The Huntsman Spider on this Brooch and Earrings is based on one of the spider specimens you can see in the Queensland Museum. The spider is looking a bit worse off after being in a cabinet for years but provided a suitable starting point for this little guy.
If you are a Queenslander you are probably pretty used to seeing Huntsman Spiders around your house, your yard, the garden shed, etc. They are a pretty common feature in most environments.
I used to be afraid of the hairy little guys until I had a chat with one. I was desperate for a good nights sleep but when I went in to the bedroom there was a large spider on the wall. I’d usually get upset and sleep elsewhere but that night no spider was going to ruin my plans for a good sleep. I told the spider to stay away from me, explained my situation and requested the spider keep to himself, the spider obliged. Since then I’ve not had any issue with them. I changed the way I dealt with the spider and how I reacted to it and it ended up in my favour.