Monday, 8 August 2011

A Memory Box...

When I was hopping blogs the other day I dropped in on Donna and she had the prettiest little memory box thingy with a link to the template from the Beetroot Tree... with money donated to the Alzheimer's Society when you purchased it.  So I bought the templates, there are two different memory boxes, one a trunk sort of shape and a house.  I didn't feel like getting the sewing machine out so I thought I would have a go at the house version and decided to use chipboard so that it was a bit more sturdy for my intended purpose.  Did I ever mention that I am terrible at following directions/instructions?
So this is my version of the house template... which takes me back to the instructions subject!  I read them, really I do... I don't think I inwardly digest them very well though... and I definitely have difficulty following them!  Thought I would mention it... because my house is a lot bigger than the template version... and the roof isn't quite the same.... and making it from chipboard set up a lot of problems because I couldn't just fold and glue.... but I like the end product and will be making another one of these!!
This is a memory box of my Grandmother... 
The roof comes off and inside I have a mini book and a chipboard tag. 
and in the roof is a little hanging bird cage and bird... my Nan always had canaries... 
So this is the box and it's contents... the little tag with the dress on it is a reminder of visits to my Nan, we would sit and sew dolls clothes... little tiny dolls clothes for little tiny dolls and she taught me to hand stitch neat seams and make button holes... good memories of a lovely lady.

and the mini book has lots of little sewing bits and bobs in it... so when all I have to do is sew a button on I know where everything is to do just that! 

Just need to find a small pair of scissors and a tape measure to pop inside and I have the perfect little house for those little sewing jobs...


  1. I don't think it matters that you have problems with instructions because the end result is always fabulous. What a stunning keepsake.

    Toni xx

  2. I was blown away by this house. I can see it is quite large, and able to hold the things that make memories, and yet are functional. What a great little book. I would send you some tiny scissors, but I have no idea where they are. Packed in some box in the basement, I suspect.

    But I digress. I really like both the box with the cage in the roof, and that special book. I am so glad you are making art because you are always such an inspiration to me. Wish we lived closer, so I could come for a play date. Maybe I would feel like getting back into making art again.

  3. That is absolutely beautiful and I don't care if you didn't read the instructions the inspiration was enough to create a beautiful memory box - love it!

  4. Gosh if Elizabeth's coming over, so am I!! I could talk while you two actually produced something. You are so prolific! Love the house - the instructions thing -made me laugh, I buy, print, read and then don't bother because they 'read' too complicated!! The little birdcage is a really touching addition.

  5. Fabulous - glad I followed your WOYWW blog post to this one.
    Will go over to Beetroot Tree as a) I would love the pattern and b) like to support Alzheimers.
    Thanks for sharing. Neet x

  6. This is sooooo cute. I love it. And don't worry about the fit's perfect (:o) Elly


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