June 3, 2012

Vintage Town, Rush Hour

If we think of the traffic today on the rush hour in our city we imagine the modern era cars, motorcycles, bicycles, the red light, the noise, the horns, the people crossing and the traffic police, right? 

Now let’s think about the same rush hour but two centuries ago back in the 1800's, how would it look like? That's what I did and I pictured this: 

Nice and elegant horse-driven carriages, fancy bicycles, people in formal wear and of course a much more smooth traffic.

The box was a very old tobacco box I had and it needed some repair but unfortunately I do not have pictures of the box before. Basically I repaired it, painted the inside and outside in black color, the lid top in golden brown color to imitate the sepia color of an old picture and then decoupage the images.   For the standard decoupage process we follow, please click here

I enjoyed putting this box together and when I planned it, I wanted to do it suitable for a father's day gift, so I chose the colors and the images according to that.

I think dad would love this gift and even more accompanying it with an old style watch and a greeting card. I am going to make a nice card and will show it to you very soon.

Besides the main scene on the lid I also decorated the box with labels of services offered in town, like carriage services and a Hotel.

The inside of the box had an old fabric, so I replaced with a new one, in same black color. 

I got the images from my Dover Publication books, the carriages, the people and the bicycle from an early advertisement’s book and the block of buildings from another book of Architecture and they were all painted in the same color as the background to trick the eye.

On this decoupage project we used the traditional procedure we follow in our workshop, and you can read it here.   The basic materials are the wood box, the vintage prints, acrylic colors, glue and varnish, varnish & more varnish.   

Here is a close up of the town scene. 

I would have loved to live in a town like this back in those days, I would have gone crazy shopping in all the stores from those buildings behind and wear those beautiful long dresses the ladies used to wear.   Oh I love the fashion of those days.    What do you think?  

But this one is a box for dad.  Very masculine, no Ladies' dresses on it.   hehehe.  

Every week we have the honor and pleasure to participate and share our projects in awesome parties, please visit them and see what talented artists and crafters are creating.  They are not in a particular order, just from the oldest I found till the newest:

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
Calling All Crafters Monday @ All Things Fee  
CraftOmaniac Monday @ CraftO Maniac 
More the Merrier Monday @ DIY Home Sweet Home  
Make-it-Yourself Monday @ An Original belle 
Amaze me Monday @  Dittle Dattle

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 @ Passionately Artistic
Take a look Tuesday @ SugarBee crafts 
Open Call Tuesdays @ Salt Tree
Show me what you got @ Our DelightfulHome
Under 300 Followers Blog Hop @ Pinkapotamus   

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 
Show & Share @ Southern Lovely 
Show and Tell @ SNAP 
It's a Party @ CreativePrincess
Wildly Original Round Up @ I Gotta Create
What We Wore and Made Wednesdays @ Rae Gun Ramblings 
Time for a Party @ Fine Craft Guild   

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 
Made you Look @ Maid in a Day 
Treasure Hunt Thursday @ From my front porch to yours 
Thrifty Thursday @ Saved byLove Creations
Show off your stuff party @ Fireflies and Jellybeans

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 
Once upon a Weekend @ Family Ever After
Friday Fun Party @ Craftionary 
Finished Lit and Laundry for Friday @ Lit and Laundry
Feature yourself Friday @ Finger Prints on the Fridge 
Look at Me I'm so Crafty @  Fun to Craft
It's a Hodgepodge Friday @ It's a Hodgepodge life 
Friday Flair @ WhipperBerry
Fridays Unfolded @ Stuff& Nonsense 
Simply Link Party @ SimplyDesigning
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage  
Happy Hour Friday @ Happy Hour Projects 
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home  

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
Scrappy Saturday @ CandaceCreations
Weekend Wrap Up Party @ Tatertots & Jello
Check me out Saturday @ Iam only 1 Woman 
Serenity Saturday @ - Serenity You
Saturday Seven Party @ Positively Splendid 
Strut Your Stuff Saturday @ Six Sisters' Stuff
Saturday Showcase @ Bowdabra Blog
What's Your Sunday's Best! @ My 1929 Charmer 
Weekend features @ Sisters of the Wild West
Simply Klassic Sunday @ Simply Klassic Home 
Sundae Scoop @ I (Heart)Nap Time
DIY Project Parade @ DIY showoff 
The Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table andDreaming 
Creative Bloggers's Party & Hop @ Homemaker on a Dime
Nifty Thrifty Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things 

Thank you very much for reading us,



  1. Thanks for sharing and linking to the newbie party. This is an awesome little box.

  2. What a fun little box! Great selection of graphic for decoupage!

  3. Nice box! I love vintage stuff. Thanks for visiting my blog. I really appreciate the support!

  4. What a darling blog you have here! I'm visiting from the newbie party. You've done such a great job on that box, Dad will love it.


  5. Lovely little box! A wonderful item to treasure :)

  6. Great lil box... I do love antique boxes. Am sure your dad will be very chuffed with this one indeed. The labels were a very cute addition!

  7. That turned out wonderful! I'd love for you to link this up at my party going on now, http://www.salttree.net/2012/06/open-call-tuesdays-7-giveaway.html

  8. HI Just wanted to stop by and tell you how beautiful your box is!!!

  9. What a lovely box! I would love for you to link up to my linky party via: http://ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com/2012/06/live-show-me-what-you-got-linky-party.html

    Mrs. Delightful

  10. AnonymousJune 05, 2012

    Ohhhh Erika, thank you for sharing, it's amazing your box, I love it, congratulation.

  11. Love this box and print!!!! Great job!

  12. Fantastic job, Erika!
    Thanks for sharing :)

  13. Love the cigar box, what a fantastic gift for your dad!
    Thanks for sharing.

  14. This is gorgeous! I just adore your vintage style! Hope you will add my Pink Hippo Party to linky list at http://pinkapotamus.blogspot every Monday!
    I am your newest follower~
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  15. Such pretty detail! Nicely done!

  16. You did such a great job on the box and I am sure your dad will love it. Thanks for linking to the Open House party and have a wonderful week.

  17. That is great! Thanks for linking up with us on "Strut Your Stuff Saturday!" We hope to see you next week! -The Sisters

  18. Wow, you create the most beautiful things - delighting us each week! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  19. Beautiful job! The colors make it so handsome.
    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina

  20. Beautiful and creative! Great job!

  21. beautiful! I'm featuring this on scrappy saturdays!

  22. This looks fabulous! Thank you for linking it up at our party at http://www.FineCraftGuild.com/party/

    BTW it would be really nice if you would link back to the party from within your article. Thank you so much doing so in advance.

    Looking forward to your contributions again tomorrow, when a new party will open.

    Have a creative day,
    ~ Rose

  23. Where in the world do you find all your beautiful old pieces to make your boxes? I'm never sure where to look for them except of Graphics Fairy.com? Are there other websites who have the old free graphics? I love each and every work I have seen.

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