Today marks two very special occurrences for me–it’s my birthday, for one (I’m writing to you as a slightly older and wiser person, I guess!) and, more importantly, it’s also the fifteen-year anniversary of the first time I saw Atlantis: The Lost Empire. Back then in 2001, it was my eighth birthday, and I lived and breathed lost cities: so, naturally, I was incredibly excited to see a Disney film that explored that very subject!
And it did not disappoint.
People always look at me strangely when I say that my favorite Disney movie is Atlantis, but seriously–what’s not to love? Its main character is an awkward cartographer/linguist (a total heartthrob to a young nerd like me), it’s set in a vaguely steampunk 1914, it has one of the most wonderfully diverse casts in animated movie history, and Leonard Nimoy plays the King of Atlantis. I was never really interested in the ubiquitous Disney Princess franchise as a child, but dang, if they had included the Atlantean queen Kida in their lineup, I would have been all over it.
But this post isn’t really about Atlantis, per se, though I could certainly go on about it for ages. It’s about the world’s most phenomenal Atlantean-themed gift that my boyfriend made for me by hand.
This model star-sailer might look like a ready-made collectible, but it actually started its life as various scraps of wood and paper. As someone who lacks any kind of fine motor skills, I lost my mind when my boyfriend presented it to me. Can you imagine how hard it would be to paint on all those little windows and gold accents?
The ship is an original design, inspired by some Treasure Planet concept art and influenced by a largely Atlantean/Art Nouveau theme (two of my favorite things). Its color scheme is certainly the most Atlantean thing ever!
I still can’t get over the fact that this was all hand-built! I feel incredibly lucky to have received such an amazing gift to ring in my 23rd year, and can’t wait to display it with my own maps and curiosities. Thank you, Michael! ❤
What’s one of the loveliest homemade gifts you’ve ever received? (And who are my fellow Atlantis-fans out there?)