Thursday, 7 January 2010

What bliss!
My OH has just started doing a few hours at the local wine shop which left me ALONE in the house from 3pm to 8pm and boy did I enjoy those hours of solitude.  I made some lemon chicken pasta with a balsamic tomato sauce, (my pasta machine has reverted back to it's original use now that I have a cuttlebug!) opened a bottle of fruity smooth red wine, and ate my wonderfully solitary meal in front of the telly, after spending the afternoon
making this....





With having so many people to care for (OH, my two sons, my brother and my dad) all of who have chronic illness or disability, I rarely have the house to myself and believe me solitude is a real luxury so I cant tell you how special my afternoon has been.


Some while ago I came across Elaine's blog and was so blown away by the beautiful boxes she creates, that I decided that when I have time I would have a go at making something as amazing as those on her blog. I havn't quite got there but I a pleased with this attempt.




She has kindly included a tutorial on her blog so pop over there and have a look, she has some amazing things there.

Hope you're not struggling in this wonderful weather we are having. I've been snowed in for about a week!

x Michelle

21 comments:

Nicky said...

Wow this is amazing love it - can understand how much you have enjoyed your time to yourself we all need it, but in this busy live very rarely get it - Happy New Year to you

Chrissie said...

This is stunning Michelle! So delicate looking, All the different levels of the flowers and butterflies are perfect!
Chrissie

katy said...

What an explosion of colour and floral loveliness Michelle :) It's nice to have alone time, i dont mind it either. Thank you for your lovely comment earlier Michelle, it means alot :) xx

Clarky J said...

ooooeeeerrrr missus another fandabulous creationand what fantastic inspiration Elaines blog is!

Sue a/k/a MOUSEMOM40 said...

OMGoodness this is just BEAUTIFUL! I love the butterflies and flowers. It's almost like a little diorama (don't know if I spelled that right)! It sounds like you had a great day too! I hope you're not getting too much snow where you live!

Yvonne said...

I am so gald you got to have some "you time". and such a outstanding box too. never seen them before, but WOW amazing, may just have to have a nose at this and have a go!
The Butterfiles, how delicate do they look. Fabby hun x

Debs said...

Beautiful box, glad you had some special me time Bee xx

Fiona said...

This IS amazing Michelle. So much work has gone in to it, absolutely stunning.
Fiona x

lisa said...

Your afternoon sounds bliss, Michelle and you certainly used the time well, you box is stunning. I love the way the flowers and butterflies are flying above it, it's gorgeous.
Hope you are coping in the snow. Stay Warm.

Lisax

Sally H said...

You had a very productive afternoon, Michelle. It is STUNNING! I love it! The centre piece is stunning and I love the stamps you used too. Wow!

Zoechaos said...

OMG this is stunning wonderful delicate detailed work just breathtaking. So glad you got some 'me' time we all need that and boy look at what you have made of that time!

IsaNorris said...

Wow !!! this is stunning!!!!
I would love to see that IRL ... maybe one day LOL
isa xxx

melody said...

1st off............HAPPY NEW YEAR CHICKIE!
wishing you lots of love, laughter and sunshine in 2010!

and oh...what a wonderful way to spend your *me time*..and so glad you were able to do so!
AND WOWZA...i mean..WOWZA..that box is GORGEOUS chickie! i'm in love! beautiful work!

hugz
melody

Sarita said...

This is so stunning Michelle, your stamping is amazing. So glad you got some me time, what a fab fab project,
Love Sarita XX
PS: Thank you for your tip on using stencils with a rubber mat, I hadn't even thought of that!

Sarita said...

...forgot to say, the sentiment on my latest card is by Anna Grifin, from a clear set I got off Ebay
Love Sarita xx

Lynne K said...

Wow! This is stunningly beautiful. I love the combination of stamps you've used, and the colours.

Avril Ann said...

OMG Michelle, what a wonderful, wonderful, creation, I totally love it...you are so very talented....sounds like you enjoyed your evening, I also am usually surrounded by people..unless I am in the shed....have to say the FMS is not too good at the minute, but Brian bought me a Halogen Heater for the shed, and boy, what a difference, he came and got me, had made tea, and now has the bath on for me....I am spoiled....bliss....take care my dear friend....Hugs Avril xxxx

Donna said...

This is so beautiful Michelle, the way you have decorated the inside is absolutely stunning and I love the little butterflies...this will make such a beautiful keepsake for someone :) Donna x

Nicks said...

one word Beautiful

oh and another Stunning!

Love it x

critchley creations.x said...

Hiya! Just been having a wander around your blog and you work is amazing! This is so gorgeous....i need to have a go at one of these.
Huggies, Rachel xx

Rena Sawatski said...

Your butterfly box is beautiful. Are you using acetate for the butterflies? They seem to have a glittery portion as the body and I am curious as to what you used for that. I have just tried making one of those but struggled with the metric measurements but finally figured it out.