Friday, January 30, 2015

Friends Luncheon Book Art Decorations


The Friends of the Linebaugh held their Annual Membership Luncheon in January at the Women's Club in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
 Susan Gregg Gilmore spoke about her latest book Funeral Dress, which is becoming a best-seller. Set in Dunlop Tennessee, she examines the lives of the courageous women in the seamstress factory. Gilmore also discussed how she got to this publishing point with funny and poignant stories. For example, when she lived near Ann Patchett, she tried hard not to stalk her, but it was always so tempting to peak in the window and see what the creative author was doing. Some of Gilmore's other works are Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen and The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove.

Gilmore answers questions.

For fun, the Friends board created book-art decorations, filling the tables with book flowers,
leather-bound novels, and decoupaged board books.
There were even a few decoupaged cats and vases.

Some have asked how we made the book flowers.
Well, here it is.

Make a cardboard template in this shape.

Take discarded books and rip out the pages (or significant words and books that hold special meaning to you and your event) and trace the design on the pages and cut. To speed up the process, you can also can hold the template up to the paper and cut out the shape (avoid cutting into the template).

Roll the page and then dab a spot of liquid-cement  to the end section (you can put a dab in the beginning section too to hold the flower together). Let dry, and it's done.

Now, do that one-thousand more times.

"I'm guessing he expects me to do the other 999!"


Thanks to Board members: Shelly Graham, Buffy Oneal, Kris Delene, Sandra Pineault, Melanie Howell for their work on this project.