Who wants to make teeny tiny fastidious little matchbox Valentines with tiny bits of paper and tape and glue, paint and and Mod Podge! I do! I do! Nobody else does but that’s why you come here, right? To imagine what it would be like and vicariously live through me. Well, guess what? I love tiny tedious projects like this. The more mess the better. And this one was a doozy.
First, I painted the boxes. It’s a bit of a sticky mess trying to paint them while holding the box with your fingers and getting the paint smudged by your fingers and all over yourself. Of course I should just paint one side at a time and wait for it to dry before moving onto the next but WHO DOES THAT? Not me. I just smudge my way forward.
Most people would cuss and get frustrated at this process but I don’t. It’s like getting on the same freeway and cussing out the traffic everyday. Why bother? It’s the same traffic everyday. Nothing changes? Why not just pop in a podcast, accept that you are going to be staring at break lights for the next hour and just chill? That’s my motto. Pop in a podcast and chill.
It does get easier the more you do it.
Not that I’m an expert at painting but I don’t get that frustrated anymore. I do think my painting skills or choice of paintbrushes needs some work.
After I painted the boxes completely (and let it dry) and then painted flowers and decorations on top of that, I printed out some fiddly little valentine illustrations and got to work cutting them out.
Why, yes, I am quite insane. I love to fiddle! Fiddle, fiddle, fiddle. Sticky tape sticking everywhere and cutting it to small tiny pieces with my trust exacto knife! I need a new self-cutting mat. This one is well-used.
I second-guessed my color choices and didn’t cut everything out perfectly but that’s okay because I am NOT a perfectionist. Stick it and go with it!
I’m actually quite proud of these suckers. Now who to gift them to?
Leave a comment and I’ll pick five readers and send them out like old times via snail mail.
I can’t promise they’ll make it by Valentines’s Day but maybe you don’t mind. :)
I love them! And I do live vicariously through you! They are adorable.
Adorable! I’d love one!
SO ADORABLE! I love them.
They are gorgeous! (And definitely not something I’d have the patience for.)
Hearts! This is relevant to my interests. ??
Ooohhh!! I want one!
Super cute! Love ‘em!
This is where I would like to mention that six months ago I kicked the man (of 15 years) out of my house. When he announced it on FB (nicest damn thing anyone could ever read) a man that has been flirting with me (and me him) for 25 years sent me a text that read “we might both be single at the same time for the first time”….I took him to a Halloween party and we won 2nd place in the costume contest. Just saying….
I kicked out my boyfriend. He wrote about it on facebook. A old flame saw it and texted me. I took him to a party and won second place.
AND let me add – cause this is so damn cute – the FB post came with a song. Life after Lisa by Bowling for Soup. Apparently, I dump nice.
These are so darling! Ever since I was little, I’ve loved little teeny tiny things. Super sweet!!
Stinkin’ adorable. Pick me! Pick me! I don’t have the patience to make one myself. ?
I love these, they are ask cute as a button. Just like you xxx
P.s. I love anything in a teeny, weeny box. As a kid I used to make tiny pipe cleaner dolls and make them silver paper dresses. One day I’d like to make a teeny, weeny doll house inside a match box.
Okay, I’ve picked five so I am closing comments now. :)
I take that back. I have picked five but I’m not going to close the comments because then they disappear. But if you comment after this you won’t be able to get a valentine because I only have five. Next time!
Oh well, I was going to comment in hopes of winning, but I will still say they are super cute! And if I ever get through my homework maybe I will see if I have any matchboxes lying around. Thanks for the inspiration!
Awesome! Love the colors.