Monday, March 2, 2009

The Magical World of Shrinky Dinks!

Yesterday was between 18 and 2o degrees Fahrenheit here in Erie, Pennsylvania. But, as I am so completely tired of riding the bus to work, I broke out my bike, Captain Janeway, for the ride to the Library.

My bike, Captain Janeway, the coolest bike on the planet.

Why do I mention this, you ask? Why do you care how I get to work?

Well, you probably don't care. But, in light of last Friday's post, where I shared some of my "collections" (i.e. my cat whiskers and found-on-road dolls), I felt like it would be prudent to share today's find from my ride home:

Would you call her two faced?
Or, is she just cracking a smile?
Poor thing.

But, that's not what I really want to write about today. (I think I just heard Miss Zoe sigh with relief.)

"Yes, what a relief that we're not going to discuss
dirty things found on the side of the road.
Now, who has my morning banana chip?"

No, in fact what I wanted to write about is this:

I need your help. Again.

I know, I know, you're probably getting tired of me asking questions. Well, I've really only asked the one. You know, about my logo. And I got so many great comments, that I thought I'd ask some more stuff.

So, here it goes.

A couple of days ago, I got a commission to make a new milagro pendant. A stomach. With intestines. Very cool.

I am thrilled about the commission. I love to draw guts and body parts. I never knew that about myself until recently.

(Don't worry-- I'm working up to the question. Were you wondering? I thought since Zoe was taping her nails on the writing table, that you might be, too.)

And, of course, I make my pendants with Shrinky Dinks. Shrinky Dinks are the best, aren't they? I have so many great childhood memories with Shrinky Dinks. And the Easy Bake Oven. And the Play-Doh pasta making thingie (remember that?). OK, enough reminiscing.

As you may well know, Shrinky Dinks come in sheets. And a stomach with attached intestines is really only going to take up a small portion of one sheet.

Here's where you come in.

Blisschick has been urging me for some time now to make animal milagros as memorials. Great idea, Blisschick.

What animals should I make? I mean, I know what Miss Zoe and Miss Lilly would say, but what are your thoughts?

Should these animals bear little wings like angels, or should they just be the animals themselves with no frills or additions?

Also, besides animals and body parts, milagros cover a lot of territory.

What other ideas for helpful milagros might you have? Remember, they are for helping with anything. They are little talismans (talismen?) intended to focus your intentions and help you through difficult periods in your life or the life of someone you love.

Any ideas? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?


Anonymous said...

Don't know if its something you're interested in, but have you thought about the Chinese zodiac animals? I'll bet you could do some very cute versions of them! :)

Anonymous said...

Perhaps little portraits of people's pets who have passed, with that the direction you were going? I think that would be a great idea. A remembrance of our beloved pets with wings to remind us we will see them again and that they are always with us.

Jennifer Hugon said...

Oh this is fabulous!

I like the wings idea (which reminds me of a hilarious bit in Coraline!), but I am rather partial to wings of all varieties (I even have my own set of fairy wings).

Any milagros for focusing creativity would be fantastic! That could take so many forms though, and I even interpret some that you already make in that way.

I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Emma said...

First of all, that is a scary little doll!

Second, here are some milagro ideas!

*I like the animals with little wings memorial idea.
*Have you ever done doors? Either open or closed doors could have so many interpretations.
*A mountain (strength, stability, a challenge, etc.)
*Just a wing/wings (memorial, expanding, protecting while flying, etc.)

OK, that's all for now. :)

Anonymous said...

How about muses? Little tiny muses - for painting or writing or poetry that can whisper inspiration? They can take any form - even rabbit form.