Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Treat Boxes

About a year ago I lost my creative mojo for most of the crafts I used to love, like artist trading cards and mixed media collage. My poor craft supplies have sat abandoned in the closet, wondering if I was ever going to play with them again. I'm happy to report (to both you and my craft supplies) that my desire for crafting has been rekindled.

I'm not sure exactly how it happened-- boredom, loneliness, of just a random surge of creative energy, but last week I found myself wanting to make stuff again, stuff that doesn't involve yarn and knitting needles, and I wanted to do it with other people rather than alone at my table. Fortunately there is a creative arts lounge not too far from home, so I took a class on how to make Halloween treat boxes.

It turned out I was the only one in the class, which was okay because I'm pretty shy in large groups. The instructor, Alexis, was super nice with lots of patience. The two of us sat at a big table and she taught me how to do die cuts, fold the paper in to boxes, make rosettes, and other fun little techniques I enjoyed learning.

The boxes are the perfect size for four miniature Hershey bars.

On a different subject, these photos were taken with my new iPhone. When I tried to use my trusty pink digital camera this morning, I discovered it was no longer working. I'm quite surprised at how well the photos turned out using the iPhone, although I did touch them up in Picnik.

I don't know what is going on. In the last month I have broken so many items by spilling hot coffee or dropping or stepping on them. So far the list includes my netbook, Kindle, eye glasses, cell phone, and now my camera.

I will have to be extra careful with the iPhone until the clumsy spell is broken.


Rachel said...

Oh how cute! I just love these little boxes! But, really, I wish people would stop showing me more projects I want to make ;)

By the way, I am knitting today. Go figure.

Angela said...

Your Halloween boxes look great! I hope you continue showcasing your other than knitting crafty well as your knitting projects!
Thanks for the link to your slipper pattern. I'm going to give it a go. I'll keep you posted!

Theresa said...

I have an IPhone also and take lots of pictures with it:) I LOVE your little treat boxes! That is on my to-do list this week! I have some plain bags that I am going to decorate! I am happy to hear that your creative-self is back:) HUGS

Tracey ~ Clover said...

Stacy, I am so glad you found your creative mojo again, the boxes are adorable!
I am sorry you are going through a 'breaking' phase. Usually this kind of thing goes in three's, you are over your limit so maybe it's ending!
I hope you have a wonderful week!

PunkiePie (Jen) said...

Cute boxes!!! I really like them! Happy to see your creative side is back.

Dogwood said...

Yipee. Stacy is back crafting! Welcome back. Sounds like a fun place to hang out at! Glad you found that place. Love your little Halloween boxes. Very nice.
Hugs, cory

justjenn said...

Oooooh! A creative arts lounge. That sounds lovely. Those treat boxes are cute. I'm glad you have your crafting mojo back -- I hate it when I feel uninspired.

Linda said...

These are just so gorgeous Stacy!

Thimbleanna said...

Those are just adorable Stacy -- I'll bet your one-on-one class was super fun. And those pictures! I've VERY impressed! I'm on the edge of getting a new phone (mine is on it's last leg) and I'm hoping for an iphone. Did you get the new 4s? (is "s" the right letter?)


So glad that you are back to paper crafting! Very sweet boxes. I can see some for Christmas too!
How's your little neice doing??

Chris said...

What a treat for you to be the only one in the work shop to make a Treat Box.. it is so cute.
Read back and love that knitting for your Mum, the yarn is beautiful.
Chris x

ms.composure said...

aw those boxes are adorable!! such a cute idea!!

sturgo said...

Well done in all. These are exquisite as well. They beat out any Halloween packages in stores.