Monday, July 4, 2011

Journal - We Reap What We Sew

This journal's theme is really one based on heritage plants and vegetables
namely, the artichoke roots, flowers and nasturtiums.
The inspiration came to me
from a most beautiful Italian calendar
which I have owned for some
10 years.

It has a real earthiness about it from the ground up which brings us back to our roots -
to which foods are vital for our health and well being - root vegetables!

But you know I have changed this to "We Sew What We Reap"
because I have been blessed with the fortune
of having gathered
all of these
fabrics and fibres to create these artworks
didn't just fall into my lap!

The journal has been bound with hessian webbing salvaged from
a vintage chair beyond repair
and a rusted drawer handle bound in copper.

It has layers of dyed laces, hessian and some beaded fabrics also upcycled.

Handmade paper stained and machine stitched ready for

your own journal notes.

The pages have been built up from recycled paper bags, upholstery fabrics and collaged in many layers of velvets, embroidered silks
and laces.

There are more images in my previous post which explains how I began.

This journal will be very shortly found in my Etsy shop.
Keep checking the sidebar to the right.

Hoping for you all a very productive week in creating.
Love to everyone!


  1. You are amazing! Your talent is truly a gift from God Above. Blessings, Tiffany

  2. wow suzy - this one is a real beauty jxx

  3. Hello, dearest Suzy, It's always fantastic to see how you combine so many different colors and texture. This journal is stunning! The calender had been a wonderful inspiration. There are so many great details the eyes get drawn to and the metal pieces on the cover make a lovely addition to all the gorgeous fabrics and laces you had used. One Etsy customer will be very happy after snagging this piece of art.
    Big hugs and love, dear friend

  4. Just absolutely beautiful Suzy, a real treasure.

    Angela, The English Romantic

  5. Absolutly stunning, dear Suzy!!!I'm sure it will fly off the shelf.Have a wonderful week my friend.Sending hugs and love,

  6. Hi sweet,
    Suzy it is absolutely gorgeus,page after page filled with beautiful materials,and images-I love everyone showed,-and I love you used the hessian, it gives it a true feeling of OLD , worn ,-and are so connected with vegetables in earlyer dayes-your artichoke page is stunning, dearest Suzy.
    You will hear from me later, sweet friend.
    Lave and hugs, and kys.

  7. Rally beautiful Suzi!! love colors and theme!!

  8. so beautiful Suzi. The colour combo just works so well. I can see the work that has gone into this lovely journal! x Julie

  9. that is soooo beautiful Suzi! and the tagline is perfect!! i was wondering about it until you explained and i thot ... wow!! that is heartfelt :) your work with fabrics is just mesmerizing!!

  10. Wow and wow again. I just adore all the layers, frills, tassles and images. I wish we had touchy vision as I just want to reach out and stroke each page, lol. A wonderful piece of work xx

  11. I love all your journals Suzy but this one is even more beautiful. Love all the layers and the colors in this. Great theme.
    Wishing you a wonderful day sweetie.
    xo Tina

  12. Just gorgeous! Love hessian (altho it makes me sneeze!) & all those very apt earthy colors. Delicious!

  13. This journal is beyond beautiful, beyond creative...I love it, beyond words.

  14. This is just sew gorgeous! I love the colours,textures and generally the visual treat of it...what a pity I can't actually feel it!
    Well done and a happy creative week to you too!

    Sandie xx

  15. Another stunning journal Suzy! Your colors and textures here are absolutely heavenly. Have a great day.


  16. Talk about eye candy - gorgeous! You sent me some of that lovely green embroidered velvet - just love this. Saving it for something special one day.

  17. Suzy, I just love every page you show. The paper bags for pages was a great idea. Goes along with the whole theme of the journal. It won't be in your shop long.
    Hugs, Jackie

  18. This is a most extraordinary piece.

  19. This gets better and better with every page, gosh, I love this. xox Corrine

  20. You have such an incredible collection of collage elements. It is almost like you are some kind of Gypsy who travels the world, picking up strange and unique segments of many generations of cultures. You are truly a collage artist. And love that title.

  21. Fabulous, Suzy! It speaks of history, and wonderful fabrics, of a work forgotten and recently found, cherished fragments loved, collected, and hidden from prying eyes.

  22. Over the top gorgeous Suzi! The root theme makes it so raw, and real. The handle is wonderful, the layers of texture and color create such a movement that it is a party for the eyes. Jaw dropping gorgeous!

  23. Another awesomely breath-taking journal Suzi! Your art work speaks to and inspires my creative senses. You are such a master at this ~ blessings!

  24. This is so fab!!! you are very artistic.Blessings.Maisie.

  25. Hiya my Suzy Q! Love the you and all you do!! Smiles and have a great day today...always thinking of you!

  26. Hi dear Suzi,

    You are such a wonderfully talented lady.
    God has given you such a wonderful talent in creating things of he created you with a beautiful heart.

    Warm Hugs and Smiles,


  27. So much beauty in one place! ♥

  28. Suzi,
    Ohmygoodness! This is just amazing! Love the depth of color & the amount of elements you have on each page. So much to take in. Great work!

  29. I love your art so much! I awarded you the Seriously Cute Blogger Award! You can pick it up here at The Modest Peacock>

    Have a wonderful rest of the week!

  30. I can't even begin to imagine how long it takes to put one of these fabulous books together!
    Gorgeous work.
    hugs Lynn

  31. Suzy, this is absolutely georgus!!:))

  32. Can't say it enough times: your journals are amazing!! Love it!!


Thank you so very much for stopping here to say hello and to see what I have been creating. I really treasure each and everyone of you for your comments. It is so appreciated....Suzy

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