Happy Easter

Posted on April 13, 2017 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I found a copy of Douglas Gayeton's book, Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town, at a local church charity shop and just love it - the photographs and the story behind them. I think the cover (I removed the dust jacket) is an appropriate image for Easter. As symbols, eggs have many meanings: for Christians, eggs symbolize the resurrection of Christ; for kids, goodie treats; and for the rest of us, spring and new beginnings.

I also think eggs are the perfect food: you can prepare them in an infinite number of ways (where would I be without my morning soft-boiled egg and toasty soldiers) in baking and cooking. Eggs are also used cosmetically, for examples, in facials and for healthy hair growth. And THEN, you can repurpose the shells in hundreds of ways in crafts (crafters can use crushed eggshells as tiny mosiacs for decorations), the kitchen, garden, etc., as well. Perfect, indeed.

Gayeton is a filmmaker who began recording foodway traditions in the Tuscan town of Pistoia, Italy for a project he was doing with PBS. While most Pistorians had never heard of the slow food movement, Gayeton realized that they were in fact exemplars of the movement's basic principles. So he focused his camera on his friends and neighbors, discovering many stories along the way and this book was the result.

To find out more about Gayeton and his work, go here and here





Green Valentine - Something Bookish

Posted on February 9, 2014 at 6:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Sometimes the nicest Valentine we can give are those we make from whatever we find in our cupboards, drawers, and closets. If you know your Valentine treasures a special photo - whether it's a photo from your wedding day, one of your child or pet, why not make a gift of it. An old book can easily be turned into an unusual frame. It only takes minutes to do and is a great way to showcase your favorite photos along with your favorite hardcover books. The book frame stands on it’s own and, best of all, the book is still completely readable.

To Make a Book Photo Frame:

Take a photo that you want to use and copy it - don't use the original unless you print it off online and can make others. Open up the book and centre the photo on the inside of the cover and draw an outline. Remove the photo and then draw another line around the original one making it slightly small than the photo. Use an Xacto knife to cut out the opening. Glue the edges of the photo and place it over the opening (on the inside) pressing down and you're done. Wrap it all in pretty paper and give it to your sweetie.

Repurposing Christmas Book Tree

Posted on November 19, 2011 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

Someone asked me if there was other ways to use the little paperback trees made from a hardcover (or paperback) book at my last workshop. Had to think for a little while but here's one idea that might work if the book is small enough - use it to embellish a plan Jane gift wrap!

It's a great idea if the gift inside is a book!! For this one, I reused some Kraft wrapping paper from a box I received recently in the mail. Of course, I had to iron it a little to remove the wrinkles but it came up well. With the addition of a repurposed red ribbon, I made a gift anyone would love to receive. Thanks to my friend Sean, who inspired the paper wrapping!

You could also use the small paper trees as place holders at a festive meal. Top the tree with a star that has the guest's name written on it and at the end of the meal, let the guests take their tree home as a thoughtful gift. 

Or, remove one of the covers and then glue a printed menu to the cover you left on. Put one at each setting. By the way, you can keep the kiddies really quiet while entertaining guests during the holidays if you let them make up some of these. The trees are so simple to make almost any kid will be happy to fold away while the groups gab away. Slim junk mail brochures work best for this activity as too many pages may bore the little ones. Show an older sibling (or hire a sitter) how to make the trees and have them supervise the kids. 

Recycling Paperbacks and Magazines into Holiday Trees

Posted on December 9, 2010 at 5:50 PM Comments comments (4)

I blogged about making Christmas trees as decorations in an earlier blog but here I'm showing off my versions of this tree. One is a simple one just like Martha's Christmas tree but I did not fold the bottom of mine as instructed. Instead I placed a faux trunk to the bottom (a piece of bark glued on to a short length of paper towel roll. I think it looks just dandy. By the way, I don't bother gluing my paperback book trees as they seem to hold up just fine without glue.

This one is the tree that was in my Ottawa Citizen article. It has three tiers instead of one and was a little more complicated to make but it's kind of nifty. 

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