"Start as you mean to go on."
I love this British saying...it's especially appropriate for starting a New Year, don't you think?
We have subscribed to this saying, almost superstitiously so, in my family. For years, Vern and Ashley would head to the barn and take the horses out for a trail ride...obviously, they intended to spend a good part of the coming year riding. Now me, unlike many of my friends and family members, would not spend New Year's Day taking down Christmas (the goal for that is to get it all down by Valentine's Day...grin) but would huddle in my studio with my fabrics, papers, stamps, inks, etc...creating whatever came to mind. It was my hope that starting the year inspired would keep me inspired for the next 12 months!
This year was no different...I pulled out some fabrics and embellishments and got busy. I didn't even realize until I had the albums all lined up on my sofa that I had a definite theme going on these projects :).
So, what did I create?
What I put together are some really lovely "I Start, You Finish" hand crafted books. If you've not heard of my "I Start, You Finish" projects, they are books that I have made by hand and decorated, primarily on the cover. I LOVE doing covers...but tend to dawdle over the interior pages...kind of a procrastinator in that area.
What I've learned from so many of you is that you love these projects because they give you a jump start and a direction for an album. You have a basic theme and color scheme and you can add your own lovlies to the interior pages...then finish it all off with pictures and stories.
Right now, I've got six original projects...each are really one of a kind and won't be made with those exact materials again. Which means that you really do have a unique project that becomes a joint effort between you and me.
Here's what I have today...and I'll start with Vern and Ashley's favorite...
"SWEET HEART" CANVAS ALBUM
When I look at this cover, I can't help but think of a fabulous heart cake decorated with layered hearts and finished with frosting and silver dragees. Yum!
The hand created album is made entirely of natural canvas/duckcloth and is approximately 8 1/2 x 10 1/2. There are 14 interior pages for all of your wonderful collections.
The cover features a soft chenille background with layers of fabric hearts, finished with hand dyed ribbon and silver plated metal beads. As a final touch, there are two large mother of pearl "Lucky" buttons and an antique silver brooch. Each of the beads has been stitched on by hand...and that's a lot of sewing!!!!!
The last page is accented with a crinkled ribbon fringe (made by moi) and finished with a strand of decorative pearls.
This beautiful, sweet, hand created album can be yours for just $87, plus shipping (within the US, AZ sales tax included for AZ residents).
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