Saturday, 6 April 2019


WHY NOT REOPEN "THE GIFT BOX" as a fundraising idea for St Pauls Stafford UC?

New ideas are being added regularly.

You are invited to scroll through the old posts on this blog - many of the items have been sold,  but may be repeated on request.

A recent addition has been Recycled Wooden beads covered with JAPANESE WASHI PAPER and strung as PENDANTS or adjustable NECKLACES.  View these on the previous blog.

Orders will also be taken for MINIATURE SUCULENT GARDENS or KOKEDAMAS.

Maybe you may like to add your craft creations to the list of GIFT IDEAS.

Washi Paper covered Beads

Recycled Wooden Beads covered with WASHI PAPER

These wooden beads have been recycled from a Bead Curtain, then covered with Japanese Washi Paper.  Each bead has been sealed with 4 coats of Lacquer before threading as a hanging pendant or adjustable length necklace.  They are priced according to number of beads used $6 - $15.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Mother of Pearl Pendants

Mother of Pearl Pendants

Here are the latest items added to the Gift Box.  These pendants are threaded on a string of small beads, but may be removed to put on your own chain.  Miniature tiles on pendant on right are made of fragments of painted egg shell.

As well as items listed on the blog there is a much wider range of ROLLED PAPER BEADS available for inspection on request.

Pic. 1 - Selection of range of Rolled Paper Beads ($15 or $20 with earrings)
Pic. 2 - Pearl shell pendants ($10)

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Decoupaged Soaps

Decoupaged Soaps

"Gifts made with LOVE in the HOPE that they give JOY to others"

The images on these soaps have been buried under 6 coats of water based lacquer and are made to be used.  The image will remain until the soap wears down to it.

Ring Barbara or email for information about any of the other items in the Gift Box, or if you would like to contribute hand made items to stock.

Contributions to the Gift Box remain the property of the donor who may withdraw them at any time.

Please invite your friends to view the blog and contact Barbara to view items.

Pic. 1 - Samples of decoupaged soaps. ( Price $5 each)

Friday, 5 February 2016

Cinderella Boxes

Cinderella Boxes

These small gift boxes are so called because they resemble a pumpkin.  Surprise people when you mention that they are made by recycling a Coke bottle - either 2 litre or 1.25 litre -  BUT if must be a Coke bottle, either similar containers will just NOT work.

They are decorated by "painting" on torn sections of the top layer of a patterned serviette.  Decorative stickers may be added before lacquering with water based lacquer.

Pic. 1 - Large Cinderella boxes ($7 each)
Pic. 2 - Small Cinderella boxes ($5 each)

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Crocheted Treasures

Crocheted Necklaces (alternate use - Trims for garments)

Items "From our Giftbox" are made with Love in the Hope that they bring Joy to the recipients."

Delving into thread archives resulted in these necklaces with a difference.  The heritage  thread used in the antique square motifs was inherited from "Grandma's treasures", and the cream silken thread is from just  one generation back.  The pink and purple are from a more recent hoard.

Pic. 1 - Cream crocheted beaded floral necklace ($15); Antique white square motif necklace ($15)
Pic. 2 - Crochet cotton (pink and purple) floral necklaces (each $10)

Monday, 1 February 2016

Terracotta Pots +

Terracotta Pots

Added to the Gift Box have been several items, the first of which are Decorated terracotta pots.  These pots are unglazed so are only suitable for DRY USE, or plants that require very little water.  However if potting medium is secured in plastic the plant may be watered by spraying sparingly.

As well 2 Under Glass decoupaged plates with LENTEN DESIGNS have been added.

Pic. 1 - Terracotta pots ($10 each or $12 if planted with a cutting
Pic. 2 -  Lenten plate ($15) (SOLD)
Pic. 3 -  Lenten plate ($15)