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My Fantastic Traveling Musical Suitcases

Updated on July 23, 2015
Edgar Allan Poe and Marie Antoinette in the suitcase A Victorian Gathering
Edgar Allan Poe and Marie Antoinette in the suitcase A Victorian Gathering

It was just a silly notion I had when I opened up that first vintage suitcase I found hidden in a storage room in the basement. It was empty, but in my minds eye I saw a world from days gone by enclosed within its walls...a world I wanted to create slowly and bring to life if only for a brief time in my imagination. But then the scissors came in hand along with glue and fabric and images, and what was just in my imagination became an amazing journey into another world.

A Victorian Gathering
A Victorian Gathering
A Victorian Gathering
A Victorian Gathering
A Victorian Gathering
A Victorian Gathering
A Victorian Gathering
A Victorian Gathering
A Victorian Gathering
A Victorian Gathering

The Victorian Suitcase

I have always loved everything and anything from the Victorian era so I decided to create a Victorian home in miniature in one of my vintage suitcases. As I was cutting out each image that I had printed off the internet, I realized I was being transported back in time. There is something surreal when you look at people in old Victorian photographs. It is as if they never really existed at all except for the photographs that were taken of them. I know that sounds a little creepy but I have always felt that way when looking at their faces. As I painstakingly but lovingly cut out each image and adhered them to cardstock, I could see a theme developing as I placed each image about the suitcase. It looked like an old Victorian social event was underway. Possibly a wedding. But as with all quirky creations things are not what it seems. So I named the case.....A Victorian Gathering.....strange goings on. Inside the suitcase I placed the furnishings that would fill a lovely Victorian home. I purchased the wall paper and checkered vinyl floor from a dollhouse supply company. Other items were ripped out of a dollhouse pop-up book and glued down to decorate and create the suitcase mansion in the Victorian style. The best thing is, that both of my suitcases are completely transportable with everything inside remaining intact. People are amazed when I open them. They are truly unique. A sound module that is sensitive to light was also placed in each of my art cases as I lovingly call them, that plays a tune appropriate for each case. The story in the Victorian suitcase goes like this: Erastus Corning arrives at the Victorian mansion to celebrate his upcoming marriage to Beth Peters. Little does he know his long time nemesis Edgar Allan Poe has slipped past the doorman and has taken a seat at the dining table next to his partner in crime Marie Antoinette. They are determined to cause a little trouble. Will Erastus see them before it is too late? Or will a broken promise break a heart? There are strange goings on indeed....

Charlie Chaplin's Traveling Vaudeville Theatre
Charlie Chaplin's Traveling Vaudeville Theatre
Charlie Chaplin's Traveling Vaudeville Theatre
Charlie Chaplin's Traveling Vaudeville Theatre
Charlie Chaplin's Traveling Vaudeville Theatre
Charlie Chaplin's Traveling Vaudeville Theatre
Charlie Chaplin's Traveling Vaudeville Theatre
Charlie Chaplin's Traveling Vaudeville Theatre

The Charlie Chaplin Suitcase

This suitcase I absolutely love. It turned out quite remarkable. Why I chose Charlie Chaplin to run this funny vaudeville act is a mystery, but I am quite pleased with my choice. He was truly an amazing silent movie performer. One who has earned the right to run his own show. I did the same process as with the Victorian suitcase, cutting out old images and adhering them to cardstock and placing them strategically throughout the case with a theme in mind. This one turned out to be an old vaudeville show. The curtains were made from an old velvet blouse I had. When I added a string of beads across the top of the curtains, they somehow looked remarkably like stage lights. I was pleased. After I added a light sound module which I downloaded the song, Waltz Of The Carnies, the show was ready to begin. I named this suitcase, Charlie Chaplin's Traveling Vaudeville Theatre.

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      Mike P. 

      3 years ago

      Very Cool....love them and you.

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      George Shetterly 

      3 years ago

      Awesome !!

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