Monday, 13 August 2012

A Map and a Curiosity Cupboard

This map is attached too ...

the little cupboard I picked up from the car boot and hubby painstakingly scraped all the brown gunge off, I think I said that I was going to use a map, then scrapbooking paper but having used that for some of Aunt Janes Christmas projects went back to using a map, which was a lucky find on Saturday at Bridport Market, just hoping that there was one of this area, there were some lovely old ones but none for here so had to settle for this one, so set off with the can of glue spray and scissors and had a fun half hour sticking it to the back of the cupboard.

 you can see that I have cut the map in half, as to get Bridport and the sea at eye level, but as the shelf comes roundabout this area didnt think it would matter to much.

now comes the fun bit of finding bits to put in it, decided to transfer the hands from the mantle to the cupboard after doing a post about them a few weeks ago, they had begun to spook me out a bit, realising when seeing them full on in a picture they did look a bit strange! the little tile shaped hands were from my lovely friend Jo from Grange-over-Sands in Cumbria, who had been to Potfest.

these flower frogs are great for displaying photos, have been looking for some for ages (because they had to be old and well used) and then these 2 turned up the same day as the cupboard, 50p for the 2, I have grown up with flower frogs my Mum and Dad had a greengrocers and flower shop with lots of land and greenhouses where all the flowers were grown, so Mum, Grandma and Auntie (who drove a huge Bedford van when delivering orders) used them for flower arrangements.

Aunt Jane of course, a shell which has been around for ever, a printers number 3, because we live at no 3 and a photo of hubby, the one on the right and his beloved dog Major.

Lucite paperweights, which have been picked up at carboots, markets and an old key found in the garden.

This corners a bit blurry for some reason, but there is a collection of old books and a Lucite paperweight found on Saturday with the map, a picture of Uncle Jack with the prize bull and a little picture which you cant see, but has a lovely little frame of gold, some relations of hubbys do not know in the faintest who they are, but hey ho, they are quite scary so perhaps its as well you can't see them.

and Percy who just happened to fly in

so the doors close on the Curiosity Cupboard complete with me in the glass, had wondered if I should have painted it instead of leaving if woody colour, but dare not now mention this to hubby as he did work hard on it getting all the gunge off.  I suppose things will be added to it and taken out, a bit like a travelling exhibition of curios.

All thats needed now is a key, it has a lock which hubby has been carrying about with him, trying to find a key thats fits, its like Alice in Wonderland.



  1. I love your map idea in the cupboard it looks great. Is that a different cupboard that you have picked up from the car boot sale?
    Sarah x

    1. Hi Sarah, no its the same cupboard, hubby stripped it, have another look at the post because I published it before I had finished the full post!

    2. Wow, what treasures you are now displaying in it! I have never thought of using those old flower frogs for photos what a great idea. I love your curiosity cupboard even more, now it is complete.
      Sarah x

  2. Looks fab Julie ... The perfect home for all your treasures. Love how the hands see, to be waving through the glass doors! Have a lovely week

    Claire xxx

  3. That is such a creative collection. A real "installation"! I love the idea of a map at the back of the cupboard, which somehow grounds the collection in your home area.

  4. I love your cupboard. Curio cupboards like these are a fabulous insight into someone's personality! M x

  5. A lovely inspiring idea Julie,
    I love old maps and love that you have displayed interesting bits and bobs in here....
    Thank you for the kindest words over on mine!!
    LoVe Maria x

  6. I love it! And all your bits and pieces. Looks great.
    Love from Mum

  7. Lovely cupboard! Oh, and the key you found in the garden is such a great find. It all looks divine!

  8. What a great idea, love your map in a cupboard.
    Carol xx