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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

A Tarnished Little Box ...

Hello my dear friends,

being creative these past months has been a very slow thing for me.

 I am not sure if the gray on gray outside is the reason for this or it's just that I might be a little drained creatively but I really need to do something about it! I am not saying that I am going to be pushing out one creation after the other or something new every other day but hopefully more than I have been doing. I have a room with boxed filled with the so many treasures that are just waiting for me to say ... "You, I am going to work with you today."

I love working with old tarnished things so when I wanted to spend a little time on being creative last week, I picked a little tarnished trinket box as my piece. I had bought some time ago at an antique store but I am not sure of it's age really. I don't think it matter that much though, how old it is because it is a neat little metal box that is embellished with a pretty rose design. It is my first trinket box that I worked on and at first my thoughts were with turning it into a pincushion (no surprise there right?!) but that only lasted a few minutes. Why fix something that isn't broken? It is a trinket box and it was going to stay one.

This is what it looked like before ...

... already such a lovely little piece.

The inside of the trinket box didn't do the outside justice. The fake red velvet insert was worn and quite tacky and it just wasn't my thing at all but that was an obvious thing from the beginning for me.

I went to work early one morning as everyone was still asleep and a few cups of tea later, my little trinket box was done and I was very happy with it.

And this is what the little tarnished box looks like now!

I didn't add or change a thing when it comes to the outside box because it was/is beautiful as it is in my eyes.

The inside though has changed, it is now much more the way it should be. Now the outside and the inside have everything in common ~ both are beautiful!

I used a thin woolen fabric to make the padded covering for the inside of the box. Of course seam binding had to be a part of this creation again. Once as an embellishment in the lid and secondly as a frill in the bottom of the little tarnished box. The final touch was added in the shape of a vintage piece of sparkle.

A transformation that made this box a delightful and pretty little piece.

I hope you have enjoyed  my newest creation as much as I have enjoyed making it.
 I have been lucky to have found two more little trinket boxes recently. These will something I am hoping to work on in the near future and of course once done, I will be sharing them here on Todolwen with all of you. 

It was so nice of you to visit me today,  here at Todolwen and maybe you will come back some time soon again.

I hope you are well my dear friends and life is treating you kind.

Have a peaceful and creative day.


  1. So charming, really nice makeover for the trinket box!

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  3. Beautiful! I wish I had an ounce of your creativity and had the eye to recognize the potential of items.

  4. Love how you pleated the seam binding - very creative can't wait to see the others - no pressure!

  5. I agree, the outside was perfect as it is, but I love what you did on
    the inside. How utterly sweet. I too love the seam binding treatment.

  6. Well done! I love the 'surprise' of finding rustic burlap inside instead of more conventional satin, moiré or velvet.

  7. No surprise here ... it's absolutely lovely all because of your artistic hands and heart.


  8. You have made this box so lovely!

  9. Love this so pretty. What a great way to re love this little box.

  10. Hi Karen what a darling little box. I just love what you have done to transform the inside. So naturally beautiful! You always create such beauty! Thank you for such a kind comment recently! Hugs to you after all this time! xx

  11. I love it - so much nicer than the worn velvet, and as you say, so much suited to the lovely outside. Beautiful!
    Hugs, jillayne