My long time friend, Gayle sent me this first photo yesterday. She had trouble taking the photo because the glass was glued onto the front of the box... It is very hard to get a good photo through glass.
Anyway, I put both of these photos on because I think that this was my first room box, but I'm not sure.
It may have been the one below.
They were definitely my first two room boxes. I'm just not sure of the order.
I gave Gayle the one of the sewing room because I first met her in one of the embroidery classes that I was teaching here in Tucson. Then a bit later, she moved into a house about five houses down the street from me.
We got to be good friends and our kids grew up together for a while. Then she moved back to Maine.
Anyway, The sewing box is still in her real sewing room. It wasn't too bad for a first or second try at making room boxes. I built the table... I had a kit for a Chrysenbon sewing machine and chair. The wallpaper was gift wrap. If you ever want to try that, be sure to spray it with artist's fixative before you do. That will make it usable.
I was very proud of the dress on the dress form at the time... Then I learned about scale in fabric as well as scale in miniature... Not so proud after that. It is mad from very thick velvet.
This kitchen was something that I made for my dad. We were on a farm, where the kitchen looked a lot like this. Wood stove and pump at the kitchen sink.
The stove in this one is a Chrysenbon. The rest of the furniture, I built myself. A lot of the accessories(cat, pumpkin, other food and pitcher on the table wer made from Sculpey and painted. Back then there weren't a lot of things to buy.
We came to Phoenix, AZ when I was four and I was a desert rat from that time forward. I hated going back to Michigan in the summer. It was sticky and lots of bugs. And in AZ we had running water and coolers in the summertime. And we got to eat store bought bread most of the time...
Anyway, I enjoyed seeing that Gayle still has one of my first room boxes and I have the other one...
I just thought that you might like to see what started it all... The first two.
Back to work.
See you tomorrow.