Friday, November 23, 2007

envelope book

I finally had time to sit and visit with an friend this morning and we made a few of these envelope books while we caught up. This week has been soooooooooooooo busy! I feel like every time I turn around, I'm either cooking, eating, or feeding someone...we had our big party last Saturday...Tuesday we had some students over for dinner (pulled pork (leftover) with homemade barbecue sauce, homemade buns, & macaroni salad...Wednesday made rolls and granola and something else for Thanksgiving, Thursday cooked the turkey and potatoes for our gathering (3 families from the school here, 2 business families from town, 2 families from another mission, and a couple visiting from America)...after our dinner we had a campus fellowship meeting and ate again....this morning we had a quick change of plans and had class at our house, so I quick threw in a triple recipe of strawberry-filled muffins, after lunch we attended a wedding and ate at the reception, came home and had another fellowship meeting...yep, ate again! (ugh, something gave me heartburn too...) Tomorrow I want to make something to thank the ladies that helped me cook last week, so I'll be in the kitchen again making 8 almond/cinnamon braids. After that...I'm done. Seriously.

Here's the book I made this morning. I like this little size (I think each cover is 4"x4-1/2"). It would be a cute size for a stocking stuffer, too. The envelopes here are a little longer than regular card size envelopes in the States, so 1/2 an envelope inside is perfect for a page. I'll try to put together a photo tutorial sometime, if that interests anyone...?...not sure when that will happen...some late night maybe, if I can find my desk again...the books aren't difficult to make, but it's helpful for me to have the steps written down so I don't forget something or get things out of order. All stamps used are from smARTworks (and yes, the 'memories' stamp is centered in the book just looks off because of the camera angle.)

The wedding we went to was was our first experience at a local wedding. Different...though lots of things have been adopted from American traditions (one being the unity candle). One thing I found America the bride and groom feed each other cake. Here, the bride and groom cut the cake and fed the first bites to each parent, to prove their love for them. Then they fed each other a bite, and finally cut a piece for the pastor who married them and a local dignitary that was in attendance.

OK...I can't believe how many times I've had to hit the delete button...I can't see straight and for some reason can't spell for the life of me. Better go to bed...! Thanks for checking in on me today (when we could both be shopping)!


  1. I adore your pretty pink creation! I'd love a tutorial - the sooner the better!! That way I can make them for stocking stuffers and be done with it all!! :)

  2. Very creative book! Sounds like you're a good cook. Those strawberry filled muffins sound yummy.

  3. I failed to tell you that I really love your new banner! Looks GREAT!

  4. Yes- I would LOVE a tutorial!! This project is wonderful! Thanks for sharing! Hugs Kay Mespelt

  5. Dina, I recieved my stamps in the mail today!! It was so exciting!! I can hardly wait to play with them. And your card is beautiful! Thanks so much!

  6. Dina,
    Yes please, if it's not too time consuming for you, I'd like the tutorial to this fantasic project also !!!