More Christmas Surprises

As I mentioned in Friday’s post, I received several very special surprises from family members this Christmas. I shared Motor Man’s gifts to me in that post, and, today, I’d like you to see Marshall’s gifts to us.

A few months ago, Marshall began a new hobby: creating 3-D shadowbox designs. His work is amazing. And, for Christmas, he surprised Motor Man and me with  designs meaningful to each of us.

My longtime readers may remember this post from WAY back in 2011. It’s about a book, which I discovered in my childhood and that many years later, quite by accident, reappeared in my life.

Because it’s nearly impossible to get the full effect of a 3-D design from a photo, I made videos of Marshall’s work. The first one is of my gift, which is the book jacket from Skirts Of The Dead Night.


Marshall knows that the only movie Motor Man ever talks about is Thunder Road. (And it’s the only song he ever sings…). So, this was Marshall’s gift to him.


Needless to say, this Mom is very impressed.  I’ll be having these framed soon, but I thought the details would be easier to see if I recorded the video before framing.

Thanks, again, Marshall.  I hope you know how much we treasure these.

~These Days Of Mine~

14 responses to “More Christmas Surprises

  1. Wow!! Those are amazing gifts.

  2. Wonderful work and what thoughtful gifts.

  3. Marshall did an outstanding job – such intricate work. I can see another reason why you’re so proud of him.

  4. That is so cool! The videos really showed the details and I know you will both treasure those gifts forever. Love the thoughtfulness he put into your gifts.

  5. I’m so glad I watched the videos! Wow! Thanks

  6. love the shadow art effect – it brings artwork to life. He sure did a great job!! Very special…………..


  7. How extraordinarily interesting!! Beautifully done as well. I have never heard of your book Dianna, and plan on looking up as soon as I finish raving about Marshall’s talent. I love Robert Mitchum too. This is a wonderful posting of imaginative Christmas gifts
    Well done Marshall!

  8. Margaret M Jones

    wow! never knew Marshall had this artistic talent. great job Marshall.

  9. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Marshall never stops amazing me. He is a fine young man and so talented. What treasures these are for you and JR. I asked Chuck if he had heard or seen the movie. To my delight and amazement he popped right up and said sure I do and started singing the song.!!!!!! It must have truly been a movie of the day and time. To great men love it. ❤

  10. I had a great time making them! Skirts was one of the most fun of all.. Thanks for featuring them! More on the way !

  11. Be interesting to know if the William Seward who wrote your book was related to the William Seward in Lincoln’s cabinet.

  12. Awesome! Thunder Road is also a favorite of mine and my husband’s.

  13. Wow! Marshall did an amazing job and what a thoughtful gift he gave you both.

  14. Marshall’s 3-D shadowbox designs are awesome. He’s a talented fellow. Wonderful gifts he blessed you & MM with.

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