I have been sick for nearly a week now, and came home early from work today to get some extra rest. Shortly after getting home I received the most lovely matchbox from cackle! Honestly, I'm surprised it made it here safely. There has been pouring rain and flooding for a week now, and there was a *HUGE* tear in the envelope that cackle's matchbox came in. If she hadn't packed it so lovingly in a nice big sturdy jewelry box, I don't think it would have arrived here in one piece! When I opened the envelope (or rather, pulled the box out of the back of the envelope), I saw how pretty it was wrapped and decided that if I was going to sit down and enjoy the box, I'd go all out.
So I made myself a tray of tea and biscuits. Doesn't that look like a lovely way to start the evening?
When I opened the box, I found not one, but two matchboxes inside! There was the actual box that cackle made for me, plus a little box of "overflow" matchbox goodies!
Here's a close up on the matchbox itself. Cackle really hit the nail on the head with this box. I work as a costume designer in theatre and dance, and I love the steampunk-ish side of Victoriana, so the outside of the box is a tiny Victorian theatre, filled with all kinds of vintage Victorian-esque bits! I love the copper and gold paper lace trims!
Let's not forget the back of the box!
As I unpacked my matchbox and "overflow box", I soon started to run out of room on my tea tray! I took lots of pictures of things as they came out, but soon realized that I probably should edit myself down from 30 pictures to something more manageable... like say 5. Or 7... So instead of 12 pictures of each thing coming out, here are all the beautiful little bits and bobs packed away in my boxes.
Items inside include from top-ish left, clockwise:
Silver chandeliers, green cut glass beads, antique gold purse, sewing machine, angel, dress, crown, moon, teapot, gears, key, & clock face charms; silver earring hooks, silver dress hangers & winged key charms; giant silver pendant bezel, big fat crystal drop, brass pressed wing shaped bits, ball chain, strand of red beads, gears, gold bead caps, olive cut glass and amber crystal beads, deep red cut glass beads, beautiful polyclay piece, and an orange pekoe tea label.
And of course, some detail shots. While I adore the entire package, I am absolutely in LOVE with this purple glass button!
Thank you so much cackle! I absolutely adore my box and can't wait to take it to work to show off in the Costume Shop. I already have plans for many of the fun little bits hiding inside too! Thank you for being such a wonderful swap partner!!!