Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.

I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!

Thank you for visiting my blog.


Wednesday, 7 September 2011

"Off the Page" Hand-Made Fabric Covered Box

Hello everyone.

I should like to welcome everyone who has found their way to my blog via the new Crafty Boots Challenge Blog. I am delighted to be a member of this new design team, I am sure you will agree that the other members of the team are so very talented and it is an honour for me to working with them.

All entries for this challenge, and the next challenge (which will be launched on 19th September 2011), will be combined and a winner chosen at random to receive a £10 voucher to spend at Crafty Boots.

A 'Top 3' will be chosen from every challenge and these winners will receive a badge for their blogs.


The challenge will be open until 12 noon (UK time) on Sunday 18 September 2011;

  • You can enter as many times as you like as long as it is a NEW project - no backlinking;
  • If you have used any products you have purchased from Crafty Boots, add CB at the end of your entry and you will have two entries into the prize draw;
  • Entry to this challenge can be combined with as many other challenges as you like;
  • Your blog post must mention that you are entering your project into this challenge and include a link to this page;
  • You should link to your blog post, rather than just your general blog address.
The theme for this first challenge is 'Anything Goes' and it gives you the opportunity to show off your strengths. I have chosen to make and decorate a floral box.

The base of the box is board. I selected a pink floral material to cover the outside of this box and I picked up the dusky pink from the roses for the material for the lining.

The material is hand stitched into place and the lid is padded with wadding.

I have decorated the lid with some gorgeous Petaloo flowers and pearl swirls from Crafty Boots, these were secured with stitches to make sure they stayed in place.

Please check out the blogs of the other DT members, I am sure they will fill you with inspiration.

Good luck.


PS  I had quite a busy week and, as I had my needle and thread out, I decided to make more boxes.  This size is perfect for storing all of my craft CDs.  That is the great thing about making your own box, it can be any size you want.


  1. Wowza, this is gorgeous!!! you did an awesome job & the fabric is beautiful!!!
    hugs & blessings,
    Joyful Stamper

  2. Thanks so much for leaving a comment on my blog. I hopped back to find your gorgeous decorated box, which is a real inspiration. Just beautiful. xx Jill B (ballerinacraft)

  3. Holy toodles Dionne! This box is amazing!!! (and thank you for Your comment!) This box is beyond my imaginatiion of how on earth you did it. You must be a fabulous sewing maven as well. Dionne, I really love your intro on your blog, and how the wallpaper etc is set up...it is so dreamy, elegant, generous and gives such a relaxing time here. What a benefit of coming here. Now to find your follower tab! I will for sure be your new BFF (my own acronym for BLOG FOLLOWER FOREVA!!!) Squishy Hugs, Samara www.samaranavi.blogspot.com


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