How are we all on a beautiful sunny Monday morning? You can tell from my first sentence that I am in a good mood. That is because I just received good news. To tell you why, I have to go 12 months back. – Like this year and the years before that, I auctioned off a custom shrine in the 2018 RA Birthday Auctions. *hooray* Here comes the bad bit: It took me several months to create the shrine for the winner. *boo* But in May this year I finally did. And to make up for the long delay, I dispatched the RAPS together with the Thornton-inspired junk journal. That was on the 13th of May. The package “was received” in the US on the 15th of May. And that was it. No further update from the mail services. I kept waiting – and did not really want to ask the recipient because I wanted it to be a surprise.
Then the summer came and I was gone for a long time. Occasionally I would search via the tracking tool, but there was no update. I resigned myself to the reality of a lost parcel and vowed I would recreate the shrine and resend. Served me right for being such a fusel and procrastinator! – And then, today, I received the wonderful news that the package actually had *not* gone missing but arrived at destination. But due to various circumstances the recipient had not been able to get in touch with me. It doesn’t matter – I am just glad that she is fine and that the shrine arrived. So here it is.
The shrine it self doesn’t give it away on the outside, but the photo set up does – this is a shrine with a “book” theme.
Someone is having some fun reading… See more of the quip in the next picture.
*ooops* Did someone infect me with their naughty humour? Mr Thornton is already shocked, and is covering his face in despair. Can you spot him?
But well, all is good – that’s a sweet sentiment, isn’t it?
Books have meaning for the new owner of the shrine, that’s why I decided on this theme – and for the background of the shrine. I hope she likes it. I didn’t think straight when I was making this, and so this became a smaller RAPS than planned. She actually deserved a bigger size shrine because even though she is mostly fangirling in the background, her contribution to the fandom has been big. Thank you xx.
In any case, that’s a story with a happy ending, if there ever was one. I *vow* to this year’s winner of the custom shrine that I will be much better and create her RAPS much quicker.
On the subject of shrining…
You could call it creative chaos. You could also call it what it is – a f*ckin’ mess. Don’t ask me how I can sit there and craft *at all*. But I actually have been. I started a mass project last week and am down a few little boxes already.
And then my conscience actually *did* speak to me and I started tidying up and sorting through. I took 5 big bags of clothes to the charity shop yesterday, and there are 4 big bags of books that can go to the paper recycling.
Yep, I know, books seem sacrosanct and should be donated, too, but these are old travel guides and my school books from when I was teaching. They are all out of date; really, I don’t think anyone would have any use for them. I started on the bedroom, but now that I see a lovely, tidy, pretty bedroom, I am motivated to get my mess of a study cleaned up. Wish me luck.