– Oh snap! Or, you learn something new every day

The first two-page spread of Close Your Eyes 2 is done, A-sides …

and B-sides …
As you can see by the color quality, it’s a gray day here, but that plus Don’s willingness to do the shopping left me plenty of time for stitching.
The front cover came first, with Roy G Biv colors for Griffin, who just learned red + yellow = orange (his favorite color) …
Then I turned to the B-side, with a second title still undecided:
  • Two Sides to Every Story?
  • Every Picture Tells a Story?
  • Both Sides Now?
  • The Inside Story?
  • Or, or, or … what?
Here’s what ultimately flowed out of the Pitt pen onto the the verso of the title page …

After which I ladder stitched the cover to the first page along what will become the spine.

And as I prepared to sew the snaps onto the corners, I realized I had no clue about how to proceed. None!
Fortunately, there were Instructions for Attaching …

Which I’m quite sure Don’s Nana never bothered to read. How silly it would have seemed to her … everyone knows how to sew on a snap, right? Not anymore!

And as I stitched each fiddly piece, there was no “Aha!” moment of recollection, no muscle memory … the task was totally new to me. Cora Inman Ackert surely would have shaken her head over that, but hopefully she would have approved the final product, as I always admired her and valued her opinion …

Coda: Don’s Nana passed away over thirty years ago, shortly after her great-granddaughter Meg was born. I think these pictures in her button box may be of Cora and her parents (although I’m not sure, there are no notes on the back) …
The things we leave behind …

If that’s true, then the woman in the pictures would be Don’s great-grandmother, my daughters’ great-great-grandmother and my grandkids’ great-great-great grandmother.
Though her name is lost in time, a small scrap of her story is now stitched into mine …

– Looking inward: Close Your Eyes 2 continues

I found a treasure in the wooden cigar box that belonged to Don’s Nana …

Twelve beautiful brass snaps … exactly what I need to make the inner pages accessible in Griffin’s lullaby book.
I’m having crazy fun working the a-sides with an eye to the b-sides …

Even the “problem” of the extra stress that snaps will put on the corners is a fun mental puzzle. For now, I’m adding cloth reinforcement to the edges without concealing the b-side stitches that already exist …

And because every action causes an equal and opposite reaction, the construction of the spine is being rethought, too …
Last, but far from least, I had a middle-of-the-night brainstorm about the b-sides of the setting sun and the rising moon, but showing will work better than telling so that will have to wait for another day.

– Re-vision: New pictures for Close Your Eyes

When I did the first edition of the lullaby book, I printed photos of my daughters with Jace and Griffin on a commercial cotton cloth on an adhesive backing designed to go through the inkjet printer. The quality wasn’t great, but the pictures were adequately recognizable.


Of course, after finishing Jace’s book, I found an inkjet canvas that worked much better, so that was what I used for Griffin’s book …


It made the photo in Jace’s book pale by comparison (literally), so I cut Jace’s picture out, printed a new picture and slid it into the resulting hole …


The resulting edge is a little wonky, but the picture quality is much better …


And as Don pointed out, the whole book is wonky, so it all works.