Pop! Thorin Went Europe

Hello again! The events of Thursday threw me back into the fandom despite my usual reluctance to slip back into the old routine. There was no choice, no way to extend my absence a little longer (something that I always have felt like doing when I have been away from the computer for a holiday), the emergence of Crucible poster #3 rendered me helpless against the power and pull of the *ooof*.

10428566_10201932470904472_4163075969162828967_nHowever, I wasn’t quite absent anyway. My tumblr friends received regular updates from my travels. Tumblr lends itself for that – one-click photo uploads and the short captions that are customary on a micro-blogging platform make quick updates very easy especially for flowery writers such as myself who cannot keep themselves short and concise. I don’t believe for one minute that my holiday adventure is of any public interest whatsoever – don’t we all yawn when we have to sit through other people’s holiday snaps? – but I had a travel companion who might make my capital-hopping European break interesting to you, too. Because I was accompanied by my little Pop! Thorin, courtesy of Mimi aka Night Flight Comics. She is to blame for my new inseparable companionship with the cutesy king, because she put the idea into my head that he had to come along on my trip.

And it turned out to be a great idea. Pop! Thorin was such fun to have around. Not only did he work like a shrine in that it was a cheering thought knowing him in my camera bag, but he also became a source of photographic fun, thinking of scenarios in which I could snap him with my camera phone. He was very patient indeed, occasionally annoyed, very regally dignified, and inebriated even, but always entertaining. If you haven’t seen the updates on tumblr, here is a little book of photographs that shows you how much fun we had: Pop! Thorin goes Europe

During my absence I received several parcels and the news that two of my shrines had arrived at their destinations. I have spent an hour or two today sorting all my latest crafting materials, as well as tools that I bought on my travels, into my crafting space. I am kitted out with tins, sparklies, embellishments, glue and pliers until 2020!   (I may have to make another trip to Muji, though, to buy more storage… oh, the hardship) Would you like to see the creative space where the shrining happens? This is my work space – maybe some of you can identify presents that you have sent me. Obviously the whole place looks like a pigsty when I am at work… reorganising (7 of 11)

Here is a closer look at my shrining materials – when not in use. It looks really pretty or is that all the blinding beauty that shines from those cards???

reorganising (9 of 11)

So new reveals to come, soon – including a couple of RAPSis which I finished before my departure. They’ll be looking for a home, as they were not commissioned, and I will need your help determining who should have them. Hope you have enjoyed looking at Pop! Thorin’s Unexpected Holiday.

Glad to be back ❤

 

 

51 thoughts on “Pop! Thorin Went Europe

  1. It’s wonderful to have you back. I love your working/crafting corner and I do have suggestions for you about who could use the joy that only an RA Pocket Shrine can bring!. Will you take Thorin to London when you go watch The Crucible? 😉

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    • 🙂 Thanks for the welcome back! Wait for the RAPSi reveal before you send your suggestion. They are quite… ahem… specific… 😀
      Thorin will definitely come to London with me. OMG, what a mindf*ck – Thorin in the presence of his cReAtor :-D… Maybe I shall make him ask for an autograph at the stage door, seeing that I am too embarrassed and reluctant to do so…

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      • He will probably laugh when he sees Thorin. I hope you don’t faint when he takes off his shirt on stage, especially if – as I suspect – his chest hair will finally be revealed in all its glory! Bring smelling salts. hehehe …

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        • No worries, B – I have already ordered a defibrillator. And my companion is under instruction to keep me in a supply of oxygen.
          OMG – chest hair!!!!!!!!!!!!! I hadn’t thought of that. Good grief!

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          • Ooohhh, chest hair… my Achilles heel. Probably a good thing I can’t go, because I’d embarrass myself in public with the drool.

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              • LOL… that is a possibility though. I thought Jim Caviezel was just a gorgeous Jesus in the Passion of the Christ…. (And did feel just a little ODD about that 🙂 but once the intensity started, that was all over. Not completely comparable, I know.

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                • See, I had a similar situation when seeing Ralph Fiennes on stage in “The Faith Healer” and I just *could not* get over the fact that he was only a couple of meters away from me. Ruined my evening. (Well, not, but you know what I mean.) However, The Crucible is probably going to hit me with a two-hour-tragedy-trajectory. I kind of hope so. I don’t want my companion to be responsible for my corpse…

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              • (This reply won’t show in the right place 😡
                Wow, that’s another factor, with this being live on stage…. I don’t often see live theater and if you are up close and personal… that is intense – it will be amazing!

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  2. I love people’s holiday pictures!!!! And my RAPS – PirateGuy goes everywhere with me!!!! I should have taken pictures of him at the beach! I’m jealous of your work space!!! It’s so neat and spiffy.

    Unlike me who is never neat or spiffy….

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  3. Great travel snaps- Thorin’s a lucky dwarf to have accompanied you, although I’m sure he earned his keep guarding you from pickpockets along the way.

    Love the work space- great to see where the magic happens!

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    • Well, I had fun having him. He really entertained me. (I had to work hard on myself not to keep cuddling and kissing him, though :-D)
      My workspace has gone through several transformations. I am trying to keep it tidy because I have noticed that I feel more urge to sit and word/craft if the desk is uncluttered.

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  4. Thanks for sharing your travels with Thorin with the rest of us. What a charming companion he must be. Your creative space is inspirational. Now all I need is one for myself and I will magically become creative. Isn’t that how it works? 🙂

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  5. We missed you!

    I know this problem of feeling finally “away” and then getting drawn back into things — at least we have something good to be drawn into, though …

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    • The weird thing is – I miss you all, too, and *still* there is a strange reluctance. It’s not that I regret getting back into it at all, it is just weird. Creature of habit, I suppose.
      And yes, it is a good thing to be drawn back into, again, so it’s irresistable, anyway.

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      • I think the feeling that one could really be someone else, lead a different life, is kind of tantalizing. Most of us in our 40s can’t dream of that. So even if life is good there’s this odd attraction of the other life in which things are mostly different, or one is oneself but in a really different context.

        There’s also not working.

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        • Ha! It is *exactly* now in my 40s that I am living that. Kids old enough (well, almost) and freedom looms again.
          No, I know what you mean – it’s a beautiful dream. Almost like being an actor?!

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          • This year I turned a corner in my mind, and not only got clarity about some things I left behind in the stress of my 40’s, but determined “I’m not dead yet – I WILL reach back for those things that are really part of my identity & purpose.” I’m hoping to start my Master’s this fall (officially Jan 2015) and have lost 30+ lbs since March. Oddly, “meeting” John T this winter (and through him, Richard ❤ -thank you Amazon Prime!) has provided – an "undefinable catalyst" in this journey so far. That phrase seems nonsensical, but captures the spot I'm in, nevertheless. You two are somewhere a little different, I think, but I still resonate somewhat.
            (Sorry to be kind of hijacking your conversation… your comment the other day (Serv) was thought-provoking, and I 've been marinating over it, I guess.)

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            • A Masters??? Oh, I envy you!!! If I had the necessary dough I’d be back in uni doing an MA in photographic media. What is your Masters in?
              As for not dead yet: Applies to all of us!!! I intend to live. And I can jnderstand how RA was a catalyst. His schedule seems full, and his conduct is always so nice, it is easy to feel inspired by him.

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              • I’m looking at career counseling – I have a few target groups in mind, and will see what develops along those lines. (Probably non-profit… I think I’m destined to never really make any money 🙂 I hope you can go back to school if that’s important to you. Heaven knows, you are talented both in doing your art and communicating about it.

                For a few years now, I’ve felt pulled to do these things but also made excuses…. and sold short on some things I now realize are God’s gifts in me for the tyranny of the urgent. I feel driven to finish well, and of course don’t really know when the finish is. Maybe part of how Richard fits in is his integrity about what he does, staying focused on the craft more than the buck, and a seemingly unfailing respect for others without picking and choosing. He deserves awards (and I’m sure he wants them), but regardless, he seems almost obsessed with communicating the story of the moment. I relate to and value those things too, and don’t want to screw up the story I’m in. So I’m out of the gate now…. sorry for rambling all over your page 🙂

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                • I could easily become a serial student, so maybe it is good that I cannot pursue a masters at this point. But nonetheless I envy you – it is just so stimulating to be in an educational environment.
                  Glad to hear that you are finally tackling the dream. In the end it is *you* who decides your path, so don’t give too much credit to the “catalyst” (however efficient he is in inspiring us with his professionalism…)
                  Oh, and you are welcome to “ramble” any time 😀 That’s what makes a blog!

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              • I know a few “serial students” lol….nothing wrong with that if it works with the rest of life! And I would certainly give credit to God for converging things in my life to this point. The timing for a number of things has just been interesting so far this year, and it feels good to be moving forward.

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            • I was thinking originally that many women I know my age feel stuck between their children and their parents, plus the whole “how to pay for college” and “will we ever retire?” question — and there’s no way out. My problems are more with the career angle, but yeah — Armitage is somehow a really good catalyst for the “is this really all there is?” question that plagues a lot of people I know. And an optimistic answer.

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              • Absolutely understood. Our son is still finding his way, longing for the independence he can’t really yet handle (or pay for :). My parents are still in relatively good health, but this year Dad turns 90!!! And the breath of time seems to blow colder than before… us “kids” have to look some things in the eye that we’d rather not. Since I figure I’ll need to work in some context till I drop, now is the time to plan my next “phase.” These things are a little scary, regardless of whether the pressure seems to come from inside or outside, aren’t they? Thanks again for listening to my blather 🙂

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                • Change is always scary. Even minor changes. Every time in my life when I planned something like a year abroad or a new career or a move, it looked extremely enticing when I made the decision. But with one week to go I kicked myself *every time*, wondering why I had ever had such a shitty idea… LOL. But without challenges life is just stagnant and boring! There’ll be enough time to sit on the couch when you are 80. Go for it.

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              • I relate completely! I am the worst at second guessing myself, which is why I usually take off slow to get that out of my system and “preemptively (over)analyze”. (Still drives my DH somewhat nuts.) Once I do cross the line, though, I’m pretty determined. Thanks for listening and for the encouragement.

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  6. I loved seeing Pop!Thorin travelling pics 🙂

    I’m trying to get to London to see Crucible too, but.. not having great hopes actually. I’m glad you’re going to see it though 🙂

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    • It was such fun imagining what Thorin might think about the things I was seeing on holiday…
      We’ll see how much “fun” The Crucible will be… I suspect it will be tough. But good for the brain.

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    • Many thanks, Alyssa 🙂 It’s always amazing to me to see how I can rejuvenate myself with a short trip. Ideally I’d like to travel every second week 😀 Yeah, dreaming on…

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  7. Danke für den Hinweis, dass dein Arbeitsplatz normalerweise einem Saustall gleicht! Wie beruhigend. Dachte schon, du wärst so ein Ordnungsmutant! Ich zähle 7 RA’s. Habe ich alle gefunden? Das ist wie früher in den Rätselzeitschriften 🙂

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    • Ordnungsmutant? Definitiv nein. Ich liebe zwar Minimalismus, aber bin leider selber unfähig dazu. Zu viel Kram. Und gerade beim Arbeiten und Basteln muss ich alles in erreichbarer Nähe haben. Das endet dann unweigerlich im Chaos. Allerdings bin ich dazu übergegangen, mein Chaos am Ende des Tages jeweils wieder aufzuräumen, da das erneute Anfangen dann einfacher und attraktiver wird.
      LOL – “Find the RA”. Stimmt, das hat was von “Find Wally” oder diesen Wimmelbildern von Ali Mitgutsch aus unserer Jugend. Ich hab sie gar nicht alle gezählt, die RAs, die meisten sitzen ja eh in meinem Portable Shrine. Ich will’s lieber nicht wissen, der Wahnsinn wird sonst fassbar 😀

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