Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Family Reunion and Book from Library Pockets!




My recent family reunion and performance with my family singing group, was wonderful fun. I had more than a dozen extra people in my home, but managed to stuff them into all the corners where, I hope, they were comfortable.




I live a long way from family, so it was really nice to have so many of them here, with me and wonderful to sing with "The Makley Family" again. We all wore beautiful, tie-dyed dresses, made by my sister Ruthanne and my niece, Mary (Mary-n-Mom) and after much rest, tea and prayer, the laryngitis that I had, all week, cleared up in the nick of time and our performance went very well, I think. We sold a few Cd's and received some nice comments, anyway. (The pics, above, are by J.H. Mason.)




Now that I've had a few days to recover, I've been working in the Lab, again. I've become fascinated with the idea of altered and hand-made books and journals. I've altered journals, among other things, for many years, but this week I made my first book from scratch...sort of. I found some library pockets at the local teacher's store, here. I thought they might make cool embellishments and we even talked about an altered-library-pocket swap, in an online group I belong to. To that end, I started slapping paint around on a few of them, thinking I might be ahead of the game, if there was an official swap. As I stacked them on top of each other, I got the idea for this BOOK.




I'm waiting to see if my pics turn out, but I hope to add a tutorial, of sorts, to my Website, as I took lots of pictures, throughout the process. I really had fun with this project and look forward to creating more of these, colorful journals.




Well...that's the latest from the Lab! Have a beautiful day, everyone!




Bettina
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3 comments:

Lance said...

Awesome blog, and beautiful pics!! Yes, that WAS a great show the Makleys put on!
And the book is really cool, too...

Rocker 419 said...

Great pics. Wish I had been there to hear y'all singing together again. And I love the CD! I've been thinking about Uncle Ray & Mom a lot lately, I really miss them. Good luck to you & Lance in Wheeling. And good luck with the books too. All the best...

Steve B said...

Y'all look great together. Bet you sounded mighty fine too. You must find your way back to FL to sing with the family again, someday...but not now, it's waaaaaay too hot! :)