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Tulips for Spring on an Vintage Cigar Box Keepsake

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Tea for Tulips cigar box keepsake

A sunny day was perfect for some product photography, and with the crocuses still blooming I could hardly resist the temptation. I’m looking forward to my tulips blooming in nearly this very spot.

This vintage cardboard cigar box is finished with a white and antique silver crackle glaze and antique silver trim with an image of my painting “Tea for Tulips” and is about 7.25″ x 6″ x 2″ high.

Tea for Tulips Keepsake, finish.

Tea for Tulips Keepsake, finish.

These cigar boxes are the old-style cardboard type, the ones we probably all grew up with around the house, holding photos and hardware and handkerchiefs. These boxes are in varying states of wear and tear, written on, watermarked, with holes from thumbtacks and dinged up corners and warped lids, but usable for brand new works of creative whatever. A few needed the paper hinges on the lids repaired and a few corners reconstructed.

As I decorated the boxes I left some of the text and art for vintage’s sake, especially that on the inside, often embossed and very decorative, and on the back, which often showed where the cigars originated and with original handwriting ensuring their inventory and authenticity.

I also incorporated some of the original exterior decoration and trim into my designs on a few boxes.

Tea for Tulips Keepsake, inside.

Tea for Tulips Keepsake, inside.

The artwork is printed on acid-free art paper and adhered to the top surface. The lids are a little warped but cover the contents, though they might flip open if the box is tipped so on this box I added a ribbon tab with velcro patches to hold it shut.


Special: Two Keepsake Boxes for $25.00

Maybe you want a gift or it’s hard to choose just one, this special discount applies all the time on all designs of keepsake boxes for $15.00, nature and cats: buy two keepsake boxes for $25.00, use the discount code 25FORTWOKEEPSAKES. You get a $5.00 discount when you buy two. All tax, shipping and handling are included in that price. Buy one for yourself and one for a friend!

To see the full gallery of all of the cigar box keepsakes with the name of each design. You can find them and others on my Keepsakes page in my Handmade Gift Gallery.

Just remember that the cigar boxes are unique, though I often use the same or similar artwork. But when each box is sold it’s gone and I may not be able to find a similar size box.

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