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April 19, 2013

Slithering Through Changes

Filed under: Art Projects,gardening — by thalia @ 9:43 am
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This last year has been one of slithering through many changes; experimenting with many art/writing forms; making a variety of projects with various art/word combinations.  It has been a wonderfully creative and explorative year as I shed one form of creativity to take on another, then shed that – or more accurately, merge that with all the others I’ve done and will do. 

One of my projects involved using 2 beautiful pages from an old garden calendar to make an accordion journal in which to keep seed packets, an assortment of pretty notes and cards to jot down ideas about the garden, etc. 

An Accordian Garden Journal

An Accordion Garden Journal

This easy to make and a delight to my eyes garden journal was a gift to a friend who appreciates her garden and loves to keep details of what happens when in her garden.   I found that I loved looking at it more than I could picture using it in any way other than for visual delight.  I’m too much the get-your-hands-dirty big picture person rather than the wear-gloves detail oriented person in the garden. 

I taped 2 calendar pages together, pasted 2 more taped pages turned upside down onto the first set.   Then I folded up one side about 1/3, taping edges to hold flap in place.  Then accordion pleat the entire length, cutting off wherever necessary to come out with evenly spaced pages/pockets.  Free-form cut the top of the pages and the pockets  in accordance with placement and design. Then I started adding various notes and cards I decorated with washi tape, stickers and drawings.

Accordian Garden Journal - front view

Accordion Garden Journal – front view

This was a fairly quick and easy project that was perfect for anticipating spring and working in the garden. And one I will probably do again for myself – for visual enjoyment and for – who knows what idea might spring up?



  1. Beautiful accordion book!

    Comment by porchsitter — April 19, 2013 @ 3:32 pm |Reply

    • Thanks – this was a fun project – experimenting all the way.

      Comment by thalia — April 24, 2013 @ 4:52 am |Reply

  2. Delighted to see you working this blog again – exploring such diverse creative ideas. Creative Foraging really is a good match for what you like to do.

    Comment by Heather Blakey — April 19, 2013 @ 4:12 pm |Reply

    • I’m delighted to be blogging again. And I’ve been re-reading the old posts based on prompts from the journies you’ve led – enjoying it all once again.

      Comment by thalia — April 24, 2013 @ 4:54 am |Reply

  3. Wow I really like this idea enjoyed looking !

    Comment by Kristy — April 24, 2013 @ 7:30 am |Reply

  4. very pretty

    Comment by Suzanne — April 24, 2013 @ 8:24 pm |Reply

  5. I nominated you. Takes some time, but is fun http://artprescription.com/2013/04/28/liebster-award/

    Comment by beverlydyer — April 28, 2013 @ 9:04 am |Reply

    • Thank you so much for this nomination. I appreciate your doing so, however I do not have the time needed to fulfill the requirements at this time. Too much is happening with family and health issues to be able to do this justice. Thanks again, Beverly.

      Comment by thalia — April 29, 2013 @ 7:58 am |Reply

  6. Really like this pretty accordion fold!

    Comment by Gayle Bodine — April 30, 2013 @ 10:17 am |Reply

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