Friday, November 26, 2010

3 Blistered Fingers Later

We had the most amazing laid back and relaxing Thanksgiving. After a mellow day at home with just the four of us yesterday, we stuffed ourselves at supper (our Turkey feast) and afterward  watched Pumpkin Chunkin. One of the things I did yesterday (besides make the meal which included turkey, ale bread, corn, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie -- (Lisa, the StoveTop stuffing got ate be for T-day)) was work on gift boxes. I really like all of these and one of them is possibly my most ornate box to date.

The Ornate Box

The back, which is not so ornate. If the hot glue comes out again before I wrap a gift in this box - I will glue some rope across the top.
The front - which includes layers of ribbon and some tassel trim.
I am not sure if I have ever shared why I have so many boxes that feature Norman Rockwell. If you haven't heard, here is the answer Some dear friends of mine like to give me stuff they don't want to see what I will do with it. When they wanted to bind some family history that was printed on odd shaped paper, they bought a coffee table book of the complete Norman Rockwell. They gutted the book and didn't want to throw all the artwork away and so they gave it to me. I will be using it for years to come unless I come up with really big project for it.

Back of preceding box.
I didn't decorate the back of this box.
Pyramid shaped poster mailer.

Side view of mailer. The strings on the bottom are for tying it shut.
A very special gift for my nephew will go in poster mailer if it fits.

Currier and Ives always shouts Christmas to me even if it isn't their Christmas work. I have several C and I calendars that have been given to me. I also have a C and I book that my sister who is a librarian gave to me when her library got rid of it.

That is a twig glued to the box.

Who doesn't love Eloise Wilkins' artwork?

The boxes represented here are shoe boxes, a large sized media mailer, a poster box, an American Girl accessory box, and a beading kit box.

I will be sharing these at:


  1. Love the boxes and the Norman Rockwell Pictures are perfect!!

  2. I love the "God Bless Us" box, especially the back. These beauties are practically gifts in and of themselves even if you didn't put anything in them. :)

  3. Your boxes are gifts themselves! They are great! Btw, got the wire, so I am almost done!!

  4. These are all so vintage-y and cool! A poster mailer pyramid, what a great idea!

  5. Beautiful boxes ! looks like you had a great Thanksgiving :)

  6. Those boxes are awesome!

    I'm glad you were able to enjoy a relaxing holiday :-)

  7. I am feeling lazy and I imagine your fingers are tired with all of these sweet boxes finished! So thankful ya'll had a lovely thanksgiving:)

  8. Those boxes are all gorgeous!

    It reminds me ... When my grandfather passed away, my grandmother gave away his empty cigar boxes. I haven't decorated any, but I remember decorating them when I was a kid. They're just cardboard, but they're sturdy and so useful! And, of course, it's a reminder of my Grandpop.

  9. OMGOsh, I ♥ those boxes!

  10. Love your gift boxes - very pretty!

  11. Great boxes, they like they should be the gift, not what is in them! Thanks for your nice comments!

  12. Melissa I can only imagine all the blisters your poor little fingers get, not to mention glue gun burns. You have the cutest crafts though in town!

  13. These are so creative, Melissa! They're a gift in themselves:D I love the post title. LMAO!

    Thanks for linking up to the first ever "Amaze Me Monday" bloggy party. You're the best!

  14. Stopping by from the Amaze Me Monday party!! What great ideas! Those boxes are too pretty and can be used after the gift!!!

  15. 2 in one gift. Beautiful. I'm following you so I don't miss an idea!

  16. Great ideas! Norman Rockwell prints are so classic; I remember growing up with a book of his on my parents coffee table. I am trying to finish up a shoe box transformation {It has the lid that is attached} that I am making as a keepsake box for my new {and first} granddaughter. I'm not happy with some of the things I did and will have to redo it. I know that's what is keeping me from moving forward and finishing it. Hopefully, I will feel some inspiration this week remembering your post!

  17. Very pretty- I think my kids and I will have to make some pretty gift boxes of our own! If you like, you can share these tomorrow at my link party!

  18. What great gift boxes! I would love to be on the receiving end of those boxes. Thanks for your visit and leaving such a sweet comment about the sweater ornaments. I've enjoyed my visit and have become one of your newest followers.

    Enjoy your evening,

  19. Love these boxes ~ very creative!

    I'm a new follower from Amaze Me Monday ~ Happy Holidays to you!! :O)