Thursday, 31 January 2013


Hello there blog friends - I have to tell you about the book I have recently read called A Simples Life!!!!  Yup it's THE book written by Aleksandr Orlov - the meerkat - and it is so funny that I giggled all the way through.  Graham bought me this for Christmas - I already had my Copics!!!   I kept reading bits out to him, which made him laugh - mind you I had to read them in Aleksandr's accent!!!  It was only as I carried on reading it to myself that I realised I was also reading it in HIS accent in my head!!!!!    I know this book is for the younger person but I am young in me brain - it's just me body that is crumbling!

Well now that I have admitted to reading such a tome, I would now like to show you my little box of secret stash.  This is a box that I found when I was clearing the corner before my cupboard alterations.  It used to have Turkish Delight in it - the one with the icing sugar coating on it YUM YUM!   I won't have the other sort covered in chocolate in the house (bluuuuurgh) 'cos in my mind Cadbury's choccy and Turkish Delight are NOT a match made in heaven!

Da Da! my little secret stash of Ferrero Rocher!  Scrumptious.  Mind you I will share them with my photographer!   That's because he bought them LOL!

I covered the base of the box with a border of Graphic 45 Le Cirque paper  (I did have to keep topping up the anaesthetic to use this gorgeous stuff) then used the spotty paper (same collection) for the lid.  The little sentiments were also on the same page as the border.  I went round the edge of the lid with some Black Soot DI and I painted my cardboard heart with the Eco Friendly Metallic paint and added some Mica Flakes and circles (also painted) then popped some Watch parts on top.l  I added it to the lid but put a small piece of foam underneath to make it stand up at an angle to the lid.  The smaller flowers were then glued on and I added some press studs to the centres - I found these when I cleared the corner!!

This is the second thing I have really liked so am I turning a corner I wonder??

Empty Turkish Delight Box
Graphic 45 Papers - Le Cirque
Lining - Piece of handmade paper
Heart from Every crafts a Pound (part of a voucher I had for winning a challenge).
Metallic Eco Friendly Paint - Copper
Small Cog from Watch parts (Ebay)
Small Press Studs from stash
Gold Mica Flakes from Stamps Away
Black Soot DI
Large Flowers by Colour Connection
Smaller Flowers - Nellie Snellen punch and embosser
I hope you like this one, must admit that since the photograph was taken several hours ago, the choccies have diminished somewhat.  I really enjoyed making this and have promised hubster that now I have finished it, I will sort out my cupboard and move the stuff from the bedroom floor!!!!  He is especially sick of stubbing his toe!
Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you have had the time to leave me a comment, I do know what it is like though and tempus certainly fugits!  I will be visiting you all again soon.
Big hugs to you
I will edit this post if I find any challenges to enter - not sure whether this is eligible for Anything Goes challenges - hope it is though!


  1. Hi Sue,such a gorgeous creation,pretty flowers and the colours are lovely-chocs look yummy too :)))
    Those meerkats are such fun characters,hugs

  2. Heyyy you!!! I thought you had disappeared into your cupboard and visited Narnia!!! LOL I can just imagine you doing that voice over with the book hahahaha you crack me up. But seriously this is a wonderful creation I love it...huggles you and hope you eventually get your cupboard sorted because Graham after that photo she sent me??? you need never let her buy anything crafty again hugsssssssssssssss my buddy xxxxxxxxxxxx Sue J xxxx

  3. Hi Sue, this is truly stunning, I hope you find some challenges for it because I am sure you will win. I like what is inside too :).
    Hope you are well.
    Suzie xx

  4. Hi sue,
    what a superb box and so superbly decorated. Love everything about it. Not just because it has yummy chocs in it either.
    Have you got your cupboard sorted yet? Get move on Mr Bedroom carpet told me hes fed up with being covered up with craft goodies. lol.
    Have a wonderful crafty evening even if it's filling that lovely cupboard.
    My shelves are up now and lots of things that were lining my craft room carpet are being stored well above sea level. lol.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

  5. Hi Sue
    This is stunning. I really love all the detailing you have added and the colours are wonderful.
    The book sounds like fun, you did make you laugh when you said that you read it with his accent. So, thanks for making me smile again.
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

  6. Hi Sue, you made me laugh reading this, i was thinking as I was reading in Aleksandr's accent, how silly. Love your box, it is beautiful. Love the inside too, mmmmmmmmmmm.

    Wilma x x

  7. I keep telling you that you're a clever clogs! Now which do I like best, the box or teh contents? Definitely the contents!! Sorry, only kidding - but I really do LOVE Ferrero Rocher. You've done a great job with the box - even down to using that extremely special paper! Lovely. Christine xx

  8. What a fantastic box, and chocolate too, I cleared my craft goodies off the floor before I went to bed last night, I felt I had to- Health and Safety!

  9. Hi Sue, love your box, it's gorgeous! As for your secret stash..perfect!!! Love the meercats too :) Carole Z X

  10. Stunning box! Beautifully embellished.

    Good luck sorting your craft stuff out. The hubster deserves less stubbed toes! xxx

  11. This is gorgeous inside and out sweetie. Stunning embellishments.


  12. Totally stunning decor - I love it. Also love the meerkats. xx Flora

  13. WOW and yum...great project Susie, and of course you have to share with the photographer, mind you they look so good in that box, who would want to spoil that look...vvv

  14. Stunning box you decorated Susie! Love all the details! =)
    Welcome to our DT at Lady Anne's challenges! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  15. Such a beautifully decorated box..wonderful creation Sue!! I love it.. so vintage...
    It's 4 in the morning here in India and im busy looking at your posts..missed soooo many of them..haven't been blogging since September:( hope now I can keep myself updated...:):)


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