Monday, February 21, 2011

Moulin Rouge Art Event Bijoux Box Swap

March 2011 California Here I Come!

I don’t know if you have noticed this button on my sidebar. But, I have signed up to attend another Art Event hosted by the amazing Kim Caldwell. I went to my first “Kim Event” in July of 2010 & fell head over in heels for Manhattan Beach, CA & Kim’s MAGIC. The theme was Mermaids for the last event (Go HERE) to see more(there are actually like 4 different posts but, this will get you in the right time frame). Over The Top is the only words to describe these events for they will blow your socks off! This years event is Moulin Rouge! Although not one of my favorite movies… I LOVE Paris & MANY THINGS FRENCH!


In honor of this upcoming event I changed my blog design back to my much loved Paris Theme & Banner (created by the amazing Tiffany). Hope you are enjoying it as much as I do.

One of the things that often occurs for these events is SWAPS. I usually get excited & sign up for them. Then the next phase is the WHY DID I SIGN UP FOR THIS? And then the buckle down & get’er done phase happens. This time I signed up for two swaps. I have completed the first of them with the HELP of my precious friend Cindy Craine of Lilly’s Lace! Last week I went to Cindy’s house & she had bags of lace, trim & other stuff out as she thought we were going to make Magnolia Pearl Bloomers. But, after looking at the fabric she had chosen we decided it was too stiff & we would work on my Bijoux Box Swap instead. THANK GOODNESS because it is less than a month & the clock is ticking! Here is the result…001 Top

Top... Beautiful cotton lace on a padded top. The Eiffel Tower image under a sparkling frame. Under that frame is tea stained bridal netting from under one of the MANY different bridal gowns that Cindy has tea stained (she has a great tutorial for that HERE). Also, in two corners are large pieces of tea stained bridal lace. And then I used vintage jewelry pieces. The bracelet, an earring, & a little stick pin.

002 Front

Box Top collage

For this swap you were supposed to find an old jewelry box & decorate it. Then fill it with whatever you wanted to. A little treasure box. I didn’t have one of these little jewelry boxes so the search started on EBay & Etsy… $15 (& with $12 shipping do the math…) later this one was mine & in pretty rough shape. COVER the whole BOX!003 Side

The side view… Pretty pearl colored paper with tiny polka dots & some wonderful vintage Paris/French images. Gel Matte Medium was my messy friend.

006 Back

A back view.

007 Inside

My partner wanted neutral colors with a little bit of pink or aqua… ?????…. Neutral/Pink/Aqua OK! That didn’t quiet compute but, I aim to please… Soft pink lining in the box. And some Aqua beads, German Glass Glitter… A few pages out of a vintage French Book. French to English Flash Cards…(thank you Linda) Some pretty vintage crocheted lace(Linda’s Etsy Shop again), a brass filigree heart, a vintage earring, Pink wrapped dark chocolate raspberry filled Ghuradelli squares…012 Moulin Scrabble Tiles

The words Moulin Rouge spelled out on a Scrabble Tray(found at Bloom & Bee Swanky an adorable shop in downtown Waco & the owner Amy is such a cutie) , a pearl bracelet from another Art Event I went to (I didn’t need this or amazingly I hadn’t taken it apart) Domino Box collage

I bought this adorable little box from Leaping Frog Designs. She made a jewelry box that pulls out to reveal THREE domino’s that have been repurposed with wonderful French Images. Notice the aqua color? Was that a lucky find or what? Gallette collage

And above is a Gallette hand made by my friend Jan Armntrout. She is an excellent needlework artist & loves doing ribbon work & lace making. When I told her about this swap she was working on a class sample for another event & she said “Let me make a Gallette for your box”. What is a Gallette? A French ribbon work created by MANY folds. She did it in the most beautiful sheer cream colored ribbon. And backed it with a German Glass Glittered back. She also made a Cacard (kind of a ribbon rosette) for the back to be glued on to the glittered part. But, I couldn’t glue it on the back for it would be smashed in the box. And I’m not sure I can part with this treasure although… she promises to teach me or make me another for myself… Let’s take a closer look at this amazing work of art. Beautiful isn’t it?008 Gallett

The box isn’t full yet but, I’m working on it. When do you stop? How do you know that it’s done?

How can I thank my generous friends for sharing their time, talent, & supplies? What wonderful fun times we had sharing & laughing as we created these gifts to give to a total stranger. Jan & I played one day last week on my second swap (A Pocket Pillow) but, it is not finished which is an excuse for another play date this week! I can’t wait! And Cindy… we still need to make those bloomers. THANK YOU SWEET FRIENDS!

Hugs from a busy crafter! Moulin Rouge I’m workin my way to you as fast as I can!



Linda said...

OH your box turned out beautifully, Charlene! What a fun swap! I love all the wonderful goodies and the Gallette is amazing!

bunny said...

OOO la tre' chic. I plan to meet up with Lulu in Manhattan Beach if possible...wanna join us?


A Vintage Chic said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS, Charlene!!! So glad you're going to another wonderful event! One of these days, my friend.....!

I know how you feel about the swaps--happens to me every time!

Hope you're having a wonderful night!


sonya said...

Hi Charlene!
Your box turned out beautifully! I love the colors!
Lucky you! Another Kim Calwell event? I can't wait til you tell us all about it!
Oh, come see my blog, I'm having a giveaway!
Have a great week!

Jan said...

What a beautiful box and your swap buddy is gonna fall in love with your work! I like the soft pink lining and all the little goodies you've gathered!

BeeSwanky said...

OOHHHH You box turned out wonderful just like you. I am glad the letters worked for you. Your hydrangeas are still here and very said they won't bee making the trip across country. Never fear, next time you are in Waco, you will have a few extra to make up for it. Bee Blessed, Amy B.

The Tin Rabbit said...

What a lucky swap partner you have! LOVe everything and she will too! Sounds like so much fun!

Robin Sanchez said...

Beautiful Charlene. Im sure your partner will love this box. The time is almost here sooo exciting!!

Karen Valentine said...

Oh my gosh Charlene! Your swap partner is going to die of happiness!! The box and all the contents are so beautiful and I think you did an amazing job with the color scheme! So glad you had Cindy to play with!!!
Big Hugs!

Cindy Craine said...

magnifique! Cheri', it turned out great! Today i decided to make those magnolia pearl style bloomers, in pink! i had an old 1930s super soft curtain panel I'm using. Have fun at the event, your swap partner will be so pleased, photos merci' !!!

vintagesusie & wings said...

You know I'm gonna have to come by & stalk you while your at your event!!! I always want to see CP even if I will be flying out to you a week later!
Have a fun time & keep eye's in the back of your head, you never know where I might show up! lol ;)

Sandy Navarro said...

Your box is beautiful and your partner is gonna swoon! LOVE the gallette; I think I might need one of those! LOL

See ya in a couple of weeks!!

Riki Schumacher said...

Oh you're going to have toooo much fun! Used to live in Manhattan Beach, such a beach girl. Can't wait to see you. Your box is adorable. lHugs, Riki

Feathers and Flight said...

Hello Miss Charlene!
Your Box is Gorgeous! Your Swap Buddy will be So Pleased!
You and Cindy are so Cute! Now you are making Bloomers out of Pink Curtains! Seeing the 2 of you in Pink Bloomers! Too Cute! I wish we were Closer too!
Happy Tuesday Miss Charlene!

Leaping Frog Design's said...

Oh WOW Charlene! What a beautiful box filled with such delightful treasures. Thank you for including my little box of Dominoes With A French Twist. It looks like you have had a whole lot of fun creating this swap box.

mo said...

Hi Charlene, All I can say is WOW!

It is just beautiful. I thought it was a plain box but when you opened it, I was thrilled to see the inside pink and little compartments for jewelry.

It is precious and priceless. (I agree with you. Shipping is outrageous.)

You did a fantastic job. I love the sides of the jewelry box too.


Kim Hanauer said...

Hin Charlene!
Thanks for visiting my blog. I love your Bijoux Box. Mine is finished exept for a few baubles and bits. It was a labor of love.
I know your swap partner will love it! I`ll be posting sneak peeks of mine soon.
Can`t wait to meet you...

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Oh that is so beautiful ! Can't wait to see the photos and hear about this event.

Marlene said...

OMG Charlene, your box turned out gorgeous. Your are so talented.

Kay Ellen said...

Wow~~~~ I am inspired Charlrene~~!

Now I want to make a box!!


Kay Ellen

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