Monday, May 25, 2009

Progress Report

5/26 update ... I keep playing with the medi box. The inside is officially fini'!



and now I am working on the outside ... wouldn't I have been a bit brighter to have painted the top BEFORE attaching the stone bits?!? (don't know the center stone, snowflake obsideon, turquoise, fresh water pearl -I think - garnet, more pearl, more turquoise) I will try to remember to plan a little bit better next time. *grins*



ps - anyone want to trade small tin box(es) for cigar box(es)?


I've been working on a little "pocket" shrine, but am a bit stuck. The inside doesn't feel finished to me (specifically the right as I was hoping to add a little dimension) and yet I am having issues adding more ... suggestions? I just might have to throw in the towel and call it a meditation box instead.



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I think my offering to grrl+dog's National Museum installation is done ... or nearly so ...

one side:




and the other:



the more I look at it, the more it seems to be wanting a little more. Indecisive, anyone?

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Right now I only have one person taking me up on making something for them in a Pay It Forward ... if anyone else is interested, please visit my previous post HERE

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Happy Memorial Day to All!

36 comments:

Misty's Creations said...

Pocket shrine... this is just me ... I am particularly fond of swirls (spirals), joining time and energy and it would be (third) eyecatching to carry it over to the interior of your pocket shrine, since it's present on the top. It might be missing "undercover spirals"!Forgive me, I've had four cups of coffee and no breakfast yet. Love it what ever you decide!
Misty

SpiritMama said...

I think your pocket shrine is great, you don't need to change anything! I love the colors on your museum piece, that will be amazing to see finished.

Pattee said...

I think it looks great as well...
A meditation shrine is a wonderful thing also.
Pattee

Snowbrush said...

A pocket shrine. I never thought of such a thing, but I sure do like the idea.

As Seen Through My Eyes.... said...

I love your pocket shrine....and I think it is perfect just as it is. Perfection. The only thing to change, as your muse has whispered to you, is the name.
This is a meditation piece.
A tiny meditation mandala .
Very very lovely.

Sue said...

A meditation piece - definitely. Sometimes as we create, a slightly different path develops. As a meditation piece I think it is perfect!

As for the Installation piece, I'm wondering if you could pick up some of the pale green and blue at the one end and add abit
to the white border (embroidery, maybe?). I think it is fine as it is though *smiles*

Marilyn said...

I think your pocket shrine would make a great meditation piece--I find the beaded designs are very meditative just looking at them in your photo:)
Your contribution to the museum installation is lovely! I like the colors you chose a lot.
I hope you've had a good holiday weekend...hugs!

lynne h said...

i like the idea of a mediation box -- A LOT!! i've been thinking about shrines lately, but the idea of a meditation box is even better...

gorgeous piece for grrl, michelle... i don't think it needs a *thing* else!

beautiful week to you!

xxoo

grrl+dog said...

you know they say an artist's challenge is knowing when to stop.. I think they are both done, and it looks like a meditation box shrine allright. Bring it on!

Chris said...

Well, I don't know what you could possibly do to improve that little shrine. I think it's lovely. I think it's done. Same with the other, but I'm not a knitter, so...

As for pay it forward, I'm so behind on my reading, I will go check it out.

You keep rockin! It looks like the muse has taken you!

ArtSparker said...

My solution would be to veil one side with a little netting or lace - so you would need to lift the curtain to see the inner mystery.

Janet said...

I kind of like what you did with the National Museum installation...especially when I enlarged it and read what you wrote!

Pursuing Art... said...

Wonderful beading on the shrine, Michelle. I don't think you need to add a thing...it's beautiful! Shrine or meditation box...I like either one.

Your contribution for the museum is fantastic...love the colors, your embroidery and label too! Those poles are going to be BEAUTIFUL when adorned!

I hope you had a nice weekend too! One of these days, I'll be joining in on the fun! ~Lisa ;-)

somepinkflowers said...

well

actual this is
~~an inspiration box~~
to me
as
now
i want to make
one


too


:-)

~* The Beldame on Peach Street *~ said...

You are so cool!! I just love coming here and seeing what you are up to. NOW I'm done teaching for the next 2 months and I get to visit with you more often! YAY!

Nikki Lee Anne Ghilain said...

Both pieces are awesome......you busy girl!

Cat said...

Hi!
Love the beaded box,
great designs...
and the yarn piece...
fun.

You have a terrific week!

:) C

Stephanie said...

I very much love your pocket shrines and love the name and idea of this too!

do you have a cigar store in your area? They usually sell or maybe even give away boxes....

shiborigirl said...

Hi Michelle,

I love the idea of pocket shrines! I hope you get the embellishment angle figured out. I think they'll be amazing.

Thanks so much for your sweet words and support last week. I really needed it, and you helped a lot.

xoxo,

Kate

Sacred Yoli said...

I love all the beadwork and I love how you mosaic on the exterior. So pretty.

Pocket shrines are one of my favorite mediums!

Denise said...

Wow. These are great! I have been saving up some tins as *sigh* someday I wanted to do one of some sort. I think the next time I have a creativity slump I will try a tin. Love the gems. Love idea of a meditation box! Very Nice!

Misty's Creations said...

Thank you I'm glad you enjoy the progression, it's crazy how they take shape! I had a slow morning in my shop so heres another pic!

Sandy Michelle said...

Way cool! I don't think I've ever seen a pocket shrine before. I think both pieces are perfect!! Have an awesome weekend!

Sandy xoxox

Seth said...

I love those shrines. They are really wonderful to look at and I bet great to hold too. Very unique styling!

For Quilts Sake said...

Love the pocket shrine! I visited your blog because today was your day in the 2009 Diary project.

dkuroiwa said...

the medi-boxes are just too wonderful....and i'm loving the idea of a poctet meditation.
and yes, there you go again...being all 'inspirational' and all!! love it!!

oh...come to my post today...it's pretty much about a very small package i happened to get in the mail yesterday....what an incredibly wonderful surprise!! you made my day, luv....had forgotten almost what it felt like to find a package in the mailbox...made me feel kind of like a kid again!!!
thank you so very much!!

Marilyn said...

Hey girl...I just turned the page in my Diary 2009 and saw that it was your page, a-a-annnnd, do I remember that it is also your BIRTHDAY?! I think it is!

Soooo...

Happy, Happy Day to you!!!

Big hugs, too!

girl_gone_thread_wild said...

oo, ALL look amazing to me!

(but, then you know I adore everything you touch)

..your knit is TOO KUHL for skool, and that medi box is .. I WANT ONE!!!

xoxo

rebecca said...

hum...collecting cigar boxes are we??....any chance you are ruminating about the upcoming shrine project???
i am hope filled!!
xoxoxo,
rebecca

AwtemNymf said...

beautiful work hun! WOW! DO you need small tins or cigar boxes?

Thanks for visiting me... Love your company *winks*
Have a beautiful weekend!

~A~

wahm922 said...

OMG I just love your tiny tin - its so unique. I have a basket full of them sitting here ready to be altered. You truly are an inspiration!

LaY hOoN said...

Ooh boy , i love your medi-box so much !!

Margaret Ann said...

This little box is a treasure...no matter what its intended purpose...it is sooo soulful! Exquisite! :)

Dot said...

I love your shrine! Especially love the beads on the outside of it (it is exquisite).
Dot x

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Chok Keun said...

Love your medi box, the colors are so nice and the design very nice. And what a cool pocket shrine!