As Monty Python would say, and now for something entirely different. A while back I saw the neatest thing on Janet's blog. It was a handmade book of boxes. It looked so interesting. I wanted to make one too. So I ordered the books on how to make it.
Then nothing. I never got around to making it. When I was visiting Janet in Indianapolis a couple weeks ago, I got to see her book in person. She keeps it in her casket. I was reminded that I always wanted to make it. When I got home I looked for the books and found them.
So I scrounged around for some special paper to make it with. Or rather, to just try out the first step. I had some leathery paper that I tried it out with first.
Like Goldilocks, that paper was too heavy. So then I got some rice paper, but it was too light.
I want a paper that you can draw on with pen and ink or watercolor. What is recommended is cartridge paper. I guess that means copy paper or computer paper. But it has to be slightly larger than 81/2 by 11. So at this point, I haven't found the perfect paper. I want some handmade paper. But the box is easy to make. Then as I was walking this morning I thought about making it out of linen. Could you cross stitch linen and make this? I thought of all the unfinished stitching I have in a drawer. Could I take a piece of stitching and make it into a box? It could happen.
I happen to run across a tutorial about lining an Altoid's tin with paper. The tutorial used Mod Podge. I have some of that. I also have a limited edition kit that I stitched that goes on a tin.
So I tried using the Mod Podge to apply the paper to the inside of the tin.
It worked beautifully. I also thought, hey, why not try to attach the stitching to the top of the tin in the same way. So I did.
There is still some twisted cording that goes around the edge of the top to hide the wonky edge.
It's a lovely day for doing something fun.