Wednesday, May 23, 2012


"She Sells Sea Shells by The Sea Shore ... She Dreams of Life Beyond the Shore"


The Challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue   is hosted by Lou Anne from Misplaced Mermaid.  It's no wonder that her she chose Mermaids as her theme. 

If you visit Inspiration Avenue this week, her post about Mermaids is truly fascinating. I extremely happy when she posted this theme  because  I recently purchased some vintage watercolor paint box tins and I have been waiting for something to inspire me.  Thanks to Lou Anne, I found the theme challenge this week to be just the inspiration that I needed.


                         Vintage Artista Paint Box Tin by Binney & Smith

 I left the vintage label on the top of the tin and I loved that the number on it was #16. That number has always been connected to something special in my life.  The original color of the tin was blue and perfect for a Mermaid theme.


                     Play in the warmth of the Sun ... Dance in the light of the Moon 

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  1. You are so creative! I love this tin and the way you carried the mermaid theme throughout. Love the tags the mermaiden is carrying :)

  2. This is the coolest thing ever!

  3. WOW, these are awesome, Kim!

  4. The tins are incredible. I'd never have thought of doing something like that. And then to do it so well! I can imagine them sitting on a shelf and a visitor being intrigued and surprised. Beautiful.


  5. Thank you for all the sweet comments! This has been one of my newest favorite things to make. :) I just completed another one with the theme of PARIS. I love that these cool vintage tins have been used by an artist somewhere long ago and that they still have a use today. And yes, Rachel I agree, I love that you can shut it and place it on a shelf or desk and there is a beautiful surprise inside!

    Thank you for stopping by!!!

  6. You have such a creative mind! I love every scrap, bit and bob you used to recreate this tin. How much fun to see the beautiful outside and open it to another surprise!

  7. What fabulous creative paint tins- I can't get enough of these- a feast for the eyes and soul. So playful and fun!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. Oh I want to make one of these now! This is so very clever of you! wow, you did a fantastic job! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

  9. Thank you for sharing your special mermaid image with us! I fell in love with it as soon as I saw it. I'm sure the Paris one is fabulous too but you know I'm partial to mermaids.

  10. This is just amazing. I love the detail, and all the amazing bits you have included. Such an amazing entry this week.

  11. As soon as I saw the first photo, I knew you had created this assemblage using an old/vintage watercolor box. I've been looking for one of those for ages. However, I would never have done it justice like you did yours. I'm so very impressed with your creation as well as your mermaiden (what a lovely word). Not only is this creative, it is the perfect color, too. I so enjoyed this challenge piece.

  12. You are so creative. LOVE this entry. Wow Wow.What a great shrine!!!!


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