Autumn is "Crunch Time" for me...the window between the Summer months and Christmas. I am always preparing furniture to sell in stores and online, but in Autumn, my calendar is filled with custom work for clients who scheduled furniture and redecorating projects at the close of Summer. Add to that, the preparation for the retail extravaganza know as "Holiday shopping".
Keeping IFC "relevant" in the retail market during the gift giving season means furnishing stores with small items and gifts in addition to furniture.
I craft ideas for antique and vintage Christmas gifts throughout the year, amassing inventory and planning the packaging and presentation, but Autumn is when it all comes together.
Much to the chagrin of my family, Christmas gift preparation ends up in the house. My workshop simply cannot accommodate the "process"...which is much like an assembly line...except I am the only worker.
This year, I picked up vintage, glass ornaments anywhere and everywhere I could...garage sales, estate sales, Craigslist and E-Bay. I knew I wanted to box them...but not sure how. Over the course of the year, I came across cigar boxes...antique, vintage and brand new...all from different places...including a cigar shop in town. The older boxes were gorgeous. The hinges and decorative paper were not what I fell in love with...it was the wood...filthy, but gorgeous...aged to perfection.
I spent a week gently cleaning and sanding the boxes until they were perfect.
I couldn't find as many as I would have liked, so I visited the local Cigar Shop and picked up a number of brand new, wood cigar boxes. They would need "something" to evoke a vintage feel, but I was up to the challenge.
I decided to decoupage the new cigar boxes in a "Vintage Christmas" theme, much of which I printed from the internet. This was time consuming, but I am happy with the end result.