Thursday, May 9, 2013

Vintage Country!!

Happy Thursday to you all!  The week is almost done...seems like this week has flown by.  I have to take Alexa out after school today to get shoes, clutch & jewelry for prom.  Her dress is red and she wants gold accessories so I hope we are able to find everything today as I have no time this weekend to do it.  Prom is next Saturday and there are 42...YES 42 kids having their pictures taken together...oy vey.  And then about 6 girls will be here early getting ready, 12 for pictures at the house including Alexa's date and then we go to the park to take pics of all 42 of them.  Her friend Maya is coming up for the weekend from Atlanta (she moved in March) and will be staying with us and going to they are all super excited.  Alexa gets her hair done at 1 and then all the girls will be here at 3 to get my house will be overrun with girls, giggling and yelling LOL.

My mom is coming up for the weekend as its gonna be a full house...crazy...chaotic but always FUN!  Of course if you follow me on Facebook you will see all the prom pics up there first LOL.

This weekend we are doing more yard work on Saturday to get the yard finished up for prom pictures and then on Sunday we will be in DC at a Nationals game...yup my Mother's Day will be at Nat's Park for this gal...its all good (as long as we win of course).  I asked for a large lilac bush for my Mom's Day gift...I love the smell of lilacs and my Gram has a HUGE lilac tree/bush that I just adore! Hope mine blooms like my Gram's does...its gorgeous and the smell is HEAVEN!


Vintage Country!

One of my fave projects I've done in awhile....this one is for ME and takes its spot in my kitchen.  I collect antique recipe boxes, they have to be special and different for me to add them to my collection.  But I have a bit of a rooster/chicken fetish too...I have a few rooster & chicken things around the won't come in and see a BUNCH of them though, no way but I do have a few here and there.  I like just a few and they have to be special for me to display them...I don't do cute knick-knacks in my house, cuz' I hate extra clutter or stuff just sitting around.

I'm entering this into the following challenges:

This is what my project started out like....a plain, wooden cigar box and some Tim Holtz metal legs.
I have a few cigar boxes...when I see them I grab them...don't ask how many a "few" is LOL!

I used Graphic 45 "French Country" papers...I LOVE LOVE LOVE that...I LOVE these papers LOL!  Match my colors in my first floor of my house perfectly!  All my papers were distressed...heavily with my Zutter and then inked heavily with Distress Ink and Stain in Vintage Photo.  I attached all my papers to the box with Modge Podge.

The rooster image is a Crafty Individuals stamp called "Fresh Eggs & Chickens"...I love their collage stamps and SCACD carries some of their line too (I think I want the ship next..yuppers).  The "Recipes" was done with two PTI stamps and then distressed.  The lil paper clips are from Tim Holtz too.  I added a bit of color to the chickens with TouchTwins to just make them pop more.  The decorative nails holding the recipe down are actually brads...I cut off the backs with my Tonic scissors, press them flat and then add them so they look like nails.  The scroll underneath Recipes is a Memory Box die "Val Flourish", the clock die at top is an SCACD die "Classic Timepiece"...both were cut out of the same patterned paper used on sides of box.  The postcard is actually from the Graphic 45 paper pad, I just cut it out and distressed it a bit.

The legs from Tim Holtz Idea-ology just add an extra oomph to it I think!  They are kind of burnished silver but I used acrylic paint in black & brown to distress them...let it dry and then added an acrylic sealer so it doesn't chip off.

After the modge podge dried on the box I went back in with a sanding block and roughed up all the edges and paper...then went over it with Distress Stain in Vintage Photo.

The clasp on the cigar box was brass and I didn't like it LOL.  So I added the same acrylic paint mix to the clasp.  The lock is from Tim Holtz added with some wire and I added some paint to that as well...when dry it was sprayed with acrylic sealer.

I didn't alter the inside...I like the wood stamp that is in the cigar boxes and wanted to keep the wood untouched.

So there ya altered cigar box...sitting in my kitchen so I can see it all the time!  Will I use it for recipes?  Probably not LOL!


  1. WOW!!! It's stunning!!!! Love the vintage look and gorgeous hardware. Hugs, Brigitte

  2. This is so gorgeous and so vintage...what beautiful and creative work you do...Love that you share with all of us! xxx Ann Marie

  3. This is so wonderful Suzanne.

    Hugs Riet.xx

  4. Oh my gosh, that's gorgeous and I have to tell you that I share your love of the Graphic45 French Country papers. Just purchased a few of my favorites the other day. Wonderful project!

  5. Beautiful altered cigar box to recipe box, Suzanne...A stunning addition to your kitchen!

    Oh, I love lilacs! We had several in our yard when we lived in the Pacific NW but now that we're in the AZ desert they don't do as well, although I did find one called a Persian Lilac I have in a large ceramic pot and has done very well for several years. I really was sad to leave our other house as some of the lilacs were from starts from my mother-in-law's lilac bush and was a sweet remembrance of her.

  6. Wow, I love it...AWESOME job Suzanne!!! It looks like an expensive antique!

  7. I'll say it again...I love all the gorgeous details on this box. Especially all the hardware, they are fabulous.
    Cathy Lee

  8. It's glorious Suzanne!!! Well done! Enjoy all the fun too!!!

  9. I love love love this.. I am such a fan of rustic items and this came out amazing.. I want one too :)
    thanks for sharing this with us girls over at Whimsical Designs.

  10. ooh what a fabulous creation...saw your project n MIM x crofty

  11. This is so pretty, I love the vintage feel, just perfect
    Hugs julie P

  12. Stunning work Suzanne, love the papers and the little legs on the box...fabulous.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  13. Wow Suzanne, this is gorgeous! Love the vintage look and the beautiful details you have added to the box. Thanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps this week!

  14. Absolutely amazing! The embellishments are perfect for the vintage papers. Lovely! zThanks for joining us at Loves Rubberstamps this week. We hope to see you back next week!

  15. Amazing! I love it. I'd find a place in my kitchen too, it's so fabulous. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  16. Love that cigar box Suzanne!

  17. Gorgeous all your details...thanks for playing with Divas by Design!
    xxx Margreet

  18. Your altered cigar box came out beautiful. I love altering them. You used just great papers, and embellishments!! Thank you for joining us this week at Whimsical Designs.

  19. This is beautiful and thank you so much for sharing it with us at Diva's by Design. Good Luck.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  20. OMG Suzanne, this box is amazing!! All your hard work on it really paid off because it's absolutely beautiful! creative, I love it.

    Also want to compliment you on your Pinterest page; I'm now on sensory overload!! I don't do the social network things, but I have gone to Pinterest to look at some pins for things, and I decided to see if you had a page and the rest is history.... What a great variety and some fantastic recipes too!! I've already bookmarked it to revisit and sent a receipe off to my daughter. Keep up the great work!

  21. Simply amazing! Gorgeous transformation. Thanks for playing along at Whimsical Wednesday!


I appreciate all your lovely comments and taking the time to stop by! hugz,Suzanne

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