Sunday, 12 February 2017

2017 Recycled Diary and Farewell to Our Beautiful World

 I feel like I'm pedalling to catch up!
I did take photos of my diary project earlier last month, just not the time to upload and chat about them :) 
I love to use tossed aside little antique books for my yearly diaries, colouring gesso and painting each page.  Tedious you might think... maybe, but I leave everything out and when walking past, dab another double page, leave it to dry and re-wrap the brush in cling wrap to keep it moist. And repeat, repeat, repeat LOL!
Before too long, its done and I start stamping the dates in - fun part...along with finding great calendar pics for each month :)
Here's how this one went...
I love how these little books feel in my hands!  (6"x4")
Not sure if you can see... but its gold guilt edged - bonus!

It says 'Sketch Book' but its not sketches as in drawings but in words, plays etc.

Coloured the gesso slightly to an very slight cream/yellow sepia colour
About to add the colour here!

Blotted out bits and stamped over bits :)
Weeeeell, it did have a couple of drawings in it ..

Yes, its a cat theme this year!!

 And added in bits

Some type I don't cover - book information or dates or where it was published etc


And now its being used and loved and written in.
Sadly this is the last week
I've enjoyed every minute of being part of Kirsty's team and what a lovely team!
OBW has keep my blog ticking along when nothing else has.  Between a loss of mojo, overwhelmed with a huge workload (never to be repeated!) and generally just couldn't face my scrap desk. I was grateful for it and it kept me committed. 
Sigh....  but this aside...
lets join in with the last one with a smile... because.....
 what a wonderful word to use..
Who loves his 'spot'  and I love to see him so cosy and restful
This truly has been a post about love (even my cat diary!)
Join in one last time with your LOVE photography stories 


Ros Crawford said...

He is so cute! You make amazing books and this one will be stunning I'm sure ... Funny I thought we were finishing OBW at the end of the month? Never mind ... Enjoy your day!

Lizzyc said...

I love how you take old things that were once useful to their owners and turn them back into beautiful useful things that you use and make lovely again.. this book is going to look wonderful.. and your pussy cat does look compfy, but then cats do sleep anyway... i hope you have had a good weekend..

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Your book is looking amazing! I loveeeeeeee it! And loving your kitty photo!!! So PRECIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Andie Miller said...

A lovely journal to be sure. Your kitty looks like he's very comfortable - even loving his spot. So fun to follow you at OBW. We'll hope your mojo returns.

Lizzy Hill said...

I adore your diary idea....especially the January Calendar page. Looks amazing! It's a brilliant idea too. I've just discovered 'bullet journals' which I'm greatly enamoured with. Should see all the Lists I've got going. I do adore a good list! And I'm going to use up all those note books sitting in my stash, too!! Love your photo of Blackie...presuming he's still doing OK then? Which is GOOD!! Hope you manage to find time to keep your blog ticking over this year....& work doesn't dominate!!!!!!!!!!!!!

riitta k said...

Your cat is so lovely Mandy <3 Wishing you a happy Valentine's Day! Thank you for your friendship at OBW!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

I am so glad to have you in the team too Mandy, the past years has been great with your lovely photos and I truly admired your work ethic as well, you always make my job easier by sending me your work in advance, thanks for being part of the fun journey!
I totally understand what you mean, I just wish I could have more time for my hobby!
Beautiful work as always, and I am sure we will be in touch, take care for now my friend, and thanks for the final lovely post for OBW! : )

Julene Matthews said...

I'm sad to see our beautiful world go. Unfortunately too many blogs are closing.
Your journal is adorable. I'm big on recycling too so it really appeals to me. Well done!