Monday, September 25, 2017

I'm so smart....

...and humble too! hahaha! The more I create, the more creative I become!

I'm still making altered books and I'm going in all kinds of directions now.


I made this cute little Beatrix Potter book for my girlfriend, Margaret. 


I hope she doesn't mind if I show it to all of you. She loves it! I included the whole book so she read the story and enjoyed it, too. Now she can write in her book and glue little mementos inside. It was fun to make and a very cute size. (the book rings were not in the book for the photos)

I made another book into a journal this week and experimented with sewing antique lace on the edges of some of my pretty paper (using the sewing machine). It worked like a dream.


This book had a plain cover and I glued the image on the front and then put some antique lace and an old clip-on earring on the book ring. I didn't embellish the pages in this one but stay tuned....I'm making MORE books and they are all different! 


And speaking of being humble. I am having a 'humbling experience' and would appreciate your prayers. I have kidney stones...oh my...they are painful! I had SUCH a good week and feel like writing in ALL CAPS...I don't have TIME for THIS! You know what I mean!

I better go cut some paper and glue something...

it's ADDICTIVE!!!

I’m joining Mosaic Monday HERE.


42 comments:

Sandy said...

First... so sorry to hear about your kidney stones. I had one this year - a first - and I NEVER want to experience that again. I hope you get well soon!!!

Second...I love your books. How creative you are!

It's me said...

What a beautiful book..love it.....o no !!!...kidney beans..are so painful...i had it once....it is no good and lot of pain....i Will pray for you darling..hope They dissapear quick....love Ria x ❤️

Susie said...

Not only are you smart Diane, but you are a clever little dickens of a girl. I love your books and journals. I got to make a little book once and I loved that craft. You need to visit Patty of Patty's Pretty Things....she crafts cards and books a lot. I did not know you had a little g.daughter. Special. Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

Betty said...

WOW, so cute. Sorry to hear about the stones. My Daughter suffered with they for years and had two operations.

eileeninmd said...

Hello, your book is so pretty. You are talented. I am sorry you are in pain, sending my prayers and well wishes for you! Happy Monday, enjoy your day and new week!

Connie said...

Your books are lovely and I'll bet they are relaxing and fun to create. You are in my prayers sweet friend.
Connie :)

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You are so creative and I love all your altered books Sis! So sorry for the kidney stones...ouch! Take care and sending love and prayers.

WordsPoeticallyWorth said...

Greetings from the UK. Good luck to you and your endeavours. Sorry for your troubles.

Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

Michele said...

Diane- your crafts are gorgeous = what a wonderful way to keep your mind off of pain. Keeping you in my prayers - so sorry about learning about your stones. Ouch, ouch, OUCH!!!!!

Hugs. ♥

Maggie said...

Oh! I feel your pain, I had gall stones 13 years ago and know how painful your kidney stones must be, I do sympathise!
Love your altered books, the possibilities are endless, don't you just love playing with paper & glue!
Happy Mosaic Monday.

Mildred said...

Saying a prayer for you. So sorry about the kidney stones and your pain. I do love your books; they are beautiful!

The Sketchy Reader said...

Oh, no! I hate kidney stones! The pill they gave me broke them up, thank heavens. I will pray for you! And I must say I love your adorable altered books. I love making things like that! I especially love Peter Rabbit and the library card. How cute!

Please keep me posted about your kidney stones. They aren't for sissies!

xo,
RJ

Susan said...

Sorry about your kidney stones--we both must be out of sync. I'm suffering with hip and back pain. Love the books...and yes, you're so smart!

Stacey said...

Kidney stones - that doesn't sound fun at all!! I hope you get relief soon.

Your books are so cute and creative. I've been told that creativity breeds more creativity. I'm sure it's right!

lindaakacraftygardener said...

Your books are adorable, such lovely work. I know all about kidney stones, just got diagnosed with one too large to pass so had surgery to blast it into small pieces, then a stent fitted to drain things. Most painful, but now it is all cleared away and the pain I had beforehand has gone away. Hope they can find a solution for yours.

Ariadne said...

The altered books look lovely!Hope your stones pass soon and you feel better.AriadnefromGreece!

Vee said...

Those altered books are beautiful! One of my favorite remedies for kidney stones is watermelon and lots of it. 🍉 Feel better soon!

Gina said...

I saw your title and I thought to myself... I KNOW! Diane is so smart! What glorious little books you've made. Your friends will love them. I love mine! ♥

Linda Walker said...

Diane,
First, I am so glad you are feeling better! Kidney stones are no fun!
And this altered book and journal, I love it Diane! It is beautiful and what a wonderful gift for your very lucky friend! I love the stitched on lace, a lovely touch. I know what you mean about the addiction part! Have fun with this, cant wait to see more!
xo
Linda

happyone said...

So sorry to hear you have kidney stones and yes I've said a prayer for you!!

The books are so nice!!! What a wonderful gift they make. How talented you are!!

Terri D said...

What a great idea to do altered books! Love what you have created! Sure hate to hear about your kidney stones. Joe has had them and always talks about how painful it was. I'm sorry you are going through that and hope they exit soon! Hugs.

Linda said...

Love the lace! Sorry to hear about the kidney stones! Ouch!

BeachGypsy said...

These books are so fun, love them!! Very unique and I love how you sewed the lace on the pages. I would think ANYONE who received one of these would be very very happy! You do so good on the sewing and crafts my friend!! GET WELL SOON!

Cherdecor said...

Oh my! I am so sorry to hear about your kidney stones. My other friend who lives around Orlando had them before the hurricane and was supposed to have surgery after the hurricane. I am calling her today to see how she is. She took medicine for a long time and it didn't help so ended up with surgery. I hope that if you are taking meds, that it takes care of them. I will pray for you.

Also, I love, love, love your creative books. I understand the joy that it gives you to allow your creative side to be released. I used to have fun with finding magazines about the things my friends liked. If it were golf, I cut out faces of my friends and glued them in the golf magazine. If it were for a bride, I used a bride's magazine and put her face on the faces in the magazine. It was fun and funny for the person receiving it.

I love your books with the lace and fancy pictures. I know that your friends will love them and cherish them and because you made them.

Praying for you that you will have relief from pain. Take care!

librarylady64 said...

So adorable! My daughter in law Patty is very into bunnies.
Hope you have a great week! I was going to tell you The Memory of Violets is a very good book too. My book club loved it.

Mary Cromer said...

Oh Bless your heart and by now I pray that your Kidney Stones have been eliminated. I have only had them once and was forced to pass them...what can I say. I was thankful they were small enough not to require a hospital stay and I am holding on to that for you as well. The little books that you are creating are so sweet, just darling. Hugs my friend. Take care and God bless~

Kathy said...

I love your little books. So creative and pretty. Sorry to hear about your kidney stones. Hope you get it taken care of quickly.

Red Rose Alley said...

The Beatrix Potter book you're making is so cute, Diane. I really love mine and will cherish it always. I love how you make the little note pockets and fill it with surprises. : ) I'm so sorry you have kidney stones. Saying a prayer right now, my friend.

Thinking of you today.

love, ~Sheri

Carla from The River said...

You Get Well my friend!!

The next thing I want to say is, I want a Beatrix Potter journal too. Wow, these are so fun, Diane. I love them.

Love you and hope you will be better soon.
Carla

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Your little books are so very sweet! I think your friend must have loved her Beatrix Potter one. The lace-edged one is very charming, too. I've had kidney stones and they are very painful. I'm so sorry :( So glad to read in your last post that your home was safe in the hurricane. The devastation is so terrible in places. Sending hugs xo Karen

EL RINCON DE CHELO said...

Preciosos trabajos!!!

Sam I Am...... said...

Oh no....kidney stones? I've hear they are very painful! What causes them and how can you 'cure' them? I hope you get rid of them fast! We have way too much to do to be ill or under the weather. I love your art journals and the Benjamin Bunny/ Beatrix Potter one is so cute. Where do you get your images? What great ideas you have....using a clip on earring and lace on paper....genius!!! You go girlfriend! I pray you will be on the mend soon! Hugs ~ Sam

Jeanie said...

I haven't done altered books in awhile and I loved it when I did. What a good reminder you are. Both of these are darling but I have to admit, being the Beatrix Potter fan that I am, you had me with Peter Rabbit! Bravo!

Danice said...

The books are adorable Diane. Praying for you with the kidney stones. So sorry you are enduring the pain.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Those are beautiful and you are smart (and it's hard to be humble when you're perfect in every way ;>).... I've heard kidney stones are very painful -- What is the plan for getting well soon?

Angie said...

Diane - WOW! You are so creative - no need to be humble as far as I am concerned! My favorite part - putting the clip-on earring on the book ring - such a good use for something that is just sitting around. So sorry to hear about your kidney stones ... may they pass quickly!

Snap said...

Kidney stones are no fun. Take care of yourself. Your altered books are wonderful! Wishing you well ... and lots of book time!

carol l mckenna said...

oh so creative ~ wonderful work and what a great friend you are ~ ^_^

(A ShutterBug Explores)

Lorrie said...

Yikes! Kidney stones are no fun at all. I'm so sorry and hope you soon feel better. Creativity is a good thing to do while healing. Your books are very sweet.

Gillena Cox said...

Sorry to hear about the Kidney Stones.

Gifting you with a prayer for healing and comfort in Jesus name.
Thanks for dropping by my blog this week

much love...

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

Ohhhhhh those books are even cuter than I imagined - there is no limit to your lovely talents. The lace sewn on paper is simply precious - great idea for cards too. You are amazing!!!!!!

Prunella Pepperpot said...

What a brilliant idea and such fun!
I hope my post finds you feeling a little more comfortable. Hugs from us :)