Friday, November 20, 2009

Blogger's Challenge #126 - Give Thanks

Good day everyone! Happy Friday and happy weekend! WooHoo! I for one am so, so glad it's here - it's one of my blessings today, I just don't think it will fit in my box! LOL!

For today's challenge we were to use the theme "Give Thanks". Well, I've done a few autumn and Thanksgiving cards over the past month and I just wanted to do something different for you today. I've had this idea for a while for a "Blessings Box" - a symbolic or maybe not, box that will hold your blessings. This particular box is large enough to hold our 3 x 3 notecards and Mini Envelopes so you could write down your blessings and put them in there. You could also put photos or small bits of memorabilia in there as a reminder of all the things you are thankful for and all the ways you are blessed in your life. I've always found it better to focus on my blessings and not my challenges. Sure does make the days happier!

To create my box, I used a pre-fab wood box from a local craft store and covered it with pieces of the Christmas Cocoa DSP and Tombow Glue. I sanded the edges with my Sanding Block to smooth them out and give it a bit of a distressed look. Real Red 5/8" Grosgrain ribbon was wrapped around the top edge and adhered with thin lines of the Tombow Glue.

For the first time, I tried my hand at Stencil Paste for the top decoration. I'm not sure if I got the desired results, but I was happy with how it turned out. I won't give the how to here because I'm not sure I did it right, but I will say it was messy!
The front embellishment is a piece of Hodgepodge Hardware attached with Mini-Glue Dots. For the label, I used a stamp from the God's Blessings stamp set and just markered the word I needed from one of the stamps. It's stamped on Very Vanilla cardstock and punched out with the Small Label Punch.

All in all it's a very simple project, but most of the real Blessings in our lives are the simple things, don't you agree?
Have a great weekend everyone - we are headed up to Charleston, WV for Emma's 1st Synchro Skating competition this season so cross your fingers and say a prayer for them. I'll be doing a separate post about that later this morning for those of you who want to see some pics of the team this year!

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  1. Oh Robin,

    this is so pretty! I love the ribbon going all the way around and the hardware. This is just beautiful!

  2. beautiful box and beautiful idea robin. what a lovely gift idea.


  3. Very nice box- I love the ribbon and hardware. TFS

  4. Robin, your posts always put in the right frame of mind. The blessings box is a fabulous idea. I think way too many times people tend to focus on the negative (challenges) rather than the positive. This box is gorgeous!!!

    Best of luck to Emma....she's gonna do great!!!

  5. Wonderful way to alter that wood box, love the stencil you added for a vintage flair!

  6. Very pretty box and a great idea as well. Love the top of the box with that swirl design.

  7. Beautiful box and what a wonderful idea!

  8. This box is beautiful! Love the stencil on top! I might try this with the Frost White shimmer paint...I'll bet that would be less messy.

  9. What a lovely idea! Your stenciling is beautiful too!!

  10. What a lovely idea! It's so important to take time to be thankful, isn't it? Beautiful share today!

  11. What a stunning creation! I love everything about this box and what you've written. Thanks for the reminder!

  12. What a marvelous idea Robin! Your box turned out beautifully! I love the stencil on the top! Happy Thanksgiving! :D


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