12 days... worth every second.
Not doable without my talented bride's help and utter control of all things creative. Not my
best work, but likely the best work I have ever made from a "sow's ear". (Boxes we started with were max $10.99 at the Lobby.) If I'm lucky, the grands will destroy them in short order, and I can replace them with scratch-built.
Front view, hard to see, but the box bottoms are lined with a full 1/8" of dense felt on a PSA backing. It ain't never coming off. Put it on with over-hang and hand trimmed it with my Olfa cutter. Did the best I could with the original hardware mounting and sanding to fit the tops snugly, while not binding the hinges... mostly successful. One hiccup.... I did 5 boxes. Somehow the "5th box" was used rather than remaining set aside.... so I am "dealing" with some issues like making the top stay open when I want it open without ripping out the slightly misaligned hinges less than 12 hours from departure.
All four boxes together in a set, perhaps for the last time. Renee did a super job with the water-slides. Pretty sure I am hiring her to design custom water-slides for my L1/L2 rocket. I sprayed these boxes with a gaZillion
layers of matte
That's my #1 Grandson's box there. He is such a pistol, and will likely be the first to understand anything about what these are, represent, etc.
The interiors to all of the box lids forever belong to Nonnie & Papaw. As we feel led, we will tape off and decoupage/poly a new message(s) to one or all. It may or may not always relate to being a good steward of the resources God gives us.
The first of what we sincerely hope will be a 72-round collection of 0.999 or better silver bullion. Ideally, they will speed things along by purchasing their own rounds, too. There'll always be an empty case available to fill just one more. Box interior bottoms also covered in 1/8" thick dense felt. Noise and shock reduction from heavy objects hitting horizontal surfaces.
Now, I'm off to wrap Miss Cora's 1st Birthday gift, pack, and get Stewie situated for neighbor-care.