Thursday, May 29, 2014

Our First Home Mixed Media Shadow Box

This creative project is close to home... it celebrates the day we bought our home!

I used a shadow box from Hobby Lobby to fill with the memorabilia.  I printed a photo of the house right around that time and the photo of Himself and I with our realtor on the big day.  They are attached to the back of the shadow box.

Then I added the keepsakes...

I'll start with the SPAM can as I'm sure that is what grabbed your eyes first!  LOL  Here's the story:  Himself's uncle worked for Hormel for 41 years.  When we visit in the fall it is a tradition that he and his wife take us to the SPAM museum.  (Yes, there is really a SPAM museum and it is quite interesting!)  Anyway, on our 2007 visit he bought this coin bank in the gift shop, dropped the change in it, and handed to Himself saying "This is the fund for when you decide to buy your own home."

We weren't planning on buying a home then!  But a few months later thru a series of events we decided it was time to make that step.  The bottom left photo shows us when we finalized the purchase, our realtor opened the can and the change inside finished the payment cost!

The key is the one we got a few minutes later.  (And a couple hours after that I had the locks changed!)

Both the metal can and the metal key are for prompts from challenges at Pile It On and Craft Hoarders.  And the key itself for the prompt at Tando Creative.

The Luna moth is another story about our home.  

I was very unsure about this house.  We are WAY out in the country and there were a few other things factoring in too.  I prayed for something to show me that this was the home God intended for us.  Something unusual.

As I was walking thru the upstairs the sun was streaming in the windows.  On the floor was the shadow of a BIG butterfly.  When I looked at the window, there sat a beautiful perfect Luna moth.  He just sat there and slowly fanned his wings as I stared at him.  I haven't seen many Lunas in my life... and never one in the middle of a hot afternoon!  After a little while he gracefully flew away.

The lovely wings on this crafted Luna (no moths were hurt in the making of this shadowbox) fill the challenge of 'wings' at Deep Ocean Challenge and Craft Room Challenge.

I had a lot of fun putting this memory capsule together.  Great challenges from everyone!


  1. What a nice memory capsule to have and yes the spam caught my eye first. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  2. How creative to include the Spam can on your creation. You are so clever! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  3. So unique..gotta love the spam! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  4. Love this! Such a fun project, such a great story and a real conversation starter. You are a terrific story teller! One of my favorite posts this challenge! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge #8: Metal or Glass.

  5. This is such a fun artistic reminder of a major milestone in your lives. The SPAM can did grab at least one of my eyeballs, and the story that goes with it is fantastic. Isn't it amazing how seeing a splendid creation of nature can stay with you for years? I've never had the good fortune to see a Luna moth, but they sure are beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your keepsake and the wonderful stories that go with it.

  6. Fabulous memory 'picture' you have beautifully captured the elements I'm sure this is somewhere prominent at home and has become a great talking piece. Thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

  7. Absolutely love the story. The Spam caused some memories for sure.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

  8. what a great reminder of a special event - and yes, the spam can was the first thing to spring out at me…. thank you for sharing at Tando creative this month.

  9. How amazing and such a wonderful project. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Craft Room Challenge this fortnight
    Hugs Annie x

  10. What a great memory box and thank you for sharing the background on the elements used! Enjoy your home!! Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  11. Love your memory box! Thanks for playing along with the Craft Hoarders!

  12. I loved your story! And your project! Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

  13. Great take on the Metal of Glass Challenge. Thanks for playing along with us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog. Hugs from Ginny at Polly's Paper : )

  14. Hi Teri, please can you contact us at Tando regarding your prize, we have tried to email you but it keeps bouncing.....thank you :)

    1. I have used the sales contact as that is the only one I can find.