheery.  Enjoy the summer weather and no complaining about the heat! 

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Fourth of July!


 
Well here we are July 4th 2010.  We are celebrating in the heart of Boston at the Hatch Shell waiting for the Boston Pops concert to begin.  I was looking back at some of our past summer journals and realized we had not been down here for five years.  This is the journal page from that year. 

 What is funny, I remember making this page which seems much longer ago than five years but when I think about the family time there, well that feels just like a few years ago, certainly not five! But now the kids are officially teenagers and it will be easier to spend the whole day down here....one can hope.
Last year we were in Salem, NH and as we watched the fireworks with my 12 year old son he made a comment that I had to make sure to remember, because it filled me up.  

Below are some more pictures of past Summer Journal July 4th pages.  Some, when we were just hanging out at home or at friends houses here or in Vermont. Where ever we were, it was happy.
I hope everyone had a great 4th of July!
***this post has been edited Jul 6

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