Rags to Riches is designed especially to share handmade books, journals and paper art. The objects on this blog are made totally of recycled materials or discared paper, and cardboard. Please feel free to comment on any of my postings. I would love to hear from you.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Gifts For Friends

It has always been my belief that giving a gift is an art. It gives pleasure to the receiver and it gives a greater pleasure to me as a giver. And I feel blessed to have many friends that I can give to. I make a lot of my gifts myself. For the reason that I can not always afford to buy gifts. Another reason is that I am very choosy with my gifts. I don't like to receive trashy stuff so I don't like giving trashy stuff either. My blogger friend Serena who I have been writing to for a while now is expecting her second child and Sophia her first, is expecting her little brother so I thought they both need a little treat before the busy time ahead of them.

I made this journal for Serena knowing that she is very fond of journal writing. The quilted cover is free motion machine ebroidery with a single rose on it. In the center of it are three silver rose charms with a few hand embroidered leaves.

I free motioned Serena's initial on the back cover. It is a very personnel journal for you Serena. I have left a lot of room inside the journal so Serena can save keepsakes in it. The tie and the edging is the easy part of the journal. I get braid, yarn and cord together and zigzag by machine. Once I have enough length I hold the finished cord against the edge of the journal cover and zigzag it to the journal's edge. This was the first time I tried this and it worked out really well.

Serena's daughter Sophia turned two last month so this is her birthday present that she can learn about her new baby brother. I re-purposed this Little Golden book by making it into a journal. I cut the book apart and inserted blank pages and the original pages together. I then bound it using Coptic stitch technique. Serena told me she received the parcel today so I am not spoiling her surprise by blogging it here.


blushing rose said...

What a precious sweet gift for Serena & her daughter. You are so thoughtful. Love them both ... TTFN ~Marydon

Micki said...

it is just gorgeous! She will love it for sure!

The Faerie Queen said...

Oh that is just such a beautiful gift. xxx

LaY hOoN said...

This is such a perfect gift !!!
Such a lovely you :)
I have read from your blog about some idea on making/binding a journal book. Hope I can make one for myself too :)
About the fabric cover....hmmm ....still wondering how to make it :p