I promised to post pictures when both projects were finished, which they are, so…behold!
You might recognize this as the the antique church bulletin display box I bought on eBay awhile back. It was in fairly good shape already, so I just cleaned it up with some lemon oil and called it good. I’d love to bring out a bit more of the wood’s natural lustre, however, so please let me know if you’ve got suggestions.
I have to thank for the inspirational "book cover" inside: she helped me refine my ideas and then executed the design. Brilliantly, I might add. More on the mock book cover here, but in brief, the tent revival image in the background is excerpted from one of my father’s newspaper advertisements, and I’m five years old in the overlaid image.
And lo, look what I’ve done with the antique window frame I discovered on one of my Nancy Drew adventures! I can’t begin to say how grateful I am to those of you who suggested I convert it to a mirror. I smile every time I look up from my desk and catch a glimpse of it on the opposite wall. (More smiles: my vintage pull-toy, and a portion of Nana’s button collection, which I’ve displayed in a Ball canning jar.)
This is but a handful of my growing collection of personal talismans–static images and stationary objects, which no means could tell my life story by themselves. But when I’m faltering (for whatever reason), they remind me of the roads I’ve traveled so far, and serve as signposts for the way forward.