Over Christmas break I bought a pair of velvet red pants.
I’m kind of all about myself.
Oh….and I said “I Do” again to the same set of twinkling brown eyes.
And was on Channel 8 News in Dallas.
And as thrilling and amazing as all that was…..
….nothing compared to the excitement of the annual family handmade present exchange.
You see….these are books.
Books a little rough and worn around the edges and a little water damaged….
….that my sister rescued.
She took these castaway books and made them into a thing of beauty….
…..and created one-of-a-kind book sculptures.
Each one different and unique created just for us.
Here’s my brother’s.
With paper waves and tiny paper fish on wires leaping off the waves.
And a giant tale of a fish diving into the paper ocean.
For my other brother, who is a seminary professor, she created the word “pray” leaping from the pages of the book.
Each page folded perfectly to create a three-dimensional word.
When the book is closed it looks like an ordinary book you could find on any bookshelf.
Each page by itself is meaningless.
But together they create a masterpiece.
She made a thistle.
A wonderful, incredible thistle sculpture that winds around the edges of the book.
And the best part?
The book is a vintage organic gardening book.
When she gave them to us on Christmas morning we all just sat and stared in amazement.
Later I asked her if she could tell me how she made them so I could write a tutorial and feature them on the blog.
She said she didn’t really have a tutorial.
She had googled how to make paper sculptures on books and couldn’t find anything that really showed how to do it….
….so she just made it up as she went along.
My sister is officially a rock star.
Maybe I should give her the red velvet pants. 🙂
PS Here’s the video from Channel 8.
Just in case you have a few shopping bags laying around. 🙂