Monday, November 12, 2007

One Of A Kind

This is my very special cup, gifted to me by my two boys and purchased on a trip to The Butterfly Park at Long Sutton some years ago. The cup is just the perfect size to fit into my Tassimo machine and holds each shot perfectly. It has flowers running all the way around it designed and signed by Nel Whatmore. The design is titled 'One of a Kind'
...I love it for so many reasons.

Below is a recent purchase from Kala on Etsy. It's a small accordion sketchbook made of Bockingford watercolour paper covered in Indian embroidered cotton fabric.
Kala took the care to pack it in printed tissue paper, tied with a ribbon and lots of loving care. I was most impressed and felt apprehensive about opening it and ruining her beautiful work. However, I was soon to discover that the real beauty lie within.
I'm waiting for a special occasion to use it, it deserves special treatment, it is most definitely 'One of a Kind'.
My photos are a little dark, you can view Kala's much better photographs HERE.

As you know, I've been trying to find the perfect sketchbook and my purchase from Kala got me playing around with some old left over gift wrap and tags. I too used Bockingford and attempted an accordion style network that turned into more of a maze. The thought of stitching puts me off of making my own sketchbooks but this folding malarkey looked like a fairly easy alternative.
Don't be fooled!
It looked easy but with only small sheets of paper cut from a block to work with, it was far from easy. There is a skill to lining up the back and the front too which I think wouldn't be such a problem if the pages inside all opened the same way like Kala's version. Mine opens in every direction and in one of those directions the back cover interferes with the front a little.
Still, for a first attempt using leftovers I think it went ok and with it's maze style pages it is most certainly 'One of a Kind'.


dibujandoarte said...

Hi Anita! I'm sorry I couldn't visit recently. Thanks for your comments and visiting my blog. Today I've been writing and visiting since about 6 hours ago!!! During the week I'll have to dedicate to my work!!!! I like this cup sketch. I imagine you must take care of it as if it were pure gold, for your boys giving it to you and cause it fits your coffee machine! hahaha. Best wishes. I'm going to take a look around your other posts right now.

seesue said...

Hey Anita. Love your precious cup! Isn't it great to feel inspired?! Your books are great...bOTH of them.

Karen Jinks said...

oh that's wonderful, I'm really pleased you like it and it inspired you to make your own!

best wishes,
Karen xx

Anonymous said...

Love your cup Anita, nice colours and shadings on the handle.

Anonymous said...

One of my most favourite things to do is to choose a new sketchbook. This one is beautiful. I hope you'll share the contents once you get going with it! x

Serena Lewis said...

That mug is beautiful, Anita, and I can understand why it is so special to you.

The sketchbook from Kala is absolutey gorgeous! So feminine and I'm sure you will do it justice with the wonderful sketches you do.

Last but not least, well done to you for making your own looks great!! One of many to come?

phthaloblu said...

Anita, that cup is so you! You did a great sketch of it and I can understand why it's so special to you. You are brave to have attempted the paper folding. The sketchbooks are gorgeous!