Thursday, March 16, 2006





My first attempt at an altered book...
I have always liked fabric books. My sister made my oldest son one when he was a baby- full of counting projects, pockets and such. I made this as a "get well, soon" card for a friend who is having surgery this week. She is fond of vintage fabric, as her grandma used to quilt and that is what she would have used. This little book was made using a picture board book, bought at goodwill for 69c. - you just peel off the slicky pictures and you are left with a plain book. You have to cut out every other page so that there will be room for the thick fabric you'll be adding. Then you make your pages and glue them in. A very much beginner's project, but a fun little thing to do. I used an old hanky for the cover that I spray adhesived down. The rest of the pages I pieced and sewed to batting and embellished with trim and embroidery- the journaling is mostly on vellum and just sewed down. The next little book I do is going to be for me- I'll probably let my Mom borrow it. I have all of the pages torn out of hand-dyed fabric- that leaves a nice soft edge. And I won't be mounting it- it'll be all cloth. I have some lovely plums and purples and I plan on including pictures of all the kids -printed on bubble-jet fabric. And trimmed out with lots of fun fibers. After working on so many big projects, it's kinda nice to start and finish something in quick order!

Shall I tell you how my DH made me cry the other night? You might be surprised I am still calling him "dear." But they were happy tears. Years ago, I saw this movie- on A&E, called Persuasion. Most of you know I love Jane Austin (and lest you think I'm high-browed, I also get a big kick out of Buffy, the Vampire Slayer!) I mentioned to DH that I sure would like that Persuasion movie on DVD. I looked for it everywhere, but I could never find it. Finally, about three months ago, DH comments, quite casually, that he found it, but WOW! It cost almost $30. Bummer. I opened a box from the mail last week and there it was!! I cried like a big baby! Now wasn't that sweet? Oh, it is such a good movie! Bill says he thinks Sense and Sensibility is better, but I think that is only because he is the one crying like a baby at that big climactic scene at the end! This also has one of those scenes and I replayed it four times before Bill peeks around the corner of his desk and says, "Are you watching that scene, again?" It is the best letter ever written, I'm sure. It is a BBC film, with Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds. If you like Sense and Sensability and Pride and Predjudice, you'll love this one.

8 comments:

Laura said...

First off, your book is absolutely fabulous! I have bought books on making the altered books but have yet to try it. It is something I definately want to do someday. Second, Persuasion is one of my absolute favorite Jane Austen movies. I purchased it on DVD a while back and watch it all the time. Anne has to be one of her best characters and I love that she gets a happy ending.

Patti said...

Persuasion is one of my daughter's and my favorite films. She to watches that same scene over and over. I do it a little, but she does it a lot! Jane Austen is just the best. I have that movie, plus Sense and Sensibility, three different versions of Pride and Prejudice, two different versions of Emma and Northanger Abby. I love them all!

I presume you've read Jane Austen also - I love the wit in those stories.

Sandra said...

What a lovely little book - I've never seen these before! Thanks for the instructions too - sounds like a great project for the children to do in the holidays :-)

Tonya R said...

Yeah, I love this version of Persuasion too (as well as Buffy!), but I too prefer Sense etc. Have you tried "Mansfield Park" yet with Embeth Davidtz? Try it, you'll like it.

The book turned out really fun - yours sounds luscious tho with the purple hand-dyes.

Samantha said...

What a lovely gift from your husband- and that book looks amazing! I'm sure it will help your friend's recovery!

Dawn said...

really? I have never heard of it - but I love the BBC version of Pride and Predjudice and the new version of it. I'll have to go check it out!

You book is adorable!

cher said...

what a sweet book your friend will receive from you-so very personal and special ...I am sure it will make her feel comforted. the book you plan for yourself sounds wonderful with those yummy colors

Cathi said...

Wow! So many other lovers of the Persuasion movie...I have had that on video now for about 10 years it seems...a long while anyway... and it is one of my favorite Austen based films. Love the BBC version of P&P, not too keen on this new movie theatre version... Haven't seen the Northanger Abbey movie... Emma is good, very entertaining, but oddly enough, while I like Sense and Sensibility it is just too much sometimes!!

Anyway, didn't mean to do a Austen film critique here, LOL!

I'm not a big Buffy fan here, but I do like my sci fi!