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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Game Box Transformed

I removed all of the little boxes and bottles from the shelves this afternoon so I could take some photos to show how the little cardboard game box mutated into a Witches Apothecary Cabinet.  After all of the corrugated cardboard "shelves" dried into place, I painted the entire box with black acrylic paint.  The back and bottom of each opening was papered, trim was added to all of the center and bottom edges.  I especially like the red glittered "dripping blood" trim that my daughter created and shared with me -- it really added a pop of color.  I had to downsize the frames, labels and owls, twice, no less, before I had a size that would fit my box.  Tammy had also shared some German scrap that I used on the frames after dry brushing with black acrylic and adding some glitter glue to "spark" them up a bit.  I had black and orangey red candles that I cut in half, lit, then dripped opposite colors onto each. I set each candle into a bit of clay for a base and also created "lifts" for the jars and skeleton with squares of clay.  The vases for my eyeball bouquet and flying bats are Avon eye cream jars colored with red alcohol ink and trims added.  I painted flowers black to add above the little black crow to fill a bare spot -- ( My grand-daughter's suggestion).  "Spooky" was a fortunate find at Micheal's !!  I purchased an extra to send to my daughter (  since she and I were working together following Laura's tutorial at .  I was not having good luck with clay and skeleton molds, so this made for a "happy day".  Tamera, my daughter, came up with the idea to cut off the top of a plastic water bottle to use as a base for the bouquet of glittering "plant life" at the center.  I had a package of K and Company bubble stickers and thought they would be great to add to the back of the shelves to create a look of more bottles.  As it has turned out, they don't really show up too much after I put all of the bottles I have decorated onto the shelves. Fun stuff, anyway !! Throughout the days of creating, I kept thinking how awesome Laura Carson is for sharing her techniques and style -- I wanted my apothecary cabinet to be as interesting for my friends to look at as hers is for me.

My Mom was a perfectionist when it came to any of her sewing, embroidery or craft projects and the back or inside had to look as good as the front or outside -- I covered the back with scrapbook paper, a plastic bat found at the 99 cent store, and added a large spider along the webs.  Since I am displaying all of this on my pass through between the kitchen and dining area, it does give me something better to look at when I am doing dishes at the kitchen sink !!  Click onto the photos for a closer look ~  I will add some close-ups of different areas in my next post.

Bottles and Boxes for Apothecary

 These are a few of my favorite bottles and boxes created for my Witches Apothecary Cabinet.  I love the "musty bones" and the "flying bats" the most.  The "Dragon Fire"  is a red mini perfume bottle from my collection of small perfumes. The only addition is the label and a chain with a dragon charm found at Hobby Lobby.  The bat fangs is an eye concealer jar that I painted the worn gold edge with black acrylic, added rhinestones, then glued a pendant to the bottom for added interest.  There are black fang looking beads inside from a collection of "things" my daughter sent me when we started following Laura's tutorial at artfullymusing.   I used green alcohol ink and green rhinestones into clay for the "old crone" beauty cream.  I "dismembered" a plastic skeleton for the musty bones square plastic container that my grand-daughter gave me.  The "arsenic" is a small bottle with green glass chips that I found in my "hoarders" collection.  I used black alcohol ink on the cork, added the label, the flying bats and a chain with a dragon fly charm.  These and more have been so much fun to create to add to the shelves of the cabinet.  Thank you, Laura, for all of the ideas, directions AND inspiration !!
Transylvanian Bat Fangs

The back of the Gravedigger's Musty Bones

Dismembered plastic skeleton for Gravedigger's
Musty Bones 

Flying Bats on an Arsenic Poison Bottle
Old Crone Beauty Cream

Red mini-perfume bottle, transformed into "Dragon's Fire

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Halloween Project

How did this ?
And this?

Become this ??
The next several posts will show how I converted this 8" x 11" game box into this beautiful and fun apothecary cabinet.  Laura Carson at Artfully Musing provides detailed tutorials where she creates her cabinet, bottles, books and other Halloween projects.  Anyone can create something for Halloween and enter her give-away.  In the past, Halloween has never inspired me to create - THEN - I saw this tutorial and now, my every waking moment (almost) is spent thinking about what I can put together next !!!