Spring Box – JFF Challenge

I decorated a little box for this weeks challenge.  This week’s challenge over at JFF  is “Spring”.  I thought this was a great theme chosen by Our Zoe.  It has been so nice to have a respite from all of the planning and preparations for Christmas.  To join in the fun, see the fab ideas from Von, Zoe and Neet and all the entries click on the link above.

Here is my little box.  Basic painting and stamping with a little fun surprise inside.

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The stamping is slightly dubious! lol!   All is explained at the bottom of this post.

For the surprise:

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These are two little eggs from the very rare Greater Spotted Wodgermacallit.

Ok, the stamping.  I decorated the wrong box.  I had two boxes.  One of them I heavily sanded the edges as I was going to just paint it and one I just lightly sanded as I was going to stamp on to it.  I grabbed the wrong one.  Painted it and did not realise until I stamped the sides.  Hence the missing stamped edges!  Derrrrr!!!!!!!  No excuses for the wonky Spring though!! lol!

Just before I go.  I wanted to share something in case anyone is interested.  I make a lot of Christmas wreaths and decorations and wood working friend  gave me this tip for fir cones.  Put a cone, between two pieces of kitchen roll,  and pop it in the microwave for between 1 1/2 to 2 mins

   

I use an old microwave which I have in my craft room which I use for pressing flowers.    Be careful when you take them out of the oven because they can be hot.  Shake outside to get rid of the seeds.

Thank you Zoe for all your technical advice.  Fingers crossed!

Best Wishes Florence

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    • Hi Fati, Great to hear from you. I am not sure I am worthy of such praise! I am so pleased you like my box. Thank you for calling in and for leaving such a lovely comment. You have made my day.
      Regards Florence xx

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  1. Stunning box, Florence. Spring looks perfect to me, maybe due to the Pinot!! Fab idea using microwave to open the pine cones xx

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    • It is so lovely to hear from you Joy. Hope all is well. Your comment has been me giggle. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  2. What a beautiful box! Love the eggs idea too. Now all you need is the Greater Spotted Wodgermacallit itself to go with it – now there’s an idea 🙂 xx

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    • Sarah! Hi! Great to hear from you. Hope all is well. Now there is an idea! he he! Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  3. What a treat to see some Spring inspired artwork. The stamping is not dubious at all!!! Love the little surprise tucked inside, very cute idea.
    As for the tip, fabulous. I will remember that for next year.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    • Hi Lynne. Hope all is well. Lovely to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by (especially as I know you are really busy) and for your very kind words.
      Regards Florence x x

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  4. Oh Florence, once again you have pulled it out of the box (sorry for the pun) and made an amazing entry for the challenge. I love shabby chic but never seem to get mine right, this is just perfect.
    Love the little bit of humour with the eggs.
    Hugs and Thanks for joining us again at JFF – Neet xx

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  5. I adore this box Florence it is so chic, wonky stamping never its a design feature surely 🙂 I think I saw one of those birds after a glass or two of pinot wink wink.
    Hugs Sandra XXX

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    • Hi Sandra. LOL!!!! The GSW must be increasing in numbers. That, or you have all been on the pinot!!!! wink wink! Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comment. I am still giggling!
      Regards Florence xx

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  6. Hi Florence,
    love your box,the colours are gorgeous,thanks for your offer on the tooth,but i went back to the denist and had it out today,still numb, it put up a good fight to the end.
    Janet x

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    • Hi Janet. I will put the pliers away then!! lol! Pleased to hear that you have sorted it out. Hopefully you will be fully healed in time for Christmas. Always lovely to hear from you. Thank you for calling in and for your kind words.
      Take Care,
      Florence xx

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  7. Love your box, it turned out fabulous, those eggs look so settled in it, safe, cosy and warm.
    Its a great tip about the fir cones.
    Yvonne x

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    • Hi Yvonne. Hope all is well. Great to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments. Could do with a nice warm cosy nest at the moment myself. It’s freezing!!
      Regards Florence xx

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  8. ha ha very funny love the box 🙂 are the hatchlings called thingamajigs LOL
    Great tip with the fir cones 😉
    Thank you for sharing with us at Just for Fun
    Von xxx

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  9. Love the shabby chic, distressed result you got with this box very petty. The Greater Spotted Wodgermacallit is that the plumed one? Thank you for sharing with us once more at Just for Fun XOXO Zoe.

    PS tech stuff seems to have worked fine 🙂

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    • Hi Zoe. You are obviously familiar with the GSW. It is indeed the plumed one! lol! Thanks again Zoe for sparing the time to answer my tech problems. IT WORKED!!!!! I am so pleased. You are a Star! Thank you also for calling in and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  10. Wow Florence its fabulous what a gorgeous little project , I love the colours too , perfect for keeping those precious eggs in , what an inspiration , thank you x

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  11. Love your box Florence, think it is eggceptionaly good (sorry – couldn’t resist). The colours are so soft and the soft edged stamping goes will with the overall look. Bit confused (doesn’t take much these days) but did you use the microwave to open out the cone? That last picture of the seeds is very arty as well, shame to throw those away.

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    • Hi Ann. LOL! It is me Ann not you. It’s official my brain has retired and now living in Llandudno! Yep, pop the cones in the microwave to open them. Great to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  12. Beautiful box and a great tip about the cones. We have a microwave in the greenhouse that we use for things to do with the garden–don’t ask lol.

    xxx

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    • Hi Chrissie. Is that the one that Vic makes his pickles with?! There you go chutney with a hint of pine! lol! Great to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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  13. Right box or wrong box – I love it! What does that bird look like, by the way? We need a photo!
    Good tip with the microwave, although I don’t have one since mine exploded. And I don’t want another one either! Hugs, Valerie

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    • Good evening Valerie. The birds are very shy so it is very difficult to photograph them. I will try and draw one! lol! Great to hear from you. Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments.
      Regards Florence xx

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