This weekend I went to a juried art fair at the Anchorage Museum. I had my four-year-old monkey with me, so the show is mostly a blur, but I did buy this amazing treasure box.
It’s strange and quirky and covered with tons of tiny treasures. Here’s some of them:
1. Porcupine quills
2. Three canceled postage stamps from Argentina, the Netherlands, and Switzerland
3. A cool rock. I don’t know what kind.
4. A sand dollar
5. A leaf
6. A fossil
7. A mouse skeleton in a bottle
8. Coins from the USSR
9. Watch gears
10. An old GM key
11. Paper with Chinese writing
12. Empty bottles
This so inspired me that I rifled through old boxes tonight and found old ticket stubs from Jordan, Italy, and Egypt plus a ton of coins from the Czech Republic, Aruba, Mexico, and Jordan. I also have rocks from Pompeii, the Pyramids (okay, not sure if they’re actually from the Pyramids or just the general vicinity), the Great Wall of China (complements of my husband), and Hatshepsut’s tomb. I’ve got some stamps too, plus nifty ribbons, buttons, and paper.
I think I’m going to have to make my own boxes.
Do you have anything you’d have to put on your box? What’s inspired you lately?