Thursday, 20 January 2011

all of a twitter at the Play Date Cafe


I've been making little books recently in preparation for my 'basketful of books' workshop.  I decided to see if I could make a little origami pocket with felt and free machining and was rather pleased with the result!  This week's play date cafe colour inspiration comes from the wonderful Quentin Blake's new range of fabrics based on some of his illustrations.


Unfortunately my boys are now too old to have their rooms decorated in this fabric, otherwise I'd be creating a jungle bedroom lol.  I just love the splash of colour against the grey, and of course Quentin Blake's fabulous illustrations.  Those birds are just so, so FaB!!!


After putting my envelope together, I created a tiny book (4cm square) to fit inside, using a scrap of stencilled paper from my stash.  I added orange stitching and a scrap of green fabric to the front cover.  Leafing through an old book I came across a mention of 'orangey-red and green' so couldn't resist basing my text on this.


One of the things I love about old books is opening them and reading a random sentence - usually a great source of amusement.  



Don't 'Wind-Clouds and Star-Drifts' sound amazing?  Very Roald Dahl!  The book is made from a 9cm square of paper, folded into quarters and cut along one of these lines into the middle.  This creates a little pocket into which I've tucked the torn book page.


Have fun with these colours, and don't forget to visit our fabulous team of designers for some great inspiration!


21 comments:

Julie Ranae said...

Really fun colors this week girlie! Love these little books too xx

Fiona said...

Sarah - wow - what a lot of effort went in to that! Love it :)

Helen said...

Forget being too old - you cna decorate my room with it!! Love your little books. Love Wind-Clouds and Star-Drifts, they sound lovely!

Julie Kirk said...

Beautiful project. I love the colours and patterns. And I too love finding unexpected poetry in a random book page.

Lovely work.

Susan Allan said...

Oh WOW!
Sarah, you have blown me away with this one.
It is so so different and gorgeous. The most unique of little books. I really love it. You have used so many different textures: felt, paper and stitching and it is the most memorable of little books. You have got me going now and I want to make something memorable...WOW, again. It is fab!!!!!!!
Sue xx

penibear said...

That's FAB, Sarah, love the tiny book, hope to see you soon at The Stamp Attic xx

Brenda Brown said...

Fabulous project Sarah, I just love it. I want to pick it up, hold it and look at the book, it's enticing me in!!!
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Twiglet said...

Hi Sarah - so glad you signed up to my "pay it forward". Email me your details and I will get going with my crafty gifts. Have you got a favourite colour? I love your little books and the little felt pocket - really clever. x Jo

Twiglet said...

Forgot my email address -
betts458@btinternet.com

Tracey said...

Oh WOW sarah!! I am speechless in awe!! WOW you are sooo darn creative girl!!!

Debgem said...

What a fab project! The colours are beautiful!

Jinny Newlin said...

This is so fun, Sarah! I think that it's super hilarious to pick up a book and read random sentences, too! LOL! Anyway, what a fab project!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Sarah, this little felt pocket is super sweet and the book that goes inside it is such a precious little gift.

Ruby said...

Ooh ooh, TOTAL yumminess! I just loved reading your words inside too, so funny! Lovely project!

Joanne Leddy said...

Fabulous! Truly a work of art that's filled with love! A treasure for sure - thanks for sharing your ideas!

Nigel said...

I thought for a moment that you'd signed up to Twitter LOL

Fantastic work and I'm looking forward to making some little books of my own - with expert guidance of course ;)

Benzi said...

Wowzer! What a great project and you worked wonders with the colors. Unique and outstanding!

Andrea Ewen said...

Great project, Sarah, you are so incredibly creative! Love how you worked the colors into the book and the pocket. A wonderful piece of art!

Pauline said...

Love the little book in an envelope, your work is very inspiring! The colour combo scared me a bit at first, but the combine so well, and I'm loving all the entries so far, they are all so elegant.

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

OHHHHHHHHH! Just fab! I love your take with the felt origami envelope! What will you think of next? You are just TOP NOTCH! So crafty! LOVE It;) My fav part---that green button! LOVE green:) You = AMAZING!

Jaclyn Miller said...

This is seriously the most creative and adorable thing ever. I love the idea of a mini book with an actual page in it. It's the perfect little pocket and you've used the colors so wonderfully!

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