Silver Fox? Sounds familiar, right? I recently made a silver fox shrine that was sold in the Ukraine Aid fundraiser. It was picked up pretty quickly, and as a result, I was approached bts whether I would consider making another silver fox shrine in return for an identical price to go into the fundraiser pot. Of course I could not say no to that – with the caveat that a shrine can never really be replicated identically but would probably look a little bit different. In this case I had the added difficulty that the integral part of the original silver fox RAPS – the acrylic mirror fox – had been a singular item in my stash. So I started off by searching for acrylic silver foxes online. I eventually found a supplier on Etsy, but in order to have the fox custom made to my specifications, I had to buy 15 of them, not just one 😬. Hence I had enough silver foxes to use one for embellishment on the RAPS lid.
Looks very discreet and classy on the outside…
If you remember, the original silver fox was the result of a craft challenge between Kate and myself. She had provided me with some silver, sticky-backed paper which I used as a background. For the “lair of the silver fox” I had to find something else.
The two silver foxes remained, but I replaced the sticky-backed silver paper with some silver sweet wrappers
or whatever it may have been. It had been in my stash for so long that I couldn’t remember where it came from… typical crafter’s problem. Kate’s silver pipe cleaners were replaced by a silver leaf wire.
I kept the bottom part of the shrine as fuss-free as the original, but chose a different image from the same series. And I thought it was fun to point out the silver temples with a couple of arrows.
So all-in-all, a discreet-ish, unfussy RAPS. Here you can see original and second iteration side-by-side:
The shrine has been received by the buyer, and I hope it has matched her expectations even though it wasn’t replicated exactly. But for me, that is exactly the point of these shrines. They are *all* individual pieces of art, and even if they have similarities, they are never the same.
It’s also more fun for me that way 😉.
On the topic of craft challenges (and what can result from them) – after Kate’s call for new participants in the 5 item swap, six new crafters have joined the fun. I have been paired with a fellow fan, and my envelope with 5 items is already on its way to her. I am looking forward to receiving the pieces she has chosen for me. No idea whether another shrine will be the result, but it will definitely be something that has the “silver fox’s” mug on it. 😁 Before I can tackle it, I have to tidy away all my craft supplies and create a clean
slate desk, though. That’s quite an ask, as you will see when you read on…
If you have time to kill today, you can while away 40 minutes with my two videos at the end of this post. I don’t know whether you are familiar with the “haul phenomenon”, but I have been totally sucked into it 😂. There are thousands of these hauls on YT, and they are basically videos of people showing the items they have purchased. That sounds horribly commercial and superficial. More like “showing off” than “showing”. I am not a fan of commercialism and retail therapy, although I do detect in myself (much to my chagrin) that I get an odd rush of pleasure from shopping.
Meh, totally fitting that stereotype of women. I try to fight that, and one way of sublimating my “desire to shop”, is watching these hauls. It totally satisfies my need for shopping if I see what other people have bought. Moreover, as a crafter I tend to watch craft item hauls. (One of my favourites are the “Michael’s Grab Bag Hauls” on YT. OMG. The stuff people pick up for next to no money!!! I can only thank the gods that I am not living in the US. My hoard would require a warehouse the size of an airplane hangar! 😂) But apart from fulfilling that shopping desire, they also provide ideas and inspiration for my own junk journal crafting – which paper products to pick up, new paper designs, other items that might work in a journal, and the titles of books that would be suitable for using in my junk journals. So, anyway, after all these preceding justifications, here are a couple of videos I made of all the sh-tuff I picked up in Germany. It explains why I needed to buy an extra bag for my return home 😬. And you’ll see why tidying up had become such an issue. Anyhow, no pressure, don’t watch if this kind of “commercialism” is not your cup of tea. Although you’d be missing my sweet lilting voice 😉.