Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Christmas post from Mexico

Yoohoo, my Christmas post from Mexico arrived. Poor Donna had almost given up hope that it would arrive here, but today it did - when I went down to my mailbox, I found a big and very decorative envelope waiting for me. Inside I found a beautiful Christmas tag and loads of sheets of ephemera, which are especially welcome, as I haven't been able to print anything for ages thanks to my not-so-wonderful Lexmark printer, which has steadfastly refused to work for many weeks.



I especially like what Donna has written on the envelope!



So now, at a time when other people are taking down their Christmas decorations, I have just put a new one on the wall in my arty kitchen....

I thought very seriously about doing the H*******K yesterday, and went from room to room, inspecting the mess. Then I decided to close the doors and not think about it anymore till Thursday, in the hope that I will be able to find somewhere to start.

I had a try at making a book with a sewn coptic binding, and managed to sew 6 signatures together. I covered some cardboard from the back of a drawing pad with some hand-made Indian paper to make the covers. I just added a brass name-plate to the front. I will definitely try this again, BUT I need a larger needle and some embroidery thread or fine twine to sew it together. As I can't see very well, it was very difficult for me working with a small sewing needle, and I almost sewed my fingers to the binding! But it is an interesting Technic, and I like the way the pages all lay flat




Have a nice day you all, take care, and thanks for dropping in!



23 comments:

  1. Hi Valerie,
    I love it all! And I'm so happy it arrived--and adore the envelope!!! xo Cindy

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  2. The little book is beautiful! Love it! Hugs, Sarah

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  3. I'm so glad your post arrived Valerie, it must have been very exciting opening that envelope. I love your book, and I know what you mean about small needles lol x

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  4. What a wonderful "artsy" envelope!
    Thank you for sharing your excitement :]
    Just adore your signature book too. There is a lot of work put into creating these.

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  5. ha ha about Heathcliff ... I had forgotten i put that on there. Relieved you finally received! Love the book .. the hand binding is fun and beautiful and I love the paper you used on the covers. hugs, Donna

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  6. Hi Val, you are off to a good and creative start in the new year! Hope it will be a good one for you! Hugs, Barb

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  7. A wonderful late christmas pressie. Love your little book, your sewing looks very neat! Xx

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  8. Wonderful! I love Christmas mail..even if it is late! Enjoy being creative with your ephemera.
    I'm soooo impressed with your stitched book..:)
    Hugs xx
    p.s. I've just done the same thing re. the "h" word..lol!

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  9. Gorgeous goodies from Mexico! Love your little book, Valerie!

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  10. Loved your book its beautiful. I would be keeping those doors well shut, its strange how that 'h' word has terrible issues with all us crafters.
    Yvonne x

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  11. Book is exquisite and know how much time it takes to stitch ~ Lovely gifts from Mexico ~ happy creating ~ namaste, Carol (Share the Creative Journey) and A Creative Harbor ^_^

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  12. Oh how wonderful, getting presents after Xmas. Lucky you! Hi Valerie, hope you are doing good. Anyways, I love your little gift that you hung on the wall. As for the book, I love it. You need to do a tutorial on how to make books, it would be fun. I need to learn. I don't even have a journal ready for this year, although in my studio there are about 10 blank books waiting. You are so creative. Take care and enjoy.

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  13. I love your stitched notebook Valerie and what a lovely late Christmas gift.
    xxx Hazel.

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  14. Love the new look to your Blog. This is the look I would wish for but unable to achieve at wordpress :(
    The stitched book is wonderful.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  15. A really lovely Christmas gift .. it is never too late for presents! Love the new look of your blog and your book with the amazing stitching.

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  16. lovely you got your post (eventually) love your book..

    maria xx

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  17. Love your little book Val the hand stitching is marvellous, better than I could do with my magnifying glass!! What a lovley surprise for you too to find the gift from Mexico. Such a lovely one too. Hugs and love for the New Year xx

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  18. How wonderful a late present to cheer up the apartment now that the decorations are down.

    Great book well down sewing it so well. XOXO Zoe

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  19. Awesome envelope and decoration; they're definitely worth the wait!!

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  20. Yay for Mexico mail! :)) And that book looks fabulous!

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  21. Thanks for visiting/commenting on my WOYWW - no my space isn't usually so tidy either, but I have to admit it's pretty inviting when it is. Enjoy Mexico!

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  22. How exciting to get a present later than all of the others. It makes the season last a little bit longer.
    Your book is so fantastic. I really do need to figure out how to make one of those.

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  23. Your book is beautiful and what fun postcards! Happy WOYWW!

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