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Poetry Giveaway Update!

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Finally!  If you haven't entered my poetry giveaway (*gasp*!), please visit this post and do so a.s.a.p.!! 

I'll be keeping the giveaway open until midnight tomorrow (May 1st) (Officially, we are supposed to pick winners on the 1st.  However, since I am Just Now getting photos up of the book I created, I want to give those procrastinators like myself a few extra hours!).  (Be sure to visit Kelli's blog at http://ofkells.blogspot.com/ to enter the other giveaways as well...clock is ticking!)

I did mention that this poetry book would be like no other.  That is both true and a bit untrue.  Because this was my first official book and comprised of poems I'd written...I actually made an identical copy for myself. *grin* 

But - this is indeed a unique book.  There are only 11 poems in it, but the entire book is a mixed-media creative endeavor and a labor of love.  I made the entire thing - including the cover, the pages, the poems, & the pictures.

I debated about sharing photos of the whole book but in the end figured, Why Not?!  So here t'is....hope you enjoy.

(Please note: I shouldn't have to say this, but all poems & artwork as well as the photos taken of said items are property of moi...I'm honored if you like it, but don't steal.)

The book!

Handmade in all of its imperfect glory.


A mixed-media playground


The title page


The title, "One Day", is a summary of the poems as well as a tribute to my daughter, whose one-of-many favorite songs is "Incomplete" by Alanis Morrissette (the lyrics "One Day..." are repeated over and over in this song).

Check out the video!


Back to the book...

Poem 1
 (click on any image to view it larger)


Poem 2


Pages 2 & 3

Poem 3


Poem 4
(Again, click on any image to view it larger)


Poem 5


Poem 6


Center of book
(those are vellum pages with a gold tissue paper behind each page...
hard to capture the transparent nature in a photo)


Poem 7


Poem 8



Embroidered flower (I love doing these!)

Poem 9


Poem 10


Poem 11

This book has literally taken almost every waking hour over the past week or so.  I'll be posting more on how the book was made at CREATE ME once I get a bit more time.  (I'll add another post to let you know I've added the information!)

I'm also planning on using some of these poems & concepts in my Artistic Mothers Group projects...which I'm woefully behind on but haven't forgotten about!

Whew - so happy to be done with that and am now FASCINATED with making books!  I'm sure there will be more to come. 

Thanks to all who have entered the giveaway - and good luck!!