So, what the heck is a Wonder Cabinet? It's a place to put all the strange, odd things you just can't get rid of. Having all these things all over the place would be a mess, and a dusting nightmare. If I'm not mistaken, they started being used in Victorian times when "explorers" would being trinkets and souvenirs back from far away lands. Sort of like your own mini-museum. Mine's in the living room and is a cabinet I got at World Market. That thing holding the door open is some kind of cast iron leg, the chair was $6 at a yard sale (I got it covered), the pillows are from estate and yard sales. The prints that you can't see too good are from the art sale at school.
The first shelve has a bunch of religious items which I've been collection forever. The large BVM in the back belonged to my parents. I didn't know this photo was so blurry, sorry. There's an owl in the middle, which I guess is a tribute to Harry Potter ( not really)
Shelve 2: some Day of the Dead things, sand paintings, minerals and the stopper bottle is holding cat whiskers and claws. And some scorpions. That white item in front is a sand dollar, I found that on a beach!
Shelve 3: nature things, holy water holder that didn't fit on shelve 1, a glass bottle in the shape of a hand. The big shell in the back is a vase.
Bottom shelve: creepy hand candles, some more minerals, a face mask a friend made, spider and that odd thing with the face (Ray made that in grade school) is a lion, the tall bottle is a "Dream Jar" one of our students gave that to me after I designed the costumes for a play she wrote called "The Dream Jar". You write your dreams on paper and put them in the jar. And your dreams come true. I don't know if it works or not.
The top of the cabinet and a fake peacock ( it was sold as a Christmas decoration) a tin toy a friend gave me, Geisha (sp ?) that another friend gave me, the peacock feathers are in a beaded candle holder. I recently realized I have some sort of peacock obsession.
Another shot of the cabinet. Tibetan cymbells are from a lot at an auction, the cabinet had a boring knob, I replaced it with a fake vintage one from Anthropology. On the bottom, you can see the face my friend made a lot better.