OkAY...I think I have this out of my system for a while. Here they are:
My creative view is infested with these little beings who are starting to resemble the Kodamas from the film "Princess Mononoke" by Hayao Miyazaki.
The background fabric some of these pieces comes from one of those upholstery samplers all strung together on a chrome metal ring. When Jim brought them home I put my nose in the air and thought "What would I ever use those nasty things for?" My days as a fabric snob are coming to a end.