Saturday, March 17, 2018

Treasure Trove.

The telephone line is still down. The new deadline for fixing it is by 5pm today but we shall see. The reason given for the delay was that there was a major problem in the village which had to be fixed first.  I 'm busy  trying to schedule as much of next week as possible as when they do arrive  the internet will probably go off and who knows when we will get that back. We have a lot of surface water around which doesn't help as all our lines are underground and tend to get waterlogged. The bottom of our garden is under about an inch of water. Still the frogs like it!

I recently attended a 1/2day workshop where we decorated a small wooden box.  The sizing in the pictures is deceptive as it only measures 90mm x 55mm x50mm but is the perfect size for housing  small items of everyday wear jewellery.

We first painted the box with white gesso which I then stained with with distress ink to age the box slightly.  The ivy leaf vine was die cut and then coloured with inks and inka gold. The butterflies were originally in a darker pink but when I got the box home I decided (as I had the same butterfly punch) to punch in a much paler colour of card stock. I also added the smaller roses to the top of the box and the pink gems to the butterflies and edges of the lid. I also added gold metallic  ink to the edges of the box to finish.

Here is the top of the box opened on it's hinges and showing the back side edge.
The back of the box closed.
Sideways view.  I had fun making and all of the class ended up with a very individually decorated box.
Entering into the following challenges:
Crafty Creations #362 Anything goes.
Fab 'n'Funky #385 Anything but square.
Frilly and Funkie # Knock on wood.
Altered Electics # Anything goes.
Crafty Girls Creations #45 Anything goes.
Crafts Galore #Anything goes.
Creative Artiste #36 Anything  mixed media.
Love To Craft #20 Anything goes.
Rhedd's Creative Spirit # Anything goes.
Unstampabelles #76 Decorate something wooden.

32 comments:

Lia said...

This is a 'gem' of a box! Great work.
Lia xx

Jane Willis said...

That is really beautiful, and it must have been great fun to make. Hope you get your phone sorted out soon - you seem to get such a lot of phone and internet problems, you'd think in this day and age they could provide a better service!

Valerija said...

So wonderful!
Great box.
Valerija xx

scrAPpamondo said...

Wow, fab vintage look for your jewellery box!! Love the dimensional branches of ivy and the butterflies!
So sorry for your internet problems, hope that they will be fixed early despite the bad weather
Hugs

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

You finished this off perfectly Valery, I love the gold edges you've given the box and the pale pink butterflies too. Sorry to hear you've got phone problems, hope they are soon sorted.

Sue xx

Brenda in IN said...

This is so elegant and useful. Very pretty colors. I am sorry there are phone and internet problems. I feel cut off from the world when the internet goes out! Hopefully they can get it fixed soon.

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Mrs A this is a gorgeous box I how the way you have decorated it. I hope your phone line gets sorted soon. Our line is above ground and that brings its own problems. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Anne said...

I love your box, what a wonderful project
Hope you get your phone fixed :)

Anne x

Margreet said...

Beautiful box!
xxx Margreet

Barb said...

Well fingers crossed the engineers should be with you very soon Mrs. A !!!
I love your box. It really is beautiful and I bet it was great fun to decorate. Barbxx

MaryH said...

So pretty. Looks like a treasure one would discover tucked away in an antique shop. You did a fab job creating the vintage patina, and I like the ivy decorating the piece. Adding the posies and butterflies makes it a perfect spring box to store your jewelry. TFS & good luck with the telephone lines! Hugs

rachel said...

Gorgeous box - love how you decorated it! Hope your internet is back soon. Hugs rachel x

AlisonC said...

You seem to have endless trouble with your phone/internet. I hope you get something sorted soon. We rely on it so much, don't we?
Your box is very pretty and must have been fun to do. x

Kathleen said...

A really lovely box, the leaves and flowers look gorgeous.
Try paying your bill.

Kath x

MagsB said...

Wow, what a beautiful box! Absolutely gorgeous!

love Mags B x

Di said...

Beautiful box! Hope the lines get sorted out soon - what a pain in the proverbial!

Hugs

Di xx

Anonymous said...

A gorgeous little box. Love the addition of the roses. Thanks for sharing with us at Unstampabelles.

Mac Mable said...

What a cute and beautiful trinket box and well done you on staying positive about the frogs liking the water! x

Dale Tiernan said...

Very sweet little box with something to look at from every angle. Thanks for entering it at Unstampabelles.

Donna said...

Amazing and of course I like the butterflies!

crafty-stamper said...

Beautifully decorated box--Thank you for joining us at Love To Craft
Carol DT x

Wynn Walton said...

Fabulous vintage style box. How did you keep the hinges so clean? I find this a bit of a nightmare when I'm decorating boxes!! I love how you've done the patina with distress inks.....great idea. Thank you for joining us at Unstampabelles. Wynn DT

Sandra Wright said...

What a pretty box..so feminine and the butterflies look so delicate.
A gorgeous entry for our challenge this month over at Rhedds Creative Spirit...

cohenna said...

Beautiful! Thanks so much for participating in the Fab’n’Funky Challenge this time and good luck :)

Isobel said...

Great project thank you for joining the challenge at
http://cardsgalorechallenges.blogspot.co.uk

Jane Royston said...

What a lovely decorated box! The vine leaves look fab. Thank you for joining us at Creative Artiste this month, Jane (DT) :) x http://creativeartistemixedmedia.blogspot.co.uk/

Julie Short said...

Classes should be that magical mix of learning and fun. Your box is delightful. Thank you for joining us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit Challenge this March.

Judy McKay said...

Lovely altered box. Love it. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Judy DT

Mia said...

Absolutely amazing, Valery!!!!!!!! Kisses, my friend.

Suzanne C said...

Sweet Jewelry box! The leaf dies and pretty flowers make it so charming to house little goodies! Thank for joining us in the Knock on Wood challenge at Frilly and Funkie!

Rupa S said...

This is such a cute little box!Glad you enjoyed your wshop! Thanks for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month, Good Luck. Rupa.

Autumn Clark - SewPaperPaint said...

A beautiful altered box with so many lovely details. I apologize for getting around late, but wanted you to know it's fabulous to see your lovely work in the Frilly and Funkie gallery. Big hugs, Autumn