Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Icicle Gift Box

My lovely friend Lynn has been busy creating collage sheets for Christmas - you can find them in her etsy shop here. I decided to decorate an icicle gift box using some of them.... below you can see it spread out. I used Distress Ink pads for the background and a PaperArtsy stamp. If you'd like the template for the box its here......I'm going to add side flaps next time I make one.
Lynn has created some fabulous tags and gift cards; I recommend you go and see them on her blog (and don't forget to check out her etsy shop too).
I'm in the middle of making some other things using her collage sheets......more tomorrow.

I spent the weekend in Knaresborough with my husband; we were visiting friends who have recently bought a cottage there. It's a really beautiful town with an old railway viaduct over the river. This is the photo I took from the castle.......click on the pictures.

Here's our hotel (right next to the railway station).

We walked quite a few miles with our friends and saw this tiny chapel cut into the side of a rock in 1408. See a better photo here on Wikipedia.

All around the town there are Trompe l'Oeil paintings in false windows....these are on Blind Jack's tavern.

Finally.....a gorgeous bric-a-brac shop with Green Man plaques and gargoyles outside. (You can see the price if you click.)

Our last few hours there were spent watching a wonderful Remembrance Parade go through the town and as we walked back to our hotel we could hear everyone singing 'I Vow To Thee My Country' in the castle grounds. If you'd like to read the rather poignant words, they are here.....


La Dolce Vita said...

what a charming post Linda and the town is so quaint. sounds like you had a lovely getaway!

Heather said...

I had no idea that Knaresborough was so picturesque - what a lovely place to visit. Love the JUNCtion shop and all it's goodies.

Heather said...

I forgot to say how much I like your Icicle gift box - what a great idea and a super design.

Donna said...

I absolutely love the picture of Knaresborough! It seems like a quaint and cozy town.

The icicle box is quite lovely too! I really like the colors. D~~~~

~*~Magpie's Nest said...

ooo lovely post Linda
you've created something really special with Lynn's great images!
Your getaway is WOW, so charming and delightful!
What a fine array of Green Men!
The lyrics are very moving ... sniff sniff!
My list of dream spots to visit in the UK keeps growing thanks to you ;)

Jacky said...

What a beautiful town Knaresborough is...so picturesque. It looks like you had a lovely weekend away with your husband and friends.
Your icicle boxes are very sweet!

Jacky xox

Rein said...

Beautiful gift box Linda!

Micki said...

I just stumbled across your lovely blog today and i'm so glad I did you have some beautiful crafted items.

Micki x

Lynn said...

Hello dahling..... your icicle boxes are just wonderful, thank you for using the collage images:) I have never tried one of these, did you make your own template?
Thanks for sharing the photos of your trip up to North Yorkshire, it is a beautiful, beautiful town, I am glad you had a nice weekend away :)

Sandy said...

Oh wow Linda this is really fabulous. So wonderful idea and design. I love them.

Shashi Nayagam said...

Oh the icicle gift box is beautiful!! Love the photos of Knarsborough it almost looks like a toy town from that height.

Judy S. said...

You are so clever! Looks like a really fun town to visit; thanks for sharing the photos.

laurel said...

Lovely icicle box! That looks like a wonderful village you visited. Maybe one day I will make it back to the UK and get to check it out. Just love places like that.

LazyKay said...

I'VE BEEN missing visiting blogland for a while. What great potos - 'specially the green man - he's one of my favourites.

Love the icicle.


PBsArtStudio said...

Hi, I found your blog today and it's beautiful, love the pictures, they seem fairytale like. And I love our Icicle box!

Viola said...

Lovely box, Linda! And wonderful images!!

Cat said...

Wonderful icicle box!!

And these photos are just amazing... want awesome scenery and buildings!!!

Chriss Rollins said...




Lay Hoon aka mescrap said...

Such lovely post !!
The icicle box is wonderful !

maggi said...

Love your icicle box and great photos of Knaresborough.

The Joy of Nesting said...


Your Icecycle box is so very beautiful and festive!!! Perfect for gifts!!

What a wonderful village your friends have moved to!!! The chapel is amazing!!! In a number of old mining villages there are still old churches that were built in the early 1600s after the Spanish priest got here. Many are still in use today. Is this little chapel being used for worship services now???

Now that we are back from the States I'm trying to get caught up on all my Bloglandian sister's postings. You have been a very busy girl I think. I envy your felting skills. I told myself I was not to buy the supplies I would need to learn to felt while we were in the States. There is nothing here that I can use as replacements and I hate to learn a new craft and then not be able to find the things I need to do it!:(

Pattie ;)
Mazatlan Mx.

Terri said...

I have been creating with that same image from Lynn! Isn't it fab!
I love your icicle ornament and am going to give it a try with a Marie Antoinette image.
Thank you so much for sharing your template!

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