Clara Bow inspired work!

I watched a fantastic documentary about the silent movie star Clara Bow on BBC iPlayer the other day and then I noticed how many times I use similar types of ladies in my boxes! Just something special about them, don’t you think? They just have ‘IT’!



Belfast Culture Night


Can’t quite believe it is five years since one of my boxes was added to the collection in the Belfast War Memorial Museum.  It was to mark the 70th anniversary of the Belfast Blitz (now 75 years ago).  You can see it in the foreground of this picture and it was to be used to take to school talks to show some items which were relevant to children in WW2 for example a little suitcase with identity tag used by evacuees.  I was very honoured to have this chance to remember those affected by WW2 in my home town.

I revisited the Museum during Belfast’s Heritage night in September and it was lovely to see some Lindy Hop dancing and a singalong to ‘Songs from the Air Raid Shelter’.  An amazing place.  I do have a ‘thing’ about WW2 and my favourite books are by Nella Last who was the lady who wrote the diaries called ‘Housewife, 49’ which Victoria Wood turned into a fantastic tv drama.

New Year Giveaway!!

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NEW YEAR GIVEAWAY! To say thank you for all your support last year I am giving away a box, but this time YOU get to choose the one you’d like! In the picture below there are three assembled boxes. To be in with a chance just comment top, middle or bottom and if you’re the winner you get to own that box! This is open for until 8pm on Sunday 3rd January (GMT) and I will post worldwide! Please like this post and share if you want to but not required.

Ready, steady, Go!

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!!

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

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

We have a winner!

Congrats to Sherry Ramirez from USA who won our recent 10,000 hit giveaway – her box is winging it’s way across the Atlantic as we speak!


10,000 hit GIVEAWAY!!!

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!



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.