I have been on the hunt for a globe like the ones I’ve been lamenting (ok if you look up the definition of lamenting, perhaps I am being a bit over-dramatic ) on Pinterest. I knew I could paint one up as good as the rest of them, the problem was finding one that needed rescuing. Globes are hot right now and are not on the cheap side. The painted globes I’ve seen around town are upwards of $250.00. Need I say more?
So imagine my delight when on a whim I stopped in at our local Homesense store and found this beauty:
But I gleefully grabbed it and almost skipping, with a slightly crazy grin (not a picture you need in your head), I made my way to the checkout as fast as I could manoeuvre through the throngs of people all eyeing my amazing score…
I almost made it uninterrupted to the till when a Homesense associate stopped me in my tracks. “I’m sorry, dearie,” said the lovely little Scotts woman before me “did ya see tha it’s broken?” She asked with a look of dismay and pity. “YES!” I blurted. “Isn’t it GREAT?” I think my eyes may have rolled a little and I almost chortled at this point. She backed away. I made a football move and with globe under my left arm, right arm sticking straight out I barrelled forward as fast as I could, only to be stopped by yet another concerned citizen who thought I must be impaired in some way since I had this damaged world in my hands.
“Oh, it’s broken!” she said, sadly shaking her head at me expecting my exuberant thanks for saving me from this terrible monster I called MINE. I ignored her pity, still feeling a little high from the fumes of a great find and said. “I KNOW! I’m so LUCKY! She too, backed away. I could tell she was considering calling in the troops, but fortunately I made it up to the till without further incident.
I don’t remember the drive home, but I made it safely I’m assuming, and started working to piece together my Frankie.
Since I had every intent on painting the entire thing I wasn’t too concerned about the broken-ness.
First gold, then black. I apologize to all those whose countries I have decimated in this process, but it was never to be a functioning geographical globe, as you have surely noticed. I penciled in the phrase.
There’s an old song by Jackie Deshannon that I’ve used some of the lyrics from: What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love. I thought it appropriate. And if you’ll notice, the word LOVE covers the broken part of the globe. Awwwww!
For fun I added this glow in the dark product on all the dots.
It actually works, they look like stars and would make a great night light for my imaginary grand-children…(no pressure, girls). I tried to take a picture but they did not show their glowing awesomeness. I’m pretty sure you can use your imagination though.
From there I added this vintage from the 60’s hard covered suitcase and started to source some travel stickers. I didn’t find what I wanted so I tried to make some myself. Epic fail. Dollar store stickers – good deal but I wasn’t willing to invest the time to do a really decent job on the copying part, so I took them off.
I’ll keep looking. If you know of a good source, let me know!
*No staff or customers at Homesense were harmed in the making of this post