As we will get a brand new kitchen at the end of May, we have been browsing through our kitchen cupboards to get rid of everything too much (which was quite a lot to be honest). On this occasion I found a wooden box that once held three knives. I thought it to be the perfect size for a wall hanging configuration tray (or whatever one should call it).
At that stage it looked way too clean and
neat (even though I chose the TH
I created a wire hanging for the tray trying not to be too exact with bending and curling.
There - my wall hanging tray was ready.
At that stage I still did not know what to fill it with. Maybe a lot of TH goodness? Or do some heavy embellishing with tickets collected on our various holiday trips? Hm.
I started to browse through my beach findings again and then the idea just hit my mind: I have been collecting fossils, stones, shells and nature finds in general since I can think and my son does the same now. In his room he has two showcases filled with self gathered "nature treasures" and "loaned" finds and more treasures from me and my husband.
I decided to use some of them for my wall hanging. And voila!
I very much enjoyed translating Ovid's "Metamorphosis" in school and have been loving the meaning of this word ever since (and use it quite often to be honest ;). So I enter SSSS's "quotable" challenge with this project. I also enter Country View Crafts' challenge "Pick and mix - anything goes" and also Simon Says Stamp challenge "anything goes".
Most of the treasures were collected during our hiking trips, some of them were bought at the annual fossil show and some are very special "specials" :)
For example the stone my son painted when he was maybe four or five years old, trying to make it look like an insect enclosed in amber:
Or the beetle I collected in the
Except the big trilobite all the fossils are "self-found"! We have a great spot near Vienna where one can find them quite easily.
The shark tooth and the pearl are from a geological museum site a bit up the Danube, where a huge prehistoric mussel bed was discovered which proves that there once was ocean nearby our place! Kids can filter shark teeth and pearls in a huge sandpit there.
Just HAVE to show you the image! Isn't he beautiful (and big)?
As we found the caterpillar in our garden on the very first day we entered it and this is such a wonderful thing to remember I hope it will be okay if I enter the Craft Room challenge "In Our Garden - Anything but a card" with this project.
Back to the wall hanging: I stamped some words that came to my mind while watching the filled tray onto card that I had given an aged look in advance, cut them out and glued them to the frame.
Some more close-ups which I hope you will enjoy:
I hope you will forgive me my picture- AND word-heavy post this time! Thank you very much for stopping by!!!
die amelie x