I also decided to make the mini-book when I stumbled across a strip of paper I had cut out from a paper bag originally containing some luscious Teuscher's champagne truffles, a yummy Holiday stocking-stuffer from the hubby. This strip had one side of the green paper glued to another thin piece of paper that I thought could be the interior page. From this strip, I cut and shaped literally a thumbnail book at 0.75" x 0.75' mini-book -- yes, do note how I folded the green cover in a way to create a spine:
For its text, I thought to quote from a letter I recently discovered among my mom's belongings. It's a 1976 letter from my grandmother, Genara Tilan, to Mom. It is the only written letter I have of my grandmother's, and it was written to Mom six years after our family first left the Philippines to immigrate to the U.S. Because of the letter's rarity and age, I thought it was appropriate to write (part of) its story on the fragile paper taken from the Teuscher's packaging.
And so here's the front cover of the book:
You open it to see the title page that says, "LONGING":
You unfold the accordion-page to see the text:
What I present in the book is an English translation of an excerpt from my grandmother's letter which was written in my birth language, Ilocano. Her Ilocano:
Napalalo ti ragragsac mi a naca kita manen cada cayo uray no retrato laeng ... nangpunas iti iliw cadagiti puspusomi...
Our joy was outrageous from seeing you all again, even if only through photographs -- such was the depth of missing you all. This longing in our hearts ...
Thus, here are two phoenixes rising from their respective ashes: this green book on a blue chair: