Oma’s little heart shaped box

I guess hardly anyone knows that one of my favorite crafts is refurbishing small little boxes with fabric or paper. I used to do that a lot as a teenager, I think I may have kept my grandma Omi busy looking for more and more boxes that I could decorate :). I even once decorated a fountain pen, there is a little story attached to that one. I promise you if I find it again, I’ll post the story and a picture :).

Today it was time to do something about the little heart shaped box, that I got from my other Oma (grandma in Dutch, I don’t like translating such names). She died in 1990 and it’s one of the few things I have of hers. Unfortunately time had gotten the best of the fabric of the little box, but that didn’t prevent me from shipping it around the world ;). Instead of leaving it behind or throwing it away, I decided to refurbish it with the polkadot fabric that I got from Omi (my other oma) :).

And what’s better, than combining pieces of 2 Oma’s in 1 box? 3! My 3rd ‘grandma’ is my great aunt, who unfortunately died last year. Cleaning her house I came across an old dress of hers with a lovely brown and blue pattern. Textile wise it’s pretty horrible, nonetheless I didn’t just want to get rid of it, because I was pretty sure I could use it somehow. With that thought I put it in one of the 30 boxes that we shipped from Europe to the USA as well and used it today :). I kept one piece of the original lining as well, as that part was still pretty okay. The inside of the box is perhaps a bit too busy now, but I find the whole idea behind the fabrics much more important than the actual looks :).

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  1. Monique says: August 30, 20112:51 pm

    wat een schattig doosje heb je ervan gemaakt!! Heel leuk en netjes gedaan! :)
    Je hebt hier sowieso allemaal leuke hebbedingetjes staan, zoooo leuk!!

    • nienke says: August 31, 20118:54 pm

      hey Mo, leuk dat je reageert! :) bedankt voor je complimentjes! hehe, ik hoor het wel als ik een wielrenfiets knuffel kan gaan maken he? ;))

  2. Jennifer says: September 2, 20113:10 pm

    Prachtig doosje met een mooi verhaal ‘erin’. Leuk, vooral met de fotos erbij!

    • nienke says: September 2, 20113:50 pm

      dankje! leuk dat je mijn blog hebt bekeken :)

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