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Fraternity Secret Compartment Wooden Book Box

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Axn box inside

I have a whole lot of respect for Mister’s fraternity, an ever-expanding group of great guys that I am proud to know and call friends. Going into college, I’d only ever heard of Alpha Chi Nu (aka – AXN – aka – Archon) because my Uncle is a proud alum. I had come into college with the expectation that all Greeks were either drunks or sluts, and I was really proven wrong when I met my friend Nikki, who introduced me to sorority life. In the fall of 2008, I decided to pledge her sorority, Zeta Theta Chi, and I guess I can thank that for introducing me to Mister. Part of my pledging included meeting and getting a picture with each pledge of every organization. Lucky for me, Mister decided to pledge the same time I did, and I finally got my chance to talk to that cute guy in my Zoology class.

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How’s that for old school? Check out those braces. 🙂

Anyway, we both went on to become active members of our respective organizations (and also “Little Bro” and “Little Sis” to each other’s organizations), and Greek life is very near and dear to our hearts. Even though we’re both alumni now, we still try to actively participate with our brothers and sisters and still like to get/make new memorobilia. That being the case, I couldn’t resist doing something Archon related for Mister once I found an adorable wooden sheep (the Archon mascot) at the local craft store. A little more browsing led me to the wooden letters and this fantastic wooden book-shaped box. I fiddled around with it for awhile, trying to decide how it opened since there were obviously hinges, and found that the cover opens up from the edge of the spine to reveal the perfect hiding place for something flask-sized – or objects not related to drinking ;).

I covered inside and out with many coats of a golden yellow paint, and I attached the sheep cutout and the letters with hot glue to the front book cover, the side that opens.

Axn box front

Down the side, I painted Mister’s last name, the Archon crest, and the symbolic Roman numeral for thirteen.

Axn box side

 

 

Lastly, I knew there was a Latin phrase of some importance to the fraternity, but Mister couldn’t remember the proper spelling. After asking around, I finally got the phrase I was looking for, and I freehanded the lettering on to the back cover (not very well, I might add).

Axn box back

Since posting the pictures, Mister’s secret compartment book box has become quite the hit with his brothers. Looks like I’ll be doing another one very soon for a lucky brother’s birthday. 🙂

Testing Out MarsEdit

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Hello there, everyone! I just downloaded MarsEdit to work on Creative Chronicle from my desktop instead of web browser. It’s completely compatible with WordPress, and so far it is incredibly simple to use (which is great for someone like me with such little experience). Do you use any blog editing software or do you just work with what is offered on the site?

I wanted to make a post to see how it would appear on the site, but also didn’t want it to be some annoying “Testing…1…2…3…” blog entry, so instead I’ll offer you a preview of coming attractions. What kind of crafty shenanigans did Mister and I get into? You only get a sneak peak with this pic, but stay tuned to Creative Chronicle (most likely at the beginning of next week) to see our finished masterpieces ;).

 

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Harlot Hangers

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An experiment with oven-bake clay has turned into some nifty magnets. By using a mold for faces, I was able to bake and paint what I am now calling “Harlot Hangers”…lovely ladies of the night with gaudy makeup included! These magnets are pretty strong, and I’m looking forward to creating more sets such as this, and possibly selling them on etsy.

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To new beginnings…

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I have always been the type to feel incomplete without some big project looming overhead…and by “some big project”, I mean several large projects going on at the same time. I’ve made clothing, dolls, strange knick knacks, even repurposed furniture, and painted every surface I could put a paintbrush to. I feel best when I’m creating, when I can feel how limitless the possibilities are. In the past, I have felt mediocre with completed projects, and I’m aiming for growth and development by starting this blog. From here on out, I wish to chronicle the projects (large & small) that I begin in my sometimes-hectic-always-stressful life.

One thing that has remained constant in my experimentations into the creative has been journaling. It’s a passion to not only write but to create visual elements within the text to wholly express myself. Recently, I’ve closed the book on several aspects of my life. I’m ready for a fresh start and new beginnings.

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It’s time to shake things up. Yes, I dare disturb the universe. I shall sing stories across these pages held by my owl-muse. I will make a change, and grow, and most of all…evolve…

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