Wednesday, 27 June 2012

White Wednesday

I have a huge stack of little French cheese boxes, they are so handy for storing buttons and other little bits and pieces.  But of course they are not the prettiest things. I decided to pretty one up though, nothing too elaborate, just a little touch. I lined it with old music paper and a lovely madonna image. I covered the lid with ivory paint and a sweet little piece of crochet lace. In the centre is a sparkly piece I rescued from some broken jewellery.  I glued a pretty velvet and some antique French lace round the side of the lid.

And then I thought, heck, wouldn't it be nice to keep something really pretty in this box, like a piece of jewellery, but it would need something soft to rest on. So I made a tiny round cushion with bits of lace and a lovely bird image printed onto fabric which my lovely friend Dorthe had sent me -

What to put in it though? Then I realised that the box was absolutely perfect for the chunky bracelets I had been making with the large carved wooden beads from the broken French rosary. Just the right size.

Hmm, now why didn't I take a photo of the bracelet in the box??? Sigh. Not going to stop now to take another  pic, lol.

You know what its like when you got your bits of lace and stuff out on the table, making just one thing is never good enough. So while I was at it, I made a few more tags - 

I had been coffee dyeing a bunch of little tags earlier as well, and had stuck a few cards into the brew as well.  Hadn't made a card in ages, so I grabbed one of the coffee dyed cards and glued lace all over that as well!

I just love handling bits of lace.

Have a lovely day wherever you are. Toodlepip xxx



sissie said...

Hi Liz,
Only you could take a plain cheese box and turn it into a work of art.
I love how the lace just makes it look so lovely. Also lining the inside and puffing it up a little is such a good idea. Love it.

Your tags are always so beautiful.


Janny said...

Très joli!

Bisous Janny

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

I never thought a cheese box could look that gorgeous:) Swoon.
Happy WW.

morkaren said...

Hvor smukt med de regiliøse motiver og blonder. knus morkaren.

Karen B. said...

Sweet Liz,

everything is just so beautiful!!

Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Mom E. said...

You are amazing woman! I love the tags!!!!! I need to make a list of things to find at the flea markets!

I love your box as well, I am crying over all the little bits of things from my Mother's home that I was not able to keep.....such a lovely box to keep them in!

But I can use what I was able to get from her. SUCH and inspiring artist you are!

Mom E. said...

I am also looking at some of your older blog posts, you have amazingly beautiful laces and so many of them! I am feeling so much better about my own stashes!!! Ha ha ha!

Dorthe said...

Dear Liz,
you made the little cheese box, a most beautiful piece of art-how absolutely very lovely, with the lace and jewelry on top, and the madonna inside- and the pillow, OH what a gorgeous piece sweet friend, so happy you could use the bird there,-you`r sewing skills are wonderful, and the beautiful bracelet looks stunning on top of your pillow.
As for your tags ,you know how I love them all,: love from the motives- beauty from the laces and romance created from your hands.
The card is so lovely, and I love you used that dark brown piece in the corner,giving a great accent to all the wiite beauty.
This was long tehehe-
can you feel I am much better !!!
Hugs and xxx-Dorthe

Queenie Believe said...

Your tags are wonderful and the box is picture perfect!
Have a great day.
Always, Queenie

suziqu's thread works said...

What dear little gifts you could turn your cheese boxes intoLiz - they are just perfect and Oh those tags with the Virgin Mary also just gorgeous but the last one looks a more adventurous tag with so many pieces of your special laces.
You are so talented my dear friend and Lace Tag Queen!
Love and Heart String hugs!

Createology said...

You are amazing with lace and bits and bobs. I adore everything you create and embellish. Blissful Lace Love...

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Good morning, Lizzie! Your cheese box is awesome! I have to admit that I'm not into religious images but I love the outside and the gorgeous cushion you created. I also adore that beautiful bird postcard.
Have a sunny Thursday :-)!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

Your creations are always so beautiful and full of details. I know what you mean, one thing leads to another and before you know it the day has been spent creating new treasures. Very nice!!

lambs and ivy designs said...

Thank you for your visit and sweet comment!!

I love your lace coverd cheese box and those tags...just beautiful!!

Reading your profile about your fabric hoarding makes me think of my grandmother...
She hada bumper sticker that read.."he who dies with the most fabric wins" ...I always thought it was funny and true in our she is gone and I have her fabric, so I guess I may win yet!

Have a wonderful day,

Diane said...

I liked your blog and I personally invite you to join - The World's Free Collectors Zone.
We will also be happy to cooperate with your blog such as adding its link to our site.
All the best,

Anonymous said...

More pretties, Liz! And a good example of why to keep tiny bits and pieces!

XO Diane

Lorraine said...

I LOVE your tags, you have a beautiful way with lace! I especially like the tags with holy card images, I have been making some similar ones for family members facing health crises. Have a great!! ~Lorraine