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« on: March 27, 2008 06:40:27 AM »

I made this shrine for Babbetto for the Snowflake Shuffle swap.  She said she likes the distressed look, earthy colors, nooks, drawers, vintage and this tip-in page I made.

The shrine is made out of foam core board, using directions from Crafting Personal Shrines, by Carol Owen, a book Rackycoo turned me on to.  It's a great resource, although her measurements are sometimes a bit imprecise (Owen's, not Rackycoo's.  I'm sure Racky always measures perfectly!)

Here's the shrine in all its glory.  The door is hinged and opens -- the "doorknob" is a Mexican peso that Alteredmommy sent me in a swap.  I bought  the skeleton key that's in the nook at the top in an antique store in Gettysburg, PA.  I left the two nooks at the bottom mostly empty so that Babbetto could add her own things:


When I first put the shrine together, it was top heavy -- it fell over every time I walked past the table it was sitting on.  I took it apart and added some heavy bolts to the bottom piece where  the two nooks are.  They are hidden with a false back.  This gives the bottom more weight and helps the shrine stay upright.

I covered the roof in paper bingo cards that Original Youth sent me.  I like the way all the numbers line up.


Most of the shrine is covered in a Farsi newspaper.  I particularly liked the way this part of the stoop turned out, with the pretty Farsi words showing through:


My photos of the interior didn't turn out all that well.  I was a week late mailing for this swap, and I took all these photos at 11pm at night!   Roll Eyes  You can see more Farsi on the inside of the door.  The color behind the bird is a rich orange, and the color in the nook below is a dark red called "cranberry vine."


The big challenge of the inside was designing an assemblage that would look good both with the door closed and with the door open.  I fiddled around a lot with the assemblage until I was satisfied.

The final bird assemblage is mounted on a vintage bingo card.  The music behind the bird is German.  The tatting you see in front of the bird was done by Sewknitter (I got it from her in shop the swap 11).  The scrolls are just bits of paper rolled up and glued so that they will hold their shape, and then tied together.  The little teddy bear is hiding in the corner and isn't visible when the door is closed.  I left more space on the right side and down near the tile for Babbetto to add her own things.

This shrine was so much fun to make.  I didn't want to give it up -- except that I knew how much Babbetto would love it!  Smiley
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« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2008 06:51:10 AM »

I'm so glad to see the interior! This is a lovely shrine. You did such a good job. Are you going to make one for yourself now?  Cheesy
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« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2008 06:52:32 AM »

I'm so glad to see the interior! This is a lovely shrine. You did such a good job. Are you going to make one for yourself now?  Cheesy

I *really* need to.  I need to make more things for myself in general -- I'm always making stuff for others first.
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« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2008 06:54:09 AM »

I know that's right. If I didn't sign up for swaps, I'd probably never get a thing accomplished.  Cheesy

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« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2008 07:07:55 AM »

How lovely! I love the little shelf and the hiding teddy bear. Very nice work.
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« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2008 07:16:20 AM »

Beautiful job Kat!  I didn't realize that you had a window in the door, cooool.  I really love all the niches and hidey spots!  I've only attempted very simple shrines (inspired by the book), its truly amazing what you can do with foamcore.....and lots of work Smiley
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Wow, this is so beautiful!
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« Reply #7 on: March 27, 2008 08:06:12 AM »

Stunning!

I've had that book and a big hunk of foam core for ages...I really should do something with them.
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« Reply #8 on: March 27, 2008 08:21:46 AM »

That looks great! I love all the details and little nooks and crannies!
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« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2008 08:58:13 AM »

HOW very cool - love it - got the book and haven't gotten beyond looking at it - need to make some time to make one - Very nice - love all the little touches you did  Grin
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