First #1: I made my first hand crafted, Coptic stitch bound, watercolor paper art journal.
|Watercolor paper, folded and stitched into a journal.|
I made the stitches a little too tight, so it didn't want to stay closed all of the way. I put a stack of big, heavy books on it, and she's right as rain now. :)
I used the thick backer board from the watercolor paper pad as the cover, and covered it with some cute scrap-booking paper as a base upon which I will embellish, probably with some vintage paper decoupage, a bit of acrylic paint, maybe a found object or two... But I was pretty pumped about having made a book that looks like an actual book!
Every step in the process of making it was thrilling to me: using my bone folder to make crisp edges on each folded piece of paper; using my new awl to create holes in the paper for stitching through; punching the holes in just the right spots of the front and back covers; waxing embroidery floss for the binding; snugging each stitch as I aligned all of the layers, adjusting as needed. I love love love using my hands to create useful things. SO satisfying.
First #2: I spotted the first baby geese of the season while driving to get my daughter from school.
|I had to get this photo from Free Stock Photos because the parents of the actual cute baby geese that I saw would not let me anywhere NEAR said cute baby geese. :o/|
|Luscious lilacs in my front yard.|
First #3: I went with my mom and daughter to my first Melanie (yes, THAT Melanie) concert!!!
Which I have decided needs it's own post, because it was so dang special!!!
So, tell me: What have YOU been awe-struck over lately? Are you more likely to feel awed by something that you made happen, or by something you just happened across?
|Part of a displayed collection at Rochester Museum and Science Center, which is a constant source of wonder and enchantment.|