And who knew I had so many people in my life whose husbands smoke cigars? They're so happy to find a home for those boxes too!
So here's the first one I ever decoupaged:
I'll sell most of them, but this first one isn't for sale. I love the postcard on it, which I'd saved along with many other cards from friends, parents, and students over the years. I love finding sayings from the cards to add a little flavor to the boxes.
I started using the boxes several years ago when two colleagues brought them to work. I grabbed several to bring home and use them to carry my jewelry to shows. Being a former health teacher, not to mention a reformed smoker, I really had an adverse reaction to them being tobacco-related, so decoupaging them seemed like a great idea.
Waiting to be finishedThe above are completed except for adding the felt on the inside. Here's one before anything is done to it--pretty by itself--
I have an old friend coming over tomorrow and we're going to spend time working on decorating boxes. I think I have enough to share....I haven't counted, but got 3 bags from Connie last week, 10 boxes from Kris, and 4 more from Shirley and Tim on Sat. Everywhere I go, I find cigar smokers! Who knew?
I've also done a few new necklaces recently. I saw an article in a beadng magazine for a Kumihimo necklace using Magatama beads, and wouldn't you know, I just happen to have bought some of those beads not too long ago! Again, who knew? I thought it looked interesting, so made my own, which is already at Savvy Skirts with a price tag on it. I did remember to take a few pictures before taking it there:
And last night I got motivated to make necklaces, this time using the new shark-tooth shaped shells I got last week. I think they look tribal...am curious to see what others think of them.