Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Altered Cigar Box - for a Jam Maker

When visiting hubby's niece recently she very kindly gave us a
 jar of home made jam - and very yummy it is too!
A couple of days later I happened upon some little packets containing
 'transparent jam pot covers' in a charity shop - what a co-incidence!
  This gave me an idea of putting together a little box full of jam making accessories.

I remembered I had an old cigar box in my craft cupboard
just waiting for the perfect project!

I searched Flickr for some appropriate images I could use and 
found these -

1956 - We do, you should too! by clotho98                            

I painted the box with cream acrylic.  Found some similiarly coloured
K & Co scrapbook paper, cut it to size and machine stitched around
the edge and also stitched the 'J' image on before sticking it
onto the box with Liquitex matte medium.

I added a rosette made up of vintage doilies and a gingham scrap,
some ribbon and a strip of Martha Stewart border punch
to resemble a crisp white linen tablecloth.
I also added the scrabble letters to spell out the name of the recipient and this idea I shamelessly copied from Jan of Jan's Arty Journey
who makes the most amazing collages.

Want to see the inside?

I used two of the same images again as well as the Jell-O one
and some rubber stamping from the 'Play Time - Set 1' by Toodles and Binks.

Here's the contents

Five packets from the charity shop, some assorted fabric circles
I cut with pinking shears and some ribbon to tie around the top
of the jam jars.

Here it is all neatly packed into the box and it's topped off with
a really old booklet I purchased from the internet called
 'Why jams and jellies taste fresher when made the Certo way'
by Mrs Handy-Pandy and it contains hints on jam making
(not that Sue needs them of course!) and loads of recipes too.

I don't know how useful any of this will actually be,
but I had a lot of fun putting it all together.
I'll just have to pass it onto Father Christmas now for his safe keeping
until 25th December!

Thanks for looking :)


Andrea said...

That looks fabulous! I've been wanting to try put together something like this. I jut need to find the right box now!

gayle said...

Such a lovely gift idea :) I must try something like this! I'm sure she'll love it :)

Mrs A. said...

Fab idea. Love all the old adverts.
They give a a really good retro feel to the gift. I'm sure you will be getting some fancy covered jam back. Just been cutting out some old adverts from a magazine dated June 6, 1953 courtesy of my late FIL. Phosferine tablets one shilling and seven pence,Belling cooker £32.5.0 or without the inner glass door £29.17.6 or how about a pair of summer sandals for 49/9. Those were the days!!

Anonymous said...

Sherry its absolutely gorgeous, what a treasure, i love this kind of stuff, lots of ephemera and beautiful creativity
Have a lovely week
Hugs June x

Deborah said...

Really rocking the 50s housewife look - I love it!

Meggymay said...

A fantastic alteration and a real thoughtful gift. Yvonne x

Createology said...

Wonderful transformation and I really like the vintage feel. Another fun project!

SusanLotus said...

Beautiful box Sherry!
Perfect for jam! :)
Have a great day!

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

WOW, what a gorgeous and thoughtful gift Sherry, Love the vintage shabby look, and filled with so many goodies, I'm sure the recepient will adore this (I know I would!)
Jan x

Healing Woman said...

Anyone would love to receive this special box-especially a jam maker! I love all the old-timey details and picture on the cover. So sweet! (definitely an intended pun)

Barb said...

WOW.... you really put it all together.... was a kind and great idea.... don't you love when it just flows. Thanks for sharing, blessings~barb

Ira said...

Fantastic altered box Sherry, those vintage images go beautifully together and it makes a lovely gift! Would look nice in the kitchen! Have a great evening, hugs, Ira

Sam said...

Stunning altered box! I love the old fashioned images you have used and the rosette is beautiful. What a wonderful gift to recieve x

Margaret said...

Love our altered box Sherry, what a great personal gift! I love all of it, the flower is so gorgeous! Mx