Saturday, October 23, 2010


If it's Halloween and Election Season
it must be almost Christmas

... wrong.
But if you're in Penny's 12 Days of Christmas Matchbox Swap,
you're almost out of time!
I signed up for Eight Maids-a-Milking
and then got carried away with Christmas gift ideas
like these matchboxes (matches included)
to pair up with a candle.
Only problem:
you can't mail matches.
They are a hazardous substance.

... so these will have to go to friends who are near - but not far.
And all this Christmas crafting has me almost sick of Christmas - already!
Maybe I'll get in the mood when this bleeping election is over.


*jean* said...

what a great idea! and i'm with you about the election...i'm on pins & needles...can't get here soon enough

ooglebloops said...

I'm in Penny's swap too - I need to get moving - lots of ideas- in my head, not on the matchbox yet!!!LOL I'm 12 drummers drumming............

BadPenny said...

me too !!! lots of ideas now for filled or not filled matchboxes !
The Post Office will go mad !!!

Lynn Cohen said...

I'd fill them with other trinkets...

Dianne said...

I love to "put together" gifts... mismatched, but coordinating teapot and cups; vintage teacups and beaded teaballs (with tea of course); mugs and bookmarks; you get the idea... matches and candles... love it!

JaN's ArTy JouRneY said...

Fab gift idea -candle and altered match box.
Love your milking maid,I'm also in on Penny's swap (7 swans swimming!)
Jan x

ShabbyChicShaz said...

What a lovely idea for a gift, candles and decorated matchbox :) They are delightful

Healing Woman said...

Great gift idea for anyone who loves to light candles. They are just so soft and lovely-contrasts greatly from the hardness of the matches.

teresaS said...

I didn't realize you weren't supposed to mail matches..but it does make sense. I DID, however, receive an altered matchbox-complete with matches-in a swap a few years ago! I love your little boxes..I would mail them empty with intructions to fill them with matches...they aren't expensive to buy and they'd have refills!!

Joanna said...

I love your 8 Maids..... matchbox(es), really sweet. I'm in Penny's swap too (3 French Hens) - looks like it's going to be a good swap!!

Love the Christmas boxes too - matches or no!


Little Messy Missy said...

Very sweet!

rebecca said...

you are so right.
autumn startles us with gold light.
then it is a quick free fall into traditions and celebrations.
loving the work of your hands.

Jane said...

Lovely gift idea. I have a knitting project planned which I swore I wouldn't do, but here I am. Really glad I can't vote too.