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Thursday, July 02, 2009

I received this book last fall and immediately earmarked several projects.  The book then got placed alongside my knitting books and was sort of forgotten until Libby started reading a book she thought she couldn't read around her brothers.  The back cover had some "girl content" and she knew they would see it.
I remembered the book cover project which was perfect for concealing what she wanted to hide.
We picked out some fabric and used a contrasting brown linen scrap for the lining.  A ribbon saved from a gift from my sisters travels to Italy.  Gusto: Vigorous enjoyment.  Perfect.
There are several other projects in the book I would love to make.
A new apron may be in order.  I'm thinking brown linen would be nice.
And maybe a new set of summertime coasters.  

Happy July!

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62 comments

  1. It's the house shoes that really call to me in that book.
    I keep thinking about them, I should just go ahead and buy it...

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  2. You inspire and put a smile on my face all at the same time!

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  3. I love the fabric on that book cover (and the book cover itself!). How lovely!

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  4. Ah, Judy Blume...that's good one to keep under wraps around the boys! I love the fabric you used, the cover looks great. Now, Libby can read and not worry about those brothers. Great job! (and the table is great for photographing your projects!)

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  5. The book cover is so sweet. And I have to admit that I'm curious as to what's on the back.

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  6. Her book takes me back. :) The fabric you chose is perfect. I'll have to take a look at Zakka sewing at the bookstore.

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  7. Oh that book. Oh that age. The two go hand in hand! What a gorgeous cover for any summer read. It's always fun to finally grab those projects off the bookshelf and have a reason to make.

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  8. We have a house full of girls, so our Libby reads without worry, but your Libby is lucky to have you for a mom! ~Kelly

    unDeniably Domestic

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  9. Well, the projects are adorable but the book - good grief, does that bring back some memories....

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  10. That book, every little girl should read that book! ;o)

    Right now, I am reading "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" to the kiddos and independently reading "My Stroke of Insight" by Jill Bolte Taylor.

    Love the print on that fabric! Such a great idea!

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  11. that books looks great! i need to get my hands on a copy.

    right now i am reading:

    Notes from a Small Island
    by Bill Bryson (3rd time)
    Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder
    Girl Meets God by Lauren F. Winner

    hey, where is a good place to pick up linen fabric, and do you use a finer needle on your sewing machine?

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  12. The book cover is great! The ribbon is just perfect. And how cute are those other projects!? The "merci" apron -- adorable!!

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  13. Oh, gotta love that book. Definitely not a brother-friendly one, though. :) The cover is so cute! And I've just finished a book about Nancy Drew and her creators - definitely fun and girlie, though perhaps no concealment is needed.

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  14. That turned out fabulous- what an awesome mom thing to do! I remember reading that book...

    Happy knitting-
    ali

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  15. What a lovely book cover. The apron is adorable too. By the way - I totally remember reading that book. Hope Libby enjoys it. g

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  16. bummer, this summer I am so confused to even read a book, let alone make a sweet project!
    What a neat idea to cover the "girls only" worrds on the backcover!

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  17. Ohhh, so cute. I used to sneak read Judy Blume at the library because I was too embarrassed to tell my Mom I was ready for something a little more mature. Good times.

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  18. oh my goodness! i couldnt think of a cuter sewing book for summer. i think i will look for it!

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  19. Oh the book cover is PERFECT! It's so important for young people to have their privacy as they become and mature. I believe it brings a greater understanding and dignity among us, don't you?! Like I've always said...you're the best mom. Your children are individuals and you reach each and every one. You rock, dear woman!

    And that sewing book looks delicious! Yes, a new apron and coasters to set on that fantastic new picnic table would bring more summertime pleasure. Do it! Do it wild!

    Peace out and a great celebration to your & yours this 4th of July holiday!

    XXOO,
    Ana

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  20. It's a nice idea to cover books!!

    I love all the pics about the projects you want to do: the apron is very nice and funny!

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  21. Ooh, what a great zakka book. I love the apron...after you make yours, will you make one for me? :-)

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  22. Anonymous7/02/2009

    What a cute book cover. I love that fabric. Where did you find it?

    I am reading the 3rd book in the Twilight series so I can catch up with my kids. I've been informed I am going with them to the midnight showing when New Moon comes out!

    Looks like you are having a lot of fun with your kids this summer!!! What is next on the knitting scene?~Jan

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  23. Anonymous7/02/2009

    What a cute book cover. I love that fabric. Where did you find it?

    I am reading the 3rd book in the Twilight series so I can catch up with my kids. I've been informed I am going with them to the midnight showing when New Moon comes out!

    Looks like you are having a lot of fun with your kids this summer!!! What is next on the knitting scene?~Jan

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  24. What lovely projects in that book - the zakka style is timeless. The book cover is perfect for your daughters summer reading.

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  25. I think I need a book cover just like that...I take my books everywhere I go and sometimes they get a bit banged up.

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  26. I remember reading that book over and over and over again. I still have my copy and I wish I had a cute book cover like that because mine's very beat up.

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  27. I haven't seen this book, must find it! I WANT to sew but my boys are fighting and that unemployed husband of mine keeps getting in my way! I want to come live at your house!

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  28. Love Judy Blume...great book cover!

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  29. What a fun-looking sewing book! And I love the book cover. I remember well reading that same Judy Blume book.

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  30. love the book cover and am all over the apron idea!

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  32. OMGosh!!! I luv Judy Blume!! And when I read that book I swear I was being "grown" Haha!! It was so racey for me as a pre-teen! ;op

    The book cover is just pretty!! I wish all my books could look that good when reading them! ;op

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  33. Oh yay Leslie! I'm so glad you finally got a chance to make something from it! Such a cute project you did!

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  34. what a great idea: book cover. I often see women on the metro reading romance novels with covers like that. :)

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  36. Aww, Judy Blume book...I remember reading them too. The book cover is perfect.
    Thank you so much for the flounce binf-off suggestion. It worked!

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  37. This book looks wonderful!

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  38. What a fabulous book cover! Your creativity seems boundless, L.

    Happy 4th!

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  39. You're encouraging me to do a little sewing during my retirement.

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  40. Oh, see? You're the best mom ever. You know me: I woulda told MY daughter to go read by herself in her room! ;)

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  41. I wish I had a fabulous, hand sewn cover when I read that Judy Blume book! Brothers can be merciless!

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  42. Nice book cover, Les! Every girl needs one with brother lurking around. Thanks again for lunch.

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  43. sweet! that is a fantastic book, isn't it? wait 'till you see the one i've been oogling.

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  44. You can find it on Powells.com for less than $10 if anyone is interested... ;)
    http://www.powells.com/biblio/1-9781584797203-4

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  45. that book! I so remember reading it, at just her age! how special she must feel to have a mom so intune with her feelings to take such care and concern over a book cover. lovely. every detail, just lovely.

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  46. Everything that I make for the Farmer's Markets seems to entail some ribbon,fabric,and paper products. So I am partial to your book cover.

    You did a beautiful job. I love the green print fabric.

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  47. Poor Libby, feeling embarrassed reading Judy Blume! I mean, it is, like, essential to read Judy Blume when you're a young gal. Oh, the things I missed not having siblings! Have you heard the interview with Ms. Blume on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me? It is so funny, maybe the two of you could bond over it ;) You're such a great mom to make her a beautiful book cover.

    That Zakka sewing book looks awesome. I always gaze at it on Amazon, wondering if it lives up to its potential awesomeness.
    <3

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  48. What a great pairing of beautiful as well as useful craft project with the beautiful as well as informative Judy Blume story! I love the way you repurposed the ribbon - I always forget to save things like that.

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  49. Ah, I never thought about how book covers increase privacy. Great idea!

    Those little sewing projects are so cute. I save gift ribbons as well :)

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  50. What a coincidence! I have just recieved the Zakka book too and its lovely. I think I could make everything in it!

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  51. great cover for a great book. i remember reading that one, way back when...

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  52. If only something like that had been on my radar in sixth grade when we were all reading one copy of Forever. Beautiful fabric and I love that Judy Blume marches on.

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  53. I have wondered about that book, I had yet to see any commentary to reccommend it! But now of course, commentary and photographs. Thanks! I love the fabric you used for the bookcover, it's fabulous!

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  54. Hmmmmm... those pics actually make me want to sew again!

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  55. i loved that book when i was a kid!

    what a beautiful book cover :)

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