Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Grandma's Attic Matchbox swap

No this isn't the Summer of Colour post yet, I just wanted to show you a matchbox I did for a group I belong to on FlickR called the Vintage Dragonfly hosted by the lovely JoAnne.
The swap is called Grandma's attic and we are to alter a matchbox that holds 250 matches then fill the box with vintage items, buttons, ribbons, papers etc. Well as usual I have to really do my matchbox up. I have some beautiful vintage paper I used for the outside. I covered a chipboard frame with paper I embossed in the Cuttlebug then I took a piece of acetate and used alcohol ink on it to stain the glass to make it look old. I found this photo of Grandma who looks rather stern but as I remember from reading, people used to have to sit for long periods of time when having their photos taken, so this sort of looked like Grandma's time ended with the smiling and this is the end result. I also added some nice vintagey looking ribbon, added my homemade roses and those pears I removed from an old pair of earrings that I bought at a used goods place.
I hope my partner Gail likes it. I have filled the box full of goodies then I also added a plastic bag because it wouldn't all fit inside. I mailed it out today so I am hoping Gail will have it in no time.
Still thinking on my Summer of Colour, I have it stirring up in my head so hopefully I can start it soon. It all takes careful planning sometimes.
Thanks for dropping by.


  1. Beautiful matchbox, love all your decorations. Hugs, Valerie

  2. Gorgeous matchbox Les... sounds like a wondeful stash inside... I rather like the stern grandma...lol

    Jenny x

  3. It's wonderful Les! Your partner will be thrilled!
    The next swap is already in the works.....

  4. Lesley..your matchbox turned out fabulous! your swap partner will love it!!

  5. What a beautiful lil matchbox,loving the embellies... Stern granny brings a smile to my face!! LOL


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