Sunday, 16 February 2014

My 50p bargain box - altered, of course!

Hi there my blogging friends and I hope the weather is treating you a bit more kindly.  I went to a Collectables Fair recently and was very pleased to come away with a nice haul of old books, vintage keys, dominoes, boxed games and a battered old round box which was a mere 50p!

I just wish I'd taken a pic of it before I started but I forgot so you'll just have to imagine the horrible red colour and the peeling paper.  But I knew it had potential and wanted to make a lovely gift box for my friend's 65th birthday present.  So here it is.

 I covered the box with some beautiful K&Co Blue Awning papers (another bargain from ages ago) then decorated the edges with lace and white flower trimming.  The focal image is from a sheet called Waterhouse Flowers from Alpha Stamps digital images - a really lovely sheet.  The frame around it was an old green hessian one which I've dabbed some cream acrylic paint over to lighten it. In this next picture, you can see the labels I've cut from the Madame Payraud papers - fast becoming a favourite of mine and the beautiful silk flowers given to me by a friend who used to do flower arranging. 

Thanks so much for calling to to see me and I love to read any comments you have.  Enjoy the break in the weather while it lasts, I hear the UK is in for more storms next week but our friends over in some parts of the US are having even tougher times.  Margie x

Thank you to Neet for the suggestion - I'm entering this into the Artful Times Challenge Blog here 


  1. Beautiful gift. Glad you are having a break in the weather. It just keeps on snowing. We have surpassed all time records. It's beautiful but cold.

  2. What a fabulous transformation Margie! Your little box is stunning (love the pearl bracelet too). The silk flowers are so delicate and pretty. I am loving those Madame Payraud papers too but I hate cutting into them.... Look forward to seeing what you do with the old books and dominoes. Weather-wise I think we have got off lightly so far, just a few fallen trees in our area. Take care my friend. Hugs, Anne x

  3. Lovely work, such a pretty box. Why not enter it in the Artful Times Blog Challenge?
    Hugs Neet xx

  4. A beautiful box with so many wonderful ideas. Lovely to have you join us at Artful Times for the box challenge.

    Chrissie x

  5. Blue Awning and lace, the crafters dream, what a pretty box.
    Nelle xx

  6. Great job! Your box is quite beautiful!

  7. What a lovely piece of altering, Margie - I can well imagine where this began, and it's turned out an absolute treat. What a lovely, lovely gift.
    Alison x

  8. This particular Waterhouse images is one of my all time favourite paintings. In fact in my early teenage years I had a print which I purchased from Athena (a print/gift card store) and never imagined that I would one day own a stamp of this image.
    This is beyond beautiful, the way you incorporated labels and the silk flowers, it is exquisite.

  9. There's nothing like a bargain find to get the creative juices running and what a gorgeous result :)
    Thank you for sharing it with us at Artful Times
    Von x

  10. Glad you joined us with that beautiful box.
    Hugs, Neet xx

  11. So gorgeous I love it. Hugs Sandra X

  12. Very feminine and utterly pretty! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog.