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« on: May 10, 2015 02:35:06 PM »

I hope "Shrine" is the right word!

I haven't posted any crafts in what feels like forever, but when I saw the subject of this contest, I had to create something. I love road tripping for concerts with my mom (we've seen the Monkees twice and Neil Diamond once... working on more! Smiley) The first time we saw the Monkees, it was an outdoor concert at a zoo and we nearly got rained out. They stopped the show and corralled everyone inside, and we waited an hour before they decided to go back on and speed through the rest of the show. So, I was super excited when we got to go see them again - at an indoor venue this time!

The first time we saw them, Davy Jones was still alive, and so it was Davy, Micky and Peter. The second time we saw them it was after Davy passed, and so it was Micky, Peter, and Mike. This is the concert I'm recalling in this piece. Smiley It was a treat to finally see "Nez" perform live!

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The Venue:
Marquee, curtain, and guitars on stage!

"My" Song:
My name is Mary, so when they played Mary, Mary, I held up a sign that said "I'm right here!" (I do not have man hands like that in real life... they're from a toy soldier, haha).

Monkees tie-in: "Why not take little metal bottle tops and nail them to your living room floor. It gives you the impression that you are walking upon little metal bottle tops."

The Concert-Goers:
My ticket - from Ticketmaster, no less - and a photo of my mom and I from the first Monkees concert we attended - somehow there is no photo from this one! The "mn" is for Minnesota, where we travelled for the concert. The back of this window is covered in red "Admit One" style tickets - I'll have to see if I can get a better shot of it.

All Your Monkees Info:
A "Barrel of Monke(e)s" toy directing you to Monkeeland, where I first started chatting with other Monkees fans. We always kept each other up-to-date on Monkees news, and I met up with a fellow Monkeelander at this concert! (Sadly we forgot to get a photo!)

Davy Jones Tribute:
Since Davy passed away before this concert, I thought I would feature him in tribute. During the concert, there was a huge screen behind the stage, and they would show photos, clips, etc. Some of the most touching moments were when they would play videos of Davy's songs rather than performing them live.

The Monkees in the '60's. This photo of them is from the video for Daydream Believer, which was arguably the best-known Davy-sung Monkees song. At the concert, the band members mentioned that none of them could do the song justice, but the fans could, and there was a huge audience sing-along. Smiley
Also, the dog is in there for one of my old favourite Monkee tunes, "Gonna Buy Me a Dog".

Monkees tie-in: "You know how hard it is to find purple flowers, baby?"

And self-explanatory, three boxes featuring the band members. (Photos not by me).

Micky Dolenz:
His last name is spelled out behind him in blue and white cardboard stickers.

Michael Nesmith:
With the Jimmy Choo shoes he wore (and posted a hilarious Facebook status about) and a guitar pick with hand-drawn shrink plastic Monkees logo. The shoes are made from the feet of the same toy soldier I used the hands from on the top of the shrine. Poor guy has seen better days, haha.

Peter Tork:
My favourite Monkee (though for the night I may have been a bit of a Nez-fanatic!) with a hanging peace sign - he was always the hippie of the group. His last name is spelled out behind him on postage stamp stickers. (It's too hard to photograph layers! haha).
The clock without hands is for their song "No Time". Smiley

One other little note - the top section of the shrine is made from a folded paper fan (for all the "fans"!) and an old record. Oh, and I used rhinestone stickers on the edges between all the areas to mimic the multicoloured lights they used in the show. Smiley

This was a ton of fun to put together, I've never really made anything like it! Hopefully next time I can find a bigger display shelf to use as a base. eBay here I come!

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« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2015 05:14:56 PM »

Brilliant - love it.
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2015 05:36:39 PM »

Wow. A lot of time and thought went into this. The fan on top and drawers on the bottom makes it look like an old jukebox record case/player. Or at least that is what comes to my mind. Very interesting, indeed.


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« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2015 05:46:21 PM »

Even if I wasn't  a fellow Monkees fan, I'd love this! Brilliant.

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« Reply #4 on: May 10, 2015 06:50:08 PM »

Thank you folks!

I was trying to figure out what to make for this challenge and found this display shelf at the thrift shop. It immediately reminded me of the State Theatre where the concert was held. It had beautiful ornate moulding and high ceilings - gorgeous!


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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2015 06:47:41 AM »

Love it! It's not only full of meaningful memories, it's fun to look at. Great tribute!

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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2015 07:10:00 AM »

This is such a wonderful shrine! The sentimental details really make it, and the thought you put into each window shines. The Monkess have always been an under-rated band, and it's great to see them get some love.

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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2015 08:11:39 AM »

You did a really great job!
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« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2015 08:22:12 AM »

I love the Monkees and this shrine you made to commemorate the concerts is wonderful!
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2015 08:50:45 AM »

Fun stuff! Used to watch the Monkees on tv when I was a kid.

Good luck with the challenge! Smiley

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