Remember the $5,000.00 Victorian leather hatbox I coveted a month or so ago? Of course I can't afford to buy it, so I've decided to make my own. At the craft store I bought a plain cardboard hatbox (and a cute little suitcase, too), then headed for the fabric counter for some faux crocodile skin vinyl and other trim and accoutrements. I may have gone a teeny bit berserk in the haberdashery section, with braid and tape and studs and so on.... I'll post step-by-step updates as I complete each stage of the construction.