Sep 24, 2013

The 6" round box redo

Hiya.  The sun is out but it is really cold.  But I'm starting to feel better - can't have everything.  I can sit without the face pounding, but not bend, so the house is still a mess.  When I can't do much but lie around, I think of food.  So today I'm making honey-oatmeal bread, Peach Dream, and maybe elderberry pie.  Too bad I can't smell them baking.
About that box - you know - the fabulous 6" that is made for the new BBD designs?  I may do only one of those designs, so I don't feel the expense is worth it for me.  My cupboard still has wood shakers from years ago for my Santa painting and I haven't found any more since.   My paints are gone, but at this time of year, I get an urge.
I have more ovals than rounds left, but the rounds happen to be 6".   One top was cracking so I filled and sanded, still wasn't happy.  I didn't have a problem possibly ruining it so I gave it a go.  Using a new blade in a utility knife, I took my time and scored at the seam where the top meets the band, inside and outside. 
A few whacks with a tack hammer and it came out.  I didn't realize it was this thick.  The box that you can purchase may have a taller band on the lid to allow for the stitchery but this standard band is still high enough for a lip to sit on the box, and also recess the top.
Now push it back into the center of the band. The unfinished wood will be the inside of the lid, and the painted top side will be covered.  I may cut a piece of luan (much thinner) to use instead of this thicker plywood.  That would make the band's lip a little longer for sitting on the box.
Using that same piece is making a very tight fit, and whatever wood I use will be glued to the band.  Foam board will be too thick so mat board will be my mounting choice for the stitchery.

Now for the paper mache 6".  I have one, they come in sets of 4, 5, and 6 and are more readily available at craft stores.  I would think it would be easier to cut using the same method.  The band's cut edge can be smeared with glue to smooth and secure the cut paper edge.  That piece should fit inside, held with glue and work the same as my wood one.  All you really need is a slight recess for the mounting board's edge to sit inside and the stitchery can be puffed as high as you want, or even with the band. 
It's not as nice as the companion box for their designs, but I may never even get around to the stitching for it so this will be good enough for now.  I love their angel designs and their box really is fabulous.  I found several charts that I liked - never saw before - here.  But if you stitch more than one Christmas or angel design, you need more than one box.  I have tried to get to their site and see their wares (Lone Elm Lane) and the site takes forever to open.  Be very patient! 
Now it's time for the heat pack and aspirin.  Looking down at the screen was just enough of a tilt to make my eyes dance to my heartbeat.
Have a fabulous and safe day.
Added note - I've had emails about where to find Thankful.  You can send a request for any R&R chart, (even old ones), to  for information about ordering.
And if you ordered the 20 x 24 piece of Charles Craft tea dyed linen from Wal-mart, it's now $9.83.  Email for a price adjustment.  It started at $13.55, then $10.56 yesterday, and they seem to change the price daily!

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