The eensy-weensy spider...(oops)...bumblebee!

Here's my latest matchbox ornament, with a big, glittery bumblebee front and center!

I painted the inside box moss green (big surprise, there!), then covered the outside slider with green & white decorative paper, highlighted with glitter, of course.

Next, I glued a velvet leaf on top, then added a glass glittered bumblebee. I glued a silk ribbon on the top as a hanger and filled it's little drawer with the most silky, gorgeous stuff, called Angelina. It's a wispy fiber that is used in fabrics...or in anything woven that needs some shine. I got it from my glitter company, who also makes it. Feels like bedding for an angel! Sooooo soft.

I glued a piece of white card stock on the back ( it's sort of a base) and stamped "For:" so the giver can write the givee's name or a sweet sentiment. Perfect for a single piece of chocolate! Or, better yet...something REALLY SHINEY!!!! Oooooh!


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!!!

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!