“Possessing a creative mind, after all, is something like having a border collie for a pet: It needs to work, or else it will cause you an outrageous amount of trouble. Give your mind a job to do, or else it will find a job to do, and you might not like the job it invents (eating the couch, digging a hole through the living room floor, biting the mailman, etc.). It has taken me years to learn this, but it does seem to be the case that if I am not actively creating “something, then I am probably actively destroying something (myself, a relationship, or my own peace of mind).”

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

While it is never my goal to hawk or promote cigar boxes or smoking (don’t start, kids), I want people to be able to see the beautiful detail of this box before I did a thing to it. It’s a larger box and those “ribs” on the front and back give the box the look of an old suitcase. So I “took it on the road” in my imagination and envisioned something organic and tropical. I cut out pieces from my huge remnant of grasscloth wallpaper to put in those front and back panels and used my beeswax paints to color it to the lovely shade of peridot green you see in the photos. Then, a World Market paper on the sides of the box and a green textured paper that looks like reptile skin to frame the grasscloth. I couldn’t be done though. I needed to add some rhinestone sparkles in those “frames” on the front and back. Gold stitched fabric appliques fit perfectly on those “ribs”.

Inside, you may recognize butterflies from the Art Deco artist Emile-Allain Séguy, whose beautiful Pochoir patterns adorned clothing, fabric, wallpaper and other surfaces in the 1920s.

The vintage wooden handle looks almost like olive wood to me, with it’s riotous grain and burnished warm color.



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