12 June 2011

box for treasures

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I found this little box in the market last week, it was only like tuppence or something, but I loved the feel of the wood, and of course, the lock and key! In side was a bit manky though...

...kind of like some invertebrates were living in it for the last hundred years.  So today I set about improving its looks...{well, I'd like to think so anyway!}

I had this tiny scrap of fabric left from some I also found at a market, I think it is French 1920-30s cotton cloth. I love the pattern so much, but it was too small to do anything with, until now that is. 
I cut two pieces of thick card and covered them in the fabric using double sided tape. Then i did the sides, turning over the edges at the same time sticking it in. Then pressed the top and bottom pieces in. A bit fiddly but not too bad.


now I can keep some treasures in there, like my grandma's topaz ring I inherited, and maybe some other bits and bobs. The key is very nice too, I thought it would be nice to wear around my neck, so no theifs can nick my goodies.




on another note, a very lovely reader of Junkaholic, sent Nao and I these beautiful pots which she made herself! A card came with them, explaining that she was making these at the time of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and so thought they should be for us {as Nao's hometown was devastated by the tsunami}, she even engraved our names on the bottom!

We were both very moved by this, also because the pots have a slightly Japanese feel, and will look great in out flat too. Thank you so much Sarah, they are beautiful!! X

15 comments:

  1. I love your improvements to the box! The key is perfect for wearing around your neck too :)

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  2. That is such a thoughtful and generous gift.
    x

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  3. The box is transformed and what an amazing gift! M x

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  4. Beautiful. if you wanted to go more treasure chestish, you could glue a wee bit of wood in each corner half way down the inside of the box, and make another flat insert as a lid for a hidden compartment!

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  5. Nice renovation on that sweet wooden box:)Lisa

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  6. That is a really cute box, and you've made it look great too! The key is a lovely shape, and would look good as a necklace as you say.

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  7. yourlittle box is gorgeous! Especially now you've relined it!

    Such a thoughtful gift from one of your readers too!
    Rachel x

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  8. The little box is beautiful the little key alone is the sweetest .I love the pots and what they represent.

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  9. Love your little box. What a beautiful gift from japan xxx

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  10. Very sweet trinket box, especially after you fixed it up.

    Those little pots are lovely :) What a thoughtful gift.

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  11. what a transformation. Very clever, I like how you can see the potential in things. Fixed up a treat!

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  12. What a transformation! You did a good job.

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  13. Gorgeous box! Your initial labels are lovely, can I ask where you found them? Fx

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  14. Anonymous22.6.11

    Beautiful!

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