Today’s post will be relatively short (I think). I really need to get cutting on my two new candle trays. I hopefully will be able to finish the main cutting today and be able to take photographs of them for tomorrow. There are only so many hours in the day though, so i want to get at it.
Yesterday was a full day of fun. I didn’t get home until well after nine and spent the day at the mall and in the mini-malls doing my ‘final’ shopping for Christmas. The funny thing about it was that I didn’t really buy many gifts at all. My biggest purchases were from Michale’s crafts, where I bought Liquid Gold Leafing and Liquid Silver Leafing (that I can paint on to accent things) and also some half-priced really cool ribbon for the many ornaments I am making and giving as gifts.
The other most significant purchases I made were of several very, very cool boxes. Yes, you read right. Boxes. I love boxes.
In the last few years, I noticed that there has become an availability of some awesome boxes that people can use for both gift giving and storage. They are very sturdy, reasonably priced and decorated beautifully not only in Christmas designs, but also in very cool winter and even everyday designs. I had mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I found some nice boxes which will accommodate two of my skating pond sets that I will be giving as gifts, and upon returning to that store yesterday, I found a myriad of incredible boxes (most which were around $5) which will be wonderful for the several odd-shaped and sized items that I am painting and scrolling for gifts this year. They are incredibly sturdy and will add another protective layer when shipping these items and also make a wonderful presentation when the recipient opens it.
I have always loved to make a fuss and wrap packages so they look simply exquisite. It must be the artist inside of me. Presentation is a lot and even if you are giving the simplest ornament, it is fun to present it in a wonderful setting and it looks so much nicer. I usually spend a day or two just wrapping. It is a holiday ritual with me. I also love to get spools of metallic wired ribbon and make wonderful bows (thank goodness for wired ribbon!) and have cool sparkly paper inside the package and so on. I put on some holiday movies and music, have some nice cocoa with cinnamon, and go to town wrapping. I treat each package as if it is my only one to wrap, and take the time and care to make it look wonderful. It is part of the festivities for me.
So while everyone else was busy buying gifts for others, I was buying boxes. It was funny too because my purchased took up more room in the trunk than probably the other three girls put together – even though I nested all that I could. The cool thing is that whether empty of not, I still get to enjoy these pretty boxes under the tree for the next month until I have to give them away. The problem with that is I want to keep several of them for myself. There is always something that needs a box. To me it is a gift within an gift. :)
So although my box and wrapping fetish is somewhat weird, it is a fun and relatively inexpensive. I still have to finish making the gift to put in them, but it does remove some of the pressure knowing that even if what I make doesn’t come out so fantastic, at least I can present it in a wonderful box!
Yes, I know I am crazy. I suppose there are worse things I can collect. I don’t collect shoes, or jewelry or other ‘normal’ things, (I do collect wood, but that is normal, isn’t it?) I think beautiful boxes of all kinds, wood and otherwise are a wonderful and useful thing to collect. Perhaps at one time in my life I was without a needed box and now I am making up for it. Who knows?
In any case, I had a wonderful day with good company and some great food and fun and it really made me happy. Now I feel rejuvenated and ready to take on the world and spend some time doing another thing I love doing – scroll sawing!
The clock is ticking and the days are winding down so it is time to kick it into high gear and get moving again. I can’t think of a better way to spend my time! I suppose that it doesn’t take much to make me really happy!
Can anything be so elegant as to have few wants, and to serve them one’s self? ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"