Recently I spent a day traveling. By mid-day I had eaten nothing but the 17 peanuts that the airline offered me, so during a 3 hour layover I set out to find something resembling actual food and ended up with a pretty darn good food court Mexican lunch of a tasty bean and chicken burrito and some reasonably good chips and salsa.
Detail of bean bag book
As I was about to crumple up and toss the paper bag in which my lunch had been served, I saw the polite admonition on the bag to recycle, and instead tucked it between the pages of The Interestings, my travel book of choice that day.
Back at home yesterday I pulled the brown bag from my carry-on and started piddling with it, and by afternoon I had turned the take-out bag into a spur -of- the-moment journal. I added only odds and ends already in my stash: some blank brown kraft paper pages, a bamboo chopstick, some black rubber bands, a date stamp just for fun, and some color accents from an old gouache paint set of my dad’s.
I’m giving a book-making class a month or so from now. While this one wasn’t completely perfect, I may use it as an example of how to create a nifty little book out of just a few odds and ends.
After wrestling with a complicated New Year’s greeting project, a scrap of paper on my work table turned it all into something much simpler, and somehow more satisfying. And who doesn’t need another nice bookmark?
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A little homemade Valentine card for Second Child, far away in the frozen north.
Nothing like a winter snowstorm (apparently courtesy of my cat, Nemo, who is taking the blame for much of this event) to give one time to get back to one’s blogging. I haven’t been idle, though, and I think it’s time to show you some of what I’ve been up to.
Winter haiku lanterns with celestial bodies–stars and moons, galaxies and planets. Oh, and a few choice lines, first from Basho:
Come, let’s go
until we’re buried
And the second, from Issa:
also no sins
What more do you need when you’re snowbound?
And a last minute Valentine quickie from a paint chip, pink embroidery thread, a needle and some scissors:
Don’t store cut garlic in oil for more than 4 hours.