A new week in this whole extraordinary time in our lives. How are you keeping? I’ve learnt another thing last week, in that my happiness and mental equilibrium during the crisis does not only depend on the state of my pantry (i.e. that it is well-stocked), but also on my creative output. I have observed that I have been happiest on the days when I “created” something. The days when I felt lethargic and did not push myself to do something creative, resulted in despondency. For those who want to give creativity a go, Herba and Die Pö’s monthly creative project is going into its final days. The current project prompt is “Saying Thank You”. The deadline is May 3rd. More info [in German] HERE. Speaking of creative projects – have you seen Kate’s creative post from yesterday? Have a look HERE – and a listen. Kate speaks
as she shows off her fabulous creation on video.
As you can see from the post title, I have been dabbling with the mint tins again. This particular shrine has actually been sitting in my basket of unfinished projects for months. At some stage I started cutting paper and printing images, and then I never assembled the thing. The subject – Percy Courtenay – doesn’t really come that easily to mind as “shrine-worthy”. But he fits a vintage context. And that was a given, considering this fabulous tin:
Did this possibly come from you, Rachel? I particularly like what it says on the side:
Suffice to say, I couldn’t touch the outside of the tin. It’s vintage – and that means it’s sacrosanct. But the inside is another story. Here we go.
Yes, we will ignore the latter Percy, who turns out like a rather bad guy. But in the beginning he was really quite sweet, and that particular scene where he proposes to Marie, was really dreamy.
Would you like a look behind the scenes? It is mostly obscured because of Percy’s manly shoulders, but the back of the tin is a big vintage-y design made from lots of little cogs and wheels and bits.
Hard to photograph, I’m afraid.
I left some of the inside of the tin also untouched. It’s now upside down, but again, it was a piece of history, and it looks quite nice in its own right. Ehm, and I am *not* referring to Percy but to the printed inside of the tin 😂.
However, that original design is somewhat covered up by this little extra that I have added to the shrine. Isn’t this amazing? This is an original Bayer aspirin tin from the 1930s, given to me by one of our lovely American fan friends. It’s tiny and slim. But well, that’s a challenge Guylty gladly accepts. And so…
The small tin is attached with a magnet, btw. So it can be unfastened and taken out of the shrine.
No candles this time – because I didn’t want to risk damaging the tin. But given that this is a “two-in-one” offering, it’s still a good shrine, I reckon.
So, yeah, Percy. Not sure if anybody wants *him*… But as I said – he fits a vintage theme so well.