I dug out an old, broken magazine rack and almost tossed it back in. But it had a cute shape, so I kept it. When I got home, I gave it a good whack with a hammer and tore it apart.
This section with the bear painted on it is the center of the rack, with the handle on the top.
My matchbox is ready to be mailed for Natasha's Swap. http://natashaburns.blogspot.com/
My partner is Debra of http://www.hophopjingleboo.blogspot.com/ who is a talented artist and a collector of bunnies (she is hosting a bunny swap, you should check it out).
I was fresh out of vintage bunny paper (or maybe I never had any), so I painted some bunnies on my matchbox.
I drew some gold swirls on the bottom, and glued chenille ribbon and crystals to the sides, so it is pretty from all angles.
I thought it was missing something, so glued 3 little vintage millinery flowers to the top. I bought the flowers from Deb Dusenberry of Curious Sofa http://curioussofa.blogspot.com/.
When she was moving from her old location to her new (and magnificent) store, I worked at her moving sale. How cool to style her shop and get the sale set up!!!! Ooh, I felt schmancy working there. She had bundles and bundles of these posies
I also bought a pair of these columns from her. I have them in a nook of my studio.
I might have spent more than I earned that weekend working at her shop.
Back to the matchbox- those things are tiny, but you can jam a lot into them!
I found some old bunny shaped buttons, rhinestones, and some small ephemera goodies. To top it off, I put in another teeny bouquet of those posies from Curious Sofa and tied them up with black velvet ribbon.
Last week while Garage Sailing, I found an old jewelry box, for almost nothing and it had quite a bit of old jewelry in it (included in the price).
There just happened to be a bunny brooch inside!Just what I needed for my swap partner who loves bunnies. Fate?!
It is way too big for the matchbox, plus I wanted to add some copies of my little fairy girls too, so I wrapped them all up together in old silk wallpaper and tied it with a silk ribbon I hand dyed.
But the trouble is, now I am SWAPLESS!! I am all caught up and have no swaps to do. Although, I saw an art-doll hat swap that looks really unique...... take a look at it here: http://craftingbycandlelight.blogspot.com/
I was still up and working at 4am last night, so missed Garage Sailing this morning. I thought about just working till 6am, then going out sailing, but realized that I am way way way too old for those old tricks and went to bed for a few hours. I can't go with out sleep like I used to when I was in my 20s and could stay out all night, then work the next morning.
I was going to do more to it, but thought the hardware was so nice, I didn't want to distract from it. Plus, it was about 3am.
Well, it is about midnight now, and if I want to go Garage Sailing tomorrow, I'd better get some rest. I cannot miss it two days in a row!! Its already near the end of June and my shopping days are slipping by. The season is just too short around here!!
Ps- the wierd mask is spoken for now.
ppss- don't forget, only SEVEN DAYS till the drawing for the handpainted charm. leave a comment if you want to enter!