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Monday, June 28, 2010

Outside the Box Art Challenge reveal!!

My sweet friend Lisa of Tarnished and Tattered
has challenged all of us to create whatever we want to
with these wonderful soap boxes that she came across ~
I just finished mine up last night and got in under the wire...
why do I always wait to the last minute to do things??!!
ANYWAY....
Here's my take on the soap box Lisa!




You know how I love nature ~ it seemed to be the perfect theme!


The front:



The simple closure:



The inside:
(yes, my dear friends, it IS a mini tribute
to the wonderful Carol Hicks Bolton!)


Can you see the aged tulle over the botanical specimen?
OH...and I discovered my heat gun shrivels the stuff up a bit...but
be careful if you try it!!!
I stitched the little ends of the wires to they'd stay in place.


A wonderful old envelope to hold seeds.


And I used my old typewriter for the text!!!
See honey, I WILL use it for my artwork :)


I can't wait to visit everyone else
and see their wonderful soap box creations!!!

Wishing you a great Monday precious friends ~
hugs and love,
Dawn

69 comments:

At Home in English Valley said...

Lovely, lovely, just lovely. As always Dawn, you inspire. Love, Penny

Andy-Brown Bee Studio said...

I ADORE your tribute to Carol Hicks Bolton...she's such an inspiration, and so are YOU! xoxo

My Blessed Serendipity Life said...

That box you embellished is amazing! You are very talented.
-Danielle

Abi said...

Oh how I wish I could be so creative. This really is beautiful. Perhps I need to take your creative class! it just does not come naturally to me.
Hope you have a lovely week
Abi x

Cheryl~ZanyMayd said...

Your Box is a Beautiful Creation Dawn ~ this was certainly a Fun Challenge, Now for the challenge of figuring out the linking up, did you manage????

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Well Dawn, you've done it again...another unique and lovely creation. I really must get out and get me one of those boxes (I'm always just a little behind!). You know I'm crazy about botanicals too! These would make terrific gifts! Hummmmm....

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

Quite lovely- of course!!

DeeDee said...

Dawn I just love your creative addition for this little box....just lovely

DeeDee
http://deedeescraftspot.blogspot.com/2010/06/soap-box-challenge.html

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Fabulous!
And thank goodness for someone else out there recognizing the genius of CHB! It was sort of a Bolton love fest at Paper Cowgirl this weekend between me and Lisa. :-)

It was so wonderful to talk to you and hear your voice! Let's do it again SOON!

Love,
Anne

Anji Johnston said...

Dawn - this is so wonderfully creative! What a true artist you are.
Hugs Anji

Me! said...

Very clever. {When I re-read that, I'm afraid that it doesn't come across as sincere and genuine as I mean it to} . . .Let me try again. (ahem) That was really, truly, very clever, indeed! {There. That's better} :)

~Debbi

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

That's very pretty and delicate, dear Dawn! Just lovely!
I had to smile about the typewriter comment to your hubby.
Have a wonderful Monday!
Hugs,
Julia

Jodie (everything vintage) said...

Bolton Who?
Seriously, Anne and Lisa kept me out of the Bolton party! hahahahaha
Girl, your little box is precious. I couldn't wait to wake up this morning to come peek at it!!! Always fabulous :)

I'm still recuperating from PC...I'll post my little box as soon as the sun comes out. (I need to snap a photo of it...I'm late as usual) haha

LOVED talking to you this weekend Dawn...speaking to you was the highlight of my weekend!!!!
:)

craftymarta said...

Dawn, is good to take a minute to see you again. I'm posting at 5:30 AM since I don't think I will have any time today. I LOVE what you did with your box. Of course it would have been a challenge to me, no to the consummate artist you are. Stop by and see what we are up to lately. Blessings, Marta.

TinyBear said...

Your box is so beautiful Dawn - what a great idea and I LOVE the colors - my favorite.
What a great idea with the challenge - wish I could have played too.
xo Tina

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a great little piece, Dawn! I love it! I wonder if you could adapt an altoid tin to something like this. I may have to play around with that.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Dawn,
your soap box turned out very beautiful but so is everything you do.
Have a wonderful day.
Hugs,
Marie

Lee said...

Oh how lovely!! Wish I had a soapbox to play with!

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Dawn ~
So sweet !! I love your soapbox, it is just precious precious !!
xoxo
Lori

Diane said...

Oh, I love it =) Just beautiful Dawn....

madrekarin said...

Dawn- It's beautiful! I love the effect that the tulle gives over the botanical. The whole thing is just yum! It looks like something you would find in a museum storage room that has been waiting to be discovered for years. :)

Carol Keller Bass said...

Dawn ... Just lovely! I love the detail of the tulle overlay and the little wires. So creative. Will you do a tutorial on that? I'm going to get your little nature journal tutorial today! Thanks for the inspiration.

Charlene said...

Dawn, That is sooooooooooo sweet. I love what you did with the little soap box. Just shows we don't have to spend huge amounts of money to make something wonderful doesn't it? Have a great week.
Charlene

Jane said...

I loved how you transformed the box into such a stunning piece of art. The outside was beautiful but the botanical wired inside with the seed packet really took my breath away.
Jane

Crazy4Art4U said...

I love your little soap crate! If you go look at mine you will laugh...I guess we both love music!LOL Your little nature box is adorable.
Well, off to see everyone else's creations...have a beautiful day.
Beth

Linda M. said...

Good Morning Dawn,

Your soap box is beautiful. I love the music and the treasures inside. Your idea would be perfect to use as a special way to share seeds and plant specimens with special friends. Lovely!
Linda

Shelley said...

Just beautiful...as is your adorable little angel in your previous post....smile...have a very blessed week Dawn....

Debra@Common Ground said...

Wonderful quote Dawn, just perfect for this piece. Love the botanical theme and tribute. You always have such amazing detail on all that you do. Thank you for always being such an inspiration!!
xo,
Debra

Diana said...

Dawn!
So beautiful!

Candy said...

What a great package for gifting some seeds to a friend. Dawn-a-lishous! Hey, I think I just came up with a new word...do you have Webster's number?
Always a treat to visit ya ;-)

Lana of Honeysuckle Lane said...

Dear Dawn ~ this is one of the prettiest things I have ever seen!

MosaicMagpie said...

That beautiful antique, heirloom look, that makes your art work special.
Debbie

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Oh Dawn, you did an absolutely beautifu job! You are just super creative. Have a great week my friend, T

marie said...

Your box is so beautiful ~ I love the tiny "seed" envelope inside.

Thespa said...

Lovely Dawn, just lovely. I always enjoy your creations and this is no exception. Gorgeous take on the soap box challenge.

The Tin Rabbit said...

Oh Dawn, I couldn't wait to see what you created..I love it! It is sooo Carol Hicks Bolton~ love,love the verse and the seed package~ Perfectly done! XO, Ann

Romeo said...

Your creativity is always coming up with the bestest stuff!!!! Two paws up Auntie Dawn!

Purrs!

Romeo

Lululiz said...

It is so pretty, I love all the different elements you have used.

BellaRosa said...

Dawn amor...Your inspiring delicate lil box creation is just BEAUTIFUL...Just like I knew it would be! I am soo proud of you for proving to Dennis that you are infact USING that typewriter, See you were supposed to keep it...now imagine if you had Egads...do I say it...taken it to your space & sold it...well then this gorgeous lil piece you just created...would not have been possible :) See Explain to Dennis, how heartbreaking that would have been to all of us that await each of your new beautiful creations :) Ok...off my soapbox now lol Have a beautiful day amor! Besos, Rose

Dorthe said...

Dear Dawn,
Your box is just plain beauty, "simple" and a tribute, not only to C.H.Bolton, but also to nature, so very beautifull, and I love the way of protecting the pressed plant, with the tulle.
Gorgeus,and wonderfull, sweet dear friend.
Love and hugs, from a tired grandmother.
Dorthe

Gerushia's New World said...

There's just something about the colors of nature and the idea of seeds that draw me in. This is a perfectly gorgeous creation!

Kim
Gerushia's New World

aimee said...

you did a fab job!
blessings,
aimee

paperbird said...

Gorgeous Dawn- so very lovely. I love turning something ick into a beautiful piece- you did good :-)

Kari said...

Love it!! I like you used the box with the smallest window. I had no idea what to do with that one so I really admire your interpretation of it! Besides that now my brain is screaming...."OH!!! USE TULLE!! GOTTA USE TULLE!!":)

Vee said...

Wowser! That is so pretty, Dawn, I can't get over all the sweet touches. I really like the cutaway on the cover revealing the leaf and the quote with the old typewriter text and the tulle and the...

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Hi Dawn:
Your result is "perfectly you"! I love it! Hope you'll pop over to check mine out, too. xoxo, my friend.
Donna

Lori said...

your creation is really lovely Dawn...i like how you used the tulle and wire...very pretty!!!

Rebecca said...

Hi Dawn
I came to the party late...
I just love your idea of nature and I always loved the way Carol Bolton did those botanicals=you've captured it beautifully... I love it!
Blessings
Rebecca

Linda M. said...

Hi Dawn,

I wanted to say thanks for your comments about my soapbox. Your statement about being surprised that I found a book to fit inside the box helped me to realize my post was misleading. I made the blank accordian folded book sometime ago. When I realized it was a perfect size for the box, I decided to coffee and ink stain the paper and calligraph the butterfly legend for the theme. I'll have to be more careful with how I word my posts. Thanks again. Linda

Kris Pare said...

This is absolutely lovely and the nature speaks to me. Thank you for sharing and appreciate you stopping by and leaving me a comment.

Miss Sandy said...

Stunning as usual! Dawn, I really love this little box. I wish I could have played but the studio is STILL not up and running but the good news is that I am! I hope you have a really sweet week!

Julie Pishny said...

Sweet Dawn, I love the beautiful nature inspired box that you have created for the challenge. It just speaks to me from the vintage papers to the dried specimen to the sweet seed packet - all beautifully combined to create this lovely work of art. Just beautiful - Hugs - Julie

Debby said...

Hi Dawn, I love your beautiful creation for the challenge. Love the sweet packet idea, the whole box is amazing.
Debby

Sandy Michelle said...

I think it's great! Now I better start using my old typewriter too!

Sandy xox

Barbara Jean said...

Dawn, I'm lovin' it!!

Such a simple design, and so sweet.
Great job.

blessings

barbara jean

C'est Magnifique said...

It's beautiful Dawn! I didn't see any boxes with the small hole like yours, so cool!

Tania

LADY JANE'S EMPORIUM said...

Dawn I love it! I realy had wished Icould have participated....I really miss just plain ol' blogging with my buds to! Jalina Rose continues to fill my days....so if there is ever a "huggies" or enfamil can makeover...I will surely be in! Hugs!

Hopelessly Romantic Art Studio said...

Beautiful! Georgeous! Wonderful! totally love it.
Blessings, Gerri

The Rustic Victorian said...

HI Miz Dawn!
I have missed you, been away,,lovely project!
God is good!
Love
Marcie

kathy said...

OH very lovely dear friend -- KAthy - ga ♥

Cindy said...

Absolutely beautiful, Dawn! You are the Queen of vintage altered art! :-)
Cindy
www.sweetbeadstudio.com

Fabric Art said...

Oh Dawn, What a beautiful creation you have made from an ordinary soap box, love what you have put indside the box.
Hugs Anni

Diane said...

I love it, Dawn! Who wouldn't! Always clever objects d'art coming from your studio!
Diane

Karen Valentine said...

Hello sweet Dawn, I am finally getting around to visiting everyone! I knew I would find something wonderful over here. You never disappoint!
xo,
Karen

Gaby Bee said...

What a wondeful challenge! Your box is fabulous. Love such nature themed pieces!

Andrea said...

Beautiful job!!

Erica said...

This is so beautiful! I love what you did. The botanical is just too perfect for words!

Jann said...

Wow--just lovely, and such a talented, inventive use for the soapbox--

Teacup Cottage said...

What a gift you have! I always check your blog first thing every morning as I know you'll be up to something. You really are an inspiration and a blessing from God, hugs, Angela

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