Thursday, January 16, 2014
When you see someone you admire make something you admire don't you just want to make it too? I do. That is what happened to me one day while reading my favorite Lori's blog elviestudio. She created a watercolor journal that spoke to me. I don't even watercolor...well not successfully. But I just knew I had to make that journal. I thought it might be wonderful for gifts to other creative souls I know. If you click on Lori's blog link it will take you directly to her excellent tutorial. Thank you very much Lori Dear.
For my birthday I received a wonderful surprise package from another of my favorite blog friends. She actually followed my blog so well that she knew my favorite color is blue, flower is hydrangea, and so on. Let's just call her Kathy and say that she also hand carved a hydrangea stamp for me. I was overwhelmed.
This year I knew what I would do for her birthday and I was able to surprise her as she surprised me.
Here is the journal on the left. It is simple and full of pages and folds. I added a band around the journal that uses some of the blue washi tape Kathy had given me. Then I made a panel card for the front of the journal that is removable. I used my hydrangea stamp and blue stamp pad. Added some Inktense watercolor pencil and smudged it all with my water brush. Hmmm...I like the result. A little more washi tape to tie the two together and I stamped FRIEND.
Here is the finished journal with card slipped inside the band. I included some watercolor pencils with the journal. I know she liked this as I have already gotten her thank you. Happy Birthday Kathy.
Isn't it fun and wonderful to be able to make and give gifts tailored to the recipient? From the heart!
Happy Birthday to lots of January blog friends...Daniella, Robbie, Kathy, Judy. I will surprise you one of these years. Happy Birthday to my sisters Renee and Wendy also. It is fun to share such happiness.
Today it is sunny and 63 and gloriously warm. Mr. C and I took a nice walk in shirtsleeves. By this weather it must be Spring instead of the middle of January. We are continuing to do our rain dancing as we are dry and desperate for water.
I'm off to make more pillowcases. After all I have fabric and thread and there is lots of need.
May you be doing what makes your soul sing...