Forgive me, dear vintage collectors, for I have sinned against the urge to preserve my old treasures in mint condition.
My husband has amassed an enormous collection of vintage magazines- he used to sell the ads on eBay for what I thought were outrageous sums of money; I have come to understand that the things people value may seem a little strange to me, but if they went through the stuff I would spend a mint on, I might come off as a lunatic. Anyway, he doesn’t sell them anymore, so now we have somewhere in the range of a thousand really old magazines packed away in the closets throughout the house. I “appropriated” a few just to see if there was anything interesting and came across these beautiful vintage Rand McNally Maps in a 1941 Municipal Index. I couldn’t resist the temptation to put them to use.
The above are shots of the world map in its original form. This one, I couldn’t bring myself to tear out, at least not yet. However, Mexico, Central, and South America were not as fortunate.
As you can see, I not only tore them out, I tore them up. Keep in mind, this is all for the artistic greater good. Take deep breaths. This is not the extent of my transgressions.
Obviously, I am not quite done (the green tape is not part of the color scheme, or the finished product!). Eventually, this will be a one of a kind altered moleskine Volant journal. Thus far, I have layered scraps of Rives Heavyweight for a base, painted it an antique copper color, and am now layering strips of, well, Brazil, the Caribbean, and the Atlantic, then washing each layer with a midnight blue color. Eventually, I’ll finish with some lettering and hardware, but this is a long process. Which leads me to ask, why does wheat paste take so long to dry?! Yes, I know, archival, high quality, cheap, etc, but seriously, it puts a bit of a damper on my progress. Also, is it supposed to be so… gelatinous? Or did I do something wrong?!
In other news, I have this cool little thingy on my dashboard that tells me how many people have dropped in and checked the blog- I am so feelin the love. Nothing makes an artsy/writer/book geek like me happier than finding out that people are actually reading what I’m writing; seeing that spike to 60 plus readers made me feel like my blog was picked for Oprah’s Book Club. And hey, don’t tell me that 90% dropped by, took one look, and bounced off to some other, more high minded, better designed blog; let me bask in my ignorant glory!! Ooh, AND 3 people heart my shop. I don’t even care that nothing has sold yet, people heart me and that makes me happy. Thanks guys!! Keep coming back! And talk to me, I spend all my time with people under the age of ten…
Okay so I have tons of stuff to post, but don’t want to get too crazy today. My glue might be almost dry by now… Check the tab things, I’m adding a contest- need a little input, and I am willing to give something away to get it!
PS- I just checked my word count, 500 plus. Does this make me a nerd or awesome? Don’t know, don’t care, because people heart me:)