This mixed media mirror (wood, yarn, paint, beads, ribbon) has been around, waiting quietly in the wings, wrapped in felt, tucked away in an under-the-bed storage container, to keep it safe from the dust bunny colonies, a cat that likes to hide under the bed and just general dirt.
The paint may be my favorite part and I didn’t know it would look the way it does when I started painting. The paint went on very thick and so as I added more paint, there are layers that are raised and softer and areas where the paint is thinner and you can see the wood grain. As Bob Ross would have said, a happy accident!
When I sat down to work on this last Friday, I was pleasantly surprised to find I had actually gotten a lot farther than I remembered. All the flowers and the leaf were already crocheted! I thought I had only done the leaf. I added a little sparkly bead to the flowers which I think gave it a nice vintage feel. I am thinking at some point that I may crochet one or two more, add the beads and then make a pin. That would be really pretty on a winter coat. A little bright spot when it’s so dreary outside.
At one point, I thought of using a pretty matte glitter all over the mirror but I couldn’t find a glue that really dried the way I wanted so the glitter will have to wait for another project. If I find glue though, it’s not too late…
Well, most people know them as butterflies but when I was small and cute with chubby knees, I called them flutterbys! Which, actually, makes more sense to me still since that’s really what they do is flutter by you not butter fly you. That would be messy. At any rate, I was in Marshall’s the other day roaming the housewares aisle (my favorite part of any chain discount store!) and one of the aisles was all discount stationery and scrapbooking stuff. I found this little box of flutterby cards that was really discounted because the box lid was long gone and decided the little guys had a mirror in their future. (I don’t know what my thing is with mirrors but this will be my fourth!)
Then I was in Michael’s a few days later and found this really pretty scrapbooking paper. One sheet is clear with brown flutterbys, one is brown with velevety flutterbys and one is all patterns of brown and pink. I think there may be another flutterby mirror in my future…
What was great was, after I brought the paper home, the mirror changed slightly from the sketches I had done. As I worked I could see that they would have been a little on the plain side but the clear-brown sheet and the velevety sheet were actually the same pattern and I didn’t notice until I was sitting down with them in front of me. I added a piece to the corner right above the mirror part itself and it became much more interesting than the way I was going to do it. I was also going to just put the flutterbys in a straight line but when I laid them out it actually felt too much like those boxes that bug people keep their specimens (in this case Lepidopterology) and I really didn’t want that so I am going for a more non-linear approach when I finish this particular mirror.
So after a few years of my crafting languishing in the background I have gone back to it with a vengeance! Why did it languish? Part money, part time, part mostly lame excuses, really. I always thought about crafting it just never seemed to happen. Well, I can’t say that I did nothing. I did knit a bit which is now also in a holding pattern BUT I do have projects in the works. A set of bedroom pillows for myself and several more sets that I plan to sell on Etsy. I want to do a mix of knitting and material. That seems to be what I like – mixing materials. I like texture and layering.
Even on my ‘day job’ blog and site I layered textures and shapes so it wouldn’t feel so flat. I love my day job – web design – but crafting satisfies that tactile element that I just love and crave.
The incident that made me move forward can be read about on my other blog and, although illness may seem a cliched reason to find that juice that was missing in my life, I’m really just glad to have had an incident that gave me the drive and motivation I have always wondered if they would ever show up. I could never seem to stay on a sustained drive to get things done and if illness is what it took, then, I’ll take it!