Friday, October 2, 2009

An Altered Box

I know–it’s been a while...I’m a bad blogger...
Wanted to share an altered box I made for a box swap I was in. Our little "drama queen" group drew names for this swap, and I drew Kathie O’s name. I was happy to have pulled her name because I thought it would be a little easier to figure out what she likes since we often go on "inspiration journeys" together. I know Kathie will like everything I put on her box...I know this because we both were drawn to and bought the same things while on these inspiration journeys! But I’ll bet Kathie’s shells are sitting in a box somewhere in her craft room...my shells are in a box too...one made for Ms. Kathie.
I altered a magnetic box from Michael’s like this one (although the one I altered was bigger)











and turned it into this shadow box...I hope Kathie likes it.












A couple of close ups...I added a 7 Gypsies knob...













Here's the "shadow box" portion. I made it with foam core and covered the ugly edges of it with ribbon.











When it comes to boxes...Kathie has a "foot" fettish so I had to add some feet to it (thanks Michelle for confirmation of the "foot" fettish) which are really drawer knobs...











I added a Basic Grey rubon and used Glimmer Mists and embossing powder for the background. And I just love those seahorses, but...










my absolute favorite part has to be the octopus! It makes me giggle every time I look at it. I bought the octopus (and the majority of the other shells too) from Tangerines in Dublin. Gina Gabriell, the owner of Tangerines, also makes beautiful art dolls — she even makes the eyes and sells them! I think they are amazing! I bought one of the smallest pairs she had and attached them to the octopus...Kathie loves body parts...I think eyes qualify.

5 comments:

Valerie said...

Wow that is just gorgeous. Lucky Kathie...

Kathieao said...

I am speechless, except to say Thank You, it is so beautiful, and I will cherish always.....KathieO

Ruth said...

What an amazing and beautiful box. I also love that octopus!! I hope to see the box up close really soon!
~Ruth

SueAnn said...

Hi Christine!

I was wondering what you have been up to and 'googled' your name and found your blog. Then I felt like I was spying or something LOL so I HAD to leave you a comment. I see you are still the same busy crazed talented girl even if you are 'retired'. I would love to catch up with you and hear about your kids. I see they are still adorable.

Love,
SueAnn (you know your CKU roomate from 'PocaHELLhole')
sueannmail@yahoo.com

valarty said...

Kathie shared it with me last week, it is beautiful Cristine. Valerie M.