Friday, January 5, 2018

Christmas Countdown

I made this in December, but we actually used it on the shelf, so I'm only now getting around to posting it:

This shows the pinholes which work decently with a battery-powered tealight behind-- I think next year I'll put some of those battery-powered fairy-lights behind because I think they'd work better.


  • This is the drawer from my mom's old jewelry box.  This is the jewelry box my dad bought her probably around the time they got married.  By the time he bought her a new one, this one had a broken lid and was pretty run-down. Recently, she asked me to help her clean her closet, and I just was like, "Why are you keeping this old, broken jewelry box?" (It had, like, safety pins, broken jewelry, buttons... you know, all the crap you keep in the bottom of your jewelry box...) Well, it turns out I understand why she kept it-- that thing was too sentimental for me to throw away completely... so I stashed this drawer and here we are! 
  • Tags made from my MIL's old letterpress stationary, letters painted with black Liquitex gesso and accented with a white DecoArt paint pen.
  • I wrote the "Days 'til..." with Faber-Castell Pitts
  • Tim's fluted stars added at corners with E-6000 glue.  
  • The main focus of this is Tim's metallic kraft-core embossed with one of Tim's embossing folders.  I punched the pinholes to look like an old tin cabinet, and I distressed the hell out of it by adding alcohol inks and sanding it a bit with a nail file.  
  • The corners of the faux-tin have Recollections brads in them.
That's about it.  I toyed with a lot of possible additions: a few bottle-brush trees on top, a crystal hanging from the bottom, faux-snow...  but so far, this is classy and vintage.  I like it. Maybe next year I'll re-vamp.

I'd like to share this with the following challenges:


  1. Wow, loving the embossing on this and what a gorgeous idea. Thanks for joining us over at

  2. A fabulous festive project and super embossing.
    Thank you for joining in with our January challenge "Anything Mixed Media Goes" at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Happy New Year and good luck x

  3. Wow this is so unique. What a great piece. Thanks for playing along at Creative Artiste Mixed Media Challenge blog this month.
    Good luck
    Lynda x

  4. This is a great project ! Thank you so much for joining us on the January "anything goes" theme at Country View Challenges !
    Corrie x

  5. You are amazing! What a truly heartfelt and beautiful way to repurpose something so special to your mom. I love it! Amazing details and your lettering is always inspiring. I received the most exquisite Christmas card from you yesterday (well that's when I found out about it...) and wanted to say how much I love it! I appreciate your friendship so much and will leave it on display for quite a while (along with your others). You're the best! Hugs, Autumn

  6. Mimi, you have really thought outside the box on this amazing decorative (and useful!!!) work of art! I love that tin cabinet look to the Merry Christmas panel! (Be sure to check out my Step by Step at Frilly and Funkie this weekend, where you can see two great minds think alike!) I love that you've transformed something so sentimental into something you will see year after year--a Christmas tradition that I hope will last generations in your family! PS I just saw that embossing folder in my stash last week, and thought it hasn't gotten any love in a LONG time. I think I may have to CASE this! Hugs!

    PS Oops! so excited, I almost forgot to thank you for playing along at A Vintage Journey in our Think In/Outside the Box challenge!

  7. What a lovely and cherished creation Mimi, I love that you've recycled your Mom's treasured jewelry box into this delightful project. Wonderful distressing and layers and the addition of the pinholes and lights was inspired, I bet it looks magical all lit up at night. Thank you so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey for our Think Inside or Outside The Box challenge, Deb xo

  8. Wow this is a real beauty, you will treasure it. Thanks so much for joining in with our anything goes challenge for January over at Country View xx

  9. what a wonderful project using your mother's old jewelry box drawer Mimi - and a great way to keep the memories every time you bring it out! It really does look like the front of a pie safe with the holes and look of distressed metal - thank you so much for joining us in the A Vintage Journey challenge! Julia xx