Saturday, 20 February 2010

Glue Bottle Box

I had this odd assortment of bottles on my desk, annoying me. Glue bottles, you know, fabric glue, white sticky stuff, clear glue, glue sticks, spray glue, as well as other bottles, like fabric stiffener for example. They lived on my desk, because I had no proper place for them. And of course they kept getting in my way. Which led to rather unladylike language.

Today I decided that enough was enough. I searched through all my saved packaging boxes to find one which was the right sort of shape, squarish, and high enough so that the bottles wouldn't tip over. And lo and behold, I found one which was just perfect for the job. It was a little square box which the lovely LissyLou had used to send me the Secret Santa Swap goodies in. Hmm, of course it didn't look all that pretty, being a bit of a battered cardboard box, but................... only a couple of days ago I had received some lovely paper goodies from sweet Annie. They were just begging to be used on this box!

I have just spent a few very happy hours doing up the box. First, I covered it in the lovely old music sheets Annie had sent me. I used her birdcages and butterflies tag on one side, and two of her pretty Victorian style scraps on two other sides. On the fourth side I used a copy of one of my old French postcards. Aaah, and then, then I was ready to spend ages rummaging through my buttons, laces, other bits and pieces to find some embellishments. That was the most fun bit of course. Just a teeny bit of stamping here and there, a little bit of text aged with a little ink, and hey presto, that was my glue bottle box! done. Ta daa -


Sometimes it can be fun getting organised!

xxx

29 comments:

bekimarie said...

Beautiful, love your choice of materials, far too good to be keeping glue in ;)

Hope you're having a good weekend

((hugs))
Beki xxx

Kissed by an Angel said...

That look terrific!!! It's so pretty!!! A job very well done!!!
xxxx

Annie @ Birdcages n Butterflies x said...

LOVE IT!!!!
Wow you dont waste any time hun!!!
Looks great xx
Annie x

marigold jam said...

That's fabulous and as Bekimarie says far too nice for keeping glue in. But then if it looks good on your desk - which it does - then why not! What fun!

Attila said...

Gorgeous; you've inspired me!

VintageVicki said...

Has made me look at a cardboard box in a whole new light :)

© Jennifer Raley said...

Hey, or should I give you a Texas "Howdy"? You were by my blog on the 11th (dried flowers post). Thank you. Now, your box is a great idea. I was pondering what-to-do with odds and ends the other day - looking for something already done. Duh - make something! Now, I have to figure out what it was that was in my way b/c I think I tucked it away somewhere! Ha. Thanks, enjoyed my visit! Jenn <><

Lace hearts said...

That looks lovely, and perfect for the purpose. And it sounds great fun and very relaxing to have done.

© Jennifer Raley said...

P.S. I just finished browsing your blog ... enjoyed the browse. HOWEVER, I didn't realize you were on Liz's 14 Days of Love (2d week). I usually followed those who joined ... don't know how I missed that ... maybe after I'd already been by and back. Plus, we've been fairly busy ... anyway, sorry I missed your posts on her party! I read a few but I have to get going now, again. Thanks, Jenn <>< (Oh, I saw your posts on France. How I used to want to go to France. I used to have a penpal in France...ages ago. Blog world changes so many things ... across the ponds and continents!

Serenata said...

Simply gorgeous!

Michela said...

I wish I could have just 1/4 of your huge creativity! xxx

Dorthe said...

Hi dear, have to make such a lovely box ,for my not so lovely stuff, myself,
it is a wonderfull box, to hide away inside.

Hugs Dorthe

melanie said...

Wow, what a make over, it looks fabulous! xxx

Debby said...

WOW!!! This is fabulous!!
Debby

Sarah said...

Aw Liz that looks awesome!! Love the button heart especially. Actually all the buttons look very lovely and at home on your special new box. I have two new jars on my bench begging for a little decoration. Perhaps I'll have to get on with that after seeing your amazing transformation. Well done girl!

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

THAT TURNED OUT TOO CUTE! A GREAT USE OF YOUR GIVE AWAY SCORE. I CAN PICTURE MANY OF US LOOKING AT OUR CARD BOARD BOXES IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT!

CHEERS, JUDY

Gerry said...

I like this and need one! I have all of the goodies to make it with too. Thank you for sharing, Gerry

Country Nanny said...

This box is terrificly stunning! Wow dear you're so cute!!! I think that your glue bottles love their new "house" very much.
Have a nice Sunday.
LOL
Elisa

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Liz, Your box turned out beautiful! The glue couldn't be happier to be stored in there :-).
Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon!
Hugs,
Julia

jennyflower said...

What a pretty solution to your sticky probem! Mum has a very old Boys own book with a broken spine, some of the etchings are really interesting and she was wondering if I knew anyone who might be able to use it....interested?

Oxana said...

WOW!!! SO beautiful!!!

Florence and Mary said...

Another great job! I can't wait to get crafting in my new home

Victoria xx

Juanita Tortilla said...

That box just made a lot of ladies smile! :) It sure did for me :)

Isobel said...

Hi There!
I just found your blog through MelMel's and I really love it! Your box is so pretty! Well done!
xx

Ann Creek said...

You are so creative. Love your design.
Ann
Tin and sparkle

Karyn Bernard (French Charming) said...

You clever girl, I just adore your box, its divine! You did a fantastic job and I love all of the elements you incorporated.

So organizing is fun eh? Good to know because I'm going to have a blast in my craft room which is a complete disaster at the moment.

Thanks for your sweet comment this morning!

Big hugs to you,
Karyn

Kelly said...

What a lovely way to get organised! Veery pretty!

ben... MinnieM... mais toute seule... said...

What a lovely glue box !!!
Congrats, it is very nice, I love it !!!!

Mrs Mac said...

Hellooooo! I'm your swapping partner for Sew Scrumptious's Flowery Swap, You can email me at dizzyizzyhandmade@googlemail.com and we can swap details.

So excited ... eek!

Helen
x