I started by mounting Bertha on a striped damask and it will be backed with a heavy burgundy velvet. I want this whole book to feel very elegant and posh... Unfortunately the camera could not capture the wonderful metallic lace on this block. It is magnificent. I bought it in London in a tiny shop in the basement of an antique mall. I wanted to buy just a yard because it was quite pricey but the dealer would only sell it in one piece.. So what is one to do....buy it all of course.
I immediately developed amnesia about the cost of it but am definitely committed to using it. This is the perfect project... I can justify splurging on the metallic lace because the velvet is from a pillow sham and the damask is from a valance...both from a thrift store.. That's my story and I'm sticking to it!!!!
I did receive some good news yesterday. I have only minimal blurry vision in my right eye.(similar to photo) Some of the loss is due to the wet macular but some of the loss is due to a retinal occlusion (blood clot) last summer. There is a chance that this will heal within a couple years and I might regain some sight in that eye... It's all maybe and iffy but I can certainly hope.