Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Here's my latest mini scene. (It's for a fundraiser at Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, if you care to contribute.)
I bought a 1/12 scale kitchen counter and we turned it into a hospital setting. By "we" I mean my crafts partner/niece, Mary Schnur, and I who worked on this together (okay, she's the better crafter). I wanted it to be an uplifting scene, so you'll see Get Well and Smiley balloons and a bouquet of flowers as well as x rays and a bar of chocolate on the counter. The front (not shown) has posters about flu shots and the pediatrics unit.
I'd like to call your attention to the specimen cups for -- uh -- you know. Mary insisted they be included, but I didn't have anything in my supply boxes that looked like a straight-sided plastic cup. Neither did I have time to use clay and bake one.
Finally, I stopped looking for a cup and looked for something that could be turned into a cup. Once I did that, everything looked like a cup. We settled on glue sticks, the 6- or 7-inch kind you insert into a glue gun. Perfect! They're clear, of the right diameter, and can be painted any color. Mary cut the stick into the appropriate size pieces and whipped up a yellow paint for -- uh -- you know, and orange for the cap. She also made a box of empty containers for the lower cabinet.
I like to turn everything into a metaphor for life, so here's how this one works: if you're looking for a plastic cup, look everywhere but in the cup drawer.