Monday, August 25th 2014.
Hurray, there is a new little house in progress!
Last week I visited a fair-trade shop and found this cute little box:
This box....when I saw it, I HAD to have it! It is a bit bigger than my hand and it is made of.....
elephant poop. Elephant poop????? Yes!
It comes from Sri Lanka; they assemble the elephant poop and dry it; then they cook ik together with a special plant - margosaleafs - which kills bacteries (phew!); the left-over straw and grass is mixed with used office-papers and everything gets mixed into pulp. Using salt they mix colours. Time to make paper now!
Good news too is that a part of the money is used to protect the elephants and also very good news is that over 100 people have work that way and get a fair payment.
One of the people in our fair-trade shop has visited the location in Sri-Lanka and has seen it with own eyes I've been told.
More good news! the paper doesn't smell!!!!!
This box inspired me at once and this time I'm making a small ellie.
First thing I did was some decoration, inside only:
|this is beautiful self-adhesive lace....GREAT!|
|I added a warm colour mini-fabric (velvet-look) and the lace|
|there is a hole......because it was a memo-paper box; I need that hole and will show you why in future!|
|here you see me struggling and checking if everything is ok.....the ellie is up-side down; body and part of the head|
|it is time to add the gusset but before I do so I use to turn the fabric of the trunk to the good side because, if I want to do this afterwards.....it is VERY hard....or even impossible without damaging the fabric.....|
|ellie looks tired....or feeling strange in this new world.....empty...!|
|3 mm glass-eyes thread-jointed and with a piece of woolfelt|
If you like to see the progress......please come back! Thanks for your visit!
|ellie has straw and it is strange but it stays where is is...eventhough it is loose....better! it can be removed then! Ellie has a litle friend....the Giraffe; it's from the same shop.|
|ready for a big hug.....or....ready to GIVE a big hug!!!!|