I just participated in Speckled Egg’s Petite Inspiration Matchbox swap– Curiosities edition. My partners were Donna of Red Apple Junction and Christine of A Work in Progress. Two very talented ladies, I was lucky to be paired with these two! Donna sent this great vintage inspired curiosities matchbox. Love the dark altered feel of the box. Lots of textures with a hint of sparkle. Filled to the brim with antique, vintage treasures. Love the paper flower on the wrapping. Very cool, I really like the crocheted doily and hat pin on the top! What can I say? I love it all!
Stuffed full of curiosities, so very generous!
She made this great ATC and stuck it in the box too, lovely festive colors!
Christine chose a different path for her curiosities theme. She sent a nature inspired package, very Alice-esque in my opinion. Let me show the pictures, then I will explain…
In the package is a photo of Brigitte Meyer and her story. She grew up on a dairy farm and loved to explore nature and made this box to store all her treasures (this is my summarized version, the whole story is quite sweet). I have to say, never have I seen a matchbox looks so fabulous! This is quite a different look, different in a creative, imaginative, good way! Covered in moss and butterflies, somewhere under there is a matchbox, can you believe it? It’s there! I’ll let you click the pictures for a closer look.
Trinkets and treasures inside the box…
Paper ephemera, I can’t believe this all fit!
She also included this lovely muslin bag with some gifties! I love that test tube with buttons, great idea :)
Now for what I sent to these ladies in return. I’ll admit, I made 4 boxes. I didn’t like how the first ones came out. I got off on a tangent and I don’t think they felt “curiosities” enough. So I started re-thinking and decided to go with a more Victorian Steampunk look. I used vintage fabrics and trims and some stamping and inking and came up with this.
I free motion quilted the layers all together and added some vintage buttons for embellishments. I was going for that old world look. I guess I didn’t take any pictures of what was inside, you’ll have to check out their blogs for that :) Just one of many great swaps this month! Thank you so very much ladies, it was my pleasure swapping with you!