Sometimes I do things just to see if I can. Do you know what I mean? At least that is the way many of my craft projects get started. Several years ago I bought a piano keyboard that looks like an actual piano when it is put together, the point being that it came in a very large box. Are you familiar with the story about the two year old who gets the wonderful new scooter or dollhouse and they are more interested in the big box it came in then the gift itself? Well I am still that two year old. There is something magic about a huge box. Isn't there? I don't know maybe you don't know what I mean but my cats understand. Of course for them there is so much more magic as almost any box is bigger than a cat.
Now I don't have the occasion to come accross very large boxes very often and as I have already stated they are magic...and should not be thrown away. I am serious we had to replace our dryer a few month ago and it came in a delishouly big box. It broke my heart that we had to cut up the box to get the dryer out. I'm not joking. It was painful for me to see that magnificent box diminished to scrapes of cardboard. Any way back to my story. I kept the keyboard box and debated what to do with it.
It wasn't too long before an opportunity presented itself. My nephews birthday was coming up so I decided to make him a spaceship. I decked it out with a full costume, space treats and a console with a bunch of dials. I don't have a picture of the top but it had a pointed space needle look made from trash bags. I don't remember what made up he framework and the sides also not pictured had the "fins" (that's probably not the right word) of a spaceship. The best part was that with a little help from my SO (significant other) we deposited it on my sister porch early on the morning of my nephews birthday, so he could wake up to his big birthday surprise. I didn't get to see his reaction but I got to here great stories about it.
I have only these two pictures of the project thanks to my sister. I didn't take any of my own. I have learned since then to take lots more photos of my projects. Well, without further delay here are the two existing photos.
As I write this I am aware that my nephew has been a source for a lot of my inspiration. If you have read previous post you may already be aware of that fact. So it is should only be expected that this next project is also due to is wonderful wild imagination.
Last May I hosted mothers day at my house and for some reason I decided to have a theme. My theme was Gypsy Mothers Day. You can read the full post on my other blog here. The kids loved it so much that they were talking about having a theme for Fathers day and my nephew suggested Viking Fathers Day. I don't know where that came from but since the fathers in our family are of Swedish and Norwegian decent and mostly because it was just fun to say "Viking Fathers Day" the idea kind of stuck.
So what to do......????? Well Vikings need ships right? So with a lot of cardboard, some google images and the magic of Adobe Illustrator. I made this: