Accordion Courage Inspiration Book closed
This tiny accordion Courage Inspiration Book was a custom order from an artist friend. It is going to be a gift to an amazing woman who is going through chemotherapy. My friend supplied the quote and I made this tiny accordion book for her.
The cover of the book is a scanned image of one of my paste papers. We decided that courage was red/maroon. I picked this paste paper design for the cover. The circular impressions were actually made by pressing a cork into the wet colored paste.
Accordion Courage Inspiration Book open. It says, “Courage is not the absence of fear or despair, but the Strength to Conquer them.”
The little book is closed with a toothpick inserted into a piano hinge. I made the twisted cord to match the colors of the cover of the book. The text inside was done in Adobe Illustrator and printed on my archival printer.
Hugs and courage to all, Candy
A dozen tiny handmade Valentine Boxes made from my handmade paste papers. I think these are much more original than a dozen roses!
A dozen red roses are a common gift for Valentine’s Day. I am not a fan of roses. I much prefer local grown flowers which are not in abundant supply at this time of the year in Oregon. It was below freezing this morning when I got up. Spring may be just around the corner, but the flowers have not come to life quite yet.
I got to thinking about what I could substitute for a dozen roses. With my recent 50 boxes for a 50th Wedding Anniversary (see my previous post), I got to thinking about a dozen tiny boxes for Valentine’s Day and here is the result. I made a large heart out of card stock to put put the boxes on and make them look more festive.
The contents in the photo below are not the ones I will be giving to my sweetheart. I go for more health options, which these obviously aren’t. These do, however, make for a great looking colorful photo. My sweetie will be getting tiny heart carrot cakes (his favorite, and it doesn’t have sugar or eggs), some other homemade goodies and a few love notes.
Just like the boxes for the 50th Wedding Anniversary, these boxes are tiny, just a little over an inch square. They are made with my handmade paste papers. I make paste papers each summer when the weather is warm so that they can dry quickly. I will include a post or two this summer when I make my yearly supply of paste papers.
Here are the boxes opened. The treats here are not healthy and will be replaced with more healthy options when given to my sweetie.
My first flowers were red with green leaves
In December, while recovering from a sprained and broken ankle, I taught myself to make hand folded lotus flowers using twelve pieces of paper. I find it wonderfully meditative and peaceful.
On January 1, I started making at least one lotus flower every day. I want to keep making lotus flowers every day for the entire year and see how they change over time. It will be a year long journey as I play with color, papers, texture, size and more. Please join me and watch the progress.