Friday, September 30, 2011

Song lyrics Journal Page Sister Goldenhair

From Sister Goldenhair....
I've been one poor correspondent, I've been too, too hard to find
But it doesn't mean you ain't been on my mind

Will you meet me in the middle?
Will you greet me in the air?
Will you love me just a little?
Just enough to show you care?
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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Favorite jacket updated

A long long time ago... sounds like the start of a song, doesn't it? I had/have a jacket from Eileen Fisher that I adored. I loved it so much that my purse wore several holes in it. Above is only one of those holes.

I patched them, I had similar linen fabric and I decided why not just patch it and make it into a Boro Fabric creation, after all, I loved the jacket. Even after it was patched, however, the wimpy peach/pink/greypink color made it a spring jacket and I don't wear jackets in the Spring. I do wear light jackets in the Fall, however.

Finally, I broke out the dye. I hoped that the patch was similar enough to the original linen to dye, and while I was at it, I dyed a hot pink T-shirt that I never word because it was ...... hot pink. What I was thinking I don't know. I also dyed some inoffensive greyish t shirts too. Remember, my daily uniform now is a t shirt and whatever jeans/cords/shorts are appropriate to the temperature. I can't recall the last time I wore anything else.... so I now have 3 t-shirts in various shades of blue/bluegreen .. and this!

I LOVE it. It really dyed well.. that dark spot on the lower right side is where I patched another hole, so it looks ok in real life. I have a lightweight fallish jacket that I can't wait to wear. ALTHOUGH it is linen. I guess that means I have to iron it first. Or iron it second after I find the iron that I haven't seen in a year or so. Always something, I guess.
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sweet Paul Magazine - Fall 2011 - Page 1

Sweet Paul Magazine - Fall 2011 - Page 1:

'via Blog this'

I always find something to like in this ezine. He has a very good eye for styling but he also has substance. I never thought, for example, about oven drying pears and probably apples, though I have oven dried a zillion cherry tomatoes against the coming famine...(joke) but I do have a huge freezer container full of oven dried cherry tomatoes and I DO use them all winter, so why not pears since they are in the market right now. If I were Gill and had access to sloes I might make sloe gin, but then maybe pear gin would be interesting? Could you make pear gin?  I know you could make pear vodka.....hmmmmmmm

Friday, September 23, 2011

and another page

Since I have done the pages by how the images interact with the background, none of the recent posts are in any order at all.  This one either.  I have a vision that this particular image, another that I have been playing with for a while, is somehow part of the Persephone story that I am always threatening to illustrate..... hmmmm...

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Thursday, September 22, 2011

another journal page

If you have been looking at this blog for a while, you have seen other versions of this photomontage. This is a new one, I loved the way the colors and shapes work. All that has been done here so far is to get the montage the right size, cut it out and glue it down. More to happen.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

another journal page

This page's picture is a faded old "real" photo from the Atlanta Craft Festival when I lived there. I always loved this photo, but it faded, as photoprints wil do in the sun. So now I am trying something new with it. More to come, I am sure.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

It isn't done, but this is the first

page that I have started in the new journal I made. This is a photo printed on heavy matte paper. I worked back into it and then expanded it. Step 2 is coming later today.

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

I did the cover...

I had an old semi unsuccessful polaroid image transfer (there are still a lot of them hanging around here in that semi unsuccessful state) and I started playing with pens and pencils and inks etc. So I now have a cover.
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Saturday, September 3, 2011

playing with the focus

on my lovely little point and shoot. Isn't it nice how that little 'lantern' in the back pops into focus when the front one pops out!  I have a Canon Digital ELPH, the SD870  and I do love it. Once you figure out how to control the light based on where you focus and how to use the closeup it is a wonderful camera. I had to link to Amazon when I saw that price on the used or semi used ones.  I should buy another as a backup!  This is a great camera!

I keep looking at the new Sony Alpha NEX C3 because it has interchangeable lenses and a better long lens but I guess I will have to look at it in real life to see how heavy it is and how well it does in low light.  I have gone to BandH enough times now that I think they see me coming and hide, but I make them take the same picture in low light that I am taking and so far nothing else shoots as well in low light as my Canon.

I don't care much about video, and for the little bit I shoot it, the Canon is just fine. It fits easily in a pouch attached inside my purse, so it is always there and I don't ever shoot with flash, so low light, weight and ease of use are my hot buttons. I shoot in aperture mode all the time, and the Canon handles it all really well.

Why do I want something else? The lens is just not long enough for me. It gets grainy when I shoot the bridge, and though I use the grain I would love the option to shoot it more clearly.

I keep evaluating the new ones and nothing approaches this little bitty bit of great camera... I should have called this post a love letter to my Canon, should I not?

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Thursday, September 1, 2011


I finally just made the covers out of bookboard, cut to the same size as the pages. I painted one side red with a gold overlay and the other side blue with a gold overlay. So the front is one color and the back is another. I really wanted to get this done to see what I had learned and what it all looks like put together.

This is one side

This is the other. I am not sure which is the front, content remains to be seen.

What do I like? I LOVE the pages. They don't stick together and they are inviting. How they are going to work for me will be the next steps, but I love that scraping and stamping and doing whatever technique. I barely scraped (no pun intended) the surface of what these pages can look like. I can see making tons of these pages and making all sorts of different sizes, some journals with similar pages throughout and some, like this with all kinds of different pages.

What needs more attention? My sewing improved as I went, and I think that a second one will result in pages that are much tighter and in sewing on the outside that looks better. There are also all sorts of interesting variations possible now that I have it basically figured out.

Where is an issue? The cover doesn't really snug up to the pages tightly enough. I think maybe I should have punched the first holes closer to the edge, for starters. I am also going to look around at how others did it. BUT it will suffice for now and I have the start of a photo based journal project. I have to now print out a bunch of my millions of photos and see where we go from here! Hooray.
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