My life is such a roller coaster ride right now. I love Larry and Maria, the managers at my job, but I’m not as excited about it as I was the other day. I must have misunderstood because I was not at all under the impression that the job would be part-time hours. I think the job would be the perfect fit for me, but am not convinced that a 40 mile round trip commute is worth the time or effort when the hours are so few. I have some things to pray about and consider now, that’s for sure. I’ve been kind of bummed since getting my schedule on Tuesday and have been looking for inspiration wherever I can find it. Today I decided to make something inspirational for the wall in my Scred Room.
Last week at the dollar store I saw this cute little wooden box and thought it would be fun to embellish and make pretty:Supplies Needed: Wooden divided box from Dollar Tree Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Broken China Paper 1 piece @ 4 7/8 x 1 7/8 inches 1 piece @ 4.5 x 1.5 inches 7 pieces at 1 7/8 inches square 7 pieces at 1.5 inches square Embellishments (I used I Am Roses, and other things from my stash) DIY Glimmer Mist in a green shade K Andrew Designs Stamps Winged Things Amazing You Sympathetic Sayings Adhesive – ATG and glue gun Memento Ink (Tuxedo Black) Distress Ink ( Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters)
Now…how did I turn this plain little box into the above picture? It was a little involved, but super easy. First I took my Broken China stain and daubed it all over the box. I stained everything this color that I could reach. Then I used my own DIY green Glimmer Mist to add some sparkle and “paint” the interior compartments so they weren’t plain wood. After it dried, I went over the front edges of the box with the Broken China stain one more time to make it a little darker. Next I took my 4.5 by 1.5 inch piece of paper and stamped my sentiment. I chose one that says “when one door closes look for the open window” by K Andrew Designs. It’s from the Sympathetic Sayings set and can be found here. Next I inked the edges using both Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters distress ink from Tim Holtz. When that dried (and believe me as warm as it is in my apartment it didn’t take long), I adhered this piece to the 4 7/8 by 1 7/8 with my glue gun and then, using my ATG I stuck this whole piece into the largest window/cubby of the box. In the spaces where the flowers are, I just stuck the 1 7/8 square in the window/cubby and hot glued a flower in the center. The dimensional roses are black I Am Roses flowers and the one in the middle with the brad is from Petaloo…I think.
Then I stamped my sentiments on the 1.5 inch squares for the remaining windows…I used “You are not alone” from Amazing You and Faith Dreams Brave (because she does) from Winged Things. I added this piece to the 1 7/8 inch square and, using my ATG, adhered them to the remaining three windows/cubbies in the box. Voila!
The wooden box has picture hangers on it so it can be wall mounted and I will be doing that soon. I love being able to use my stamps for things besides just cards and my K Andrew Designs stamps were PERFECT for this project. Until next time my friends.