Friday, November 15, 2019

The Friday Five Good Things

Five good things that happened this week.

1. Worked out the design for the Christmas card I am making for the card exchange with the women from the Saint Francis class at Enders

2. I enjoyed the altered book craft at my public library.

3. A new toy arrived in the mail.

4. On a frigid morning, a heated car seat is a very good thing.

5. Scored a pair of gloves on sale.

How was your week?

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Book Turkey Craft

* Warning. This post is not for people who get squeamish about altering books by tearing pages. You know who you are. 😺


I spent Saturday in the craft room of my local library learning how to alter a book to make a turkey. The instructions are deceptively simple, though the task can be monotonous and depending on the size of the book you are using take a lot longer than you think.


For this craft you will need: 2 hard cover books. The Librarian said a book of about 200 pages was a good size to use. A glue gun. Lots of glue sticks, an X-acto knife and I would add a roll of tape. You will also need to draw a turkey head or find a coloring book image or clip art. Your turkey head should have two sides. You may need to copy your image and then reverse it and glue both sides together. The Librarian had  pre-printed turkey heads for us and had pages already to be used for the turkey tail.


Open up the book you are going to use to make your turkey. From the very first page, fold the page up into a triangle right to the spine. 

With your X-acto knife, cut along the top of the triangle to the spine. Then cut along the spine to the top of the page. Remove the page. If you cut deep enough, you can remove several pages at once.

Repeat until you have folded all the pages in your book into triangles and removed the top section of pages. You can recycle the top pages as they won't be used in the rest of the craft.


From the second book, cut  all the pages along the spine. You might want to do this first to save some time. Take a page and roll it into a cone. Secure the page with tape. (We didn't have tape to use at the library and just put a dab of hot glue on the end. I found that the page would sometimes unroll so thought the bit of tape would be more secure)


The rolled pages are the tail feathers for the turkey. Glue them to the book to form the fan. The Librarian thought it was easier to work from the ends to the center. Whatever works for you. You can have as many rows of feathers as you like.


If the back of your turkey looks unsightly you can cut a semi-circle from the books pages. I didn't have book pages that were wide enough so I taped two pages together.


Glue the semi-circle over the paper cones to hide the uneven or messy back.


Insert your turkey head into the folded pages and admire your work. Depending on the size of your book and how quickly you work, the project can take 2 hours. 

While the group was working, we were talking about how to add color. Some people thought of spray painting the turkey. I though an easier solution would be to use glossy, magazine pages for the turkey tail feathers.

The Librarian said the front and back edges of the book can also be decorated with pine cones, small pumpkins, or flowers to create a fancier centerpiece.

If you don't want to destroy alter any of the books on your book shelf, ask your librarian if there are books the library is going to recycle. Old dictionaries, encyclopedia, old textbooks would be perfect for altering. The Librarian used books for this craft that they had received that were misprinted  and the publisher didn't want them returned. At my library there are also books for sale for $1. The money for these books is used by the Friends of the Library to sponsor programs such as this book craft. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

T Stands for Hammond Castle - Part 4

You can breathe a sigh of relief. Today, we finish up the tour of Hammond Castle.




The dining room




Butler's pantry. Food was sent to the dining room via the dumb waiter.


Water and wine goblets


Italian tile floor



Overhead in the covered courtyard, Hammond installed special piping to control the humidity. He also liked to experiment with controlling the weather. He could make it rain or make it foggy. You had to pass through the courtyard to get to the dining room. If a guest was late, Hammond would make it rain and drench the guest. 





The circular library


Acoustic ceiling was constructed so that guest could hear each other from across the library without shouting.








No medieval building would be complete without a gargoyle or two


In the distance a reef known as Norman's Woe. Made famous in the poem The Wreck of the Hesperus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.


Drawbridge and front entrance.


Hammond is buried outside his beloved home.



The bell tower. Hammond liked to have the bell rung every 15 minutes.



We ended our day with a couple of Blizzards at the Dairy Queen near Teague's house.

Drop by hosts, Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog to find out what the rest of the T Stands For gang is up to. If you want to play, include in your Tuesday post a beverage or container for a beverage. Don't forget to link your blog to Bleubeard and Elizabeth's page.

Monday, November 11, 2019

The Prayer of St. Francis - Paint Swatches


With the prayer lettered (I think I forgot to mention we used Moon Palace sumi ink), it was time to paint the poppies red.

We used this 24 set of Gansai watercolors. These are traditional Japanese watercolors. The colors are more opaque than typical watercolors used in the West.

 I was introduced to the White Gansai pan paint by Valerie Weismueller. The white was used in white work (dots and doodles) on illuminated initials. The white didn't fade into the darker colors of the letters.


We were going to use the paints right out of the pan. No color mixing! I liked that because I'm not really good at mixing colors. We painted samples of the colors to be used on the Moulin du Roy paper so we could see how the paint and paper would react and how the colors would look.


The poppy design was outlined with a .01 Sakura Pigma pen, and then we were ready to paint.

I'm writing this post a few days ahead of time and scheduled to post on 11. November. Veteran's Day or Armistice Day. The red poppy, the remembrance poppy was inspired by John McCrae's poem, In Flanders Fields. I'm struck by the serendipity of the remembrance poppy and the poppies used in the St. Francis prayer.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

How Does Your Garden Grow?


Heavy winds from the Halloween storm impaled this branch in the ground like a tree.


Japanese Maple leaves and


lots and lots of milkweed fluff


More branches


Time to get out the windshield scraper


Seasonal garden flag


Temperature is BRRRR

The puddle at the end of the driveway froze


The lawn guy cleared all the leaves and


after he left, the Japanese Maple decided to drop her leaves.

How does your garden grow?


Saturday, November 9, 2019

Saturday Afternoon at the Movies

This idea came from a Facebook meme:
Over 10 days, post your 10 all time favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:me favorite films. What movie has really made an impact on you or what films can you watch over and over and never tire of? Post either the movie poster, DVD cover or even a screenshot on your timeline. No need to explain.

Only I had a hard time picking out just 10 movies so my favorites over the next few hundred Saturdays 😸 in semi-alphabetical order:



The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart, Lee Marvin

If you haven't seen this movie, it's available for rent on YouTube.