Sea House Warming Hut: Guest Books, A Sunset… and A Big Butt

Remember this photo? Barbara W. had sent a marvelous gift box of thoughtful miniature wonder, and I was inspired by the open butterfly book ( by Jennifer Hatt of to make a guest book for the Warming Hut.

The page spread is set in 1.5 point type :)

I logged myself in twice, in blue and black ink.

I call these cheater books, because the pages don’t open or turn, but I did glue the signatures.

I was going for a Moleskine notebook sort of look with black covers. I also made an open sketchbook with pages being ruffled by the wind, as well as a closed volume. There are no more photos of the process, though, as my husband called me outside to view the rather spectacular sunset. Here is a photo of him taking photos of the sky :)

That’s the Pacific Ocean, looking pink as bubblegum :)

Anyway, there are the three books I made. I used a thin silk cord to make the page markers. And doesn’t the Peacock rug look splendid with the poppy-colored furniture?

Instead of making a stand for the guest book, I made this today:

A big cigarette butt. It’s 3.5 inches (8.9 cm) in diameter and about 24 inches (61 cm) long (unstubbed). I am especially happy with the “tobacco” — dried up leaves from my tomato plants, preserved moss, black tea (Yorkshire Gold) and paint, and a lot of glue.

(I volunteer with Pacifica Beach Coalition. This butt will be part of a display to build awareness that cigarette butts are *not* biodegradable. Did you know that cigarette butts discarded in parking lots, along sidewalks and in street gutters miles from the coast inevitably make their way through storm drains, creeks and rivers to the beach and the ocean, where they continue to leach toxic chemicals? Yuck.)

10 thoughts on “Sea House Warming Hut: Guest Books, A Sunset… and A Big Butt

  1. Barbara W. says:

    What a sky! It looks like a watercolour painting.
    The little books are lovely – I especially like the one with the ruffled pages. Are the book spines made from paper?

    Thank you for raising awareness about a particular pet peeve of mine.The display model is awesome! Is there anything you can’t make?

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Isn’t the sky gorgeous?
      The book spines are made from ribbon glued to the covers that was particularly effective in mimicking a sort of headband. I like the ruffled page book idea, too. It really adds movement to a build. Next one I’ll scan some pages from my notebook to add depth.
      Yay for cigarette butt litter awareness! There is much to be done.

  2. Bennie says:

    I love that BIG BUTT! I helped at a local beach clean-up recently and I can’t tell you how many cigarette butts we picked up. Thank you for this awareness. I think it needs to go global.

    The house is coming along beautifully!

  3. Mad for Mod` says:

    My, what a big butt you have! I love all of the details and the fact that the pages of the books are ruffled in the wind. You have a great view from your home!

    • Nancy Enge says:

      Why thank you, Cyd :)
      And yes, our view is a source of great joy and interest. I haven’t lived in this urban of a setting in some time, and being able to see a vast expanse of ocean, horizon and big sky is wonderful. Glad, too, that you like the ruffled pages. It would translate well to magazines as well, and be a great detail on a patio or deck, or by an open window, yes?

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