Bargain Hunter!!

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Sorry it has been a while since I have updated this site but so much has been happening since May! My twin sister and I were lucky enough to be chosen to take part in the BBC programme, ‘Bargain Hunt’ which was filmed in Greyabbey and Belfast over two days and will hopefully be shown later in the year.  This gave us the opportunity to meet the presenter and antique expert Tim Wonnacott who was very friendly and loved his box which I based around his home town and working life.

I’ll keep you informed when it will be shown on the telly!!

New birthday box!


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This was another fun box to do, lots of interests for the person it was made for!  Don’t forget if you would like to buy or commission a box just contact me via this page or at  – remember I can work to a budget and am always open to suggestions for new projects!!

Facebook page reaches 1,500 likes!!


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Check out my facebook page – we have a giveaway!

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We did it!! 1,500 likes to Denise’s Boxes!! Thanks so much for all your support over the past 4 years. Now I have two of my altered hearts to giveaway as a thanks you! One is mainly grey and red with a little glass bottle with ‘rescue me’ inside and the other is mainly green and has a more historical look with a real coin in the middle. Just like this post and comment ‘red’ or ‘green’ and your name will go in the draw which will take place TOMORROW NIGHT (Monday 20th April at 8.00 p.m. GMT) This is open to all countries so get commenting. Sharing is not necessary (but it would be nice!) As always, this has NOTHING to do with Facebook but is a giveaway to thank you for following my work.

Penny Farthing box


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This was a special birthday box which was a lot of fun to source.  The theme was money and vintage bikes, what a combination – just what I like, a challenge!  Thankfully it was enjoyed by the recipient.  IMG_1405 IMG_1406 IMG_1407 IMG_1408

10,000 hit GIVEAWAY!!!


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Sorry it has taken so long to post my latest giveaway!! I did say it would mark the 10,000 hit but I see we are way above that now!  So the box I am giving away is one of my favourites lots of colour, interest and can be added to with a special quote or name.  All you have to do is EITHER comment on this page, COMMENT on my Denise’s Boxes / Denise McDowell Art Facebook page between now and next Wednesday night – I will remind you again!! This is a world wide competition and I will pay the postage as a special thank you!   So you have NO excuse not to enter!!

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Nearly there!


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Heading to the next big milestone in ‘Denise’s Boxes’ – only 60 odd hits until I reach 10,000 – and when that happens there WILL be a giveaway!!

Planes, Trains and Automobiles


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The brief for this box was simple, lots of travel, passport, work but with a generous helping of family and DIY!  Lots of little in jokes and a secret scroll in the drawer!  I love to source all the elements that are needed and this in the end creates a one of a kind keepsake for a special person.

Butterfly Beauty


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Butterfly Box

Just to get us looking forward to Spring I thought I would share this pretty little box which celebrates it!  Please let me know where in the world you are and if you have any unusual ideas for box themes!

Blitz over Belfast


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I was very honoured to have one of my boxes displayed in the War Memorial Museum in Talbot Street, Belfast when they had an exhibition to mark the 70th anniversary of the Belfast Blitz when so much of the city was destroyed during WW2.  It is an amazing place and they told me the box, after the exhibition ended, would be taken to school visits where children could copy the idea.


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