Monday, March 23, 2009

Coraline Mystery Box Swap

Monday, March 23, 2009

I've long been an admirer of Myra over at My Little Mochi. And I'm crazy about Coraline, the movie. And, and, and I was so intrigued with the boxes that the crew of the movie sent out. So when Myra proposed a swap. I jumped on it. Because of a mail mix-up I thought the inactivity on my blog disqualified me and I didn't know I was in the swap until I received my fabulous box from Sarah of A Small Fox. (more on that and pics later) So I sent an emergency email to Myra and quickly got started on a box to send. Several days later, living in pajamas, and the fam being VERY understanding and here it is...

The original boxes had their items pinned in place with straight pins. I used corsage pins and there is styrofoam under the red felt base. The letter is in the envelope on the lid. It is sealed with gold sealing wax and a black button.

The box contains a handmade popcorn box with a needlefelted kangaroo circus mouse, two "cotton candy" cones, and a button-eye kit.

The button-eye kit is in a vintage box from Woolworth that apparently contained horoscopes for July.

It is lined in a vintage salmon fine welt corduroy and has a needle, thread and black button eyes glued in place.

The circus mouse was the most time intensive of all the items. He is approximately 4" high not including that tail. Sixteen straight hours of needlefelting, then a bit more for sewing his little jacket. Nine episodes of CSI and four episodes of NCIS. Netflix, you are my friend. I took bathroom breaks and one other to throw together a meatloaf and veggie soup on Saturday night. :)

Here are a few more small details.


Kelly Snelling said...

Oh MY! It is miraculously spectacular! I loved the book and thought the movie was grand, too. This is such a great idea. I will have to check out the originating blog to see more of this exchange. Your box is just beyond awesome. And that mouse looks like it hopped right off the screen! Kudos, Frances!

Regina said...

My box arrived and it is amazing!!!!

I posted about it so come by and see :)

the messy nest said...


so completely sad I missed this swap ... and so completely happy that Carmen agreed to do one-on-one with me :)