I believe that setting priorities (laundry, family time, prayer, bible study, etc.) is important to maintain a balance in life. But the best part of all that is when we make time for fun. For me, fun means crafting, shopping (for crafts), blogging & vlogging. Today, I was all caught up with chores (because I have a terrific husband who helps me immensely and who took some of his vacation time to assist in much needed housework), so I decided to catch up on my blogging, vlogging, photo-taking and more.
I was involved in a chocolate box swap on A Little Scrap Of Heaven hosted by a lovely lady named Geordie from Australia, which consisted of purchasing a box of yummy chocolates (tough job, eh?), emptying it out (even tougher) and using the box as a host for craft goodies. The person receiving did not know who was the sender, and so the task was to decorate the box in a vintage style using any colors you wanted. Lately I have been very into Parisian things (decor, crafts, art, etc., - those of you who follow me on facebook know) and I decided that this would be the best theme to use. I was very nervous at first because this was my first time altering a box (I've done frames and smaller boxes as you've seen), but I was able to get past the intimidation (especially since the girl I had to send it to is kind of a guru on youtube and is part of a very popular design team). I wanted it to be extra beautiful and tres glam.
I used Parisian Anthology paper by Pink Paislee and House of 3, and distressed it. Added some trim, splashes of several pinks and tons of bling and flowers. Inside I added tons of goodies for her to use (most of which were charms) and the box was completed the same day I started. Impressive for me!! Once I was done with the box, I thought to make a matching card. I was just going to include a quick note, but I was so inspired by the colors and style that I just had to make it match the box.
Anyway, I have a video that shows the box in action along with the photos of this blog, so if you are interested please click the link below.
I hope you enjoy this post and are inspired to make your own Parisian-style box.
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