Creative Recycling of the Ordinary (tm) : Rosie's Baby Box

"Time flies...shadows's eternal over all."

You may remember this box from our holiday gift posts...
It is made from one of Rosie's shoe boxes when she was a toddler (it is now about a dozen year's old !). The pretty paper was recycled from a gift received by Katie at the same time.

Click any picture to enlarge.

I used Mod Podge(c) to attach the paper to the box...
then put another coat over the paper to preserve it.

I covered only into the inside rim...otherwise the Mod Podge(c)
becomes sticky thus rendering the box useless for storing things...
I then attached the re-purposed ribbons & faux greenery...
using a hot glue gun (these are the originals).

Here is what it looks like from the bottom and side.

This sweet little box is now a permanent addition to our collection
of family gift has held many items over the years... from china tea sets, porcelain dolls, necklaces and bracelets, to Dior Show mascara and Happy perfume!
As it is re-used from year to year it evokes sweet memories of times past and tiny toes that once wore shoes of elfin proportions.


P.S. Today, I often find those same toes inside my own (not so elfin) shoes & boots!


Inaguration Day Prayer: May Your Guiding Lights Be Strong with Wisdom, Strength, Honor and Courage.

"With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness for the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation's wounds,
and care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan,
to do all which may achieve and cherish
a just and lasting peace among ourselves
and with all nations."

--President Abraham Lincoln

Inagural Address, March 4, 1865


This is my favorite quote from one of History's most honorable and courageous figures.


Another Gentle Rebellion...

The Lovely Pyramid of Plates...STAYS!

Composed of enchanting English china dinner plates made by Mintons...

it makes me smile every time I go down the stairs in the morning.
You can see a full view of the Plate Pyramid on our blog
Frugal Luxuries.

(Look for the December 15th post.)


A Gentle Rebellion...

Refusal to Put (some) Things Away for an Entire Year.

Perhaps it's because I'm celebratory in nature...
there are some things that I simply Refuse to Put Away...
just because the calendar tells me I must.

All right, I concede that the tree had to go (sadly)...however...
the strand of wreaths on the valance STAY !

I crafted these wreaths from a simple garland & wire... I also created the cameos adorning it (them).
I will post an upcoming tutorial on how to make the cameos very soon. There used to be a link on the HGTV website (I made one for the Carol Duvall Show right before it went out of production...but HGTV has recently changed their site, so I'm not sure if it's still on there....I'll do a search & let you know :).

The charming, carved wooden Angel ...given to me by my dad several years ago...
also STAYS
... after all... I did borrow it from my kitchen. It transformed into the perfect tree-topper for our Christmas tree (please see first picture).

Notice the wire wings!

I added my own little wreath and a touch of tulle...

Wishing... Gentle Blessings...and...Angelic Delights... to All.