Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Meaningful Jewelry Box

A few posts back I told you about my husband and I separating last December and deciding in April to divorce. I have still been wearing my ring because I wasn’t ready to take it off and even if I was, I didn’t have, what I thought, was a special enough place to put it. I don’t change my jewelry often, so I haven’t really had a need for a jewelry box. I looked at different stores and thrift stores and never really found anything I loved. While at Michael’s one day, my father pointed out this unfinished box and I decided I would make my own:

unfishedbox

With drawer open:

unifinishedboxopen

I didn’t take step by step pictures of the process. It was actually kind of difficult emotionally to make because I knew when it was done, I would probably put my ring in there right away, so I took my time with it.

Here is what I did:

Painted the box with Behr Ultra in Millstone, same paint as I used here. Next, I found some nice scrapbook paper in my stash and used that in the squares, the drawer and behind the glass in the lid. I also had my name cut in brown vinyl from the wonderful Shelley of  Wonderfully Wordy. I placed the vinyl on top of the glass and the paper underneath. Lastly and probably most importantly, I used a monogrammed paper napkin that I found at Michael’s and cut out the C to represent my last name in the upper left corner. That is where I will put my ring, in a cute small drawstring bag. Here are the finished pictures:

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boxcgood

boxinsidedrawer

boxdone

I just need to put the hardware back on and its all finished and ready for a new home.

I will be linking to all these great link parties this week.

34 comments:

  1. I love this box and the way you put so much thought into it. I'm sure it will hold your ring with years to come and holds in it the memories of what the ring originally meant to you.

    Thanks for linking up with Sugar & Spice.

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  2. The box turned out very pretty. I love the colors. I am sure that now it will be a nice place to store your ring when you are ready to take it off.

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  3. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the colors and paper you chose. So sorry this is a bitter sweet project :(

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  4. Well done...Such a pretty box to store jewelry!

    Last 2 days for a chance to win a lantern from CSN - Stop over to enter ~ patti

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  6. The jewelry/memory box is so pretty.
    I hope you're able to fill it with many happy memories in the future!

    Alyssa
    Lifeoflyssie.com

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  7. This is so pretty. I love that you included the little monogram.

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  8. Its a beautiful box and a great idea. My husband and I also seperated and right now my ring is in my drawer, I wish I had a jewellry box like it.

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  9. How cute....add another L and it would say Ella...my daughter's name who would love this jewelry box! Thanks again for linking up @ PonyTails&FishScales~It's Party Time Thursday!

    tere

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  10. This is very sweet, I love your colors and style! Visting from Life as Lori.
    justsewsassy.com

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  11. that is the cutest jewelry box! I love it! Thanks again for sharing!

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  12. Hi there! I came over from New Friend Friday. Beautiful jewelry box. I'm sure that working on it helped with the emotions.

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  13. The jewelry box came out beautifully!

    (visiting from nff)

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  14. You did a really beautiful job on this box. I love the papers and colors and design. I'm so sorry about your divorce. That is hard all around.

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  15. this box would remind you of the good things, divorce or not. it is beautifully done.


    from the treehouse :)

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  16. Nice emeeting you! I'm a new follower from FMF!

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    http://helpingunitefatherandson.blogspot.com/

    Happy Friday!!

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  18. Thank you for linking up to Finished for Friday. This is a beautiful project, and I think it was a very good way for you to channel your emotions positively. It's clear you do cherish what the ring used to symbolize for you. Wishing you peace and strength and more wonderful creativity.

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  19. I hope this little box gives you strengths to move forward. I'm so sorry to hear about your divorce. Stay strong.

    Laura @ along for the ride

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  20. What a very sweet jewelry box. I'm sorry about your divorce. It's great that you've created a special place to hold your ring.

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  21. I love the box, your marriage must have ended better than mine, I have no idea what I did with my ring! Many years later life is better than I could have possibly imagined, God has this crazy little plan and time will tell what it is! If you get at chance take a look at my metamorphosis Monday www.thepolkadotcloset.blogspot.com Thank You Carol

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  22. This is cute! Great job, just found your site, I like it, thanks!

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  23. I totally understand wanting a special place to hold the symbol from an important part of your life. It looks fantastic.
    Stopping by from The Girl Creative party.
    -Mama E
    www.homeandheartsblog.com

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  24. Just beautiful - I love the colors & prints. Hopefully it will hold the beautiful memories with your jewelry. Wishing you much happiness in the future! Thanks for linking it to Craftastic Monday:)

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  25. It is a beautiful box but I am so sorry you had to make this project. I hope you find much happiness in your future.

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  26. You post tugged at my heart. What a special box you have created. It is beautiful.
    Sincerely ~ Tricia

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  27. How very pretty but I do feel for you dear. Thank you so much for linking up at Fabulous Friday. Hope to see you back next week!
    Heather @ www.savingmoneylivinglife.com

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  28. Crafting is good catharsis, isn't it! It turned out beautifully.

    Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills Party!

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  29. How lovely! Nice work! Thanks for linking up!

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  30. It is so beautiful. I am sorry you have been going through such a hard time. Sometimes a project is a great way to help work through things.

    You did a great job.

    XOOX
    Jen

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  31. Ela, This is gorgeous! I love the paper liners and colors - simply fabulous! My heart feels for you...Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase Party. I greatly appreciate it! Hope you are enjoying your week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  32. What a beautiful box. Crafting can be so therapeutic.

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