I created a new collection of curiosities as gifts to the family this Christmas. All were based on stories, movies or legends they liked as kids. Click on images to enlarge.
Boat Plank from the "MAX"
For my brother in law Paul. A weathered old plank from a small boat found on the shore of a wild island where some say "things" live. Circa 1963.
Keepsakes of "D. Gale"
For my sister Monica. An old box, circa 1900, containing odd pieces of yellow brick wrapped in blue gingham.
Pirate Edward Low's Flag
For my brother Ted Lowe. The tattered remains of the actual pirate flag flown by the infamous Captain Edward "Ned" Low.
Martian War Telegram
For my father. A 1953 telegram sent to Gen. Mann in Santa Rosa CA. alerting him that "cylinders" have crashed all around the world. Dr. Clayton Forrester is also mentioned and to be retained for consultation.
For my sister Megan. A rare unicorn fawn's first horn shed like "baby teeth" at 1000 years old before maturing.
For my brother in law Kirk. A fabled Sankara stone found by Prof. Henry Jones Jr.
Nanny Wanted Ad
For my Mom. A clipping from a 1910 London Times newspaper page featuring a "help wanted" ad for a nanny at 17 Cherry Tree Lane.
These are all not only extremely clever ideas, but awesome gifts! I envy your family :)ReplyDelete
Same here! Tell us more about the making of them!ReplyDelete
Wonderfully thoughtful gifts, and they say something about the recipients. I'm afraid my own sister would have hurled that yellow brick at my head and demanded a "real" gift.ReplyDelete
I want to be part of your family! I would love to see the expressions as these gifts were opened.ReplyDelete
Great job Dave!
Christmas morning is an adventure at your house!! Love them all! :)ReplyDelete
Those are just absolutely amazing. You are quite brillaint. (I know you know that, but I had to say it anyway :D ) Merry Christmas.ReplyDelete
Amazing! They all turned out wonderful!ReplyDelete
Santa Clause couldn't have done any better himself! Wow.. what truly awesome gifts! I love them all, but the Indiana Jones stone and Edward Low's flag are fantastic and both up my alley! I'd pillage and plunder to obtain such cool gifts!ReplyDelete
Its always a good day when I check out your blog and you've posted some more creative inspiration for us all, Thanks!!
Glad you like.
Max, yeah, It would be fun to share the "making of" on a few. I didn't take any photos in the process but I'll try to write something up soon.
I will always cherish mt little piece of the yellow brick road.ReplyDelete
Those are all really great, Dave.ReplyDelete
Imagine being a little kid and coming across those in your grandparents, or great uncle's house. It would be life changing.
This post is a wonderful example of your creativity. I can only wonder at how you come up with such a diverse assortment of ideas for gifts.ReplyDelete
What a fantastic idea for Christmas gifts!! They certainly will be the type that your family would treasure more than any gift purchased, since it would hold more sentimental value. I'd love to read your notes on how you made them. Would be great for table setting props if you were doing a party based on one of the books! I definitely will be borrowing your idea :)ReplyDelete
Ingenious! I think someone could create a Hallmark movie based on what you've done. Bet there were big smiles all around.ReplyDelete
Hi Dave! I am here to wish you and your family a happy new year! Peace, Love, harmony and healthy! xoxoReplyDelete
what thoughtful gifts that were so beautifully doneReplyDelete
Dude...you don't only think out of the box, you think down the street and in the next town!ReplyDelete
I just love the way you take a detail and blow it up. Most folks wouldn't look that deep.
You are fanFREAKINtastic my friend!
I love that the yellow brick is wrapped in Dorothy's old dress.ReplyDelete
This is insanely awesome. Bugger my family! I'm making these for myself!ReplyDelete
I love these ideas!!! I would be "blessed" to receive gifts like these :) Keep it up - Creativity is Contagious! :)ReplyDelete