Wednesday, December 26, 2012


"kew" a present for George

Sorry I've been" unblogged" for a little while. This is the first post for a couple of months and the last post for the year. A very happy festive season to all my blog watchers, especially those who are not on my mailing list for a card this year. Thank you all for checking in now and again and all your supportive comments during the year. Let's hope that 2013 is a very healthy, happy year for all of us.

I was about to throw out last years  calendar from Kew Gardens but the beautiful botanical illustrations cried out for a better fate. I've been trying other folds and formats for my little books and here was a perfect opportunity to practise some new ideas.

When we were in London a few years ago, George took us for a  picnic at Kew Gardens and a great tour of the wonderful gardens.
He sends us a calendar every year for Christmas and last year it was the Kew Gardens one. Every month as we turned to a new page, we were reminded of our special time with George in London.

To help keep these memories alive a little longer I've made this little book to send to George.

The book is folded as a star accordion fold with covers of covered  mount board. The little box, which holds the book too, is made from mountboard covered with japanese paper and work from the calendar. The white ribbon stops the whole lot from spilling out and looks rather festive.

Now that the rush of Christmas is over, I'll post this little boxed book and hope it survives it's journey overseas and gives George the same good memories it gave me whilst making it.


Ersi Marina Samara said...

It's a beautiful, fun book!

I hope you had a lovely Christmas, Jack.

Anna Mavromatis said...

A perfect gift!
Happy, healthy, creative 2013.

Nicola Moss said...

It's beautiful Jack and a lovely way of keeping the calander images.

Helen M said...

What a lovely keepsake you've created for your friend from a calendar too lovely to throw out. I'm sure it will be treasured.

susan bowers said...

this book is simply beautiful Jack. A gorgeous way to preserve happy memories and a fabulous way to make use of the beautiful calendar illustrations.

Velma Bolyard said...


Jack Oudyn said...

Thank you for your supportive comments, Ersi,Anna,Nicola, Helen, Susan and Velma. They urge me to put up more posts for your approval.