The Hills Are Alive, With the Sound of Music!

After a little inspiration from the Austrian-themed hen do I went to last weekend, I’ve finally listed my new jam jar sculpture….. Inspired by the opening scene from The Sound of Music, this miniature scene features Maria atop a meadowy mountain, with her arms outstretched in song.

I love making these tiny pieces of art, and must get onto making a few more of the scenes I’ve been planning! If you have any ideas or requests, do let me know!

You can now buy this jam jar scene on my Etsy shop for just £35….. I hope you like it!

Unique, hand made Sound of Music scene in a jam jar "The hills are alive with the sound of music"

Unique, hand made Sound of Music scene in a jam jar "The hills are alive with the sound of music"

Unique, hand made Sound of Music scene in a jam jar "The hills are alive with the sound of music"

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100th Post Celebratory Give Away!!!

100 posts! Yes, I’ve now written 100 posts! Proud of me? I am!

And I’m going to celebrate…. with my first ever give away!

I’ve been amazed by how much my little blog has grown over the last few months…. since I’ve been posting more regularly I’ve been getting some great feedback, which is very encouraging! I’d like to thank everyone who’s been reading my blog and has contributed to it…. as well as encourage some more people to do so as well!

And so I thought it apt, that since I’ve been beavering away making things for my Folksy shop lately, that I make something special as a prize. I also wanted it to reflect my blog, so I’ve gone with a London theme….. and it’s even under its own little ‘glass sky’……

This ring is made on a silver plated, adjustable ring base, and inside is a snippet from one of the vintage maps I’ve found on my treasure hunts (from the Gazeteer section of my beloved Pears Cyclopaedia in fact)…. it’s protected by a glass lens so it is shower proof (just don’t do the washing up wearing it!). I’ve been working on a whole range of jewellery like this, with cut outs of music, maps and text…. and I’ve been preparing some with my own drawings and paintings to put inside too. But this is the first to be available, so quite special I think…. I hope to have the other pieces on my shop in the next few weeks.

So, to enter your name into the hat, you can…..

  1. Follow my blog by hitting the subscription button on the top right of the page…. this will send an email to you containing each new post as it is published
  2. Follow my blog using Bloglovin’…. I know I love this app which handily keeps together all the blogs I follow and sends me a daily round up of all new posts… there’s a button on the top right of the page to do this
  3. ‘Like’ the Under A Glass Sky Facebook page
  4. ‘Favourite’ my Folksy shop
  5. Share this post on Facebook, mentioning Under A Glass Sky within the post
  6. Share this post on Twitter, mentioning Under A Glass Sky within your Tweet

You’ll get your name in the hat for each of the above that you do….. please let me know you have by commenting on this post for each entry. So, if you subscribe and also share this on Facebook for example, you’ll need to leave two comments to let me know, and then you’ll get your name in the hat twice! Hope that makes sense!

The competition is open to everyone, including those in far off places internationally. Maximum of 5 entries per person. The competition closes at midnight GMT on 3rd May 2012. After that, I will write each entry onto a bit of paper and my independent adjudicator (probably Adam) will pick one winner at random from a hat (probably my top hat for theatricality).

Soon after that I will update this post to let you know who the lucky winner is! Please make sure you check back in to see if you won, or if you have a Twitter account please include your handle in your comments/entries so that I can let you know that way.

Good luck!

Ems x

THE COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED! I WILL POST THE WINNER SOON! THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED!

Because it’s Valentine’s Day……. A little Love Token

So after our visit to the Miracles and Charms exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, and because I’ve been toying with ideas of crafty arty projects, today I made a little love token…..it being Valentines and all.

I’ve been thinking of ways to create little worlds from bits and bobs, and love the idea of making things from lost treasure (or rubbish if you prefer). I’ve always been fascinated by small, detailed things that I could squirrel away, none more so than the little Charlie Chaplin matchbox toy that my brother and I fought over as children (it WAS mine). And so I got to thinking about making little scenes inside matchboxes…… and I finally made one today…..

Adam and I are always joking around saying I love you THIS much, and gesticulating to show just how much….. I might reach right out to the walls, and then Adam might just hold two fingers about an inch apart and tell me he loves me that much on an atomic scale. He likes to try to trick me too by doing something similar and saying he loves me that much on a galactic scale….I usually fall for it or spend ages trying to work it out.

Anyway, with that in mind I have made this little love token inside a Swan Vesta matchbox, where a man standing on the whole world is stretching his arms out to say ‘I love you THIS much.’

I hope you like it, despite the sappiness. I’m planning to make some more, although perhaps less romantical, and perhaps get around to selling them on Etsy. Thoughts, suggestions and requests gratefully received!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

P.S. Thank you to Adam for taking the photos! xxx