HAPPY AUSTRALIA DAY TO ALL MY AUSSIE FRIENDS!
Meet "Happy Little Vegemite - the Keeper of the Buttons". How did Vegie (for short) come about, I hear you ask. The challenge issued by Redlan, who is the guest host over at Mixed Media Monday this week, was to make a piece of art that in some way represents your country. I was pondering all the different things that are very Australian, vegemite amongst them, when the jingle for their advertising kept running through my head. "We're happy little vegemites, as bright as bright can be. We all enjoy our vegemite for breakfast lunch and tea. Our mothers say we're growing stronger every single week, because we love our vegemite, we all enjoy our vegemite - it puts a rose in every cheek". So I was inspired to create a bright little Vegemite, with rosy cheeks, LOL. At first I thought of a captured fairy in a vegemite jar, but the idea of captured fairies seems rather sad to me. So I decided to use the jar for storing buttons, and gave Vegie the job of looking after them.
Vegie is completely needle felted, apart from her acetate wings and the ring of little roses in her hair. She is holding a flower shaped button. A little bit of nonsense for this week's challenge, but a fun change from all the painting I've been doing lately. It was a very opportune time for this challenge for me, because today (Monday, 26th January) is Australia Day.