Last week was a busy week and now it’s Valentine’s Day. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone.
The first part of the week was spent in La Grange, Texas for Quilts, Inc. executive and leadership meetings for two days. Then it was home to prepare dinner for 16 for the following night.
All the decorating and preparation paid off when I hosted the February Bunko Club meeting for Gad-About-Girls on February 9th. It was a fun evening full of lots of food, drink, prizes, laughter, and screams of “Bunko.” With four tables of happy ladies playing, the evening passed quickly. Soon, it was time to say good-bye until we meet again next month.
The next morning came quickly. It was time to drive an hour to pick-up our daughter’s three children for the week-end while she was skiing with her husband and friends. Ashton, who turns four in a couple of days, is all about rough and tumble and making the six and eight-year old girls laugh at his little boy humor. The girls were all about creating again in Grammy’s studio.
Lindsey, the almost nine-year old, had plans to make a tag blanket for her babysitter’s new grandson.
Sydney had plans to make a patchwork pillow for her pretend puppy. The pretend puppy is her little brother who will stay in dog character for long durations of time.
As Sydney was pinning her patches together she noticed a long, red antique wooden box that sets on my sewing table. I’m not sure why she hasn’t opened it before, because she is very curious about everything in my studio.
She did open it this time and exclaimed, “Wow! It’s a treasure box!” I keep the box on my sewing table to pick things from when designing a collage of some type. There are other smaller button, trinket, and trim boxes on the back side of my sewing table, but the red one has an assortment of all kinds of embellishments.
Sydney questioned how I would ever use all the “treasures” before getting too old. I told her I hope she and my other granddaughters will take what I still have some day and use it themselves. Each time any of the three of them are here they do take “treasures” home from my sewing room.
I have created all my adult life using things I have bought at quilt shops, antique and junk shops, discount stores, garage sales, estate sales, quilt shows, etc. I was recycling long before that was a popular term, saving things that are too good to throw out, and I love it all. The question is a good one, “how will I ever use it all?” Our upstairs closets are full of old and new laces, ribbons, fabrics, buttons, beads, charms, started patchwork projects, cording, rick-rack, braid, vintage photographs, silk flowers, etc. The list of treasures goes on and on.
For Valentine gifts one year, I made trinket boxes from small jewelry gift boxes for special friends. I filled the boxes with charms, small silk flowers, lace appliques, buttons, ribbon, small photos, little quotes, etc.
After Sydney’s comment, I decided to make “treasure boxes” from small and medium size gift boxes. You might like making them, too. Here’s how.
You will need: sturdy gift box, image from greeting card or sturdy paper to cover box lid, Elmer’s glue or something similar, scissors, spray glitter, a tall bag in which to spray the glitter.
Remove lid from box. Squeeze glue on top side.
Spread glue evenly with finger. Make sure you get it out to the edges.
Place glue side down on wrong side of picture. You can hold it up to the light to see the image outline through the lid to position it. Smooth from inside of box lid.
Turn over and smooth on image side. Cut extending paper away from box lid.
Turn lid face down on table and place object inside of lid while it dries.
After it dries, place box lid in tall, standing bag with image up. You may spray several at a time.
Following manufacturer’s instructions, spray glitter on box lid image. Let dry.
Gather treasures for filling box.
Fill box to the brim with treasures gathered.
Place decorated lid on top. Tie with a pretty ribbon. Now it’s ready.
I made several of these today and put them in my etsy shop. The treasures are perfect for mixed-media artists, crazy quilters, and embellishers. Take a look for more ideas or pick one made especially for you.
I hope your Valentine’s Day is a treasure to behold. With love, Judy