Just stopping by today to say hello/goodbye for a few weeks. Many thanks to those of you who have mailed your red scraps! I will be working with them soon. On Friday I am leaving my boys behind to fend for themselves while I travel back to the old continent to spend a little quality time with my family. We are all getting older and time seems to move ever onward ever faster with very little spent together. I miss my family terribly, sometimes so much it hurts and this little impromptu trip sounds like a dream come true.
My mother rented for us a cottage in the potter's village of La Borne for a week and later we will travel to Paris where I hope we can get our fill of exhibits and wear our feet to the bones!
I don't have much luggage space left for crafts but I would like to bring the necessary few things to practice calligraphy. For this purpose I crafted a little notebook made of the sewn pages of a Rhodia block and a piece of bristol. It was not hard to sew the pages, simply set your machine to the longest possible stitch length, sew down the middle back stitching at the start and finish and voila! To help guide the seam I creased the pages and used BERNINA foot #10, the edge-stitch foot, in the crease.
To decorate the notebook some recent hand-carved stamps inspired by the books "20 ways to draw" did the trick. I love these publications for hand-carving ideas, you can always find something in there that speaks to you. I might bring my knives too now that I think of it. It might be great fun to draw and carve abroad.
For now I say A Bientot!