The birthday auctions were in August – and I have finally fulfilled the last of the items that were on sale. Donna had specified that she wanted Thorin in a RAPS, and a steampunk-y theme, so I put on my shrining hat and put a little shrine together a couple of weeks ago. I made sure to use some deco items that Donna had gifted me – and yet I initially wasn’t sure whether the RAPS hit the mark. It just looked a bit too small. But Donna got the package before the weekend, and it apparently was received well, so I can now show you #206 in the shrine project.
When making steampunk shrines, I always look for vintage tins because they are perfectly themed on the outside already. The more battered the better, and this one certainly is. Ok, cheeky, but the “Midget Pulmonas” are perfect for a dwarf, don’t you think? And even more so, as this tin basically comes from Middle Earth: Can you spot the place name on it? I bought it in an antiques shop somewhere in New Zealand four years ago. Who better to enshrine than Thorin?
The bottom of the tin has become the lid, though, and the rusty metal looks fabulous as a backdrop to a frilly ornamented T.
Inside there are the characteristic gear wheels – and a few keys to Erebor, for good measure. I included a map (so Thorin doesn’t lose his way again), as well as a tiny Hobbit book. (You can’t see it, but it actually *is* a tiny book – it has individual pages and a separate cover. I made it for this purpose.)
Donna gifted me those fabulous metal decorations – arrows, wings, keys. I really like this stylised arrangement, and oddly, I think the wings combined with Thorin’s determined look, make him appear quite sexy…
It was much fun creating this shrine – also because it reminded me of our latest auction project and results. I hope that the same is true for Donna – that she feels cheered up just knowing that her auction win contributed to a hefty donation that can make a difference for those who need it. With the holiday season coming up, that is a worth-while thought.
On the subject of auctions and holiday season – I am currently speaking with an elf bts about a possible mini auction in time for Xmas. We have collected a few things that might make nice pressies for the upcoming gift-exchanging opportunities. Watch this space!