I made this curio box using the Tim Holtz Configuration boxes. I watched a video on how he was covering the boxes to make it stable without having to glue anything together and spent quite a while trying to figure out what configuration I wanted. I ended up having two boxes left over since I knew I wanted the polar bear in there and he wouldn't fit in any of the boxes.
I used a variety of papers and tissue tape to cover the outsides and the backs of the boxes. Quite a few of the pieces in the box were things from my childhood that have special meaning. And a few pieces are newer and just looked good there.
Here is the whole piece:
And from the side:
The Totoro I picked up in Japan when my work sent me to Tokyo a couple years ago. The shark's tooth I have had for so long I don't remember where it came from.
The fox I found among my craft stuff, not sure when or where it came into my possession but the hard to see arrowhead in front of it was one I found. It was found in Alabama when I was in 6th grade on the day I first got to ride a horse. It was just lying on a trail the in the woods.
The polar bear was my first needle felting project. The key is from the basement of my grade school best friend's grandmother's house. I used to wear it all the time, and still do occasionly so I made sure I could remove it if I needed to. The ring next to it is one of two identical rings that my best college friend and I both had. It was a cheap ring and not fit to wear anymore so I can save it here.
My sort of steampunk corner. Everything is new except the yellow crystal. It is a piece of a chandelier from the same basement as the key. We used to pretend that it was a shard from The Dark Crystal.
The Believe stone was given to me at midnight on New Years Eve 2000 at Niagara Falls by a good friend. There is a faerie picture behind it.
The leather bracelet rolled in the box above the stone has some crude embroidery that I did when I was a kid. It was part of a costume from the game I played with my grade school friend. The shard was a part of the same game.
This was my first time making anything like this and I had a lot of fun doing it. It is nice to have some of my treasures out and not packed away. It doesn't have a completely coherent theme but I like it. Let me know what you think.