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Sunday, January 16, 2011

British Invasion Love and Faux Tin Letters

Remember the paper mache letters that were on my work desk the other day?

Well, they've gone through a few changes since then.  I was recently inspired to make tin LOVE letters, using what I had on hand -- cardboard.

I've also been thinking a lot lately, about one of our all-time favorite family vacations -- a canal narrow boat tour in the English countryside. This was such an amazing trip -- we intentionally chose a route that required hand cranking lots and lots of locks.  This was so our kids could get lots of sunshine and exercise, and it culminated a home school unit on the industrial revolution.  Kind of an "ultimate field trip"!

I was absolutely taken by the canal art we saw along the way.  Historically, narrow boats in England are decorated with paintings of castles and beautiful roses.  It is such a cheerful sight to see these decorated boats tied up along the side of the canals.  I've wanted to create some wall art that commemorated that trip, incorporating lots of pretty roses.

This beautiful image, by Richard Beghin, can be found here.
I love how the photographer captured the narrow boat reflections in his composition.

And, recently, I ran across this Union Jack Weekend Bag.  Can you say "LOVE"?  The rest, as they say, is history.

I have to say that the Union Jack is one of the coolest looking flags on the planet!

It totally lends itself to artistic interpretation (and stands pretty well on it's own, too).

And did you know that today is kind of an anniversary of the beginning of the "British Invasion" of the U.S?  On February 16th, 1964, "I Want to Hold Your Hand" hit  #1 on the charts in the U. S. -- helping build excitement for the coming American tour.

Do you want to know a secret?  I want to know what you think -- do you LOVE it?  Does it make you happy inside?  And do you want the tutorial?  And were any of you old enough to see the Beatles perform in 1964?  What are your memories of that time? Whisper in my ear....
Edit:  The tutorial is now posted for this project, and can be found here.

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  1. Oh man, your sign looks absolutely amazing! The fabric Union Jack is really inspiring. I'd love to see a tutorial on your letters.

    Friends of mine went on a canal boat vacation in Scotland, and their stories and photos have made me want to go SO much.


  2. Oh, how funny. We were both channeling Jane Austin at the same time or something. :)

  3. I remember the Beatles on Ed Sullivan. I was allowed to stay up and was so excited. It was a whole new kind of music and we loved it!

  4. I love the Union Jack too. This is really cool and unique. Love the plaid on the red stripes.

  5. my parents were Beatles fans, I remember waiting eagerly for when it would be my turn one day to raise the Union Jack Flag at Girl Guides.

    Great peice of art work there, and the bag is a fabulous find

  6. Waaaa, for some reason I can't see the boats on my computer. But I love the letters. They absolutely look like tin at first glance. Hanging up high, no one would ever notice the difference. While not old enough to have seen the Beatles, my mom was a big fan and I grew up listening to the music and because of that, the sound of a vinyl record spinning makes me happy.

  7. Hullo?!!!!Simply fab.Major awesome!!!!!!!!Thanks for sharing.

  8. Great job on the faux tin letters, I'd love to see a tutorial! Thank you for linking to Masterpiece Monday. Mary :O)

  9. First of all I have to tell you that I love the way you use what you have on hand. Your letters turned out really cool looking and I do love how your whole project turned out. Now second of all - you sure do ask some silly questions - OF COURSE we want a tutorial! I was only seven in 1964 so the Beatles didn't interest me much, but I had four older sisters and I sure remember their reactions! Lots of screaming!

  10. K, I L.O.V.E. love this project. And yes, the Union Jack is one of the nicest flags about.

  11. Love the Union Jack art! The letters are great, too! Thanks for linking up at WWC!!


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