Halloween for Christmas 2019
As you may remember, my Halloween Ghost Girl was lonely and I created Werewolf boy to keep her company. I was thinking of my niece and nephew while I was creating them, which may be why they seem to be wearing Kamiks, a northern boot. Def- Mukluks or Kamik (Inuktitut: ᑲᒥᒃ [kaˈmik]) (singular: ᑲᒪᒃ kamak, plural: ᑲᒦᑦ kamiit) are a soft boot, traditionally made of reindeer (caribou) skin or sealskin, and worn by Arctic aboriginal people, including the Inuit, Iñupiat, and Yupik.). Since I had the kids in mind as I made them, I hoped that my sister in law would enjoy them. I was sure they would have a good home there.
I had a problem on how to present them. In this case, lucky for me, I have dyslexia and was unable to do any of the normal jobs my friends had, (since no one is dumb enough to hire me as a secretary or receptionist, although the guild kept electing me as librarian). Instead, I wound up being a picture framer as my first career. Lots of archival work, French matting, shadow and plexi boxes. So I know how to present a 2 or 3 dimensional piece.
But a plexi box is not always the solution. Sometimes it’s good to think outside of the box even if you are thinking of a box.
Solution 1 Michael’s Art store carries shadow boxes and plexi display boxes, that would be perfect! So I’m off to Michaels. No, they don’t carry that size of plexy display box anymore, would I like the one for basket balls or there is this lovely one that holds base ball cards that lights up? They did have an “open” Shadow box (ok, it is just a deep plain molding without glass that hangs on the wall. Only barely deep enough for the figures, and a bit high. …..but that would work for those trees I want to try later, …….. and its on sale …… ok, I cave. On to Ikea which for me is in the same mall.
Ikea has a large table top miniature green house that might work and it would keep plants or Halloween figures safe from cats. But it’s a bit too large a foot print for just the two figures. But it would be a good back up plan. It’s still sitting in the back of the car.
2 Ikea; Width: 17 ¾ ” (45 cm) Depth: 8 ¾ ” (22 cm) Height: 13 ¾ ” (35 cm)
Over at Walmart I spotted a tall, glass and black metal pillar candle lantern. The base might be a bit squishy but it’s worth a try. Oh look, no price but it has a bar code. No, scanner is broken at the self-scanning spot…. again…. (Mutter) it’s a bit pricier than I had hoped but it’s worth a try. I got it home and realized the width was not adequate for both figures. However, the lantern concept was excellent! Just what I sort of envisioned for presentation.
3 Walmart; 5″ x 7″ x 19
Back to Ikea for their big white lantern (much cheaper in price than Walmart’s), return the lantern to Walmart and drive over to pick up Glenn from work. Just in time to Drive to Oakville for the weekend. (That was the trip that the last post about the Mouse Angel happened on)
4 Ikea; 17 1/4″ (44 cm)
Along with Xmas presents and necessary visiting stuff, I had packed Ghost Girl and Werewolf boy, more of the Shetland fleece from last summer (Dark and light sections), the Bee combs and an assortment of needles still stuck in my garden kneeling pad I use as a work surface. I did not pack a ruler. I wanted to do a bit of finishing touches on both figures before they ended up in the candle lantern and off to their new home.
I wanted to add a bit more firmness to the Kamik like boots and give Ghost Girl her Mitts (she did not hold her Ghost Balloons quite as well but I bet her fingers are warmer now!)
5-6 Mitts to keep her hands warm
7 Boots to keep her toes warm
My plan was to use the foam pad to anchor the figures in then cut the foam to fit the inside of the lantern. (that’s where the missing ruler might have helped) but due to my skills with non-math solutions to measuring I had a piece of yarn and pins to solve this dilemma. Dyscalculia is not all bad really! The foam cut easily and with a tiny bit of trimming fit into the bottom of the lantern.
8 Ikea Solution in Oakville (there are more angels in the background!)
9- 11 foam base and using the sting to measure and the pins to mark
Time to drive back to Ottawa and continue work on the base
On Dec 23rd the Guild had a Potluck and Social for those still in town and needing a fibre related escape. I continued with the base. I started with laying out wisps as when wet felting. Then started to use the needles to create adhesion. I layered in a darker path and then added a bit of undulation to the landscape. I kept to the same colour scheme easily by using the same fleece. This time I deliberately felted into the foam as I worked around the edges to keep the blue from being visible.
12- 14 Covering the base with felt
Yes! that is sort of what I was wanting. I wish the lantern had been just a bit bigger.
Wrapping – I failed utterly at wrapping since I didn’t want to put the lantern on its side and possibly have unwanted movement occur. So basically unwrapped presentation I will just have to focus next year’s attention all on the wrapping and not on the content to make up! (Maybe a spectacularly wrapped but empty box? Dante the cat would like that. Maybe I will try that for him next year!)
15-17 the delivery My Niece with the ghosts on stings. i will have to make her bigger ghosts!!
(These pictures were off Glenn’s camera. Sorry, they’re a very grainy.)
19 The bell jar I used with the Angel Mouse was also from Ikea. It was called a BEGÅVNING Glass dome with base, 10 ” (26 cm) high.
Having the felt figures under glass decreases the need to dust and keeps cats from trying to play with the mouse! Framing felted pictures is a bit more problematic not for the dust protection which can be excellent. The problem can be the same as photos against glass. If the owner used an excessive amount of glass cleaner, the liquid can wick in behind the glass and affect the photo making it stick to the glass or wetting the felt. The use of a mat or a spacer gives a space between the Glass and the art which will reduce the effects of wicking wetness (the best idea is spray the cloth to light dampness and then wipe the glass so no liquid runs behind the glass) but we can chat about framing some other day. For now I have glass-less shadow box, an extra BEGÅVNING and a SOCKER Greenhouse to fill……another weasel dragon or maybe a small hippogriff? That’s what I love about felt you can make anything!!!
5 thoughts on “Halloween for Christmas 2019”
How did we ever manage before Ikea?
The finished figures in the lantern look lovely – as do the photos of the family!
Thanks! i thot there mite be a bit of interest to see what became of Ghost Girl and her frend Werewolf boy!
my sister in law seemed vary pleased but not as suprized as my mother in law, this may be due to previouse christmas felt presents that now recide there (the poler bare head, the hikido wave umbrella Octopus and a poler bare that is scaled to play with a GI jo that isnt there). My Niece realy did like the ghost balloons i may have to make her some or maybe show her how i made them and see what she comes up with.
about Ikea…. it is fabulous, delishous and a sorese of grate ideas. but…i bot a tiny house down the street from ikea. the house should have had a worning sine “Danger too close to ikea AS IS” yes almost everything in my house is Ikea, extept for 3 pieces of fernature, the looms, wheels and the massage tables. i have filled out many of there costomer servays asking where the swedish looms and swedish massage tables are but alsas it did little good. thay did bring out a small kids tapestry loom but i was hopeing for someting with an overhead beater(for the loom not the massage table). but i still am enjoying the frunature!
Great job on the presentation. Seems like sometimes that takes longer than making the piece.
thanks! it can take a while to find the perfect home for a piece! Framing directs the eye and gives more gravitas to a piece. what was just a doodle becomes, oh isnt that interesting. its 13 years of picture frameing comeing back to hont me but the rite presentation can add more to a piece. thinking outside the plexi box can just make it more interesting. i do think the lantern could have been a bit bigger. the other option is to flip two oposit panels upside down so you have visualy a short fence and more open above to see the ghost balloons clearly. i am heading over there tonigh and will ask if that mite work better.
It has been fun watching these come together at the guild socials on Mondays. I really like the ghost ballons too.