This past weekend I helped celebrate the life of a dear close friend. Bonnie was like a mother, a mentor and was filled with the joy of living. I was her interior designer for 28 years, her ‘foster’ daughter (she had several younger women who held her in high esteem and called her ‘mother’) and her friend.
When I was asked to get the memorial signing book, I could only do what I had always done for her when she needed a special item. I made it. She loved Hawaii, the color purple and Mickey Mouse! She also loved teddy bears, parties, sparkle and traveling.
After searching in several stores for the right book, I found one in Joann’s. It was a padded fabric backed scrapbook that I could take apart and personalize. Never having used polymer clay on fabric or in as large a piece, I began experimenting. The book was 8” x 8” and just fit in my convection oven. The base of the piece was blues, purples and teal colors blended together. I textured it and put it on a piece of parchment paper with a tile on top to keep it flat. I did not check my oven thermometer and the clay burned!
The cover was pretty flat so I decided to put another layer on top leaving some of the original showing. I added leaves and flowers. The flowers are made from a flower cane that reminded me of some of the flowers in Hawaii. A few rhinestones strategically placed along with a dusting of diamond powder gave it a sparkle.
The basic cover came out flat after curing it and the flowers give great dimension. I was so happy when I put it all back together with the special pages for Mickey and Hawaii. When her daughter saw the book, she said, “It looks like Mom”. I knew Bonnie would have loved it.