Linda Ledbetter, the lovely lady behind the Compendium of Curiosities challenges directed us to page 35 of Tim's second book, and the pocket watch technique. We did a pocket watch pendant on the last cruise, and I even taught a class on it last year. I had several extra watches, and an idea I've had for some time. After my mom moved back north to be closer to us, my brother and I went to her Florida condo to clear it out of personal stuff and ready it for rental or sale. I wound up with lots and lots of photos and other memorabilia. I've wanted to do a shrine project for the longest time, and with Father's Day approaching, decided to make my dad the focus. He's been gone for going on 19 years, but hardly a day goes by that I'm not reminded of him by something I see or hear.
The shrine was created using pieces from two of Wendy Vecchi's art parts packs, artful shrines and scallop trim. The pieces were colored with walnut stain distress stain, then covered with rock candy crackle paint. Except for the scallop trim, which is barely visible. That was covered with irregular dabs of old paper crackle paint. It's the second shelf that the hankerchief and belt buckle are resting on. For the background I chose the vintage subway sign paper from one of Tim's paper stacks. It has Brooklyn subway stops, and since my family is from Brooklyn I thought it appropriate.
Inside the watch is a photo of my dad as a very happy 20-something. In fact, the picture was taken on the Atlantic City boardwalk by my mom. They were on their honeymoon, and the year was 1946. The ring inside is my dad's wedding ring. Because the word 'memories' was raised up with foam, the ring is kind of trapped there and won't wander around the watch. It's not glued down or altered in any way, and can easily be removed if I ever want to do that. Beneath the watch is one of my dad's handkerchiefs. I added the little car (a mini movers and shakers die) because I have fond memories of our early family cars. The first I can recall was a Studebaker. Am I dating myself or what?
Peeking behind the handkerchief is an Israeli coin. I included it because that was a trip my parents very much enjoyed, and was probably the last big vacation they went on before my dad got too sick to stray very far from home. The belt buckle with his initials was attached with a bit of wire, so it too was in no way damaged or altered. The little NYS license plate is actually just paper, again from one of Tim's paper stacks. It was covered with a bit of glossy accents and four tiny brads were added to look like the screws that attach plates to cars.
I attached Tim's easel die cut to the back so the piece would stand, but I was worried that because of the heaviness of some of the embellishements that it might tip over. I thought about what I could add to the bottom of the easel to give it more stability, and came up with what I think is a pretty clever solution.
Can you guess what those two discs are? Super strong (and weighty) magnets! Their attraction to each other keeps them in place, and they really do a great job of preventing any toppling. By the way, I cut the easel from very thick cardboard, reinforced all the folds with tape, then covered it all with gesso and then stain. It was attached to the shrine with very strong adhesive, so I'm pretty confident about its durability.
If you're inclined to participate in this challenge, an extra bonus (besides just creating something) is that Simon Says Stamp will be given away a $25 gift certificate to a randomly chosen entrant.
Happy Father's Day, dad. I miss you!