January 25, 2011

Not giving up!

Daddy's birthday present

Hi everyone!

I'm back! - which means I'm not giving up! - but you sort of knew I wouldn't, didn't you!?

I need to thank all of you for the support, the nice comments (is this really about me and my blog?), the e-mails, ... I read them all several times - got all emotional. This more than compensated last week's anger and bad feelings. So, thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to ALL of you!! What a strange thing it is, this (blogging) crafting community - even though most us have never met in person there are strong ties. That's a wonderful feeling. And isn't that's what it's all about?

So, what did I do? I sent a friendly and polite letter to the editor, asking to add credits to the article, like many of you suggested. I haven't had a response yet and I'm not sure I ever will. We'll see and I'll keep you posted.

But now, I just want to move on, because there are so many things I still want to share here with you.

Like this cutest moleskine notebook ever, the girls made for daddy's birthday last week. Isn't it lovely? The three of us were actually in a pretty bad mood that day - the girls had been fighting over things all day and I had been grumpy all day. And you know what? - that little notebook saved the day. By the time the girls were finished drawing we were all happy and cheerful again and couldn't wait for daddy to get home. And guess what?! Among all the presents he got he liked the little notebook best!!

I used the same method as for the other fabric covered notebooks, but before ironing the fabric onto the cover I let the girls draw on the fabric with a fine black liner (we used a regular one as I didn't have any fabric markers). Once they were done, I peeled off the Vliesofix's backing, positioned it onto the notebook and ironed it on. With small scissors I trimmed the edges and we had one very, very cute notebook.

I particularly like the frog on the lily pad by big girl M. and little H's cat. If you look carefully you can also see a drum (daddy's a former drummer), a bottle of wine and a glass, a hairy dog (that's a hint from big girl M. who's desperate about having a family dog one day), hiking boots and mountains, because that's what daddy likes to do, and many more things. And then the girls sweet little messages, of courses... Who wouldn't want a little notebook like that? Maybe an nice idea for Valentine's Day...


meisje van vervlogen dagen said...

Goed dat je de moed niet laat zakken! En deze moleskin is heel leuk. Ik ga dat toch ook eens proberen! Heb vandaag mijn eerste tutorial gemaakt en bewonder je nu nog meer! Wat een helse klus is dat.

ArtMind said...

That's the spirit, Pascal, get back on your horse and move on! Well done!

Laura said...

How sweet! Custom fabric for a custom notebook. I can see why it was a favourite present.

I didn't comment on your last post as so many said it better then I could have but just a quick note to let you know I'm behind you and hope it all turns out for the best.

Linen and Tulle said...

So happy you are moving forward. The notebook is fabulous. It almost looks embroidered.

blue moss said...

oh...your sweet project saved the day!! of course i love it

Anonymous said...

I just discovered your blog and I love your tutorials. I'm so glad you've decided not to quit doing them. I don't blame you a bit for being angry and discouraged, though. I left a comment at GHK about it. There must be a way to protect your intellectual property on your blog. I've heard of people merely putting the copyright symbol on copies of their speeches and apparently it's enough to give them legal protection. Maybe that or something similar could protect work somehow on your blog.

nicole/brussels said...

wat lief, en hoe mooi gedaan, dit is het meest waardevolle geschenk je maar kunt krijgen, echt iets om te koesteren!ik ben zeker dat hun papa daar zéér blij mee was en het voor altijd zal bijhouden!
En voor jou Pascale, blij dat je verder doet, zou echt je blog missen! Is het eerste wat ik doe 's morgens, met een kopje koffie je blog en comments lezen!

Jannette said...

Glad to hear you're back! (Lovely notebook, that!!! No wonder it was the best present..)

Ammie said...

These notebooks are precious. I decorated the cover of my first journal when I was a little kid, and it was a beloved keepsake (until I lost it!--lol).

I'm glad you're feeling soothed and healed regarding last week's disappointment. Your letter solution sounds great!

fraufertig said...

I just found out about your blog and I love it. Great ideas and tuts! Thanks for keep on going!

greetings from Germany

virginia said...

I love these drawings!

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