Oh, I'm SOOOOO glad the stuff made it there safely! And I'm really glad you like it. The pocket shrine was the main cause of all the lateness; when I got you for a partner, I saw that you have been into pocket shrines, so I challenged myself to do one, since I've never done it before. It's amazingly complex! After the challenge of designing something so small (and for this craft I wanted to research the art and make it authentic), then the interior decoration has to be done, and all the tiny stuff has to be made and secured, and the outside paint job has to be done right to cover the tin printing... Of course I screwed up a couple of things and had to do them over, etc. But it was really, really interesting to do, and I think it won't be the last one I make, so thanks to you for exposing me to a new form!
Oh, I meant to mention in my note but forgot: in the Persephone bracelet, the red beads are meant to stand for the six pomegranite seeds that she ate in the underworld that bound her to go back every year. I was so happy to find beads that look so much like pomegranite seeds.
I received my package yesterday from MirthFairy - so amazing!!! She sent me things for all my goddesses, which makes me feel a little bad, because my understanding of the swap was that we were supposed to pick one goddess from the list, so I've been working on things all about the same goddess for my swapee. Anyway....
1) A beautiful owl mask made of silk flower petals to represent Athena.
2) A great notebook to fill with my inspirations, with a wonderful poem written by a talented fiance about the Muses glued in the cover.
3) An astounding cloth doll of Juno, the delightfulness of which I cannot convey. I'm totally in love with her. As I was telling MirthFairy, one of the reasons I'm drawn to Juno is that she represents the genius of women, as well as being the queen of heaven. In Roman times, I'm told, the spark of divinity inside each person, their soul, was called "genius" for men and "juno" for women. It's what makes each of us special, and gives us the power to rule our worlds and make things happen. Somewhere along the line, women lost their junos and now we call all of them "genius". My connection with Juno is my search to connect with the special crossroads where genius and being a woman meet. I'm currently revamping my art space, so this little Juno will be given a place of honor, to remind me to use my genius to rule my world.
Many thanks to MirthFairy again! She has photos, and says she'll be kind enough to post them to the gallery for me.
Aw, thanks! I'm just so glad you liked the stuff. As I've said before, I really enjoyed doing this swap - the challenge to think of what to make was so fun, even though it took me awhile to get things finished. I really tried to think of "not your usual swap items".
I just want to say that I was one of the near-flakers on this swap, but I finally sent out my package, so IT'S NOT TOO LATE. I tend to think, with this swap, it's really never too late - it's unique that way, because the things are so specific that we have to work with. OK, maybe a year is too late. But still, perhaps you see what I mean; just say it's taking awhile if it is, and I think anyone would understand.
Also, I want to say that I owe the thread some pics of the INCREDIBLY AWESOME stuff Dixie sent me, but I haven't had a chance, and I'm leaving town today to visit Mel for a week, but I will take care of this shameful dereliction upon my return.
Wow, what an awesome swap! Marty- did you decoupage the newspaper (or was that scrapbook paper?) to the stuff? Also- are those little flat-backed jewels or sequins? Great job! I would love to do something similiar to my desk stuff.
Thanks! I decopaged the paper to the items - it's strips torn from a cheap dictionary from the thrift store, actually. (I usually HATE tearing up books, but this one was terrible! It actually had wrong definitions, misspellings, etc., and I felt it was a civic duty to rip it up and craft with it! )
After it dried, I glued on the maroon satin ribbon trim, then I glued on the sequins; I put a dot of thick (tacky) glue on the round side, pressed it onto the surface so that a little smidge of glue pushed through the hole in the center, then dropped a seed bead into the sequin on the glue smidge. Repeat, repeat, repeat......
I had to have a picture fo the stapler by itself because it is just so amazing! I am going to keep it under lock and key so no one in my office steals it. I feel like that guy in Office Space now. I feel the stapler love!
HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The stapler was kind of a pain in the butt because of its odd shape, but I HAD to do it. Staplers are so basic, and one uses them ALL the time, so it's nice to have a cool one!
I love seeing all the stuff in its new setting. BTW, I didn't see them in the pic, so I wondered if you noticed there's a batch of matching pushpins inside the tin?
Funny you should post, Krebstar5, because your package is on the way as of this morning. I tend to be unfortunately overambitious with my swap items, and I actually had a catastrophe a few days ago with your items and had to repair and redo somewhat, so it's quite late and I apologize, but I hope you like the things when they get there.
Whew, I was beginning to worry that the package would NEVER get there! (Good thing I thought to check back on the thread, because I never got a notice that the thread had been updated.) So glad you liked them, too!