Friday, 6 December 2013

Vintage Pillow

Hello and welcome.  Well, it's been a bit of a day.  The weather has been excessive.  It wasn't good when we got up but we had planned to go to town so, after getting wet feeding the chooks and the rabbits, off we went.   Back around lunchtime and the weather was strangely quiet.  Dry and calm.  Uhhhh, calm before the storm?  Had a cup of coffee and then it all started.  The rain and the wind.  Something went bang.  The bins were making a run for it!  I locked them in the garage.  Hail and wind and snow.  Nothing stopping, just zooming past at speed.  Then it all went a bit mad.  Anything not locked up or tied down went whizzing around.  The news started reporting trees down on major roads, roofs blown off buildings and lorries blown off roads.  It's draughty out there.  Definitely a good day to bake.

I had planned to make kakeman this afternoon. This is a biscuit, usually man shaped, that is quite soft when you first bake them and they get harder as they dry out.  It's a Norwegian thing, usually for Christmas, although they sell them all year round.  I used to buy them until one day I made my own.  Another good thing is they keep a really long time, unless they get eaten!  LOL   So I baked....

I baked about 140.  I can hear you!  What am I going to do with all those?  Actually I usually end up doing this again before Christmas.  They are really good.  I shall take a few here and a few there and we eat a few ourselves and suddenly the cake boxes are empty.

Speciality of the house.  Kakepigs!!  Nam nam.  Any 'Anything Goes with an Animal' challenges out there?  

So after I'd finished the bake and a late dinner it's time to craft!  A quick check to Swirlydoos and we're off........

Swirlydoos challenge today is to make a box so I got out one of my acrylic pillow boxes.  These were the packaging for some Sizzix embossing folders.  Recycle.  

I covered it in white handmade paper with a lovely stitch detail.  

I wanted to try for a vintage look.  I used a Fiskars border punch on some un-named printed paper.  I have stuck the negative cut from the border punch, coloured with a touch of VersaMagic Spanish Olive chalk ink to give it some contrast, below the cut border.  I also added a piece of lace to both edges.

I wrapped some white and silver cord around the box and added three silver beads.  I used Sizzix Flowers and Vine #3 with the same green grid paper.  I cut two flourishes and offset them slightly.  I added a white felt and a silver glitter snowflake to each.  The 'leaves' are the negative cut from the loop of the flourish that I embossed with Sizzix Groovy Flower folder and coloured with Spanish Olive.  The frame and image are from Crafty Individuals.  I have covered the image with glossy accents.  

My Vintage Christmas pillow box.  I did think a nice swirly Christmas sentiment would be nice on the right hand side but haven't found anything suitable yet.  All suggestions gratefully received. 

Joining the fun at
Swirlydoos 12 days of Christmas Day 5 - box, border punch, some silver or gold
Crafty Individuals Challenge - Make Something Festive
Bunny Zoe's Crafts November Challenge - Shabby Chic/Vintage 
Craft-room Challenge - Vintage Christmas 
It's All About The Vintage Challenge 58 - Winter Foliage 
Hjerteboden Utfordring 12 - Jul, Alt Annet Enn Kort 
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - With a Flourish 

OK, I'm off to bed.  Hope I can get some sleep.  The wind calmed down enough earlier for the snow to settle but it's whistling again now.  It could be a wild night.  Hope you are tucked up warm.    Take care.  Thanks for dropping by


  1. GREAT GREAT idea I am going to use it...I have all these pillow boxes from Tim Holtz embossing folders, i kept them but did not know what to do with them, now I have a Great idea TFS and thanks for sharing this traditional cookie from Norway , love to learn about other traditions out there. hugs bibiana

  2. Just fabulous box!! Love the look!

    Thank you for joining our Winter Foliage challenge at It's all about the Vintage and Beauty. Hope to see you again soon!
    Hugs, Sande DT

  3. I had forgotten all about your horrific weather by the time I reached your last photo, Gail! The transformation of that pillow box is just amazing. You know me...I love vintage, so I absolutely love this delightful vintage "make!" You rocked it!

  4. Gail, you have been super-busy! I love the pillowbox. You've made it so pretty. And those cookies look delicious! YUM! Thank you for sharing with us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. ~Michelle

  5. Yummy!
    Beautiful gift pillow box, lovely altering.
    Thank you for sharing at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m

  6. This is beautiful, what a lovely box for a gift..thanks so much for sharing with us at Craft-Room...Esther xx

  7. Gorgeous pillow box. Love how you have used the frame charm! Thanks for joining in the Crafty Individuals Challenge. Jean x

  8. Wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Hjerteboden this month.
    Hugs, Bente

  9. Beautiful box! Thanks for playing along with us at Hjerteboden♥ Hug, Janne


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