My boyfriend of 2,200 miles away had a show on Sunday at a bar near his house, and he hasn't played out in a while, so I thought I'd make him something to let him know I wish I could have been there. I was inspired by the pocket shrines I've seen on here, and his concert poster, which looks like this:
I liked the entomological theme and was originally planning on pinning everything into a box like they were bugs on display, but didn't like it once I'd layed everything out. I used the butterflies though:
So I painted a wooden cigar box black and mod-podged the heck out of it. You can tell I used glossy in the first pic.
These are a couple of little details. I carved our initials onto the lower back corner of the box. It reminds me of the animated Robin Hood, which we both grew up watching. I also free-cut a shamrock and mixed the mod podge I used to secure it with the black acrylic to blend it in a little more. It resides on the "binding" of the box.
We're inside! All of the lucky "artifacts" that are collaged in the corner were all the things I was originally going to pin down like butterflies, evenly spaced, etc. It looked bad. Also, I bought it all on ebay, except for the wooden ladybugs, which I had laying around. The horseshoe is cast iron and I got the four leaf clover in a lot of four from some guy in Akron who picks them in a park near his house. The text is all quotes that pertain to music or talent, i.e.:
"God doesn't give people talents that he doesn't want people to use."
"Whatever you are by nature, keep to it; never desert your line of talent. Be what nature intended you for and you will succeed. "
"The talent of success is nothing more than doing what you can do well, and doing well whatever you do without thought of fame. If it comes at all, it will come because it is deserved, not because it is sought after."
I pinned all of the quotes down with flathead pins. Fortunately, I put two layers of cardboard underneath the blue velvet before I glued it down. The envelope on the left is stenciled with a linear-ish horseshoe and held in by black photo corners and holds a little love letter to him.
Also, I was really proud of the lettering on the label. I feel awkward posting his full name, but it's already on the poster and he's on myspace anyway (http://myspace.com/jamespeel2
, the first song is a cover he recorded for me on my birthday).
Unfortunately, he didn't get it before his show (No thanks to the $22 I paid for express mail. Next time I'm fed-exing). He'll be getting it today, and hopefully it's still good late. Also, the entire thing was constructed almost completely during Project Runway reruns. Thanks for looking!