The book was an eye opening experience for me. It is a historical peek into how China has treated women and female children, the value of friendship and a heartbreaking peek into the practice of foot binding.
One of the things that makes this reading group different is that we are to create a paper craft project based on our experience with the book. The delicate paper cutting and the use of animals and birds to symbolize different meanings has always fascinated me in studying the Chinese. I chose the swan to represent the book because of the symbolism of love and the fact that a swan mates for life and never divorces. A very important value in the book. (I don't want to say more for fear of ruining the book for someone.
So here's the card I made for a very special friend who happens to love swans:)
It's hard to see but the swan is cut from DCWV glitter paper and is very sparkly. The die is extremely intricate and requires quite a bit of skill to cut. I don't recommend it for someone who is just starting to learn how to use a die. It took a long time to remove all of the dots from the intricate cuts. But in person this die cut is BREATH TAKING!
Paper: Velvet Paper , DCWV glitter paper, Bazzill cardstock
Lace: Offray Classical Lace
Embellishments: Kaisercraft Pearls, eye rhinestone (stash)
Die: Cheery Lane Designs Swan Die
Have a day filled with beauty and love!
P.S. Thanks to Lisa for letting me know about the Getting Cricky Challenge for "Winged Things." I have linked up to it:)