7/31/07

I'm a basket case....

I've always been a "basket case", ...er...I mean I am a sucker for baskets.
Any size, material, shape, I'm gonna love it.






















An artichoke can make a fine basket.....cabbages make fine baskets...you never know what I'll cobble into a basket for treats or place cards! And I have waaaay too many store-bought baskets around here. I'm extra crazy about nantucket-style baskets and thankfully, The Christmas Tree shop carries tons of them at a very cheeeeep price. I just can't go in there anymore...

But... I'm also crazy for boxes. I especially love small boxes for candies, treats and treasures.

I loved making chick & duckling boxes at Easter...



























I made bumble-icious bee & flower boxes this spring
( did a fun workshop on those!) ....






















and now I'm working on some sliding boxes. Matchboxes or slider boxes are great to work with...so many sizes and shapes, from the teensiest for the tiniest of treasures, to large, which will hold just enough chocolate! You can buy pre-made blank ones, use a real matchbox (sans matches, of course) or make one out of a box you already have, minus the lid.

I made this one out of a recycled jewelry box and the sliding cover out of card stock, which I stamped with you-know-what...bees, with a few dragonflies for good measure. I added silk ribbon, vintage style velvet leaves, a silk flower and of course, a glittered bumblebee hovering above.





This baby even has its mouth open, just waiting for sombody to put something special in it, hopefully, chocolate...
Will be doing an ornament version for Halloween & Christmas.

A girl's gotta have a place to stash her chocolate, don'tcha know!!!

C-ya
p.s. Can you see a trend here, people??? I'm also nutsy-crazy for moss green and pea green, a few shades lighter. And BUMBLEBEES...I know, there is help...seek it!

6 comments:

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I loved seeing the boxes and baskets, and will come back to see the matchboxes- I've been making some too, aren't they fun?

restyled home said...

I can't wait to see your Halloween collection! I am a halloween nut and think everything looks all the better glittered at that time of year...

Linda

Charity said...

Sweet little boxes! I'm so glad you came to the ArtsyMama party or I would never have discovered your wonderful blog. I'm adding it to my favorites right away!

Laume said...

Love the bee stamp - I just read The Secret Life of Bees this summer and now I notice all things bee. As a gardener I've always liked bees, but now I see them in a whole new light.

Renee said...

Your boxes are beautiful, I too have been on a box kick, well a hat box kick covering them and just having a blast!

Happy Little Bird said...

I just saw you on Martha, and I jumped to my computer to see what other things you have been busy glittering. I'm truely inspired by people who take their crafting to the next dimention...This bubble bee on the oversize flower is just so sweet....it would have been a wonderful idea for my recent wedding decorations. I had a green and pink color scheme... and had little birds and butterflys all about. But wouldn't the Bee been so happy to have been there!

Thanks for the inspiration!♥