Friday, July 5, 2013

KEVY'S FIRST SAND IN A SHADOW BOX & TUTORIAL

For Kevy's second birthday, she and I built her a sandbox.


TUTORIAL

It's built out of 2"x6" boards and I had the lumber store cut two 8' pieces in half.  So, we had four 4' pieces. We used big nails to hammer the pieces together.  I cut two 1"x6" boards on an angle and put them in the corners for Kevy and her friends to sit on. 
 She and I had fun deciding exactly where to place her sandbox.  She didn't really understand until we poured the play sand into the box.
She was sooo happy!!
Then, I took a photo of her in her new sandbox.  When I saw the photo, I knew we had to do something special with it.  So, I got a shadow box.  I used Elmer's glue and poured lots of it on the mat.  Then, Kevy and I put lots and lots of sand on the glue.  Then, I put more glue and added more sand so it was really, really thick.  I poured extra sand in the bottom of the frame, then very carefully attached our mat to her photo.  You have to be very careful to make sure the sand stays only on the bottom and not on the glass or photo because it will look messy.
That was 21 years ago!  I've painted that wall several times and each time I'm very, very careful handling the shadowbox because I didn't want the sand to get messy on the glass and photo.
After all of these years, I still have Kevy's first sand!!


And, I still have her sandbox.  It's old now, but I could never get rid of it because of the fun memories.

30 comments:

  1. Hey Lynda, your photo and layout are fantastic,stunning layout for the pic, she is so sweet, and the fantastic memories, that sandbox is in its place of honour to last you a lifetime, how special is that, thanks for sharing your special memories it touch my heart with a little squeeze. Have a wonderful week..

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    1. Thank you, Dianne. Yes, it is so sweet to look at this photo and remember the fun Kevy and friends had playing in the sandbox.

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  2. Oh I so remember those precious days when my children were small. Fabulous photo. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Yes, I always loved the way the sun was highlighting her hair.

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  3. What a sweet and unique way to keep the memory and what an adorable little girl she was, and I'm sure, still is! Thanks for sharing this at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a super week!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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    1. Thank you, Deborah. She's in Brooklyn, NY right now and about to be in a musical theatre production at the Flea Theatre. Tickets just went on sale for Under The Greenwood Tree. I'm so excited for her!

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  4. What a wonderful idea! Wish I would've thought of it when my kids were little. But I'm going to keep it in mind for my future grandchildren! Thanks for sharing!

    Kim @ {enjoy the view}

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    1. Thanks! It really is special to still have it but, have to be very, very careful handling it because of the dusty sand. If you do it, maybe there's a way to seal in the sand at the bottom.

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  5. I love the sandbox and the photo! That is just so sweet and such a great memory! Thanks for linking with TTF this week.

    Linda

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    1. Thank you! and, it really is a sweet photo. I remember those days, so well!!

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  7. Such a sweet post. I love the shadow box idea with the sand. It's perfect for that precious photo.

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  8. Thank you, Maggie! If you make a sand shadow box, try to figure out a way to secure the sand, so it won't spread dust around.

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  9. Hi Lynda,
    I remember those days so well. We had built a sandbox for our son pretty much the same as yours only about four feet bigger. We were living out in the country and that November we moved so he only got the one summer to play in it. Fortunately, we are surrounded by beaches so he got to play on the beach every summer after that. Thanks for the memories and sharing at my HOME. Have a lovely weekend.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  10. I so miss the days my children were small and playing in their sand box...time flies by so fast!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!!!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Yes, time really flies by!! I miss those days, too.

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  11. Lynda, I love this idea! My son just built his two boys a sand box. I need to show him the picture. Love having things like this to remember those wonderful childhood days! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. Thank you, Jann. It's best to figure out a way to contain the sand so it won't scatter if he uses a shadow box. The boys will LOVE their sandbox.

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  12. What a sweet idea! You must have been very careful creating this - a marvelous way to preserve special memories. I am delighted that you shared with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  13. Aww this is so sweet! Cute pic of Kevy in the sandbox. Thanks for sharing @ Submarine Sunday!

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  14. Thanks so much Lynda for sharing this cute memory of Kevy at Simple & Sweet Fridays. Love the sandbox and the frame with her photo, she's a cutie!

    Jody

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  15. Great idea with the shadow box and such a great memory to have! Thanks for linking up to the Friday Follow Along.

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    1. Yes, just have to be careful how you contain the sand so it won't scatter dust inside your frame.

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  16. My kids are begging for a sandbox! thanks for making it sound easy!!! I hope you will link up again at the Friday Follow Along! http://www.ffflinkypals.blogspot.com/2013/07/friday-follow-along-link-up-and-party.html

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    1. Hi Heather, Your kids will LOVE their new sandbox. Nails will work just fine, but I think it's better to use screws, if you can. Nails were just easier for me. And, Lowe's or wherever you get your boards, will probably cut them for you at no charge. Have Fun!

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