Every day, I receive an e-mail message – actually, three – from The Daily OM. This is a new-agey site with an often insightful horoscope, and also a meditation for the day. Of course, there is also merchandising involved, so I get postings of new items from their store. Usually, I just trash them, but the Subject of the e-mail read “pop-up altars” and I couldn’t resist. I love the idea of folding items, and I love to make shrines, so this looked neat.
Of course, they are Hindu and Buddhist altars for meditation, but there are all sorts of possibilities. It would make a great idea for an altered book. It also reminded me of Karen’s Whimsy, a website that has a gallery of Reliquaries that the artist has made from board books. She has some really super things!
Bonus! I just found one of the pop up altar books on Amazon.com for only $3.91 from a seller! I’m getting it to see how it’s made.
Yesterday, I stopped by a cigar shop near my mother’s house. In the past, I had picked up boxes from the Tinder Box in Lenox Square Mall. I used to work at Crabtree & Evelyn, and every time I would go down the escalator, I would see piles of boxes outside the store, free for the taking. That was before cigar box purses became so popular. I once got to the point where I had over 50 (maybe even 100… you know I’m a packrat – and had no real idea what to do with them. I’m not into making purses. I eventually gave a lot of them away or sold them at garage sales.
Since I have been spreading my artistic wings, I have really been drawn to assemblage art. And I have started to accumulate boxes: Altoids tins, AOL tins, and cigar boxes. So it was with great gladness that I heard that the guys at the cigar place had some to give away. I came out with at least 20. Now, I need to make something with them! I actually got two that had two doors on top instead of the usual 1 hinge. One of them was very Brazilian, so I gave it to my Brazilian friend. Isn’t that a cool box? Now to find something to do with the others!