Sunday, March 20, 2011

March Madness, just not basketball

In Utah, March Madness is the whimsy of the weather.  Of course, it snowed again this weekend, the first of Spring.  Two weeks ago, we had the biggest storm of the season, (above) and the ski resorts are reporting 140 inches of snow pack.  
When cabin fever sets in, to keep from going "stark raving", we turn to hobbies, arts and crafts.
John has put his collection of tools and skills to work in the garage, building another sea kayak.
She's blond this time.

I've been making some books and practicing my calligraphy.  
This year, UCA has chosen the theme of "Uncial-ity with Personality", and they're giving prizes away for people who practice.  Translated, that means they give us homework with incentives.
Our assignment was to use a Speedball nib C-0 with a one line quote which we turned into an accordion fold book.  

The unabridged quote is "Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard."  Anne Sexton
I found it on Jill Badonsky's Muse Letter, and I like it.  We colored the quotes with pencils.  The lettering looks warped, but that's the accordion fold distorting the image.
My friend, Judy, teaches bookbinding, so I learned the "Sweet Binding" with French Link Stitch.  The great thing about an exposed binding is that the book lays flat when opened.

Then I painted pages for a journal, and sewed them together with the link stitch.  I'm not sure what kind of cover yet, but I'm thinking of some tie dyed fabric.

 And finally, with a new grandson coming along next month, I'd better get the blankets going.
Here's a sneak peek.
Now it's time to clean up.  Which may take until summer.
Happy Springing, everyone.


Sarah said...

Oooo! A new Ni-ni for good baby! I can't wait to see it! I love the book and the sea kayak looks terrific!

Mary Anne said...

You two are SO inspiring! John you are amazing, and your work is absolutely beautiful. Marie, the essence of you come through in all the piece you do, which is love. Thanks, once again, for sharing.

Jonathon said...

Thanks for posting pics of Dad's boat. It's fun to see what he's up to. And the new baby blanket looks so cute! Little froggies?

Kass said...

Wonderful creations! I especially love the quote you chose and how you colored it.

I can't even imagine what it would be like to build a kayak.

You are both mastercraftspeople!