Before we begin, sad news. I thought I'd already told you but can't find any evidence.
We lost our beautiful Tiff. Her cancer had grown very large and she suddenly stopped being the happy, nosey, boisterous Tiff that she'd always been. She started sitting in a corner all hunched up. I knew it was time and I knew what I had to do, but it was so painful (for me) and I still feel bad about it.
I loved her so much and I miss her.
A couple of posts ago I was telling you about the Speed Craft event that we went to at Debbie Bryan. I still don't have my concrete or ceramic pieces back and I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to pick them up, so I'll tell you about the origami table, and then we'll have to move on and come back to Speed Craft later.
On our final table of the day, we made little origami books. They were folded from a single sheet of paper (a lovely double-sided scrap book paper). We could then decorate them with stitches, other papers, pens, stamps etc.
I had my first go at papercutting, cutting a W into the cover of my book.
I then decorated some of the pages with music paper and pages from books torn out.
I stuck the W I'd cut out on the back page.
I cut my pages apart to have more pages in my book, so I needed to secure them together. I used some Perle cotton to stitch the pages together. It's not very well done due to the time constraints, but the picture is so bad you can't really tell! In actual fact, it's sewn expertly, perfectly, professionally. Honest.
We also made a little envelope, folded from a single sheet of origami paper. I added three little stitches to hold it together.
I had fun making this little book and it got me all fired up with ideas about how else I could decorate little books if I had more time.
And here's a photo of Kate, hiding in her nest. She's still with us even though we couldn't pair her with Colin (they fought and Colin was badly injured - he started it though). I'm fostering her for a bit and then we'll try pairing her with Harry.
I met a lady the other day who had been to Speed Craft and she said she thought that the crafts like this were pointless, but I disagree. OK, I may have no use for a little decorated book in an origami envelope, but I enjoyed making it, I felt creative and I had a chance to experiment. For me, that's all the point that's needed. I don't believe crafts, or works of art, have to be practical, though of course everyone is different. I'd be interested to know what you think?