This is the first time I've taken part in the Alter It Monthly Challenge, and this month the theme is Shrines, Nichos, Altars and Dream Boxes.
Susie, our cat, has been leading us a merry dance with her food demands and what she will and will not consider eating. She is, in her opinion, very much a Queen to be revered. And who else revered cats? The Ancient Egyptians, of course. So I decided to make a shrine to Queen Susie.
I used this wooden box which had come with some IKEA tiny Christmas decorations - the box is only 14cm square. I lined it with handmade paper, to look a bit like papyrus, and this has been stamped with Ancient Egyptian symbols. I hope it isn't saying anything rude. I also stuck on a gold skeleton leaf. The front of the shrine is made with card, and I used my gold Dabber to get the old beaten gold effect. This was then rubber stamped again with more symbols. The black card Susie cat, drawn freehand, is sitting on a bamboo tile next to her dinner bowl which is, as usual, empty. Susie is adorned with gold earrings and nose ring just as the ornamental cats were in Ancient Egypt.
I enjoyed this project - there's nothing sophistiCATed about it and it isn't saying anything deep. It is what it is.
And I guess you can tell I work in a school!
Karen asked in this week's Rocking Friday post where my Charity Shop bargains were - well, I went hunting yesterday, Karen! So here they are......
A hand embroidered linen table runner which is so pretty. And some books, The Great Gatsby, which I've never read, A Picture Postcard Album (for pictures), A History of Painting by Sister Wendy (for pictures and I adore Sister Wendy, she's such fun), The Paramount Story (for pictures), and Marie Stopes book Married Love - a piece of literary history.
I also got 3 wooden paint pallets, ripe for altering. 3 mini blackboard pegs, a necklace of shiny heart beads (yes, Valentines Day is soon.....), and a very tatty 1916 issue of London magazine. There are some super pictures inside, perfect for my Collage Coterie pages.
I LOVED this picture - the frame is so pretty and the vintage book plate is delightful.
My dear friend Louise had saved some old books for me that were destined for the pulping man. She knows what I like, that girl!
And lastly, earlier in the week I visited the online shop The Fruit Pixie and got some lovely bits and pieces. The link to The Fruit Pixie is on my left hand sidebar (it's rather small, sorry). It's worth a look and it's free p+p in the UK.
Bye for now!