It’s time to reveal another shrine. It finally arrived at its destination last week, but with the Pilgrimage premiere coming up, and just having started my RA Challenge, I let it slip a bit. Now the time has come to reveal the Awesome Lips…
Is this tin cute or what? I spotted it a year and a half ago, when I accompanied a friend into a chemist’s. While she was getting her prescription, my gaze got stuck on something pretty. Those ChapStick brand lip kits are just the cutest thing ever. I don’t even use lip balm, but I had to buy this
and a couple more, even though they were not that cheap. I had a tough time deciding which tins to buy – they are all so stinking cute. A testament to great packaging/marketing! (ADVERTISING ALERT: You can see more of them here in the ChapStick shop; and I have found them listed on Amazon, too, for ridiculous prices in Germany, but affordable in the UK.) Anyway, inadvertent marketing speech over, these tins are gorgeous because they don’t need any outside decoration *and* they already set the theme of the shrine. This will come as no surprise for you:
Mr Thornton leaning in for
a *the* kiss. Did you know that kissing burns 6.4 calories a minute? Now, this is a workout for which I would gladly buddy up with Mr Armitage… eh… Thornton. Or possibly other awesome-lip-owners:
Yep, I finally sacrificed my Thorin calendar picture. I simply needed big lips. Because this tin comes without candles – because it is designed for proper engagement via lip-to-lip contact.
All in all a shrine that is not quite as ornate and intricate as other models. But who needs moving parts when you can move in yourself, and smooch those lips?
As a little extra, the shrine came with a little pouch from my stash of RA fabric. Fits the little shrine perfectly
although the rose has got the wrong colour…
NB: A word on the design process – I knew from the outset that this was going to be kissing-themed shrine, and Thorin sneaked into the bottom of the tin early on. For the upper part, the process took a bit longer. You see, there are a number of on-screen kisses to choose from.
But well, there really is only *one* kiss that could go into a romantic, frilly shrine like this… *cue NS harp plucking* And once that was decided, it was clear that this shrine had a recipient: I know someone who is Besotted by Thornton (and in fact already has one of the earliest shrines). In fact, I had been meaning to create a thank you gift for Armitagebesotted, anyway, because I am very grateful for the kind reception she gave me in New York last autumn. It cannot be said often enough – this fandom experience wouldn’t be the same, if it weren’t for the nice people I am meeting along the way, and who are going out of their way to entertain and spoil me.
So, thank you!