Shoebox: Glass Window Hanging, Memory Box
Carol Duvall shares various items from the shoebox including a glass window hanging, a memory box, and a wine bottle lamp.
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It was another bonanza day for the Shoebox, starting with a most interesting project sent in by Donna Ricchuiti of Bear, Del. Donna makes a number of needlework projects that she frames but for which she does not use glass inserts. As a result, she is left with number of pieces of glass. The project she sent to the Shoebox is an example of the items she makes with the leftovers. Sandwiched between two 5" x 7" pieces of glass were several small pieces of cellophane, some of which she had tinted with colored ink pads. There were also a number of metallic threads and some packing material. She held the two pieces of glass together by wrapping them with different colors of wire that she had strung with interesting beads Attached to the outer surface of the glass were single earrings and buttons. Donna stated that she uses mostly leftover items from her past projects or things that she has purchased at yard sales and flea markets. She also adds a hanging chain to her pieces so they can be hung in the window, which greatly enhances their charm. Recently she had made a few small ones for Mother’s Day and has already put several larger ones aside for future Christmas presents.
Item number two from the Shoebox today was actually an item that I put in there. On a recent show, Karen Thomas made some delightful little house boxes that, when opened, reveal all manner of interesting and fun things. Most of them were Memory Boxes, and the one she surprised me with was one that was painted to resemble my log cabin. I showed it during the Shoebox segment today because I didn’t think I had done it justice the first time. Karen did an excellent job painting the outside because I recognized the cabin immediately. The box itself was filled with memories of the annual craft weekend (we call it "The Summit") that several of us have each year at my house. There were photographs of us on each "wall" and a small book in which she had written the who, what, when and where of our time together. It was quite wonderful, and I suggest that anyone who might have missed the show check out the directions in CDS-1501.
But that wasn't all. Also in the Shoebox today were some photographs sent in by Susan Bliss of Wentworth, N.H. Susan is a decorative painter and though she claims that she is hardly in the same class as Priscilla Hauser, I think that judging from the photographs, Priscilla would be very proud of her. What Susan sent were pictures of some lamps that she made with plain white lampshades she purchased and some large wine bottle bases that she found at the dump. On both the shades and the bottle bases, she painted matching flowers, and they were lovely. The top of the bottles were hidden under the vases, so unless someone was looking up under the shades, they would never know of their humble beginnings.
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