NO, THIS prop is my favorite for the film so far! It was an intense process but richly satisfying to finally complete. On the arm of her overstuffed comfy chair, next to her baskets of thread and yarn spools, is Rana's seashell sewing box.
The clam shell box (with working miniature copper latch!) opens to show the pin cushion on one side, filled with fancy decorative pins, and a little pocket pouch with more pins and spools of thread on the other.
The white shells were painted to match the cottage decor and rimmed in metallic antique gold paint as if metal-worked. The latch and working hinge were attached and finished with the heads of pins as nails. The pin cushion is filled with sand and holds the pins well. The pins themselves are the smallest made, only 1/2" long, used for sequins. I had a blast searching my bead stash for the smallest vintage German glass pearls, mother of pearl, and cut glass crystal to top them with.
But I didn't stop there. I remembered I also had real ladybug wings saved and thought it might be fun to have an insect theme for the kit. I already had made a pair of embroidery scissors for Rana with a bee on them. If I added little lady bug pins, that would make the Time Fly being there make more sense, if such a thing could. And when the ladies looked like the other little jewels being used, it gave me the idea to have the Fly also be a decorative pin rather than being pinned himself.
I think this little element will add a great deal of detail and texture to the cottage set, making it all the more genuine that Rana really lives there.