Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Need a box?

Make one!

I have these little gifts for my friends,
even though we aren't exchanging this year
(the economy has hit so hard we aren't exchanging!
But it's Christmas!!)
I bought these months ago before we agreed no presents,so they are getting them anyway.

These beautiful little spiders are made by my friend Cassandra.
Cassandra has Chiari and had surgery this past year to fix her head..

In case you are wondering what Chiari is check out THIS link 

The story of the Christmas Spider goes like this...

 A long time ago in Germany, a mother was busily cleaning for Christmas.
 The spiders fled upstairs to the attic, to escape the broom.

When the house became quiet the spiders slowly crept downstairs for a peek. Oh what a beautiful tree!

In their excitement they scurried up the trunk and out along each branch. 
They were filled with happiness as they climbed amongst the glittering beauty.

But alas! By the time they were through climbing, the tree was completely shrouded in their dusty grey spider web.

When Santa Claus came with the gifts for the children, and saw the tree covered with spider webs, he smiled as he saw how happy the spiders were, but knew how heartbroken the mother would be if she saw the tree covered with the dusty webs. So he turned the webs to silver and gold.

The tree sparkled and shimmered and was even more beautiful than before!
That's why we have tinsel on our tree, and every tree should have a Christmas Spider in its branches. 

Here are the boxes I made to hold them,and how convenient..it fits this weeks challenge on CC.
From by belle:

On your project (LO, card, altered item, home decor, etc) combine ribbon with an embellishment like a brad, buckle, charm, sticker, bling, etc. Feel free to get wild! :)

 I used Authentiques~Festive Collection
After a little trial and error I got them to work...

Leave me a comment here or on my post on facebook and I will pick one lucky person to win a spider of their own.
Have a great day!



  1. I love these!! Oh I should make one of these for my sister! She's absolutely terrified of spiders!

  2. Great projects~~! Love those spiders!!

    My DS has Chiari; he was diagnosed with that at 3 yrs, and had 2 operations already. Scary!----I hope your friend is going to be alright

  3. What a great story to go along with those beautiful handmade spiders Chris....these are great!

  4. Super cute! Those spiders are neat...I wonder if the legs are the only solid bead part or if it is all beading. Either way, very pretty! Love the boxes, too. Can't tell if that's the lovely celery ribbon or just the buckle, but it goes so well with the box! =D

    1. It all beads and you can lay it flat,bending the legs back into shape each year!

  5. I LOVE the Christmas Spider! And I've never heard that one before. I must have a few to give as gifts!

  6. Chris! Great custom boxes!! and those spiders are so darn cute!

  7. What a wonderful story and the spiders are gorgeous! Love your boxes too.

  8. I've never heard that story before! Okay, now I love the Christmas spiders :)

    And they would go nicely with our Christmas pickle :)

  9. What a great story! Thanks for a chance to win.

  10. Great story, my great niece has had surgery for a Chiari Malformation. Love that your friend made them.

  11. The spiders are really cute! What a sweet gift. The boxes are GREAT! I love a nice, pretty gift box! :) I think I even spy some of that awesome celery ribbon...and a ribbon slide, too! :) Nice work! :)

  12. Those are beautiful spiders and I love the poem

  13. I love the story behind the Christmas Spiders, and the Spiders themselves! Great job on making the boxes, they are going to be hard to give away, I would think! It would be great to have a tut. to learn how to make them (Spiders!) :)

  14. I love the story of the spider!! They are so cute!! Love love your boxes!!

  15. Great story and the spiders are very prettty !!

  16. Chris: These are really pretty, I would love to have one for my tree! I also really enjoyed reading this story, I had never heard this before. Thanks for sharing this with all of us!

  17. I hadn't heard this story before either!!! Thanks for sharing your talent and sweetness with us on a daily basis. :)

  18. Aww, love that story, and the spiders are way too pretty! :-)

  19. I never heard of that story or Chiari. Thanks for sharing! Great boxes!

  20. What beautiful spiders and boxes! Thanks for sharing and the chance to win!

  21. Beautiful spiders! Wow! I love your boxes! I need a tutorial on how to make boxes! They're lovely!

  22. Well well well!!! What great publicity for my spiders :) Fantastic!!! If anyone is interested in the spiders, find me on FB - Cassandra's Crafts (Cassandra Elvish). Thanks so much Chris for all the support and awareness!!!