I have a pretty clear picture of the universe I'd like to inhabit; it's basically Amelie
meets The Science of Sleep
. Ish. And if those titles mean nothing to you, I think I can sum things up in one clearly definable word: Whimsical
. In fact, in this imaginary Ash-iverse, there are actually popsicles called Whimsicles.
So I got this idea the other day, sprung from the Ash-iverse and a recollection of the children's film, Hook
. (Yes, Phil Collins was
in that.) Anyway, remember that character, Tootles? The one who said nothing but "I've lost my marbes" and then at the end of the film -- uh-oh, spoiler -- it turned out he'd left 'em in a bag in Neverland? Well I was thinking, wouldn't it be great to find lost marbles somewhere? Like you're at the grocery store, you crab a bottle of, I don't know, cran-raspberry juice, and behind it -- tada! -- a pouch of misplaced marbles. Holy crap, that would just make my day.
With that idea in mind, I bought some felt, thread, and put my newly-inherited collection of vintage marbles to work. What I ended up with is just a prototype -- I'd like to end up with something resembling a luggage tag next time -- but with a bit more practice, I can see this being an incredibly fanciful, unexpected object to leave behind on public trans, on a chair at a restaurant, or sneaked into the pocket of the gentlewo/man who's put you out of your mind.
How to make your own "Lost Marbles":
Trace any shape onto your felt or chosen fabric, twice. These shapes, once cut out, will serve as the top and bottom of your lost-marble "pouch." I used a coaster the first time, a coffee mug here:
Sew the two patches together around the edges. You may use any method you prefer. Once you've only a small opening left, roll an appropriate amount of marbles inside:
Here's what I ended up with originally (If you wish to include text on your handiwork, might I suggest printing with a light marker first for great accuracy) (Yes, mine looks like something from Winnie the Pooh