Tuesday, December 14, 2010




Very unusual "time" piece

I’ve always been intrigued with the idea of time capsules. When my children were young, we gathered together some of their toys and other everyday items like coins and newspapers. We placed them into a metal box along with a poem that we wrote and buried it in our yard in St. Louis. The poem started something like this:

“Woe be it to he, she and they who open this box before this day.”

The actual poem was longer but I can’t remember it now. As we placed the box into the ground, we were excited thinking about someone from another century finding it. We imagined the look on their faces when they discovered what life was like back in the twentieth century.

Jax's Time traveler book

It was with that in mind that I created this storybook for my new grandson, Jax. I decided that I wanted to fashion it after a “Once Upon a Time” type of story with an outer space theme.

"Once upon a time" and the Visitors from outer space

It is hard to believe that I actually found the very old time keeper ( I don’t know what it is exactly) that I placed on the front. It was stored away with steampunk type items in my studio and worked out perfectly. I set the date to his actual birthday.

Front of mysterious box where book is to be kept

I also wanted to have time appear to stand still on the day he was born. I think I accomplished it by showing each and every one of his relatives on the Dolby side of the family, as we were on that day. I know that right now I would love to have a journal or album created especially for me, exclaiming and proclaiming my birth. I would love to be perusing that sanctified book and viewing my aunts, uncles, cousins and entire family as they were on the day I was born.

View of some of the inside pages

My son Cameron, Jax's father

My parents, "The Greats"

Skyrockets and explosions from deep space...Jax is born!

I crackled and textured the box and added a mysterious key and the time keeper I had found. I placed his special book into the mysterious box I created for it.

Book placed inside of box

I’m headed for Washington D.C. this morning and I will surprise the parents with Jax’s book. I’m posting the blog just as I leave so that they can view it when I get there. Hope they like it.

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  1. Wow, what an incredibly wonderful present- they are so very lucky and so is Jax!
    P.S. My, er, YOUR package went out yesterday :D

  2. Gorgeous and magical..and super enchanting!! beautiful work! and so meaningful!! we are kindreds..i was very curious about time capsules too ha ha..wonderful!!Fabulous post!

  3. OMG, Cheryl! What a wonderful gift of love!!! Jax's parents will be thrilled with this heartfelt gift of spirit. Have a wonderful trip! Hugs, TErri xoxo

  4. That has to be the most thoughtful gift...ever!
    Your grandson will always know how much joy you felt at his arrival.
    Have a safe trip, Cheryl, XoX

  5. Wow Cheryl- beautiful inspiration and gift to your Grandson. Such a loving creation- thank you for sharing this!

  6. Oh Cheryl, I am sure they will treasure this book and the box for years to come! And Jax will one day be ever so grateful to you! A wonderful memento to pass to the next generation too! :)) The box is fabulous!!
    Have a wonderful time with your new grandson! ;))

  7. This is so perfect a gift for your new grandson Jax. Am sure it will be treasured for all time. Totally wonderful project and you made it fabulously. Annette x

  8. Lovely idea exquisitely executed!

  9. WOW!! What an amazing gift, so creative, so beautiful, so loving. Have a wonderful trip.

  10. This is so cool. What a special gift and one that will be treasured, I am sure.

  11. Congratulations with the new born grandson. This is a very special present, he will love it....

  12. Wow Cheryl,
    What a magical gift that will last forever in time.
    You never stop amazing me with your creative talent. Your awesome..
    A new grandson,enjoy Grandma.Truly special..
    Hugs,Laura. xoxx

  13. Wanted to send along some wishes for a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

    Love your art, you are one talented gal!

    Hugs, Gaby

  14. What a Fabulous gift to pass on to your new Grandson. Something he will treasure his entire life. That timepiece you placed on the front was incredible, my mouth dropped open when I first saw it!
    Have a Wonderful Christmas Cheryl
    hugs Lynn

  15. This is one amazing book and tin to keep it in. I love the steampunk inspired date calendar. It really sets the piece off marvelously. And the book is amazing. I love the page about skyrockets and explosions. It was one of my favorites. You did such an excellent job.

    By now you are in DC. I hope you have an awesome Christmas, and a safe and fun holiday.

  16. This is the most lovely thing ever! I have always wanted to do a journal and have seen many but this is just so unique and wonderful. The parents are going to be over joyed !
    Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece of art with us.
    Merry Christmas !

  17. What a special altered box and journal.

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