A Peek Into Narnia

 

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One of the things we love about the Narnia series is the magical wardrobe. Throughout the stories, Lewis is asking us to consider that reality includes more than what we see in our daily lives. The conversation the Pevensie children have with the Professor is revealing. Their younger sister, Lucy, insists that she has discovered another world and her siblings find it hard to believe…

How do you know your sister’s story is not true?” the Professor asks them.

“Why don’t they teach logic at these schools? There are only three possibilities. Either your sister is telling lies, or she is mad, or she is telling the truth. You know she doesn’t tell lies, and it is obvious that she is not mad. For the moment then, and unless any further evidence turns up, we must assume that she is telling the truth.”

Of course, Lewis used this same logical reasoning to argue for the truth of Christianity in many of his literary works.  He hadn’t found any evidence to suggest that the person called Jesus of Nazareth was a liar or a lunatic. At the age of 32, he became convinced that Jesus’ claims about this life and the next were true and became “the most reluctant convert it all of England”. If you’re interested, you can read more about his life here.

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I found this used jewelry box at Good Will for $3. It reminded me of a wardrobe, so I set out to create a peek into Narnia!

The background was painted with acrylics mixed with gel medium for better blending.IMG_6683

 

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I painted the trees with artificial snow from Hobby Lobby. This scene needs to look wintery!

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Next, I flocked miniature pine trees using a spray adhesive (sprayed outside) and then rolling them in artificial snow to coat.

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Glued the trees in with the hot glue gun and cut two small hills out of styrofoam so the ground wasn’t so flat.

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These tiny .05 mm acrylic stones added frosty sparkle!

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A map of Narnia was printed from my computer and trimmed to fit inside the door frames.


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And these wood cutouts added a whimsical look to the corners.

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Using brad rings and two snowflake charms, I created handles for the doors.
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Covered the bottom of the scene with an artificial blanket of snow and then glued more powdered snow over it. On the inside of the doors I adhered photos of fur coats, covered with translucent vellum.

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Found a Victorian style lamp post on Amazon!

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The lovely music accompanying this post is “The Wardrobe” by Harry Gregson-Williams.

Thanks for stopping by to look inside the wardrobe! Have a blessed week ~Scarlett

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Heart Wreath Made From Newspaper

I used a white coat hanger as the form for this wreath, shaping it into a heart with some pliers.

I covered the hanger with newspaper, tacking it down with hot glue.

I colored strips of newspaper with pink food coloring, just like I did for my newspaper flowers and gift wrap.

After the strips dried, I shaped them into different sized roses.

Then I glued the paper roses onto the heart with hot glue, using the pliers to hold them down instead of my fingers (have you learned that lesson, too?)

I glued them randomly around the top half of the heart, adding more paper if needed to make them fuller.


To add some color to the roses, I sprayed some’ “Scarlet’  Glimmer Mist into the center of the roses. I did this by cutting some circles out of a napkin and spraying through the holes. This kept the mist from over-spraying.

I think they look really pretty after the Glimmer Mist is added!

Finally, I added a baby pink satin bow at the top.

This week has flown by hasn’t it?

My daughter is currently working on a self-portrait in the style of Frida Kahlo.  We’ve been learning about Kahlo and her work this week and it’s been interesting for me since I didn’t know much about her.

Hopefully, she’ll let me share her portrait with you soon!

Thanks for stopping in!

Newspaper Challenge for Somerset Life

When I was a little girl, I remember giving and receiving many gifts wrapped in the funny papers. Cute comic strips like “Ziggy”, “Peanuts”, and “Garfield” were some of my favorites. Not only was it economical, it was an added treat to be able to read my wrapping after I opened a gift!

I decided to try to elevate newspaper gift-wrap for Somerset Life magazine’s latest challenge.

First, I colored it:

*Shallow pan

*Little bit of water to cover the bottom

*Wilton icing colors (blue, pink, green, yellow)

I mixed each color separately, mixing a 1/4 tsp. of icing color into the water. Then I lay the newspaper in the tray and let it soak up the color like a sponge.  Then I tore it up into manageable strips and let it dry.  That’s it! (sorry I have no photos of this process, but I did it late at night)

I took some of the pink strips and wound them in tight circles to creat roses. I also took some of the blue and played around with it until it looked like a lily. I arranged the flowers and glued them onto a piece of cardboard, adding in some leaves here and there.

Next came the fun part. Glimmer Mist! ooh how I this stuff!!! My absolute favorite is “Sugar Plum Fairy”. I coated the whole package in shimmery plum, and then added some chunky crystal disco glitter to some of the leaves and petal tips.


I also added a shipping tag covered in newspaper and sprayed it as well. I found the phrase “Escape to a royal fantasy world” while I was perusing the paper. It sounded so lovely and mysterious…what could be in a box with a message like that?

Last but not least, I found a vintage costume clip earing that had the very same colors as the package! I love the contrast between the grunginess of the newspaper and the sparkle of the jewels.

 

I’ve been adding butterflies to almost everything lately.

I also created a smaller package using the same technique, only I made the roses very tiny for this one.  I mounted this arrangement onto a piece of burlap garland, which I thought looked a lot better, but it was too late to go back and change the first one.

I hope this inspires you to give your old newspapers new life before they get thrown into the recycle bin!