Monday, January 12, 2009

Winter Chunky book

I've decided to do some more swaps...I think they help keep the creative juices flowing. Plus it is fun to get mail that is not a bill!
For this swap-bot swap, I needed to make a Winter themed chunky book. I played with a few ideas, including using photos I took in our yard. I came across an old photo of a chubby baby all bundled, so I ran with it. The book is kind-of cutsie, really shabby chic style. I included this Robert Louis Stevenson poem on the facing pages

Picture-Books in Winter

Summer fading, winter comes--
Frosty mornings, tingling thumbs,
Window robins, winter rooks,
And the picture story-books.

Water now is turned to stone
Nurse and I can walk upon;
Still we find the flowing brooks
In the picture story-books.

All the pretty things put by,
Wait upon the children's eye,
Sheep and shepherds, trees and crooks,
In the picture story-books.

We may see how all things are
Seas and cities, near and far,
And the flying fairies' looks,
In the picture story-books.

How am I to sing your praise,
Happy chimney-corner days,
Sitting safe in nursery nooks,
Reading picture story-books?
I love how the fabric and cardboard combo turned out. Torn uneven edges...smeared with gesso, papers sanded raw, and fun embellishments. I hope my swap partner likes it. I hate giving it up. I think from now on I have to make two of everything so I can keep one!

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