Loft Surroundings Collection (spring 2006)
I hauled out my Renew and Refresh Trunk today. What a whopper! I bought it when it was released. Hard to believe that was six years ago. Harder still to believe is that I’ve only had it out to play with a few times. It’s fabulous, so why haven’t I played more with it? Like I said, it’s a whopper – it’s been easier, for the sake of space, to store it in its original box for protection, up high, out of the way.
One of the things that irks me about this piece (and it’s a tiny irk) is that the mirror makes it difficult to photograph without getting a reflection of the photographer in the background. I know there are ways to get around it, but I really want to be able to photograph the dolls without the bother.
The second thing that irks me (tiny irk) is that it doesn’t look like a built-in when set up. Obviously, for most collectors this is not a problem – I’ve seen absolutely amazing photos of different ways people have used their trunk. But for me, it’s all about creating little lives in little spaces that look as realistic as I can make them. I don’t always achieve this, but I try.
Today I built a surround (fitted around the trunk so there are no spaces). I wallpapered the surround and added matching side walls. And I did away with that irksome mirror.
A trunk within a trunk.
I hope you feel inspired to dig out your unused pieces and have as much fun as I did.