my mom purchased a binder address book a while back and one of the covers fell off. she asked me to make new ones with polymer clay. she asked me a long time ago. but in 2008 i was still in the throes of depression and completely unable to create. that was a really hard time.
so, finally, i set about making new covers for her for this christmas. i was really perplexed as to how to add the binder piece to the new covers. i decided to create a case and glue the binder piece in. i tried a bunch of different glues and decided on liquid nails. i connected the covers with a double layer of self adhesive bookcloth.
for her husband, ed, i made a pair of fingerless gloves. it looks like they changed the pattern a bit since i used it.
i knit these two at a time on two circular needles. i like to do that for a couple of reasons. first, when you're done, you're done. no need to make another. and second, if you add a row here or there, you do it symmetrically. there are a lot of beautiful fingerless glove patterns on ravelry. i'll definitely be making more.
and if you're not familiar with ravelry, it's a knitting community. if you're a knitter, you should definitely join. it has patterns, designers, forums. you can keep track of your projects, stash, needles and books. i love it.
finally, now that folks have opened their gifts, i can show you what i've been working on.
i knit a crow for my friend debb. i got the pattern from natty knits. here's her ravelry link. i think it came out really cute.
for her husband, greg, i painted a small canvas using gear masks. he likes gears.
i'm not sure why i took this picture sideways. the clock goes on the right, not the bottom. i was kind of rushing around making sure i had everything wrapped.
i painted the canvas with black gesso, placed the masks/stencils, went over it with white gesso and then painted with quinacridone magenta and deep purple. i can't wait until it's warm again and i can use my spray paints.
after the saga of the week, trying unsuccessfully to find a tree, i got a great email. free two day shipping at sears! sure enough they (or actually kmart) had little lit trees. i was assured it would be delivered by dec 22, and it was!
i didn't get to set it up right away. too much last minute knitting and gift preparations. but last night i put it together and added all the ornaments.
yay! it made me so happy to have the tree and decorations up. i moved the poinsettia, got out my handmade santa, and added my little rosemary tree.
john and i wanted to buy a small christmas tree that we could put on our dining room table. what an adventure! we went to two hardware stores and they were all out of the small ones. at home depot we picked up a couple of branches so we could have that pine smell at home. they look so sad on our cast iron tree stand.
we did manage to pick up a kissing ball for our chandelier. that brought the fresh smell in too.
but no christmas tree. the next day i decided i would look for an artificial tree. i must have gone to five stores. all sold out of small ones. i was pretty sad.
finally, in desperation, i picked up a poinsettia. it wasn't so bad, i told myself.
but i missed the tree. john suggested looking online, but then how would we get it by christmas?
i have a real post composed in my head, but i wanted to get this out before it got too late. Today is the last day of free world wide shipping from my etsy shop. The polymer books are heavy, so it's a great time to scoop one up. Each book is laboriously and lovingly made by hand. The polymer covers can take up to three days to create. Cutting, folding paper and binding generally take half a day. Give a gift to your artist friends, or keep a treasure for yourself.