Remember the days when getting to a destination and staying in a hotel was half the fun? Roomy planes with curtained windows and hot meals; luxurious hotels with gloved bellhops; or even wood-paneled stationwagons with kids frolicking unbuckled in the back and adults navigating empty interstates using maps from the Amoco station were all part of the vacation experience.
Ok, truth be told, I don't remember those either (at least most of them). I'm not prehistoric after all!
Welcome everyone. I am Betsy Skagen of Paper Calliope and I do remember that as the youngest of four kids, I often shared the far back of the stationwagon with Wally, our Golden Retriever, who always managed to be wet, sandy and smell like the dead fish he had rolled in.
My altered art box reflects a more upscale holiday experience. It celebrates how I imagine some families enjoyed vacations during the 1940s-1970s--what I call the Golden Age of Travel.
You can see that the family in this hotel room has rushed outside to enjoy the sun and sand. Far too busy to pick up after themselves, the room is littered with vacation gear.
Golden Age of Travel Altered Art Box Tutorial
Tutorial--How to make the dresser
8 Sides at 1 3/16" w x 1 2/16" h
2 Left Side Fronts at 1 7/8" w x 1 1/4" h
2 Right Side Fronts at 1 11/16" w x 1 1/4" h (this smaller size leaves room for box to shut)
2 Left Side Backs at 1 7/8" w x 1 1/8" h
2 Right Side Backs at 1 11/16" w x 1 1/8" h
2 Left Side Bottoms at 1 7/8" l x 1 3/16" w
2 Right Side Bottoms at 1 11/16" l x 1 3/16" h
Phew--That was hard work.
Back to the tutorial--How to make the chair and floor
Tutorial--How to make the window
Tutorial--How to make the retro television
Tutorial--How to make the magazines, pillow and swimsuit
Tutorial--How to make the outside of the box
** No one gets to know the dimension of my personal drawers.
*** Definitely before my time!