Friday, December 3, 2010
letterpress guy who does work for both colleges (St. Olaf and Carleton), so he had the college seal. He letterpressed the Carleton seal on the leather, with which I then covered the boards of the album. Unfortunately, the picture of the seal is on my external hard drive (with all of my photos from the last 6 years that Doug dropped and has promised to take to somebody to retrieve my photos and 10,000 music CDs...), so you'll just have to imagine how beautiful the letterpressed leather looks. Then I lined the boards with that pretty black stringy paper, and added a fly sheet with torn pieces of music in it. The album is filled with letters to Phillip from former students and colleagues. I was just commissioned to make another for another prof retiring in the spring. Should be fun!
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Start with a ball of potato dough. I use the instant potato flake recipe - not for the purist, but I think it's super-tasty and super-easy, and it rolls out nice and thin and makes a soft lefse. It's quite delightful.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
We left the kids with various family and friends (thank you again), and had a charmed, perfect trip abroad.
Flipping through this old French textbook, I noticed lots of photos and sections about places we saw and ate and experienced. So I combined textbook photos with our photos, and it's a fun memory book.
Monday, November 8, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
One spring break, the kids really wanted to swim. We live in MN. We can't swim outdoors until the middle of June. So we decided to throw them in the van and drive to Texas till we found a beach. (We made a lovely detour to Austin first to see an old college friend), but drove all the way to Corpus Christie - good god. I will tell you I don't ever have the need to visit Texas again. I wish Austin weren't there, because I like that, and we liked the River Walk in San Antonio. So the kids got their beach time and we even drove the 1/2 hour south of Corpus to cross into Mexico so the kids could say they'd been to a third country (the US being their first, Canada the 2nd, and now Mexico for an hour).
To pretend that I had a good time (I can't stand beaches, full sun, or Texas, or the states we had to drive through to get there), I created a photo album in this funny Western thrift store find: Home to Texas.
It had hilarious character names, like Dork Wallace (that's now an insult in our family, as in: "YOU'RE a Dork Wallace!"), and Austin Crabb, Ace Pease, Spang Cooper, Bucko Sollars.
Anyway, I couldn't find any large sheets of lined paper, so I had a print shop make a die of lines and then I befriended this great guy in Northfield, MN who had letterpresses. I spent an evening with him printing big sheets of my lined paper. He was so good at perfecting the print - he took a lot of time adjusting the height of the die so that it would make an even print. I love watching someone who is really really good at what they do.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
|Kids only ever want chocolate chip cookies. I just use the recipe on the bag of chips. My mother could never follow a recipe. She would always do something hideous like substitute apple sauce for sugar.|
|Jack's so happy to be woken up to breakfast in bed. OK, maybe he was more happy about the package.|
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I love little. I still have a couple of little things from childhood (a 1/2" Scottie dog magnet, a little doll, some tiny animals, a tiny pencil from the Milwaukee Journal...). So, of course I like to make tiny books. Here are a few samples - a couple are wedding invitations. And there are a couple pages from a photo album of a trip to Paris, complete with pop-up Eiffel Tower.