There’s no better way of returning to my blog duties than writing a RAPS post! Invariably, it lifts my mood presenting one of those little love boxes, looking at the little scenarios contained within the tin, enjoying the imagery, and thinking of the recipients which already have received (or can look forward to receiving) these fun little dioramas. Occasionally a bit of guilty conscience goes along with the post. Like in this case.
What I am showing you today fits nicely with the news that the Extended Cut of The Hobbit is due to be shown in cinemas (and to arrive on DVD, I suppose?!). This is actually the Custom-Made Shrine from the Nepal Earthquake Relief Charity Auction in May. The then-still-unmade RAPS raised a staggering amount of money, and I very quickly received instructions from the most generous auction winner, D___, what she would like contained in her shrine. She was taken with the RAPS I threw into a raffle for the auction participants, the Dwarf King of Hearts. The idea and concept for her shrine came to me very quickly, and I had a tin in my stash that fitted the plan – alas, the execution took a bit of time, not least because I really put myself under pressure. For such a generous amount of money that was pledged in return of a shrine, surely it had to be good…
As much as Guylty needs pressure to get her arse into gear, the over-sensitive artist reacts all too much like a mimosa when it comes to self-imposed standards… So, weeks and weeks later, I was finally able to send the shrine to her.
With the “King of Hearts” theme at the back of my mind, I went for a sparkly, red heart overkill. Now, does this give you a Royal Flush?
I call that image the “porn dwarf picture”… there’s something very suggestive about the look and pose…
Instead of wielding his sword, Thorin is holding the key. To our hearts. And in his left hand he carries a fish. A fish??? Well, as majestic as Thorin is, I can never forget the cheeky guy who plays him – and who had such fun with fish…
But ok, my kind of humour may not be D___’s, so I enclosed a golden heart which she can replace the fish with. For more interactive fun Thorin’s
princess crown is removable, too – I like it at a jaunty angle…
For the bottom of the shrine, I chose the Bag End scene of Thorin’s first entrance. From what I have heard, that scene hit many Hobbit viewers like a stroke of lightning.
Who is that guy?????????? *thud*
Doesn’t he look as if he’s proposing marriage?
In fact he says “Gandalf…” eh, well, that puts a dampener on things *um* D___ can remove or replace the proposal, it’s made of magnets.
So there we have it – the King of Hearts, all for D___. I hope he is suitably majestic and worth D___’s bid.
Before we go, can I take the opportunity and ask your feedback
and no, I am not using the poll option again…: I would not dream of ever expecting a final tally like the Nepal Relief Auctions’ and Donations’ again, and I also do not want to be presumptious and bank on your willingness to donate and participate in such charity drives, but I am wondering what your opinion is on another auction type of thing? I have been approached by a lovely fan who has sent me gifts to include in a charity drive/auction, and I do want to honour her wishes. Here are a few questions that I would love to have your feedback on. (You can also comment anonymously, if you want – money is always a sensitive issue. You may have to sign out of WP for that purpose, or access the site via a different browser.)
- When is the best time for another charity auction? I was thinking of a date around RA’s birthday. Too soon?
- For a change, should I auction it on ebay? Would that make it easier and/or extend the reach?
- Judging by the success of the custom-made shrine in the auction, is it better to only offer those, or should I put pre-made shrines on offer, too?
Right *slams table*. That’s the good mood back in place. My demanding visitor has left, and I am back in business. Damn, I still have the review of Hannibal 3×09 on my list. And reading up on all the reviews that have been written. And commenting and replying to comments. And answering the e-mails that have piled up. Eh, and I think there is also something called “work” somewhere on my plan. Um. Let’s get on with it.