The pics you've been waiting for! Here is my Petite Inspiration Box - with the bird's nest theme. I put together the contents (see below) and struggled with how to decorate the box itself. because my theme was red and powder blue, i thought the box had to follow suit. Once i decided to just go with the tried and true sepia vintage/copper/robins egg blue - it all came together.
I sanded, gesso'd then covered the matchbox with vintage book pages. For the top i used precut scalloped ovals (from paper source) as a base for a paper bird with skeleton leaf wings. A bit of vintage script from an old letter as a sort of banner and a touch of whimsy with the blue chip trading stamps and sparkly flower.
The copper mesh nest was the perfect place to hold my hand-made speckled eggs. I forgot all about the ends until i saw pics on-line of someone else's box - so the button and ribbon was a last minute touch.
This is what the three recipients would see when they opened their jam packed box.
I wrapped assorted ribbons and trims around a vintage flash card and attached it with lady bug stick pins. Some two tone MSL twine and some lace pieces complete the
In the paper realm, i included a page from a gardening book, two foreign dictionary pages,a mini book or locket, some silly chicken stickers, a mini magnet, red foil sticker and a milk cap. The yellow matchbook is actually flower seeds.
This shows more goodies - red and blue sticker labels, a vellum envie and note card, red photo corners (5 because you need 4 and you always lose one!), bird postage stamps, some word game cards, some bird images and a faux stock certificate.
In the chunky doodad group you can really see the red and blue theme come alive. A butterfly, some lady bugs, a wee bird, buttons, marbles, beads, leaf sequins, a vase shaped glass bead with a flower, and some hand painted earrings.
In the metal assortment were various charms butterflies and dragon flies, a winged horse, some copper scrap angel wings, a key tag a brass ring and teardrop finding and an opticians lens. all the little things fit in the tin case.
I gave each person two little birds and three eggs wrapped in a napkin and wrapped with the stem of the blue paper flower. I tried to stick within the "guidelines" and just send what would fit in the box itself. But i had some over flow!
I really had fun putting these together. But that was NOTHING compared to the joy of receiving the boxes in the mail, from my trading partners. Just wait til i show you!