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« on: July 01, 2007 02:52:09 PM »

I finally finished my shadow box, you might remember seeing the image from the largest box before, it was an ill-fated fathers day card.  There is a ton of special meaning behind everything in each box, but I won't bore you...  Sorry the photo's aren't flipped...

The whole she bang a bang


My fathers box,


My mothers box


My aunts box


A box for friends


In-law's box


Grandparents box


Neighbors Box

 
I might add more to it, but I'm not sure yet..
Hope you guys enjoy it, if you have any questions, please ask, comments make my day!  Have a good one.


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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2007 02:57:29 PM »

That is totally awesome craftimperfections!!!! Like a bunch of shrines to all the people you love! I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!!! And what a cool way to display some of the cool memoribilia that goes with each person!
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2007 03:03:49 PM »

Wow! This is amazing, I love it! Grin
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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2007 03:09:19 PM »

and i for one would love to hear the stories behind each one - if you cared to share - and i bet we wouldn't be a bit bored!
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« Reply #4 on: July 01, 2007 03:10:09 PM »

Wow, I LOVE this! Not only is it really beautiful (and it really, really is) but it's so unusual and such a lovely idea. A bit like a family portrait? Regardless, I absolutely love it. I'm clicking "This Rocks"!

If you don't mind me asking, where did you get the images?
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« Reply #5 on: July 01, 2007 03:12:27 PM »

You know, I'd love to know how you made this altogether, it's really inspiring Smiley

And I too would be interested in the stories, although whether you want to share them is of course up to you!
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« Reply #6 on: July 01, 2007 03:20:53 PM »

I hit this rocks too! This is cute without cheese, vintage yet fresh...I love it! Where on earth did you find the shadowbox (or did you make it?) Those lovely deep cubbies!
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« Reply #7 on: July 01, 2007 03:57:08 PM »

Thanks for all the wonderful comments guys!  I found the shadow box in a vacant apartment (I work for an apartment complex).  It started out looking very...1990's country.  The large box had a door with a heart cut out, and it was stained in this weird light color...ugh.  So I sanded and painted it, and loved it so much more.  The images I found in a book called Compton Year book.   It's kind of an encyclopedia, but it used to come out yearly I guess, kind of a year in review.  I bought them for a quarter a piece, they're from the late 50's, early 60's.  I basically just sat down once a night and worked on it.  I used vintage images and objects, distress inks, acrylic paints and ephemera.  If you really want to hear about the stories and objects I'll tell you about them, but I'll start the stories in another reply Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: July 01, 2007 09:02:21 PM »

I liked the fathers day card when it was alone but it really takes on a new dimension in your shadow box- lovely idea and nice job!
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« Reply #9 on: July 01, 2007 09:14:55 PM »

Beautiful project! So the images are not actually family/friends? They are just representative of them? Are the objects actual family treasures or just neat items you found?
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« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2007 04:44:51 AM »

O.k, so on to the stories... My fathers box I kept dark, I wanted it to represent all the things I don't know about him, the bottle says 'lost love' because my mom and dad got a divorce when I was young, and I thought my dad was completely faultless.  As I got older I started to learn it was more of a mutual thing.  It hurt me to learn that about him.  I wanted the key to represent his opportunity to move on- as my mom has remarried but he hasn't even had a girlfriend (it's been about over 10 years). 
  My mom's box shows that I was really angry with her for leaving us when I was young (the word over her eyes(, but that I've started to forgive her (the metal heart pinned on her chest) and am learning that she does still love me very much.  The bracelet draped over her picture says 'Deb" which is her name and was hers when she was a teenager.  The dove ring was a napkin holder that was part of her family for a long time, I used to take it out of her jewelery box when I was a kid and wear it like a ring.
   My grandparents box I wanted to keep simple, as they were simple people.  The back paper is a recipe because they were always cooking.  The photo shows the older couple giving dogs a treat, they did have a dog, but I like the image because both of the dogs are getting treats at the same time, they were always so fair and definitely spoiled us by giving us all whatever we wanted to eat (different things for everyone at breakfast, yum!)  The thing in the front of their box is a small zippo lighter that says Indiana and is symbolic both because it came from them (they live in Indiana) and because my grandfather smoked (it eventually killed him). 
  My Aunt's box is one of my favorites.  When my parents divorced she basically took on the financial responsibility for raising me (my dad didn't make too much money on his own, plus he was a heavy drinker).  she turned me into a nice young lady, when I was more interested in dressing like a boy.  I had a lot of anger in me after the divorce, but she never gave up on me.  That's why in my picture she was a Queen (albeit a beauty queen  Wink) And yes she was beautiful.  Her embellishment is a crown made from a very old costume jewelery necklace that was given to me.  Her picture is pasted over a page from "The Story of the Gospel" describing how everyone went to Jesus so they could be healed, except that the word Auntie is pasted over Jesus' name, as well as her picture.  Her figurine is a porcelain doll head that I painted and weathered to look like her, because to me she always looked so perfect and right.
  The in law's box is lighter than most, but I used a deep red for it, it's meant to symbolize deep love.  They have been together a long time, and stayed through thick and thin.  My father in law is one of the best people I know, and I don't want to air my husbands life, but that man has done a lot for that family.  They got a heart shaped locket as their embellishment, and a vintage book of matches sits in the front of their box- they both smoke.
  The neighbor box shows a man leaning down to look into a child's face, which is how I remember my neighbor Charles.  He was there for my whole family whenever we need someone to talk to.  He is very wise and always gets you thinking.  He never treated me like a child, and I never doubted his friendship for a second.  He was my other grandfather.  He got military wings but on like an angel on his back, yes he was in the military and went to a lot of places, but he was also an angel, he helped me through many hard times.  The thing in the front of his box is a very old mother of pearl pill box that he gave to me when I was a teenager.  It belonged to a girl he knew that used it to hold her drugs, she ended up overdosing and now it serves as my reminder to never go down that path (his intention).
  The last box is a box for all the friends in my life.  The back piece of paper is from a very old book I have, it's an inscription from one friend to another and it's from 1904.  The picture shows people of a variety of ages and different genders, which is how my friends are now.  The star on the hair of one of the girls shows a friend that I regret I no longer have in my life, which brings me to the vintage bandaid in the front of the box.  It symbolizes the fact that all my friends are mostly gone.  I fall hard in friendships and it really hurts me when those friends move on for whatever reason.  I guess the bandaid just shows that as you get older you patch those places up with more friends and people you love, but it can still be ripped off at anytime, and that hurts too.
  I hope those of you  that wanted to read these were not disappointed.  And no, they aren't real photo's of my family, i wanted my idea of them represented.  And all the boxes have dictionary definitions in them, I also wanted those to show how these people should be- but wanted the boxes to reflect who these people really were to me. 
  Have a great day!
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« Reply #11 on: July 02, 2007 05:54:49 AM »

I love it even more now that I know the meanings behind it  Smiley
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« Reply #12 on: July 02, 2007 09:28:19 AM »

Thanks again guys, I appreciate your comments and am glad you liked it  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: July 02, 2007 09:40:13 AM »

Beautiful piece!
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« Reply #14 on: July 02, 2007 11:18:12 AM »

and i for one would love to hear the stories behind each one - if you cared to share - and i bet we wouldn't be a bit bored!
I so agree!  And the band-aid must have an interesting story!!

Beautiful work and wonderful tributes to those you love!  Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: July 02, 2007 11:44:55 AM »

One word: BEAUTIFUL!!!!

I saw the pics and was amazed because of how beautiful it is done and because of the whole idea of it, and then I read the story and I love it even more, there is just so much detail and meaning behind it, wonderful!
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« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2007 11:55:08 AM »

this is so beautiful, i with i could do something like that.
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« Reply #17 on: July 02, 2007 11:58:16 AM »

This is soo great! I love it.
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« Reply #18 on: July 02, 2007 12:22:44 PM »

lovely box and thank you so much for sharing yourself and your feelings with the family at craftster. I,for one, was very touched.
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« Reply #19 on: July 02, 2007 02:20:31 PM »

Oh wow this is gorgeous! I love it! Its such an original idea and you did a great job! Beautiful!
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« Reply #20 on: July 02, 2007 03:44:24 PM »

Wow! What an autobiography!!!! I love this box twice as much now since reading all the meanings and was so happy that God sent you angels to fill in where they were needed in your life! Thank you so much for sharing the stories even tho they did make me cry a little... okay, I admit it, more than a little. This just really touched me. I bet it was really good therapy making it!
Did I mention how much I love this project??
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« Reply #21 on: July 02, 2007 05:01:41 PM »

The shadowbox is beautiful, and the stories about all the people make it even more beautiful. Thankyou for sharing them, it was very touching. I especially love how for each person you have objects that represent joy but also objects that represent the more painful sides of the relationships. Most people only want to remember the joy in their lives, but it is both the joys and the sorrows that make us who we are.
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« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2007 04:12:24 AM »

Oh, thanks so much guys!  It was very theraputic to make it, and fun too.  Really, it wasn't too hard to make, Fae.  You just think really hard about who your box is about and pick papers and objects that remind you of them ,or represent them in someway.  I think you can do it, I'd love to see any of you guy's shadow boxes or shrines.
I'm working on reconstructing a clock I found for .25 cents, I think you guys will like that if you liked this, when I'm done I'll post it here.
Thank you SO much for being so completely wonderful.
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« Reply #23 on: July 03, 2007 04:19:45 AM »

kaleesi, you are super sweet, thank you so much for the touching comments and the kick in the butt you're giving me to make more!
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« Reply #24 on: July 03, 2007 05:08:25 AM »

kaleesi, you are super sweet, thank you so much for the touching comments and the kick in the butt you're giving me to make more!
No, not sweet - just totally truthful!
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« Reply #25 on: July 03, 2007 09:18:28 AM »

Thank you for sharing the stories behind each box. This truly is a uniquely  beautiful and blessed project!

  You just think really hard about who your box is about and pick papers and objects that remind you of them ,or represent them in someway. 
You make it sound so easy I am half tempted to try a shadow box type shrine myself.  I could only hope it turns out half as nice as yours!
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« Reply #26 on: July 03, 2007 09:30:55 AM »

Honestly, we are our own worst critics.  The whole time I was making this, I thought it really sucked.  I kept noticing that something wasn't right, there wasn't enough of something, this or that is the wrong color, but in the end you just have to go where it takes you, I think your mind has different plans than your eyes do, and most of the time..your mind is right  Wink.  I hope you decide to make one, jsut keep telling yourself, this is a shrine for me to enjoy, so I don't care if nobody understands it, or if they think it looks good, then post it up on craftster so we can tell you how bad ass you are!
Also, you can find a lot of these shadow boxes at thrift stores, don't be fooled by their ugliness, sand and paint does wonders.  Just find one that you love the shape of.
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« Reply #27 on: July 04, 2007 12:21:43 AM »

Thank you so much for sharing this project - I am truly inspired to pick up one of those awful 80's country style shadow boxes in the thrift store now that I know what to do with it!  Best of all, thank you for sharing the meaning and stories behind this project - the symbolism is fantastic.  What a lovely, meaningful project.
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« Reply #28 on: July 04, 2007 05:41:28 AM »

Just lovely.
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« Reply #29 on: July 04, 2007 06:40:06 AM »

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« Reply #30 on: July 07, 2007 12:14:02 PM »

I just saw this and I want to add that it is so beautiful. I am sitting here crying like a fool. I have been working on a family altered book for a year now and the pain and joy are so intertwined. You have done an amazing job on this-thank you so much for sharing.
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I am sitting here crying like a fool.
I am so glad I am not the only one that cried Wink

I do believe I know what mom is getting for Christmas this year - I don't know of any gift that would be nicer!!
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Very cool!  I ready like this.  I envy people who can do things I can't.  I'm not very good with objects.
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« Reply #33 on: July 17, 2007 10:36:19 AM »

Beautiful. Seriously. I love it.
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