Friday, February 4, 2011

Vintage Cookie Cutter Gift Box

Some everyday household items have a story to tell, simple objects with a history too important to be forgotten. My Mother In Laws cookie cutters are special to me because she used them to bake sugar cookies for my husband and for my girls before she became ill and left us.

I actually made this box last June and for some reason have been  keeping this project under lock and key as if somehow posting the photos would diminish the value of the gift...the transfer of love to my daughter...Roses granddaughter.This simple gift of extraordinarily happy memories.

I love how this box turned out...and honestly have no way to tell you what size it was, or what Cricut cartridge cuts I used...its just been to long to remember. I know I used from my kitchen and home decor! The paper is my minds eye and I adored every inch of this project! Do you ever have a project that you just fall in love with?

I loved my husbands Mother, she was a spitfire and she was strong and stubborn, but she had a soft fragility that I see in my youngest daughter everyday. I miss her. I miss her cakes, her absolute love for my girls, and her laugh. I'm so thankful that she knew how much I loved her ancient dish towels and her battered old stand mixer and all her cookie cutters...some of which are now my daughters, and she will make her own story with these simple metal shapes.

I love to emboss papers and sand the top layer off, sometimes the paper core really stands out and steals the show! Here I also spritzed the paper with log cabin shimmer mist, and of course added glitter!

Check out these delicious vintage buttons! I have a real fondness for old buttons and pick them up at flea markets and tag sales when I find them, they are usually inexpensive and look beautiful in a clear glass jar!
 I'm happy to finally be sharing this box with you....its long overdue and it helped me to get over a creative hurdle. I seem to get stuck from time to time and revisiting projects gives me a little push to keep on going!
Happy Creating! 


Deneen said...

Shantaie- This is so sweet and beautiful. What a great way of remembering someone. What a great treasure your daughter has.

Tricia said...

this is stunning! Your work always inspires me

jramsdell said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mother in law, love the idea. Thanks for sharing.

BikerGranny said...

Shantaie, this is such a beautiful tribute to your Mother-in-law and I'm sure your daughter appreciates these gift-wrapped treasures! Your MIL sounds a lot like my Mom - I miss her so much! Thanks for sharing this inspired project - and trust me, it does not diminish the value of the gift in any way. :)


Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh Shantaie, what a wonderful idea. You are a very special young lady. hugs