Saturday, February 14, 2015

- February 14: B-sides being Valentine's Day

I can tell you exactly what I had to eat for lunch on Valentine's Day twenty-nine years ago: a Belgian waffle with vanilla Haagen Dazs ice cream and hot fudge sauce. Then I took a long nap and when I woke up, it was snowing. By 8:00 Don insisted we go to the hospital before the snow got any deeper ... a few hours later Melissa Reid entered the world.

Which is why this is what we had for dessert tonight ...


Yes, I did add tart cherries in a soft creamy mousse this time around ... seemed like the color was just right for Melissa's birthday (around here we call February 14th "Valentine's Day" at our peril).

And it was also noteworthy that Jace's lullaby book took a leap forward, with all twelve pages now complete and stitched together along their individual spines ...


The next step will be to secure the other three edges of each pair, but before concealing the b-sides I took one last look at each two-page spread from the inside ...







With any luck, I'll be done by the end of the week ... just in time to head to St. Louis.

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

Liz your dessert let come somme water in my mounth .... hmmmmmm
i read in the back side of the litle book , woords who count
greets M.

Anonymous said...

a Belgian waffle .... that's the best ....... we have also fresh big one's , hmmmm ,
M.

Mo Crow said...

what a treat, thank you for sharing the yummy dessert and the magic of the other sides!

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

the b sides are like a secret story of their own

Liz Ackert said...

M - I'm going to guess that a true Belgian waffle is far better than the Americanized version

Liz Ackert said...

I have been captivated by the notion of asemic writing ever since you put me on to it ...

Liz Ackert said...

There's a part of me that doesn't want to conceal them ...

grace Forrest~Maestas said...

yes. i understand that. But for him, i guess you will.
it might be something to look forward to tho, to make a lullaby book for yourself
and leave the mysterious counterpart remaining?

Saskia van Herwaarden said...

great book

Liz Ackert said...

I am making a second copy for two-year-old Griffin ... perhaps I will sew snaps between the pages for him ...

Liz Ackert said...

Thank you ... there are few things I love more than books and stitch ... so combining the two is sheer bliss.
I'm also realizing how much I love making these little 5x5 compositions ...

Dana said...

A belated Happy Melissa's Birthday to you both. The page backs are hidden treasures...inside stories.

Anonymous said...

So it is ,, i invite you , we eat them together ,

Julie S said...

So beautiful and touching, Liz. But as I think about it, little children won't know its the B side--all that cursive must look the same to them. What if it were the pages where the kids get to continue the story?

Liz Ackert said...

Dana and Julie -
I think I may just leave the pages of the next book hidden in plain sight ...

Liz Ackert said...

I have never been overseas, but I promise if I ever find myself in Belgium, I will find my way to your front door

Sweetpea said...

Hi Liz, stopping in to say how much I enjoyed this post. Although I can no longer eat any of those food
items, your delicious descriptions have me living vicariously with that meal - thank you.

Also wanted to mention, regarding the 'solace project,' that I've included a link to you on my solace page [top header]
on my blog ... please let me know if you'd rather it not be there. AND, if it is ok, feel free to let others know I am compiling a little *inspiration* list & they are welcome to contact me with their links, too. Thanks much.

Christi

Marti said...

Front, back, two books in one to touch, tiny fingers tracing stitch, telling a second special story, new lullabies coming from the back, even encouraging to taste, nibble...when my twin grandchildren were two, I made a little paper alphabet book and used photos, magazine cutouts, etc. D had a photo of Daddy, M had a photo of Mommy and so many little kisses were given to those that the photos faded and had tiny bite marks...

Liz what a precious gift and I like the idea of snaps for Griffin's book; children like to open and close, the repetitive motion, music all on its own...

Liz Ackert said...

I love being included in the Solace links and have added a link back to your blog

Liz Ackert said...

That reminds me ... I need to take pictures of the Backward ABC book that I made for Jackson next time we go to St Louis. It's a combination of paper and (machine) stitch, so it will be interesting to see how it's held up.

And funny you should mention music ... Griffin loves to sing and is already well on his way to knowing the words to Close Your Eyes, but he also makes up his own songs, which I hadn't connected in my mind until now. Can't wait to make his book, but first things first: the clock is running out on getting Jace's book done.

Sweetpea said...

heh .... much thanx !

Liz Ackert said...

Thanks for the Solace links ... I've found some more Kindred Spirits (there are so many thankfully)