Saturday, May 14, 2016


I'M LATE :( 
I've been on vacation for a week and a half and I can't seem to keep my days straight anymore. All day yesterday I kept thinking it was Thursday...I was wrong :(
It's been a stay at home vacation... one where we have caught up on a multitude of projects around here. We've also had a lot of down time to just relax and visit with family and friends. 
Lots of time in the yard and garden ♥ and a wee bit of art time too :) 
I needed a gift box for this weekend. So I decided to cover a box my husbands cell phone came in. I like these boxes because they are usually nice and strong. 
I took one of my  painted background water color sheets cut out the box pattern.
I wasn't smart enough to take a photo of the background page before I cut it out. :( 
Then I glued the paper to the box. Filled the box with rock and wrapped rubber bands around it and turned it upside down to dry.  
I let it set over night and then I took the rubber bands off  and gave it a couple of coats of matte clear coat spray. 

I've always had this thing about pretty boxes :) I love collecting them and making them.
This is just a random photo of my cat Jazz...I was trying to catch the intense blue of his eyes.  This is the closest I could get .

A few flowers from the garden ...

A few critters.... 

..and a few random thoughts ♥
Paint Party Friday
Don't forget to visit the other artist this week!


  1. Oh love the box ~ so creative and colorful and delightful photos of the cat and rabbit ~

    Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

  2. gorgeous box Carol-that is really a gift in itself!Loving your delightful spring photos too:)

  3. Your box is totally gorgeous, enjoy using it. Never mind about forgetting which day it is something we all do from time to time. Glad you managed to get a lot done in your vacation. Wonderful photos of ll your critters and flowers, too. Hugs, Valerie

  4. Your box is delightful. I love those vibrant colors.

  5. Lovely box, love blue eyed cats and great nature photos. We had a flock of those red breasted birds stay in our yard for a while one spring but have not seen them since. Beautiful coloring.

  6. Lots of pretties to see today, such wonderful irises and pretty birds.

  7. Gorgeous flowers! And the box, cute!.... And the photos! so beautiful!

  8. Glad you could make the party, Carol. The colored paper box is so gorgeous! You could never buy one this pretty! I enjoyed seeing your garden and the wonderful nature there. Your irises are really beautiful. And I love the blue eyed kitty.

  9. such a wonderful box
    very creative of you

    and lovely friends and flowers from spring

  10. Yep me love love pretty boxes. My daughter always gives me strong boxes to cover. Your box is beautiful...I love how it turned out! I have about five boxes at the moment that needs a good painting! Fun post and great the flowers and birds so much!! S0 pretty and colourful!

    Hugs Giggles

  11. Phone box turned gift box with your pretty art is cool! Flowers and birds always fun to see and Jazz has gorgeous eyes! Good Morning!

  12. That box is so pretty .... I love recycling things like this too, it's so much more gratifying than buying something in the store. Love the animals surrounding you :-)