Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Thrifted Box Altered With A Bit of Romance

Hello everyone and welcome to my world of thrifting!
In this world of  discarded and unwanted items,
you never know what you may find to re-love
or make good use of. 
Isn't it fun?

Here is  a suitcase type box that my husband 
brought home for me. He's always looking.

Here's what they looked like. Actually, I only primed and 
altered one. I kind of liked them in their original state and
was a little unsure of changing them at all.
But I had the idea for at least one.
And I'm glad I did it. I'll tell you why a little later in the post.
After using the primer, I painted the box with my favorite color.
Vintage White.
What's your favorite color to work with?
The box needed a handle so I glued a nut onto the box and a 
vintage button onto the nut.
This is the back.
Do you love adding details and extras?
I do.
I made a muslin pocket for the inside and added a few embellishments.

And then I made a little tag to tuck inside the pocket.
It was one of my favorite projects so far.
At the Independence Day craft show, the old sheet music
caught a ladies eye.
She said she was a musician and loved the box.
She wanted to buy it.
She thanked me over and over again
and said that it made her day.

That's one of the reasons that I love doing this.
When the beauty of what we make touches someone's
heart, it's a blissful feeling, isn't it?

As I'm sure you figured out, that's the reason that I'm
glad that I followed my heart and altered the box!

I hope you're having a wonderful week.
I've had some hard things to deal with this week.
Some hurtful things. I'm learning not to let people
take advantage of me though. I'm learning late in my life
the value of me. I used to thing that that was selfish
and wrong.  But I've been learning in the last couple 
of years that it's healthy and right to take care of myself.
Heart...mind..body and soul.

It's been freeing and I feel that the ways I look at myself are
more healthy than they've every been! 
I wish those things for you as well.

Don't be afraid to give but don't be afraid to put yourself first
sometimes or to see yourself as important and lovely!
Because you are.
Full of grace and beauty. 
Remember, you can't love others until you love yourself first. 

Thank you and be blessed.

Tamara XO

Joining the party at
Share Your Cup Thursday


Stephanie said...

My sweet and wonderful friend, I am in AWE of your beautiful altered suitcase. I love music and play the piano so when I saw the music notes it was love t first sight :) And then the extra touches of loveliness and charm took my breath away. You are so gifted, dear Tamara. You create stunning things and what makes them even more delightful is the fact that you create them with lots of love. Beautiful, my friend, just beautiful!

Love and hugs to you!

Art and Sand said...

I love your box and all the embellishments.

I have an old doll trunk from my childhood and now I'm wondering what I might create with it.

Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing at SYC.

Junkchiccottage said...

Hi Tamara,
Glad you followed your heart and re loved this beautiful case. Love the little pockets. How sweet that it found the right person to buy it.

Kelly @ Homespuns 'n Hayfields said...

Hi Tamara, you decorated the suitcase beautifully. It's wonderful that it has gone to a home where it will be loved and appreciated. I'm sorry to hear that you've been having some difficulties lately and I pray things will get better for you. I have had similar lessons to learn later in life and wish I had learned them sooner. I hope you have a great weekend!