Friday, April 01, 2016

The Goblin Throne

Spring is finally creeping into our neck of the woods. My faithful furry buddy and I have been taking advantage of the nice weather, wandering through the dried grasses and meandering next to the little stream that edges our property.

The Goblin Throne and tutorial - Nichola Battilana

While these conditions are ideal for fairy sightings, it was a goblin we first encountered on our stroll the other day. Normally I don't mix with goblins (I don't have anything against them in particular, but avoiding them seems like the best practice) but we regarded each other respectfully and engaged in a little chatter.

The Goblin Throne and tutorial - Nichola Battilana

He shared his ideas with me for a sort of goblin throne. I agreed to make one, in exchange for permission to share the project with others. He grumbled that he didn't much care, so long as the throne was made, and here we are.

The Goblin Throne and tutorial - Nichola Battilana

There were four elements of utmost importance to be included:

1) It must not look out of place in the goblins den.

2) The seat must be well cushioned, because even goblins do not like sore bottoms.

3) It should be embellished with poisoned berries and pointy things. (Note: The design didn't have to BE dangerous, but if it looked as though you might prick your finger that would be a very good thing indeed. And poisoned berries because goblins like to nibble throughout the day.)
4) It must contain a secret chamber for goblin treasures.

The Goblin Throne and tutorial - Nichola Battilana

As soon as he mentioned the secret chamber my mind turned to this Trinket Drawer Stand and I gathered up some bark and moss and set to work.

This isn't a complicated project, and the supplies are few, but our goblin acquaintance was well pleased with the results. If goblins aren't your cup-of-tea, add flowers rather than spikes, and hide jelly beans in the secret drawer to make a regal chair for a fairy queen.

Here's the story of the Goblin Throne and how I put it together.


And here is a list of all the goods used:
Trinket Drawer Stand
Black acrylic paint
Moss
Bark
Pinecones
Acorns
Faux berries and leaves
Sticks and twigs
Toothpicks
Large metal crown
Metal bee
FlowerSoft in "Moss" and "Sage"
LOADS of glue

The Goblin Throne and tutorial - Nichola Battilana

13 comments:

  1. very beautiful work, thank you for sharing

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  2. I cannot stop giggling at the delight this brings to me! Oh the goblins. . . they do covet their little special places and hidey-holes! I imagine that you will be in good Goblin graces for many days to come thanks to this little treasure you've created. I can just imagine the look of pride and self importance. . . mixed with concern that someone may be plotting to take the throne. . . on the little Goblin's face as they sit here.

    What a wonderful and magical throne Nichola! We send our love and hope the Spring brings you many encounters with the creatures of the Hill. :)

    PS: we like to leave our Goblins dried beans. They seem to have a real love-hate relationship with them. :)

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    1. I'll have to remember dried beans! My friend swears by leaving them beer but all that seems to do for us is result in drunk goblins who complain about the quality of human brewing.

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  3. I leave my goblins stale beer, old food, and sometimes a stinky cigar. I think they'd come to expect far too much if I left them a throne like this!

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    1. Stale ale! That must be where I went wrong.

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  4. How magical and fun! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  5. Seriously great fun!! Lovely project and sense of humor!

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  6. What Goblin wouldn't love this shrine? It's amazing!

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  7. Nichola, you blow my socks off every time! Just when I think you could not out do the last great project- well, you do it all over again! Too cool!!
    hugs,Jackie

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    1. Thanks Jackie, I appreciate that :)

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  8. You amaze me, even though I know I should expect excellence and magic every time I read a post. Well done, and we hope that everyone is doing well back there.

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  9. You amaze me, even though I know I should expect excellence and magic every time I read a post. Well done, and we hope that everyone is doing well back there.

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