April 19, 2012

Ladie's Advertisement chest

In our lives, there are always special people who inspire us, encourage us to follow our dreams, love us and support us, and although they are no longer with us, we always remember them with love, affection and joy, for they have left a piece of themselves in our hearts.  This is the case of Mary Crichlow, a dear friend of mine, who believed in me and my craft & decoration ideas, even before I could imagined myself being able to make it.

Mary lived in Curacao, where she ran a computer club and did with her family volunteer work for children and teenagers, and she used to organize a trip to some nice destination as a part of the yearly club vacations.  Back in 2008, Panama was their destination and throughout the tour operator I work with in Panama City, we helped her organize the trip for the entire group. 

That is how we met and we became very good friends since then, so much so we considered each others as sisters.     But I had no opportunity to give the box to her in time, she left us too soon, and nowadays I remember her all the time and keep her chest like treasure to me.   I want to dedicate my first project in her loving memory, for she encouraged me to follow my passion.  

This is the project I made for Mary with the Decoupage technique, which is one of our favorites techniques in the workshop.  I decorated one jewelry chest for her to keep fashion accessories, as she was a lady who liked to dress up with style.  For the full step by step Decoupage Tutorial click here.

The graphics of the ladies I choose to decorate the box, are taken from one Dover Publication's book about commercial  arts of the early 1,800s.     

For this project I combined two colors: an apple green at the top of the box with
a sunny yellow on the bottom.  I applied soft layers with the brush in different directions to achieve an old look.

I added some decorative details of flower stencils on the box, and small ornaments where the green/yellow colors meet to casually disguise the division.   

To complement the whole design I applied some vintage butterfly clear stamps.    

To trick the eye and make the images look as they have been drawn in the box and not glued, paint the images with the same colors exactly as applied in the chest.   I painted first with a small brush and then rubbed my fingers over the print to mix the color shades better.

However, if you want the images stand out from the background, you can leave them in black and white, achieving as well a total different look. 

For the interior of the chest I decided to leave one color only, decorating it with different clear stamps.  For the stencils I used acrylic black paint and for the clear stamps archival ink pads.  Acrylics can also be applied to the stamps.  

For a worn look, paint as well a decorative border in black color around the edges of the box, with a small brush or even with your fingers.     The back of the chest was kept simple just with stamps and the stencil. 

Varnish, varnish and varnish!  It is very important to varnish using a good quality brush, the better quality the fewer bubbles and smoother surface.

For the full step by step Decoupage Tutorial click here.

In loving memory of my dear Mary!

Every week we have the honor to participate and submit our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating:

Monday:  Brag Monday – The graphics Fairy  / Vintage style link party – Debbiedoo's 
Market yourself -
Sumo's Sweet Stuff  / Link party - The Girl Creative
Making Monday marvelous - C.R.A.F.T. / Boggieboard Cottage - Masterpiece Monday
Mod Mix Monday - Mod Vintage Life  Meet me Monday - You're Talking Too Much 
Tuesday: Get your craft on – Today'screative blog / Knick of Time tuesday - Knick of Time / Tell it to me Tuesday - Creatively Living / Tutorials & Tips Link Party - Home Stories A2Z   / Cowgirl up Linky Party – Cedar Hill Ranch /Tuesday’s Treasures - My UnCommon Slice of Suburbia /Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday - Kammy's Korner / Be inspired link party – Elizabeth & Co /Coastal Charm - Nifty Thrifty Tuesday   / Domestically Speaking - Power of Paint Party  / Take the Time to Challenge - Raising 4 Princesses / Turning the Daunting into the Do-Able - Project Queen One project at a Time - A Bowl Full of Lemons / Linking Pary - Passionatelyl Artistic
Wednesday: Wow us Wednesdays – Savvysouthern style / Primp your stuff Wednesday – Primp / White Wednesday - Faded Charm / Share the love - Very Merry Vintage Style / It's a Party - DIY by Design  /Whatever goes Wednesday - Someday Crafts / What is it Wednesday - Ivy and Elephants / Whatever you want Wednesday - Free Pretty Things for You / Wicked Awesome Wednesday – Handy man, crafty woman
Thursday: Catch as Catch Can – MyRepurposed life / Open House Party - No MinimalistHere /Vintage Inspiration - Common Ground / Hookin' up with - House of Hepworths/Time Travel Thrusday - Brambleberry Cottage / 20 Below Thrusday - Cristinas Adventures / Home and Garden Thrusday - A Delightsome Life / Treasure Hunt Thursday – From my front porch to yours
Friday: Frugal Friday – The Shabby Nest / Weekend Bloggy Reading – Serenity Now
Inspirational Friday – At the picket Fence / Do something Crafty - See Vanessa Craft
Friday feature - Redoux Interiors  
Saturday: Spotlight Saturday - Classy Clutter / Show and Tell Saturday – Be Different act Normal/Site Nite special -  Funky Junk Interiors / Get schooled Saturday – Too much time on my hands
Sunday: What's Your Sunday's Best! - My 1929 Charmer / Weekend features – Sisters of the Wild West / Simply Klassic Sunday - Simply Klassic Home / Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop - Homemaker on a Dime / DIY Project Parade – DIY showoff

Thank you,



  1. This turned out great! Good job! thanks for sharing :)

  2. Great job Erika! Really neat. Thanks for sharing with my newbie party.

  3. It's gorgeous Erika. What a wonderful remembrance of your friend. Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  4. It's really beautiful. And what a lovely way to remember someone dear to you!

  5. So pretty such attention to detail Great Job Mary would have loved it I am sure.


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