September 13th, 2013
Brook’s Summer camp ended about a month ago and we’ve been using these last couple of weeks to gently transition into the new school year. Letting go of Summer isn’t easy.
Before letting go completely, I thought I’d show you a project that I just finished using Brook’s letters from camp. She has been going to the same camp for seven years now and every year our only communication from her is through letters. You can imagine how important these letters are to us. When we get one in the mail, Bill and I wait to read each letter together (confession: sometimes I can’t wait for Bill so I sneak a peak, but I mostly wait). It takes a lot for me to be this patient.
And here’s a look at what I made with them.
I made these house shaped ornaments using white sponges (purchased from Whole Foods) as the base.
I used a portion of Brook’s letter to make this one.
And I used a portion of her handmade birthday card to make this one. Inside the card Brook included a photo of the two of us along with some loving words (which I’ve saved for a possible future project). The house base is covered with the letter envelope (inside of envelope showing) along with a small strip cut from the card. I wanted to highlight the letter “M” for Mom, and I added the number 45 to represent my 45th birthday.
Here’s a closer look at both.
And of course I had to include the date on the backs.
If you’d like to make something similar, please keep in mind that I made color photocopies of Brook’s letter and card, and I also shrunk the size. While at the copy machine I made a couple of inverted image copies to be used as gel medium image transfers. I hope to get to these next week and will post the project details if they turn out any good.
BTW, I’m planning to hang the two houses on our Christmas tree. I’ve already been thinking about making Christmas ornaments. So I guess saying goodbye to Summer isn’t so hard after all!