The “5 Item Challenge” has had *just* the effect I have needed. Thanks to the pressure of improvisation, I have felt inspired to get down to shrining. Kate’s challenge items were responsible for shrines 266 and 270. And in round 3 of the challenge, which was opened to new participants, I received an envelope with goodies from Pam.
Pam went easy on me. She chose items that were easy to combine, colour-wise. Up there you can see lots of flower stickers, a tie, a sparkly butterfly embellishment, a postcard with blue jays, some golden tissue paper and her included card with a purple flower motif. That was what I had to work with. And with the obvious colour scheme in mind, I had the perfect tin at the ready.
There is that little bit of purple in Margaret’s dress. (It might actually be a trick of the light – or did she *really* wear a purple dress in the mini series?). The tin was actually designed and gifted to me by Young, so it is a very special tin that has not been mass-produced but was only ever made in limited edition.
However, for the purposes of a shrine, the lid of the (mint) tins always become the *bottom* of the RAPS, so I had to create a new “cover”.
The background of the scene is fabric from the tie which Pam included. I ruthlessly cut it into pieces and fitted it into the shrine. And continuing the “thoughts” theme, I used another sticker from the challenge items. Yes, I have taken liberties with the iconic scene from NS. Of course, Mr Thornton is sticking his proboscis into a humble, yellow dog rose. (Did you know that the dog rose is a symbol of purity, marriage and love?) Well, my theme was purple, so it had to be Lavender. Keep calm 😉.
And now it becomes clear why I switched to Lavender. The phrase “the Lavender Vibe of Loneliness” was coined by fellow fan Maria/Wolverine, so credit to her. It somehow is such an evocative phrase, and of course it came to my mind as soon as I had settled on a purple/lavender scheme.
No candles in this shrine because I did not want to deface and ruin the beautiful lid with the holes for the candlesticks. But I did include Pam’s postcard as a background design and used the sparkly butterfly for a bit of bling. Do you think I should add a few drops of Lavender essential oil for the olfactory experience? 👃🏻 Fun fact: I had to order in the lavender stems specifically in order to create this shrine. They are artificial, of course, because I did not want to risk crumbling dried Lavender bits all over this shrine. And to conclude the challenge, from Pam’s items I chose 2 stickers, part of the tie, the postcard and the butterfly gem. Challenge done ✔️ 💜
So, in effect I was doubly inspired with this RAPS – by Pam’s challenge items, and by Maria’s beautiful phrase. A RAPS as a group effort? Bring it on. I really look forward to seeing what the other participants of the 5 Item Challenge have got up their sleeve. Just to reiterate here that both Kate and I are happy to offer our blogs for guest posts where the participants can reveal their creative execution of the challenge – in case they don’t have a blog or other Social Media presence. No pressure – you don’t *have to* show the results. But if you need a platform, you can ask either Kate or me. Here’s to more creative expression!!!