Monday, July 4, 2011

Take Me On A Sea Cruise...

Ah, the sea.  It has inspired many and tantalized all of us in some way at some time.  This project was inspired by the possibility of sailing upon the high seas; not so much as an adventuresome pirate, but as a honeymooning couple upon a luxurious cruise ship, smoothly touching many little islands in the Caribbean.

This altered cigar box uses loads of Cosmo Cricket "Salt Air", which is both soothing and whimsical.  There are fun prints and patterns, childhood whimsy and even touches of vintage nostalgia.  I added little wooden spools for feet, a stacked button "knob" to open the box and a wire handle with lots of funky ribbon choices.

The back is lots of fun and has a place for a photo, to be placed after our voyage. Inside I'll place all the little mementos we collect like ticket stubs, labels, postcards, photos, and any other little treasures we find that will remind us of our sea cruise -- the first as a married couple.  Any suggestions for what we should be sure to collect?

It's truly summertime now, and our nation's birthday -- the fourth of July -- and I'm likely sitting on the beach in Cape Cod as you read this.  Have a safe and happy Fourth -- Happy Birthday, America!  Break out the sparklers and have a slice of watermelon for me!  And for more beachy, artistic goodness check out my good friend Jenn Shurkus' {creative chick} blog...

"It is an interesting biological fact that all of us have in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea--whether it is to sail or to watch it--we are going back from whence we came." - John F. Kennedy

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  1. i love this project shannon!!!! :) thank you for participating... and thats one of my fave jfk quotes too!!!

  2. This is very fun! Love the bright colors you used!