Saturday, November 8, 2008

Antique Shadow Box



This beautiful shadow box came from an antique store in Scottsdale Arizona. I bought it about 15 years ago. Actually, it originally wasn't a shadow box. Some clever person added a box on the back of this old frame. The box is constructed of plywood that has been painted.

Inside the box is a sort of coiled nest that really is dried coral vine. I harvested it from the vine after the frost had turned it brown. I also added moss to fill in around the vine. I think it gives it a very woodsy look.

The picture of my daughter is when she was about 15 months old. She was at the birthday party for a friends' daughter. It is one of my very favorite pictures of her. I have the picture tucked into a floral frog that I bought at a garage sale. Then added a touch of lace to soften the look. A little piece of an old beaded necklace is strung on the vine. The little baby bonnet hanging on the side of the frame is crocheted with the tiniest little chains and small flowers. I, also, bought it at a garage sale years ago when I lived in Arizona. It is so small that it either has to be for a large doll or a newborn. I just love the delicate look of it.

This box is hanging on the wall above the chest of drawers in my bedroom. It is the same chest that I've had since I was a very young child. It has seen a lot of moves and a lot of paint over the years and even endured my daughter drawing on the front of the drawers with a permanent magic marker when she was five........

6 comments:

Neabear said...

A very pretty shadow box. Looks great! Adorable picture of your daughter too. Fun memories you have.

Jean Tuthill said...

I love the shadowbox, it is so creative. It's really a work of art. Your daughter was a beautiful baby!

Martha said...

It's not a shadow box but a memory box!

Couture de Papier said...

Beautiful treasure!

Charmingdesigns said...

I LOVE your shadow box!!! Laurie

Sondra said...

What a neat idea for a shadow box. Love the idea of displaying your daughter's picture...hhmmmm....another idea to add to my list :)
Sonnie