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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

What IS IT With Boxes!

I think I'm a box addict. Seriously.

Do you think there is a group for this? Maybe Box Anonymous?

You're laughing, I can hear you. I'm not kidding. I LOVE pretty boxes. I can never have enough of them. I buy pretty boxes. I save pretty boxes that things come in. I even make pretty boxes. Oh, the boxes I made would be wonderful gifts you say? Oh no no no! I can not EVER give them away! Gasp!! Once I make them, then I have to keep them and use them. I know there are much more efficient ways to store things, but I love my boxes.

The Victorian Needle Box. This was an adventure. They are supposed to be covered with fabric, but I saw one like this in Somerset Studio about 10-15 years ago. I HAD to make one. Well, at that time the only place I could find  the pattern was in Canada... on Victoria Island. That's waaayyyy up north in Canada, which is already up north. It was September. I had to wait until the spring when the pass opened up so the mail would go through. I am not kidding. When the nice lady sent me the package I was naturally intent on making one right away. That very day, in fact. Except it took me 2-3 days to get the pieces cut out of mat board and figure out how to construct it. No way would I ever give this one away. Yeah, I know NOW there are patterns all over the internet for this. Probably because everyone else liked it when they saw it in the magazine too. Except, they had the sense to wait until someone figured out an easier way to make one!
This is the outside. Oh and it is on top of another box! A hanging folder box where I store all my cardstock. Of course I had to cover it with the crumpled tissue technique so it would be pretty.

inside the first layer

inside the second layer

The very inside. Geeze I don't even have anything in it!

This had shelf paper in it. It was a gift from a student. It's so pretty, I just had to keep it.

So I use it to store my ribbons.

More boxes
Tee tiny beads, African embellishments, and postcards from Ireland. Yes, I have another huge box for my postcard collection, but I carried this one to Ireland with me and, well those post cards need to stay there. It's just so pretty. Besides I think the postcard collection box is full. I need to make another one.

You think I'm done huh? Nope, not even close.
Some of my online friends store their embellishments in rainbow order and in containers you can see through. They put them out on shelves where they can get to them. One friend even organized her buttons in salt shakers by color. 
I am so ashamed!
This is one drawer in my desk. Every one of these boxes has something in it.
This one is just for cute/whimsical  things. See the only cute things I do are House Mouse.
One of my students gave me this pretty box with ocean pictures, so naturally it has my tiny shells. Don't worry, I have another box with the bigger shells.
This box holds all my eyelet stuff and it has more boxes inside it!!
I decorated this tin with alcohol inks and I just had to use it!! I just love those little round tins. I discovered them several years ago too, and the only place I could find them was in a tool catalog. Now they sell them in all the craft stores.
This is the embarrassing box. It is just stuff. It's not sorted in any kind of order or color. And I call myself an organization freak. Right before she died, my Mom saved this box for me. It's very old and I just like it.

No, this is not all of my boxes. I have MORE.
Do you think there is a treatment for this?

3 comments:

  1. Hey, when you find the BoxesAnonymous group, be sure and send me a quick note...and no, it must not arrive by snail mail in a beautiful box!! I need to take the 12-step pledge while standing right beside you. I must admit though, I even save those ugly, but sturdy, Priority Mail boxes from the UPS!! Some are knocked down, others had things in them that I ordered, and it just is too hard to throw them away. Note to self: "Linda, they are free...throw the used ones away!!" I do love your box that your Mom saved for you. When you need something special for a project, but you don't know what that something is, that's the box to go to. Everybody needs/has one. Try to control yourself, and good luck with your collection. Linda S. in NE

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  2. I am another box lover and collector. I thought I was alone. I have vintage boxes, tea boxes, chocolate boxes (some recovered in pretty paper), boxes that stored sachets of cat food that I'm in the process of recovering (strong with a built in lid & they're great for storing cards), boxes I've bought or made or that something else (long gone) came in...but I kept the box!

    My boxes tend to be scattered throughout the house; not organised like yours are. The Victorian needle box is just beautiful - I MUST have one.

    Perhaps I should join with you & Linda in a self-help group

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  3. I am another box lover and collector. I thought I was alone. I have vintage boxes, tea boxes, chocolate boxes (some recovered in pretty paper), boxes that stored sachets of cat food that I'm in the process of recovering (strong with a built in lid & they're great for storing cards), boxes I've bought or made or that something else (long gone) came in...but I kept the box!

    My boxes tend to be scattered throughout the house; not organised like yours are. The Victorian needle box is just beautiful - I MUST have one.

    Perhaps I should join with you & Linda in a self-help group

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