I would give you the moon and stars my love

Posted: May 25, 2019 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time
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Moon and Stars Journal Mo 19
Italian glove leather, leather cord, eggshell mosaic moon, antique parchment stars, marbled endpapers, black and white linen thread
H 11.5 cm
W 15.5 cm
D 2.5 cm
detail of eggshell mosaic moon, antique parchment stars and ladder
I would give you the moon and stars my love
bound with love into each knot
a moon ladder for finding the way in
  a sturdy binding
marbled endpapers and inside of the edge binding
it’s Old Man Crow’s birthday in 2 weeks & he really needed a new journal, the last one was bound in 2016!

  1. tina says:

    I don’t believe I have even seen a more lovingly made gift. Your talent wows me..

  2. Liz A says:

    ooooh, what a lucky man …

  3. fiberels says:

    What a little beauty Mo !!!
    (someone will be ready to climb that tiny ladder …. !)

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Els))) I was wondering how I would fit the little ladder in, thought it might be part of the spine but when I decided not to use a magnet for the closure this worked, not too fussy and because it’s linen thread it shouldn’t stretch!

  4. lizette300 says:

    It’s beautiful, Mo, and so good to know it will be used regularly, not “kept for good”.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Lizette))) Rod uses his journals for songwriting to catch thoughts and tunes on the fly, he takes it up to the pub, out on bushwalks and in the car when we are travelling between gardening jobs so it needs to be of sturdy construction, am hoping that reinforcing the ladder with the thin linen thread will help it cope with use but I can always repair it as time goes by!

  5. Carol says:

    Absolutely exquisite, Mo! A beautiful gift for Rod.

  6. Eliene says:

    ohh lucky man…….beautiful work Mo. Love your books.

  7. Marti says:

    Rod’s lyrics, ideas, thoughts will scroll across the pages- pages that hold the invisible ink of love. What a special journal you have created for him Mo; a journal with a stairway to the sky, created out of love, deep heart and a lifetime together…a wonderful gift for a special man on his birthday..

  8. Fiona says:

    Oh Mo this is truly exquisite and exceptional (as no doubt the recipient is). It is so personal and so meaningful and so darn useful and what a lovely gathering of gifts for the man on his special day. Sigh. Makes me so happy.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Fiona))) it worked, you know that wonderful feeling when the book is all finished and you can hold it in your hands for the first time, as Audrey Niffenegger said in The TIme Traveler’s Wife “The compelling thing about making art … is the moment when the vaporous, insubstantial idea becomes a solid there, a thing, a substance in a world of substances.”

  9. Sue McQ says:

    How absolutely beautiful. Priceless. How in the
    world do you make those teeny stars ⭐️?

  10. Beth says:

    What a beautiful love filled gift. May the seeds of some wonderful music get planted there.

  11. Nancy says:

    Oh Mo! I’m stunned (I don’t know why having seen so much of your work by now) ~ This is the most beautiful, love filled Moon book ever! What a gift!! I’ll swoon to your Moon and back! xo

  12. Lana sebastian says:

    What a really beautiful gift.

  13. deemallon says:

    Gorgeous. Poetic. Powerfully informed by love and talent. Lucky Rod! What process do you refer to by “eggshell” moon? I may have missed this along the way.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dee))) eggshell mosaic is just crushing cleaned eggshell onto a piece of boxboard cut to shape with the edges rounded coated with a layer of archival PVA glue, sanded flat when dry & grout whitener works well to fill in the gaps

  14. Hazel says:

    So beautiful, Mo…Is there anything you can’t make? In love with all of your knotted stitches

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Hazel))) Oh Ha, I have made so many total disasters over the years, I think I win the prize for being the world’s worst knitter, mosaic was so not my thing and anything to do with clay comes out all lumpy and amazingly ugly!

  15. Barry says:

    MC – gorgeous work – who would not love a journal such as that – including the textured moon and stars. Lucky Old Man Crow. Go well. B

  16. Martine says:

    Your Rod is a lucky man…………….

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Martine))) & so am I, he gave me a card for my birthday this year that said,
      ‘You’re such a weirdo, but I am too. So that worked out.’
      and it has for half a lifetime!

  17. ravenandsparrow says:

    Rod’s beautiful journal is a continuation and fitting entry into the moon-based theme of your last post. Your multiple evocations of the moon and stars are very moving.

    • Mo Crow says:

      (((Dana))) reflecting the moon and stars helps me hold onto the magic in these strange crunchy times for our beautiful broken world

  18. Judy Martin says:

    I love this Mo. The egg shell moon and the exquisite binding. Beautiful xo

  19. Mo Crow says:

    (((Judy))) thanks for the good words, I love making these songbooks for Old Man Crow & he loves writing in them !

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