Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Missing blogger found and back on job

Soft leather covered handmade journal
I love blogging but sometimes I get caught up in life away from the computer and have a hard time finding my way back.    Hope everyone has had a great fall and Thanksgiving.

I have always had a love of books and lately that interest in has expanded to include bookmaking and bookbinding.   The journal above was my first experience in making a book from start to finish; choosing paper and cover materials, making signatures, deciding on the appropriate binding style and then sewing it all together.  

Scrapbook and some tags 

I've also been working on a scrap book for Malia.   I have been making it from an altered book and will share what  I we, did when it's done.  For anyone with kids I think you'll really enjoy it.   It took on a life of it's own and became a wonderful experience that let us relive the memories of pictures included while making it into something both meaningful and fun at the same time.  

Vintage photo of my grandmother and grandfather 

Sometime around 1920 my grandmother married a young man from Italy and being the great cook she was she took on the task of learning to cook all things italian as if she too came from Italy.  Thanksgiving tradition in her home, which was where I spent every Thanksgiving was based on vast quantities of scrumptous homemade italian foods.   Handmade raviolis & pastas, meats that had cooked in various italian sauces for hours and hours.   Side dishes, like more traditional Thanksgiving feasts, were plentiful and delicious but not what you would typically find on most tables.    Desserts were rum cakes and italian cookies and lots of pies.    

Some years I will still have italian Thanksgivings.   Nothing to rival my Nana's that's for sure.   This will as a rule leave me with the need to make a turkey a week after everyone else is finishing up their leftovers.   My 25 lb bird is in the oven as I sit here blogging.   I just can't pass up a good sale on turkey.   

Thanks Victoria for getting me here today!



  1. So glad you're back! I love that photograph of your grandparents. What a handsome couple. I would say, with a 25# turkey, you won't be wanting for leftovers for, oh, a year?

  2. Elizabeth, your handmade journal is lovely. I wish I was so artistically skilled sometimes. I'm glad to see you're back blogging. I hope Malia's arm has healed with complications. Your Italian Thanksgivings sound much more scrumptious than the average fare, but I'm rather partial to pasta, both making, and especially...eating. Those rum cakes sound divine too!

  3. Victoria in ConnecticutDecember 7, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    So glad you are blogging again ... and that photo of your grandmother - LOVE it!

  4. Love the handmade journal, and that photograph is absolutely beautiful!

  5. I haven't been very timely in responding but thank you all. I adored my Nana and she was my first role model. A woman ahead of her time. I was blessed to have her. And I love books and although new to making them I love it. I can't bring myself to use this one I like it so much. I need to find just the right purpose for it to use it I guess.


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