I started with a book I found in a used bookstore, a compilation of Robert Louis Stevenson stories. It was a very thick book, about 400 pages, so I glued the pages together one by one with wood glue and a foam brush, carefully smoothing each one with a ruler as I went until I had about 12 thick pages. This was the part that took the longest of the whole project.
I then got to work decorating with scrapbooking papers, doilies, and wrapping paper. Buttons, twine, ribbon, and beach glass. All manner of lovely little treasures. I included artwork from Renoir (our favorite artist) and others, as well as some of my favorite quotes and passages.
All in all, the book took me about 2 months to complete. It's probably my favorite project I've ever undertaken.
|"Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could do. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, begin it with too high a spirit to be [...]|
|[...]cumbered with your old nonsense. This day is fair and good. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment of yesterdays." Ralph Waldo Emerson|
|"Always throw spilled salt over your shoulder, keep rosemary by your garden gate, and fall in love whenever you can." Practical Magic|
|"There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again." Elizabeth Lawrence|
|"Love is not blind, it sees more and not less, but because it sees more, it is willing to see less." Will Moss|
|"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow... yet we forget that he is someone today." Stacia Tauscher|
|"Love is a great beautifier." Louisa May Alcott|
|""ahthOOn Ssyng!" I said. "That's farewell."|
"It sounds evil."
"It is," I answered, and we parted." Ella Enchanted