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« on: January 21, 2010 09:28:00 AM »

So I told myself I wasn't going to get involved in Sherlock Holmes fandom, even after seeing the new movie and enjoying it immensely.

But then I noticed my desk needed a new stationery box.

As much as I love making decoupaged boxes, it's been a long time since I found a theme that inspired me enough to do one. As usual, this is from scratch, with the exception of the glass-topped unfinished-wood box (which I sealed, painted, and varnished).

Anyone who's seen my earlier boxes knows of my fondness for period maps, so not surprisingly there's one in here, too.

This was a tough one to photograph; there are some faint patches/artifacts on the pictures that aren't actually there in real life, because my camera doesn't handle artificial lighting for close-up shots very well.

Inside, there's...

The gentlemen of the house...

...a c. 1887 engraving of a Stradivarius...

...a "piece" of an 1890 map of London...

...a bit from an 1890s printing of "The Boscombe Valley Mystery"...
(if you look close at the edge of the Holmes-Watson panel here you'll see it's slightly warped due to uneven gluing...I've since removed and re-glued it perfectly flat)

...and Gladstone.

The back is covered in black felt to protect my tabletops.

All in all I'm pretty pleased how it turned out. Now we'll see when I get tired of it enough to start properly putting paperclips and erasers in it...

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2010 10:21:50 AM »

Awesome box! All the papers and pieces work together nicely to fit the "gentlemen of the house".

I got back into the stories after seeing the new movie too! Right after getting home from the theater, all my Holmes books and old radio tapes got pulled out of storage.  Cheesy

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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2010 10:54:05 AM »


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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2010 12:07:37 PM »


this makes me so happy.  I love it! you inspired me to unbury all the boxes I saved and do something with them heheh

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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2010 12:34:04 PM »

i love this a lot Smiley i'm a huge fan of the stories (the originals by sir arthur conan doyle) and the movie was pretty good itself. (although I'm not sure there was a gladstone in the books? i don't seem to recall him but it has been 3-4 years since i had read the whole series)

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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2010 05:22:09 PM »

I really like this. Very atmospheric.

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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2010 06:08:06 PM »

ooh, this is super classy. I like it, I like it a lot Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2010 06:30:58 PM »

ooohh  this is kick ass!!!  except that I couldnt cover up those two hotties under a mountain of paperclips!!! Tongue
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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2010 07:31:14 PM »

That is really neat. I have always loved watching movies about Sherlock Holmes. There are like a trillion instant watch Sherlock movies on Netflix. I kinda love mysteries of all sorts though.

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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2010 08:05:17 PM »

Super cool!!

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