I bought a scarf thing (too large for a hankie, too small for neck or hair, very odd) a while ago because I loved the fabric so much. I've made a bunch of these inchies from it so far, but I just photographed a few. I think I'm going to make some into a faux insect colection with pins in them, a bit like my faux egg collection
I stitched the fabric to paper on my machine, going randomly between the insects, and then cut out and glued them to firmer card before inking up the sides
Since the Protection of Birds Act 1954 it has been illegal to take the eggs of most wild birds, and it is illegal to possess or control any wild birds' eggs taken since that time under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. It is also illegal to sell any wild bird's egg, irrespective of its age.
This however is an altogether different kind of collection, and completely legal!
It's a plain wood box, stained, with wooden plaques containing bird's eggs, humainly collected
The writing on the eggs was from their descriptions in the bird's egg book. I tried to find amusing ones.
I'm in the middle of altering a little decorative wooden house/display shelf thingymebob, and didn't want to use the drawer in it, so I decided to create something else with it. Playing around in some of my junk boxes this is what evolved.
This was created for a local exhibition with the title "Beauty and the Macabre". I bought a couple of these glass dome displays at a charity shop and knew I wanted to use one in some way for this exhibition. It had a truly hideous fake flower arrangement in there before...I'll spare you the photo
I had a hard time thinking of something that was both beautiful and also macabre, I kept thinking of one or the other until I decided on the skull image for the spots. I wanted it to otherwise look just like a Victorian display.
The ladybird (ladybug) is all paper with pipecleaners inside the legs for support. I tried to make some of the ridges underneath and the legs as accurate as I could.
I covered the wooden base with old disctionary pages and them tissue paper torn into strips, then watercoloured. The ladybird is on a lovely patch of moss, twigs and leaves.
A few collaged canvas boards. I started these yonks ago, and have just got around to tinkering with them to finish them off. They all have a painted base which I've randomly printed with stamps and bubblewrap, then collaged and added randon bits to my heart's content
They're 5x7 boards covered with pages from an old Italian book (that somebody had very kindly left handwritten notes in), inked a quick teacup sketch and painted a little with watercolours. Then I added some vintage lace, bits of scrapbooking paper, vintage buttons, and the wee teabag tags hanging over the cups.
Inspired my my swap partner, tapestrymlp and her love of Harry Potter and her house - Hufflepuff, this tree skirt was born. I can't tell you how much fun it was to work on...although I was pleased when it was finished I need to start work on one for my tree now.
There is an owl, spell book, removable wand, sorting hat, winged key, scaly dragon panel with dragon egg, Deathly Hallows, golden snitch, a Weasley type sweater panel, Butterbeer label and tankard, levitating Christmas candle, owl post letter, pygmy puffs (hope they don't start singing!), Professor Helga Hufflepuff, sweets from Honeydukes...
Some detail pics
I've borrowed this photo from tapestry, so this is in it's new home with a lovely HP themed tree
I spotted this spotty headband in a shop and thought it would be perfect for Christmas, it just needed something. Then I spied some felt coasters and the cogs started turning. They were a perfect match along with a vintage button. Easy peasy!
I've been on the look out for headbands ever since I saw the most hilarious one in a shop with a plastic monkey on top. Sadly it wasn't well made enough for me to buy it, but one day I will have a headband with a plastic monkey on it!