Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Wooden crosses

Since I am trying to not only save money for the wedding, but to pay off/down our bills, and just generally EAT everyday - I've been trying to come up with other ways to generate extra/more income. I'd like to think of myself as a creative person, so I thought that making something on the side and being able to sell it online might be a way to consider. After much thought into 1) what would sell 2) ease of shipping 3) originality, I came up with an idea to make some artwork that is inspired by a piece his mom gave to Chris a couple years ago. I will be making these wooden crosses that are like shadow-boxes, but filled with cement and decorative objects like stones, shells, small metal objects, etc. Another source of inspiration was the limestone cross that Jenna Bush was married in front of. Making one that is filled with chunks of limestone would give a similar look and be a less expensive alternative to the real thing. I know it sounds kind of strange, but it is an unusual and neat idea (I think) and can be hung on a wall or propped up on a shelf or mantel. Plus, it is something that I hadn't really seen before - so I liked that it would be somewhat novel.
I plan on starting with crosses, but want to expand into different shapes and picture/mirror frames. What's really cool about this concept is that anything goes, pretty much. In the frames, I could pour clear epoxy and use poker chips and cards (which would probably not fly within a cross). I could make them more rustic or more modern, depending on the materials used.
My first test will be tonight. I have several of the frames already built, and tonight I want to work on making one with seashells. If it's not disastrous, I will post the pics tomorrow. I just have to lighten up and loosen up my creative juices, so to speak!! I have to get into to creative mindset. I am excited about doing these, and hopefully they will be a good outlet for me creatively as well as bring in a little side cash!

Keep your fingers crossed!


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