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This is the first box I remember being especially special to me. I've had it since I was a little girl. I don't remember who gave it to me or why, but I kept my most precious keepsakes in it--friends' yearbook photos that we traded, friendship pins made from safety pins and little colored beads, notes passed during English class, a Reagan/Bush 1984 button, the charm from my first gift from my first beau. I still love this box even though it now holds extra iPod cords.
My husband has a standing request to scope out boxes for me from the flea market. These are recent acquisitions that are now treasure chests for keepsakes and Artist Trading Cards:
There are probably ten more performing various duties around the house right now. I guess it's natural then that I am really incapable of bypassing a box without thinking about 1) bringing it home with me, and 2) giving it a useful life. In fact, I recently came home with seven cigar boxes from the antique mall in town. My mom delivered another 5. I really cannot be trusted, especially not with accomplices!
The "useful life" part is the good news, though. With these beautiful wooden boxes, I'm making Blessing Boxes like this!
The first two are Blessing Boxes for a baby shower and a baby's first birthday. Guests can write blessings and prayers for the babies, and it becomes a keepsake for cards, those little hospital bracelets, and adorable little striped hats all the babies wear. The second one actually includes an original poem I wrote for my sweet little niece. The third one that I just finished this afternoon would be a good place for a lover of boxes to keep a prayer list or gratitude journal. It would also be good for a friend to store get well cards or other well wishes or for a favorite graduate to store keepsakes. It's just a sweet little reminder that Jesus is always there ready to listen to our needs.
"...and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." Matt 28:20
I'll be getting to work on more little boxes to add to the section of my Etsy shop called "Other Great Stuff". After writing so much about boxes and seeing all my boxes together, you would think I would realize I don't need anymore boxes......but don't be surprised if you see me at the antique mall tomorrow.
May the good Lord bless you today with pretty boxes in all shapes and sizes and sweet keepsakes to store inside them.
I WANT THAT BOX!!!ReplyDelete
I am so glad you like it! Thanks!Delete
I really like these boxes! So pretty and so well done. You have a brilliant idea Lori!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much, Linda! I really love to do them.Delete
I have box issues myself, but I'm not doing anything wonderful with them! They are just precious! So, ya gettin' back into the blogging swing of things? Yay!ReplyDelete
You should do something with you boxes. It's fun! Sweet baby hats in a box are much better than cigars. :)Delete
Thanks for coming by!
those three boxes you've made are amazing -- you should be adding them to your shop!
Thanks, Jill! The first two were gifts, but the last one is in my shop now. :)Delete
Oh my! I'm a huge lover of boxes too. All types. And it must be genetic, because my son is equally smitten with the idea of boxes to hold all his treasures. I love your art boxes Lori. Repurposing and designing a box that someone may have discarded. Good stuff!ReplyDelete
We should meet in Round Top sometime and scope out a whole hoard of boxes!! Heaven! Thanks, Ann, for the sweet words!Delete
Lori - I too love boxes, but have yet to create with them (although I do use many for organization). What you have done with yours is amazing - not only for the beautiful creative expression, but they have such inspiring purposes. I had so much fun reading about your "box history" and seeing these lovely pictures of them.ReplyDelete
I also want to say I LOVE your new blog banner - everything about it!!! xoxoxxo
Thanks, Kathleen! I'd love to see your boxes. I'll try not to have box envy. :)Delete
And thanks so much about the banner. I about gave myself a stroke from all the heavy thinking, but I like it, too. :)
LOVE the prayer boxes. Keep making them!ReplyDelete
Your boxes are fantastic! I love all boxes, but yours are works of art. The recipients of those gifts are lucky!ReplyDelete