Tuesday, August 25, 2009
I always ALWAYS forget to photograph these before I put them under glass. Then I have to deal with the ever present glare and reflection of myself in the glass. Erg. Sorry.
Our wonderful friends, the Smileys, hosted our family last May at their house near Washington D.C. It was the tail end of the cherry festival and we had a marvelous time. Lots of monuments visited, trees admired, children indulged, museums wandered through, art appreciated and good food eaten.
This is their long-overdue thank you gift. It had been a while since I had made a diorama, and it was fun to get back into it. The frame is of course the Ribba shadowbox at IKEA. I love those. I have to buy one each time I'm there for fear that one day they'll stop making them.
Do you see where I accidentally bent the grass? I get a pain in my right brain whenever I look at it. I just couldn't bring myself to disassemble and tear it off so I could replace it. As usual, it was the wee hours of the morning. I decided to be ok with it. And I will be. eventually. I gave it to my friend personally this past weekend while we were at a ladies Bible lectureship in Huntsville. And she loved it, so it's all good.
I used a new glue this time, the MS Crafts Fine Tip Glue Pen. I really dug it. It makes gluing on tiny pieces a snap. I'm just crossing my fingers that it holds. I've never used it before and I hate to think of this thing falling apart in a few months.
Now I'm ready to replace the snowy bird diorama that has stayed on my mantel all through the summer. Oy. I so meant to redo that one in the spring. 'Better late than never' is becoming my mantra. I think I should make the new one something that is more year roundish. I have my eye on an Alain Gree forest illustration for my inspiration.