Touch wood, we have had no major fires here in Tasmania yet this season, although the extreme heat and high winds of the past couple of days have seen destructive outbreaks in both South Australia and Victoria.
On a happier note, I received a wonderful package of crafty goodies from my YouTube friend Bunny Bow who lives half a world away in Zurich, Switzerland, this week...I made a video of the contents, should you be interested to see it, click here.
The traumatic episode with Sarah and Karina's dogs has been resolved.
The lovely Bonnie has gone to live with a couple who lost their doggy companion of seventeen years a couple of years ago and are ready and willing to provide her with a new home. She will be the centre of their attention I am sure...the match sounds ideal, but oh! How I will miss that dog.
Bonnie's relocation was expidited through the wonderful auspices of our local Small Paws Animal Rescue.
Miss Hollie remained here with us, ruling the roost in her usual style while Bonnie's affairs were sorted out at home. Hollie recovered quickly and well from the trauma, finished off her medication and went home with the girls a couple of days ago.
She too will enjoy being in a one-dog house. Text messages and photographs from the girls show she is settled and doing very well, having had her stitches out and given a clean bill of health.
As the fossilised plant, a member of the poppy family, has been identified as Dicentra, or Bleeding Hearts, one of my mother's favourite plants for inclusion in a perennial border, I felt I need look no further for a subject...I have to say that the thought of pruning a Giant Redwood, my first thought, down to size to fit my inchie seemed quite the impossible task...and would not do species any justice at all.
When considering the text to place behind the inchie in my display folder, I decided on a section of a copy of the first Cherokee Phoenix. Cherokee was the first of the native North American Indian languages to be developed into a writing system by Sequoya, a Cherokee. In 1821, he developed a syllabary for his language which resulted in widespread literacy among Cherokee at the time.
The first issue of the bi-lingual paper, (Cherokee and English), was published the twenty first of February eighteen twenty eight in New Echota, capital of the Cherokee Nation (present-day Georgia).
Little relationship between the text and the plant I know, but for me the historical aspects are link enough!
I videoed the process here if you'd like to take a squizz, but it is a bit long...
I used scrap and recycled materials for this project, as I always try to do, and have used old atlas pages for the main decoration.
The folder measures 11.5cm x 16.5cm with a 4cm spine. The text mats for the inchies are 6.5cm square.
Following the video upload, I have added mats to both the back cover and both the front and back inside covers. I really liked the images I used in the video, but felt the weight of the cover needed a little more reinforcing.
In hindsight I should have doubled the cereal box cover and spine pieces before I started, but it has worked out just fine and will give me a neat little record of my EIM projects throughout the year.
I also added one of Manuela's dear little coffee dyed envelopes to the inside front to store the coming weeks mount boards, as I print these off eight at a time.
I have now have written a good part of the final assignment. It just needs consideration against the rubric, and quite a bit of fine tuning. I always like to have plenty of review time before assessment submission deadlines and I am sure what I have written will bear little resemblance to my final submission.
I really have enjoyed this little writing unit very much...
Better go, the neighbours are bringing their Christmas visitors from New Zealand in for a drink later this afternoon, and I need to make sure the drinks are chilled and some yummy snacks are good to go...I expect they will also bring Pippa and Jase to visit, it has been quite a while since I have seen them for a pat, so I had better make sure the doggy snacks are on hand as well...
Bye for now