I finally took the plunge into Facebook Marketplace. I love finding gems that are out there. Craigs List was my jam five to ten years ago but had gotten away from it. A couple of weeks ago I found someone locally on Facebook Marketplace that had an old printers tray available.
I reached out to her and we settled on a price (always negotiate on these platforms) and scheduled a time to pick this up.
I was inspired by Liz Joy of Pure Joy Home in seeing this image in the background of one of her instagram photos and thought it was a must.
Patrick and I have been collecting shells and whatnot from our little adventures and wanted to keep them for memory sake. While I love memory boxes I also love to practically use and display things rather than keep everything boxed away. A display of these earthy items is perfect for artwork that has meaning to your home! (I’ve pressed flowers as a simple display as well.)
I had originally thought I would use a shot glass display for this but as I thought through it all, I loved the idea of warm wood tones for something so ‘earthy’ and to bring warmth to our home (but you also know I looooove black as you know by my gallery wall and tv wall 🖤
This was the original I came home with after my purchase.
It’s perfect, but I didn’t love the color. I wanted a deeper wood tone. We had some stain left over from a previous project so I went for it. Used a simple rag, stain and some q-tips. Because this piece has so many tight corners, I needed a ‘tool’ to assist, so q-tips do the trick!
With stain, you can apply and wipe away, but I just chose to apply with the rag, no wipe away. The depth of the stain is perfect for my liking and turned out PERFECTLY!
I then laid out the shells in the locations I thought best fit. This is a short term collection. Yes, I could hoard shells and fill it immediately but that’s not the goal. The goal is for this to be a process and a collection of experiences and memories. We want to enjoy the process of collecting and adding to this piece as we live. Sometimes I think we get in a hurry up and finish mode and we miss out on the living and experiencing mode. So we will live and collect and love it along the way!
I then used glue to keep the shells in place. I didn’t want to rest the shells but instead utilize the open space and allow the shells to actually be seen. I made sure the glue I chose was clear, did not foam and would adhere properly.
When you first apply the glue, the shells move around as expected. I waited a full 24 hours to assure each piece was secure.
I cannot wait to fill this with memories from our adventures!
Now to find a place to hang 🤔