The tray was picked up at my not so local crafty outlet store. I love, love, love this place and usually make the hour trip about once per month. I would be in trouble if it were closer. I paid about five bucks for the tray because there were a few scratches on it.
I am not sure where I found it, but the button is a treasure. It is from the Detroit Police, close to where I grew up. In order to add texture moss was added. It makes for a nice curious bit for my tiny shoppe. In order to achieve more dimension I layered paper and also used tall glue dots to raise some of the imagery from the back of the tray. Some of the butterflies are also popped off the page for interest.
Here is a bit more moss too. I kind of went with a flora and fauna idea when searching for my curiosities. I had some shells out on my work table and thought they were a fun addition to my assemblage. Lots of distress stain was also used to make my edges finished and old looking. I cannot live without this stuff.
I could not resist adding a tiny gadget, otherwise known as a watch movement. Who would have thought I could include nature and industry in one piece and have it actually look cohesive? Thanks to Graphic 45 for that one!
Lots more metal goodness here. I aged some of my new stuff to make it look old. I rusted the pen nib as well as the clock charm. The tiny clock key was altered a bit with some black acrylic paint. I was not even searching for that little doodad, but knew when I stumbled upon it that it had to go in this piece. The old watch spring was crammed into a tiny bottle alone with another coil of wire.
More fun stuff in these little areas too. The paper had a nice image of the women's legs in a bottle. I cut off the bottle off the image and used their idea by adding it to my own little bottle. This was the perfect project to add another one of my little apothecary domes with a mushroom inside. So super fun and cute. I thought the Girl Scout pin was another unique addition.
I have been hanging on to this large clock key for a long time. It was a score from my dad. He has the best stuff and once in a while I get to partake. This project is the perfect place to display it. The flakes inside of the jar are burnished mica flakes and they are available at Alpha Stamps. They also have all this wonderful paper over there and apothecary domes too. Yes, they are my favorite shop due to my wonderful new Design Team appointment. Their shop is worth exploring!
Another clever trick. I mounted some left over eggs I had right to my shrine. I love how this mimics some of the imagery in this paper line. Most of the trinkets in this project are simply held with matte medium. It pretty much just disappears.
To finish the tray I added the last of Tim Holtz's box corners. I am sad my supply is diminished, these are good staples to have in your stash.
I hope you enjoyed browsing my own little Shoppe of Curiosities. It sure was fun to assemble. Since assemblage is one of Wendy Vecchi's styles, I am also entering this into Simon Says Stamp and Show's weekly challenge.