Tuesday, December 9, 2014

- 'Tis the season continued ...

I spent over five hours in a courtroom yesterday ... part of a 250-member jury pool that was whittled down to 12 brave souls. Kantha saved me from despair and I'm thankful to be home today.

While I was gone, Don sanded down the salmon milk paint on the wooden blocks,
revealing the warm golden base coat and wood grain below ...

And I've completed revisions of My Hippie Grandmother ...

in hopes of providing a bit of levity during bedtime reading for some special little ones who grace our lives ...

15 comments:

Mo Crow said...

beautiful stitching and love the revision!

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks Mo ... and I always wanted to be a hippie (talk about revision)

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

so....TELLLLLL, more about the book?????????????????????

Liz Ackert said...

I've loved this book since I first discovered it as an elementary school librarian ... mainly because I've always been a wannabe hippie (I missed the boat by about a decade) ... and there are parts that sooo fit me (picketing city hall, going to farmer's markets) and others less so (having a live-in boyfriend, growing plants in my shower) ... plus, I'm "Nana" not "Grandmother" ... so I revised two of the books to fit my grandsons and me ... and re-wrote another book for my best friend's granddaughter.

The book is out of print, but we have half-price book stores in the area, so I got each copy for around $8

True confession: when I used to read books aloud as a librarian, I often changed words around when the original text didn't flow (rhythm and meter matter imho) ... I'm sure more than a few parents had kids bring books home and then heard "No, that's not the way Mrs. Ackert read it."

I think I was an editor in another life (wink)

Liz Ackert said...

Oh ... one other thing. My friend's chosen grandparent name is "Marnier" (mahn-yay), as in Grand Marnier ... which was what her mother chose to be called since Grand Marnier was a particular favorite

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

i love this!...it never occured to me that i could change a book! In my case, i would
change the color or the child...i have brown granddaughter!....how GREAT! You are
brilliant!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

the color of the child

Liz Ackert said...

Ironic, huh? A librarian who writes in books. So why not an artist who colors in books?

I do want to find time to look over the 75 books annotated by their authors for the PEN American Center ... an incredibly cool concept

Liz Ackert said...

:)

jude said...

what a great idea, book mending!

Liz Ackert said...

The print equivalent of design mending?

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

I hope you'll post an image of the completed project in top photo!

i have a stack of leather bound books from my grandparents on my dad's side, French, German and English books: the grandparents had regular books leather bound in Paris (I think, have to check with my dad, why did they to begin with??) as we've been moving stuff around I now have the books in my studio and as I'm most probably not going to read them I have been contemplating using them for an art project, although I hesitate to cut into a book....hey maybe there are a couple of English titles that might interest you?.

Liz Ackert said...

I promise ... after xmas when the gifts have all been opened.

Montana Nana Paints said...

I'm just now reading this post! I MUST purchase "My Hippie Nana" when you're finished with the revisions!!

Liz Ackert said...

Welcome to the blog ...
I'll be happy to email you the text revisions that I came up with, but it's very specific to our family. You could certainly buy and edit copies of your own to fit. ABE books and Alibris are two online possibilities if you don't have a used book store in your area.