The Finders Keepers is on in Brisbane the weekend of the 5th and 6th July, about a month away! I applied at the last minute after getting home from holidays and have been making goodies since I found out I got a spot.
As I make all of my stuff from scratch it is a lot of work. Screen printing, stamping, cutting out felt to sew, needle felting… And now I have to start thinking about the display I want to have (I’ve got a lot of ideas, just need to bring them all together). At least my felt jobs are dwindling. On the list at the moment I only have Heart Necklace, Plant Cell Necklace, Uterus Brooch, Liver Brooch, Felted Brain Jar, Kidney Jar, Felted Brain Hair Tie, Felted Brain Brooch, Vein Man Mini Cushion and Skin Hoop. I should be able to get most of this finished by end of next week. I’ll cut most out tomorrow…
I’ve been playing around with designs lately and this is the most recent Heart. I have a template for it that I haven’t yet lost (the last template for a nice heart went missing) and it is flat, so can ship at the cheaper postage rate, always a bonus! I started making hearts like this when I was approached by a lady who wanted a gift for those who looked after her during heart surgery.
A Teratoma is a a tumour that collects cells from around the body. Known to have hair, fingernails, teeth and sometimes limbs, eyes and other body parts (I always think of The Dark Half by Stephen KIng). Some of them used to be mistaken for a vestigial twin. Teratoma translates to Monster Tumour and it certainly is!
I started making Teratoma’s after watching a documentary them and have spoken to many teratoma patients. Unfortunately a Teratoma can cause some severe problems when in the brain (if the patient survives a brain Teratoma-often a baby at birth).
Teratoma’s are also commonly found on the Ovary at puberty (failed menstruation) or at the base of the spine.
I do not recommend doing a google image search for Teratoma.
Today I spent a little time making some more wrap for orders using my own hand carved Your Organ Grinder Anatomy stamps. I use my stamps to make wrap and tote bags, rather than selling the stamps I carve.
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The beginning of a new year means going back and looking over all of the body parts I have forgotten to re-make after they have sold, or decided to put to bed for a while because they are getting a bit annoying to keep making over and over (did someone say UTERUS!). New year, refreshed anatomy!
To be honest I am not really a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Traditional Valentine’s fare such as little bears or heart shaped boxes of chocolates don’t really do a whole lot for me. BUT, if my partner gave me something quirky that he knew I would love, or something practical and useful, or something for one of my collections, I’d be overjoyed.
I hope some lucky partners out there get some beautiful Anatomical Hearts from their Valentine. I love the symbolism. It is like saying “this is my actual heart I am giving you.” Warnings about hurting it implied.
Here are some of my lovely anatomical hearts that might suit your quirky Valentine.