You may remember from a post last year that I love using vintage puzzle boxes as gift boxes during the holidays. It gave me such a thrill to find this one for a mere fifty-nine cents (thirty cents more than marked so many years ago) and imagine it filled with handmade treasures and tied off with hot pink or teal bias tape. As I look at it, I realize it may be harder to give up than I thought. I do hope you will click on the top picture and look at the detail in the background....the pine trees, the orchard and of course...the hot pink chimney!
I've been making some puzzle pendants and magnets for Art Street using scraps of paper, vintage stamps and paint, but there were a few pieces in this one that I thought might be able to stand alone. Do not judge them as they are now...they are not glued together, varnished or sanded and the bails are not really attached...this is just a "look-see", but I think there's a possibility at least a few pieces will remain unadorned and will just be high-gloss varnished as is. Book pages look nice too.
Lately I've had some humbling experiences...Facebook can be a problem for me.
I don't understand why people who didn't like me in eighth grade "friend me" now. I've ignored some requests because I saw little point, but one of my more mature friends said that not everyone remembers the details like I do and that most of the time, it's simply a case of "Hey! We were in eighth grade together! Remember how cute Mario so and so was? Watchya been up to?". Yet for me, it's not like that at all. I mean, I have no old "enemies" or people I've wanted to prove something to, but at the same time, I have no desire to shoot the Facebook breeze with someone who I know for a fact spread a false rumor about me. "Hey, remember when you told everyone that I took my top off at a party...only I didn't? Yeah? Cool! McPherson Elementary School Rocks!!!" Right.
I recently decided to be more relaxed about these things and finally start responding to a few friend requests and even sending back some hearts, pots of strawberries, badges, vampire bites etc (you have to be on facebook to know what I mean), but then one of the people who I friended back even though we barely knew one another de-friended me a few days later! She sent me a note that she was having a hard time keeping track of all her friends on FB and needed to clear some out. Yep. WTF? So of course, I feel like I'm thirteen all over again. Like somehow I got one-upped in a game I never wanted to play anyway. So, the moral is..."friend" your friends, but stay away from the "hugs and margaritas" (another FB reference) from people who made fun of your messy handwriting and blue glitter nail polish 27 years ago.