Saturday, August 13, 2011

Grandma's Attic Matchbox Swap

I see that my Grandma's Attic Matchbox Swap has been delivered, so I'm going to show you all the goodies I sent:
The theme of the swap inspired me to create a "humpback" for the matchbox to make it look like a trunk or chest.  I built it up with some thin, lightweight stuff that I think is supposed to be used in your house gutters (!), then covered it all with vintage wallpaper in a soft, aqua-y blue.  I added a little jewelry box lock.
Here's a view from the back; I put Dresden paper pieces on to imitate hinges.  I decorated all around it with strips of a second vintage, sculptured wallpaper, and some braided trim to mimic the trunk's lid.
I used the same sculptured wallpaper to decorate the sides of the trunk, and was a bit nervous when I'd filled it and they looked a little wonky where I'd built up the lid.  My partner does this really exacting, perfectly geometrically correct paper art -- and so I hope she likes the not-so-perfect as well!
On top, I layered a piece of vintage crochet lace with vintage millinery netting, tulle, roses and rosebuds, a piece of tattered vintage bling, and organza ribbon, which was the only "new" thing on there.
Here's a glimpse of all the goodies inside.  My partner, Lorraine, said she liked rhinestone buttons, lace, pretty paper ephemera, and the whites, pinks, and aquas.
 I was really glad she specified "pretty" ephemera, because so much that is lovely is not necessarily pretty when it comes to old paper, do you know what I mean?  Here you can see the way I lined the bottom of the matchbox with old paper, and a bag of pretty vintage wallpaper pieces I tucked in there.
Pretty paper ephemera -- almost all antique.
Dresden and antique scrap, plus an old glassine stamp envelope
Lace, ribbon, embellishments and bling...
a little packet of paper ephemera that didn't fit into the matchbox...and some vintage millinery flowers that did...
and of course, beautiful buttons!
I haven't heard yet -- but I am hoping she loved it!

In other news...I'm getting ready to tell you about a fun new venture I'm beginning.  Stay tuned!


Tami Hacker said...

Hi Laurie,

Your grandma's attic trunk is adorable... clever idea giving the matchbox a domed trunk lid. You are so talented.

Eagerly awaiting your new adventure announcement.

Hugs, Tami

LuLu Kellogg said...

Laurie, this is so pretty! Great job! I can't wait to hear what you are going to be up to!


Mina said...

Laurie, this is so beautiful and you filled it with so many stunning items it is indeed a treasure box! Have a beautiful weekend my sweet friend.

Dee in N.H. said...

Oh, she must have loved it! All that in a beautiful box!

DearHelenHartman said...

Oooo the buttons! You really got my attention at the buttons.

Suz said...

You did a wonderful job. Like the tags, these are getting more and more fantastic. Now here is my big WAAAAH! How did I miss is? Was this from Heather of Speckled Eggs???
Big hugs,

MISS PEACH ~(^.^)~ said...

What a wonderful trunk you lovingly must be magical to find something this wonderful when a swap package is opened!

Tamatha said...

What a beautiful trunk! Your swap partner has to love it with all the goodies inside!

Bitsy said...

Oooh! I want to play! This is gorgeous, Laurie.

Do you have an upcoming swap planned for the Shelf?