paper making


 

It looks like I’m going to be playing catch up for awhile so I figured I’d hop over and update before I got started with all of that.

I managed to make it to a local rummage sale last weekend and found a lot of really interesting stuff, some for myself and a couple of things for projects I wanted to start.  They had a couple of old cookbooks that I snagged and a few Mary Higgins Clark books to add to my collection.

I haven’t gotten around to binding any more books although I’m hoping to soon as I made up a couple of thicker sheets for book covers in my last batch.  I think I might have actually found a more efficient way of drying the paper, but we’ll have to see how it holds up for a second time.

Things on the crocheting front have died down a bit now with the backlog of hats I have to post.  I might save them for next season, although we’ll see.  I’ll get the paper listed in a week when things calm down a bit and we’ll go from there.

I haven’t got any interesting finds to post this week, but I’ve got to say I really liked the interview etsy did with gaiaconceptions.  All of her stuff is incredibly beautiful and yet it’s simplistic, it’s very eco-friendly, and I love the fact that none of it’s covered in patterns.  Normally I might disapprove, but in this case there’s no need for all the extras.

 

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03-15 Paper Flowers
 
 

I finished up another batch of paper last night.  I finally got around to using the pressed flowers I had lying around.  I only wish the paper would dry faster so I’d have pictures to show everyone.   I love paper with pressed flowers and to be able to say I made my own was realy exciting.

The process reminded me of reading Hamlet back in high school, or at least the character Ophelia.  I always found her death to be just as beautiful as it was tragic; something of the frality of both life and nature.  Watching the flower petals float in the water reminded me of watching eddies flowing in streams and milkweed in wind.

Needless to say, I can’t wait till stuff starts blooming around here so I can get some more flowers and leaves to dry.  Until then I’m going to have to tide myself over with some more crocheting and maybe some book binding.