one rewarding aspect of teaching online classes, and blogging in general, is receiving notes, letters, and wonderful packages from nice people. this week i received a gorgeous old stack of postcards from germany, a couple of fantastic books on bavaria which have the most beautiful folk art paintings. and completely out of the blue, someone else also sent me a package of goodies. it’s been like christmas in april over here at moss cottage with plenty of purrs and kneading of paws.
a couple of weeks ago i received a sweet email from ellen deboer, an ardent bookmaker who has crafted over a dozen beautiful cloth covered journals since she took a couple of my classes many moons ago.
the words in italics below are from her email, which she gave me permission to reprint here on DFLA. as soon as i read her email i knew i wanted to share it with all of you. this may all come off as me blowing my own trombone, but my intention is to celebrate ellen and her heartfelt books. i was so touched by the story of her father and especially how her drive to create kept her sane and brought her peace during difficult times.
This one is made from a blue leather skirt from a thrift store. Also a vintage red & white stitched piece (that had holes in it or I would never have cut it up!). Also fabric I bought at Purl Soho on a special trip to NYC. The wrap around is the button placket from an old shirt. I love to incorporate memories into my journals.
Got a lot of use out of this stitch! Isn’t it the one from TTV?? Can’t remember for sure. These standing up are all made from old clothes, some of ours and some from thrift stores…brown suede skirt, green jeans. Also vintage rick rack. The red stitched ribbon is the handle of a shopping bag.
This button is a fishing lure my son made. The spine is an old linen shirt.
if anyone decides to pin these fabulous journals to your pinterest boards please oh please make sure to write that they were made by ellen.
happy sunday friends near and far. sending out greetings into the warm may winds from my cottage to yours. xo