You would think I have just had a massive recharge on recreation time after my trip to the Irish West coast.
I have. And first pictorial evidence at the end of this post! But no sooner am I back, and I need recreation time once again. “Little Miss Bling” has arrived and is being a little bit capricious when it comes to dressing her up. I must confess, my love affair with Apple is slightly waning at this point. It is a little bit like crushing on a celebrity – you want them, they are sooo hot, so sexy, they know it all, and boy would it be a thrill to have them. And when you have them, you realise – they fart like any other man. Or come without a USB port that would enable set-up from a time machine back-up, as suggested by Apple themselves. Hmph. Work, meanwhile, does not go away. It simply piles up, and while Little Miss Bling is finally deigning to get dressed and ready (after an expensive trip to the Apple store to buy indispensible accessories that amounted to a mere 159 Euro), the frustrated would-be fan girl is crushed, but in an altogether different way. So much so, that despite work load, Guylty needs a feel-good experience to keep her going.
And what could be more feel-good than a RAPS post? Especially as this one comes courtesy of a crafty swap I did with fellow fan Melissa. Full disclosure: Melissa got in touch with me last August (!), requesting a Thornton shrine. I jumped at the chance, as she is a crafter herself and promised to make something for me in return. Fast forward several months and a new year *coughs*, and Guylty finally had a Thornton shrine leave the shrining bench. In return, and with Sir Guy my preferred chaRActer, Melissa designed and stitched this adorable little piece of fan art for me (click pics to enlarge):
There is the darling knight, gracing my kitchen – where he has taken up station next to my Sir Guy clock, another creative exchange from a couple of years ago. And yes, the clock is in full view of everyone in the kitchen, above the door, in fact. After languishing largely unobserved and only secretly admired by yours truly in my study, the recent upheaval in said office space brought him to light. It was actually Mr Guylty who suggested we bring the Gisborne clock into the kitchen, where we had been missing a clock for some time. “It’s clearly ironic”, he said. And Guylty nodded with a smug smile. Soooo ironic. *drools discreetly into a hanky and pretends she is not staring at the Guy clock*. So cross-stitch Guy is sitting up there with clock Guy, and I am wondering whether the ledge of the door frame might be the ideal place for an impromptu exhibition of further Guy fan art? The ledge is the perfect place for action figure Guy to park his arse and dangle his legs. And naked torso Guy plushie might fit up there, too? What do you think?
A massive big thank you to Melissa for her crafty work. Cross-stitching takes patience. I love the details she incorporated in her design – see those bulky seams of his leather tunic on his shoulder? And the little clasps, the sword, the belt buckle. Adorable!
Melissa received her RAPS last week, so I am finally free to present the latest shrine model here on my blog. What finally prompted me to make a Thornton shrine, was a cute tin I could not resist buying in a pharmacy a few weeks ago.
Yep, it takes the strangest things to inspire me… But then again, lucky lips… who else would you think of, but our crush?
Inside, Mr Thornton is spending some recreation time:
The book can be removed, and reveals that Mr Thornton is writing a love letter. (The writing feather can be removed from the ink pot.)
The little book contains a few quotes from NS. (If I remember correctly, the darling little books were actually gifted to me by Alyssa Bethancourt!)
In the bottom lid, Mr Thornton glowers in the glow of a candle…
The magnets can be removed, of course.
Would Margaret have kept a keep-sake like this in her pocket? I hope she would have…
Apologies once again to Melissa for taking so long.
~ ❤ ~
As promised in the intro, I am concluding today’s post by shamelessly indulging in my own photography. The weather on our trip was very Irish. Heavy skies with the constant promise of rain. It actually didn’t rain, but it made for very evocative imagery. For the sneak peek I have chosen the “artsy numbers” – a few of my images that portray the stark, inhospitable beauty of the rough and barren landscape in shades of grey. This was taken slightly to the North of where Pilgrimage was filmed around this time last year. More tomorrow. (Click images to enlarge)