Showing posts from January, 2012

The Sacramental Keepsake Box

I'm finally finished. I still can't believe it. I feel lost, not having a driving, desperate need to accomplish something (besides cooking, cleaning, shopping, laundry, and taking care of the kids). But since I was deprived of explaining to my daughter's class the meaning behind the box, I'm going to do it on here.    First off, this is a sacramental keepsake box that is meant to hold important objects (pictures, rosary, baptismal candle, etc.) that accumulate as one participates in the 7 Sacraments. It's part of the 2nd- grade class basket that will be auctioned off at the school gala. The kids are all supposed to participate in the making of it in some way. So I had them do their own religious-themed drawings and I used them to line the inside of the box. Some of the kids' artwork blew me away and others did about as expected.    Anyways, being the showoff that I am, I offered to take care of the outside of the box. Actually, that's not quite my reason - I …

History of the World in a Box - A Work in Progress

"Cromwell, I charge thee: Fling away ambition, for by that sin fell the angels." I don't remember what Shakespeare play that's from, but I think about it a lot lately.
   I'm busy working night and day on a sacramental keepsake box as part of the 2nd grade class basket to be auctioned off at the school gala. There is so much to say about this box and quite frankly I'm too tired to right now. I spent an awful lot of time doing research, and planning. Everything from the colors to the symbols to numbers and formations have been carefully planned to coincide together. Let's start with the top- inspired by the Garima Gospel of Ethiopia. This is the oldest illuminated Christian manuscript, so it seemed fitting to start with artwork that gives a nod to it. No, it's not done. But that's why this is a WIP.
Here's what it looks like now:
 Apparently the theme of this year's 1st Communion/Reconciliation is "The Prayer of St. Francis". Since…