Like a lot of people, I've spent the weekend doing DIY. Of course my mind is never far away from some kind of crafting project so, rather than just chuck everything away, I collected a few bits and bobs for a steampunk type art doll as I went along.
In the back of my mind I had PaperArtsy's current topic and challenge, which is Bottles, so when I found a small perfume bottle at the back of a drawer it set the little grey cells working and I squirrelled it away in my craft room for later. I always love Leandra's overview of the upcoming topic and the bottle with the keys on it really inspired me to do something different. When I found an old sewing machine bulb which I thought was kind of head shaped and, fortuitously, it fitted inside the perfume bottle; perfect! Now I had a head and a body and Lin's Bob Sprocket project was instantly brought to mind....
We had to say goodbye to our very comfy and much loved bedroom sofa but I couldn't part with some of the fabric and the lovely wooden legs, which looked remarkably like a lady's skirt when turned upside down. Maud was taking shape in my head.
Why Maud? I have absolutely no idea, but that's the name that popped into my head for her and when I looked up the meaning I found it's an old German name meaning "powerful battler". I decided she must have been a Suffragette and, as you can see, she still proudly wears her Women's Suffrage Movement medal. Votes For Women!
Check out her cute feather bustle (the chickens still aren't speaking to me :oD)
You should be able to see a chair leg (skirt), a perfume bottle (body), a light bulb (head), a curtain ring (arms), some picture hangers (earrings), some belt stud fasteners (ears) and I added a handbag charm, bead spacers for her eyes, cogs for her eye glass and badge and a couple of metal flowers I got in a scrapbooking kit for her hat. I had such fun making her AND I've still got the other three chair legs to play with :oD