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« on: January 17, 2006 11:59:19 AM »

This is another xmas gift I am now free to post. My best friend is obsessed with foxes, and sheep and pirates, not necessarily in that order. I bought a set of nesting boxes and painted the outsides and lined the insides and bottoms with paper. The outermost box is fox-themed. The coat-of-arms she drew in a self-portrait once. I asked if the circles indicated she is a Medici, but she said it was about good fortune, so I painted them gold.

The middle box is sheep-themed:

And the innermost box is pirate-themed. The shape of the boxes reminded me of treasure chests.


I decided that the "treasure" inside the chest would be a mini Zen garden (inspired by Craftster Zen gardens in Altoids tins). Inside is a photo of a Torii gate, a small origami box containing sand from near my home (my best friend lives 6000 km away) a few choice pebbles and a small clay bridge bought in Chinatown.

Here is the underside of the boxes:

Here they are in their new home:

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« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2006 12:05:19 PM »

Wow!  Those are wonderful.  You are such a good painter!  What a thoughtful gift.

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« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2006 12:14:08 PM »

Aa! They're little nesting chests! What a nice present.
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2006 12:16:43 PM »

What a great gift! I'm always on the lookout for fox images, and this inspired me!

Fox: 1. (n) Animal of the genus Vulpes, having an elongated, pointed muzzle and bushy tail; 2. (adj) Cunning; 3. (slang) Attractive woman; 4. (v) To intoxicate or befuddle; 5. (v) To discolor (the leaves of a book)
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« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2006 05:21:36 AM »

I love foxes, sheep and pirates too, and I'm very very envious of your lucky friend. What beautiful work.

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« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2006 11:25:57 AM »

That is sucha great gift idea and your painting was terrific. Great job!

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« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2006 11:44:46 AM »

Thanks everyone! It's always so great to get positive feedback.  Grin

My friend will be amused to learn there are others who share her obssessions. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2006 06:20:48 PM »

That is an awesome gift idea, the paintings are great.

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« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2006 06:28:29 AM »

sigh I have such painting envy,these are wonderful. How can anyone not like Pirates? Where did you get your nesting boxes from?
i have never seen them in the craft stores.

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« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2006 07:34:35 AM »

Those are awesome! I've seen the chests, but never thought to see if they nest. What a great way to make all three of her obsessions go together!

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