Significance of the Name

My Blog’s name is a tribute to my Dad & my Husband. My Dad because he used to sing the song to me, "How 'd You Like to Swing on a Star?" It's about reaching for your dreams, you can stay where you are & be safe OR YOU CAN SWING ON STAR. Stars also refer to a difficult night just after my husband died. I was talking to him (I often do.) & said how I missed his "I Love You's". That night he gave me a dream... a gorgeous, bright blue night sky filled with thousands of stars, in the middle the stars formed an "I LOVE YOU"....such a gift on so many levels.

So "follow your own path, & don't worry about the darkness, for that is when the stars shine brightest”

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Vintage Keepsake Boxes

I HAVE TO SAY I GOT THE INSPIRATION for this from Pinterest. 
I remembered I had some old matchboxes I could use...somewhere!?? 
Spent about a half hour trying to find them!!!!!
Someday I may get organized, yeah right!

 I can't tell you how much fun I had making these!

 I think I needed a break from painting and drawing and this did the trick!

These are Keepsake Boxes I designed from the old matchboxes my husband and I had collected from visits of Europe, New York and elsewhere....even special nights (those are still being hoarded. So I guess these are Keepsake boxes made from Keeksakes. 
I had fun adding vintage sheet music, lace and jewelry.
So many fun decisions....

 They will be great for saving treasured momentos or keepsakes. 

You could use these for things like.....

A keepsake place for your parents or mother's wedding bands, 
A keepsake for a lock of hair maybe from a first haircut or from someone you love (so romantic)
A keepsake for a First tooth after the "Tooth Fairy" retrieves it...
A place for a treasured piece for a jewelry like a locket...
A Gift box for a gift and that becomes 2 gifts in one..
A Favor to hold something simple and fun.
Add a ribbon and hang them from a tree....
Display them.

Each side of the matchbox exterior is covered with vintage sheet music and vintage lace.

Here are the top side of the three I did for my Etsy site HERE

The other sides......

Inside "Drawer".....

It was so fun and refreshing to break away from doing my regular artwork, especially when you are feeling uncreative. Hope you enjoyed the post. 

They are for sale on my Etsy site:

Happy Inspirations, Shari!

Please enjoy these LINKS for of More Inspirations:


  1. I just love these Shari! Beautiful lace, and vintage rhinestones and sheet music - all of my favorites! Each detail is lovely.

  2. I just found your delightful blog and added it to my favorites. LOVE your matchboxes! I love all things lace and vintage, too. I hope you'll stop by my blog and visit for a minute.

  3. These are really beautiful! I created a whole bunch of these last year, not elegant like yours, but more of a retro funky feel, some with old ads, classic cartoon characters and some with paper and embellishments. It's amazing how many ways you can decorate such tiny little things, isn't it? And so fun. I'll try and post mine sometime later this weekend. I hope you'll stop by and say hello!

  4. These little boxes have lovely detail work. They are real treasures.

  5. So pretty! I just something simliar in a magazine and thought about making them, and now I've come across yours too...must be a sign. Must put it on my 'to make' list. Would love to have you pop by Etcetorize to share with more people ( Hope to see you there~

  6. Oh wow, I am so inspired! I have been hoarding old doilies and flea market vintage jewelry in hopes of finding something great to do with all of it and now I can get busy!
    Following now! Stop by and see me sometime.
    Amber @junkaholicsunanimous

  7. Very sweet little boxes! This is the 2nd transformation I've seen with matchboxes today... I'm inspired!


  8. Darling matchboxes. Very Victorian. looks like it was fun to make, too. Have a great weekend. Linda

  9. Just saw your matchboxes. So cute! Would love for you to share on Simple & Sweet Fridays. So creative... New Follower.


  10. These are just beautiful!!!

    Thanks for sharing them!

    @ Creatively Living

  11. These are so lovely, and if you ever want to get in on Vintage matchbox swapping visit my blog and I will tell you how. I am your newest follower.

  12. Beautiful matchboxes! Thanks so much for sharing this post on Simple & Sweet Fridays.


  13. Hi Shari, these are so pretty, they really ARE keepsakes! I'll be featuring this post tomorrow on VIF, thanks so much for linking up to the party!