Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Two Little Books
Tonight I wanted to write about something different. Different for me, that is. Just a little break from the fabric, the embroidery, and all that sewing...you know...my "comfort zone." I'd like to say a few words about quotations. I occasionally write them down in a little book and sometimes on my pattern drawings, my quilts, or on "all that sewing" going on around here, but rarely do I "fess up" to doing it. Do you write down little snippets other folks are known for saying that impress you along life's way?
One of my favorite little books is actually one of those 59 cent memo books that I "transformed" with a painted paper towel, rubber stamps, sequin flowers, yarn and a permanent pen. Yes, that background on the cover is a painted paper towel and it's holding up pretty well! I've written in it, as you can see and continue to "collect" things to write within it's pages. I think you can read the page highlighted here. And, yes, one of my favorite quotes that I've adopted as practically my own is "Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it." Said by Tallulah Bankhead. I also have it typed and attached to my computer. It makes me smile every time I read it. Another quote I've chosen is from Tracey at acottageindustry.blogspot.com..."What I'm looking for is a blessing that's not in disguise." Love that one.
How about this one - "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life." Said by Pablo Picasso. Or this - "Where all think alike, no one thinks very much." Walter Lippman.
Another little book I have is one I made myself. Several years ago, I started teaching a quiltmaking class on how to write on fabric. It was great fun and with it began my love of writing quotes on my quilts and in these little books. So I made a book to go with the class. This is it. I called it "Writing on Fabric" - pretty straightforward, don't you think? It was more economical to make a zillion copies, so I did, including them in my classes, selling some and later, giving some away. There are some instructions on how to actually go about writing on fabric and the rest consists of quotations you might wish to add to a quilt, wallhanging, or embroidered piece. Some are just entertaining. Well, at least I think so.
One of my favorite quotes is on page 11, shown here. I'm very fond of that one....and you'll notice the artwork....not mine, but taken from copyright free clipart, which is all I knew to do when I made these little books. Would you like one??? The first
TEN folks to comment on this post will be getting a copy of this book in the mail (if they want it!)...just kindly see to it that I have access to some contact information, and if you'd like to email me, feel free...firstname.lastname@example.org.
There is one more quote I'd like to share with you. Of course, another of my favorites. Many years ago, my son had a dream. It was very real to him and when he was fully awake he decided to write down what he had said in the dream. It was - "I would soon reassure myself that in the future, I shall heed my own instinctual warning mechanisms." I have that quote printed large and hanging on my bulletin board to this day. Now, if he and I both would stick to that one, we'd probably be better off.
I'm off to AWOL for the next few days....that's "Arkansas Women on the Loose"...a gathering of quilting friends. I'll be back Sunday....remember to comment if you are interested in having one of the ten available books! See you soon. Pat