Sunday, November 19, 2017

Cigar Box Gift Box


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I have quite a few of these wooden cigar boxes that I got for 25 cents each at a garage sale! So for this challenge, I thought it would be a good idea to make one over.  I needed a gift box for one of my son's Christmas gifts (a certificate to a fancy cigar shop where he lives -- good thing he doesn't read my blog!) and I thought this would be a great gift box AND he could still use it to hold cigars.


I love the shape on this one.  I pried out the latch hardware so I could keep it unpainted.  The rest of the box was painted with Rustoleum Chalked Spray Paint in charcoal.  I distressed it a little and then applied a coat of wax.


Since he may use it for cigars, I taped off the inside and kept it natural wood.


I found this quote and thought it was funny and perfect to add a little extra special touch to the box.  I just printed it on paper I had and used double stick tape to attach to the lid.


The latch was easy to press back into the existing holes.


I have a big bag of felt scraps so I made a felt pad and attached it to the bottom of the box.


One less box laying around!


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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Winter Cocoa Bar

There are not too many things I like about winter but I CAN say I enjoy hot chocolate and soups.  The rest, well, let's not go there.  I don't have a lot of space to set up a designated hot chocolate bar so creating a small, 'mobile' one was a good solution.
A wooden cigar box, one of many scored for 25 cents each at a yard sale makes a great container.  The metal tins were left 'as is' but dressed up a little with some yellow pom poms. A few coats of glossy yellow spray paint and it was ready to go. Since this will mainly be in the kitchen I used my colors of yellow, red, teal, white and black.
The diamond pattern paper mimics my floor so that was perfect to line the lid of the box.
I purchased the hot cocoa, tiny spoons, cups and little milk bottles all at the dollar store.  The bottles didn't have lids so I decided to make some.
These work really well to protect my 'toppings' of chocolate chips, marshmallows, peppermint sticks and peppermint bark.
The labels for the bottles are Formica sample chips, painted black. Using a chalk paint pen I added the words. You could also just use chalk so you can change up the labels.  
I thought it would be fun to add a little sign.  I like little signs. And fun quotes. 
A nice, hot cup of 'dressed up' cocoa can certainly go a long way toward making me feel a little better about winter!

Did you know you can freeze whipped cream and then use cookie cutters to make fun shapes?
Simply spread your whipped cream on a non-stick silicone sheet and freeze.  Thaw slightly and then cut out shapes with a cookie cutter.  You can store these back in the freezer until you're ready to serve them!  I made up a bunch and have them in zip lock bags in the freezer, ready to pull out when I want them.
While I'm STILL not happy that we had our first snow flurries yesterday and the temps are well below normal for this time of year, chocolate really CAN make me feel a little better!


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tea Cup Exchange Reveal

There are a lot of wonderful things about blogging, but one of my favorites is getting to know so many wonderful women that I otherwise would never have a chance to meet.  Possibly one of the sweetest, most talented and giving gals I've "met" is Stephanie at The Enchanting Rose.  Several times a year Stephanie hosts a Tea Cup Exchange. This is the third time I've participated and I can't decide which is more fun . . . putting a package together or getting the package!  I was even more thrilled that my package came from Stephanie herself!
 If you know Stephanie, you know she is one talented young lady! She has a fantastic Etsy Shop, Rose Petal Blessings, where she sells her beautiful, hand-sewn items and how thrilled I was that I received some of those!  Just look at how pretty everything was wrapped!! It was like a box of Christmas!
 Look at the CARD she made! I was STILL finding cute little things tucked inside a week after I got it! A little envelope with wooden butterfly buttons and confetti, lots and lots of little tags and vintage pictures. I'm using some as bookmarks, and some I've tucked into thank you notes that I've sent to friends.  The necklace was something she purchased on Etsy just for ME! This is the verse my blog is named for -- how beautiful and thoughtful is that!?
 As I said, Stephanie sells such pretty and feminine things in her shop.  Just look at this tea bag envelope! I have it on display on my writing desk.  I love the floral design on the tea bag rest too!
 I really did a happy dance when I unwrapped this tea cozy because I had been wanting one for the longest time. It too is so beautifully made and has such pretty details.
 Of course the cup and saucer I received is JUST as beautiful as the rest of the goodies! I just love the pattern and size of it.
 Just look at how pretty it looks on the tea mat she made. The little mat has a pocket to hold a few tea bags and there is a lovely, vintage hankie tucked in as well.  I use this every day when I'm at my writing desk having my devotions.  
 Of course this pretty tin was filled with tea as well!
I hope you stop by and see Stephanie's blog and her Etsy Shop -- she is such a beautiful writer and photographer as well so both are so enjoyable to browse.
Thank you Stephanie for this labor of love and all of the time and effort you put into pulling it together for us. We are so blessed to have you as a friend!