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Friday, December 21, 2012

A Little Old Tattered Box

Hello my dear friends,

today I am sharing a little creation with you that I made this last weekend. I had bought a little box full of older English stamps at a flea market last year and then it ended up in a far corner of a drawer of my crafting drawers until now. It is such neat little tattered old box. It was used many years ago to sent something to some one ~ I think lenses for eye glasses. It still has the original mailing address on it and stamp too. Normally I would have just put it back again and say to myself that I would use it another time but this time I decided to keep it out and think of something to do with it and that is exactly what I did.

As you know I love making match box creations and this box was just bigger than a match box and once I knew what I was going to use it for it was the perfect little box. One of the other main pieces that made this creation come together was found at a church sale buy my daughter Ashleigh and as soon as she showed it to me I knew I would want to use it in this creation ~ you will see what I mean.

So ... that all the talking for now. I have taken many pictures for you so you won't miss a thing.

And now this is  my little old box creation ...

 'Tis The Night Before Christmas'.

 As you can see I used all my favourite things like crystal glitter, miniature pine cones, snippets of vintage lace and tiny jingle bells.

I added the the vintage English stamp on the top of the box ...

... and the stamp on the side is the original Canadian stamp that was used so long ago.

I love all the original detail that this little box has.


 There he is ... Santa with his reindeer flying in the night skies!

The little Santa in his sleigh ...

... and his reindeer were the church sale finding I was telling you about earlier ~ they are actually lapel pins.

Another part of this creation is the little house which is one of my daughter Ashleigh's Monopoly houses she so kindly gave me. I covered it with old book pages and gave the roof a fresh fall of snow.

I am so happy with the outcome of this creation ...
  it truly is a little Christmas in a tattered old box.

I hope you have enjoyed my newest creation ~ I so love making it!
It would be nice for you to visit me sometime again ~ here at Todolwen.

I hope you are well and life is treating you kind my dear friends.

Have a peaceful and creative day,

Karen B.


  1. Dear Karen,

    This creation is wonderful, so magical, I love it. It was so fun to hear how it came together. I enjoy hearing how you make you creations. Blessed Christmas! Pam

  2. This is just beautiful! I love the wonder that comes with tiny things and this is a truly magical piece! I love the idea of covering a monopoly house with paper too. Have a wonderful Christmas.

  3. Oh Karen...
    I love your enchanting little box.
    So sweet to look at and fun to imagine the surprise and delight on the face of whoever happens to lift the lid.
    Wishing you a lovely and joyful Christmas.
    Take care, Laura

  4. How wonderful! Your talent is unending, magical, and beautiful. I so enjoy seeing your creations, it puts a smile in my Heart...Thank you and Merry Christmas.

  5. i want to live in your head and see all the wonders that reside there.

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas...

  6. Karen!! What I would give for even a portion of your imagination and talent! I love what you thought of and created! So so precious, can't wait to see more of your creations in the coming year!

  7. It's wonderful karen - a little magical world tucked up neatly and prettily - I love it!

  8. This is just to dear. What a sweet little world you created. Hmm so now I should look for old Monopoly games and use those little houses etc.
    You are so gifted, your imagination knows no bounds.

  9. i agree with the comments above! you made such a magical world! thanks for sharing.

  10. Hello Karen! Happy Holidays!
    It's a very pretty creation, though I'd love for you to share the details on how-to do such things in the future, for us readers. Thanks!

  11. Karen-- your little boxes are so special-- this one is both beautiful and amazing!! I'm totally smitten with these precious little creations--

  12. Magical creations.... A journey in my heart
    Happy Holidays


  13. Oh how cute is that altered box and heart! I am going to have to make a box like that for my studio! Where on earth did you find the little sleigh and reindeer? hope you have a wonderful Christmas and a happy new year! Hugs


  14. Hi Karen,
    This is the sweetest creation!
    enJOY a Merry Christmas,

  15. What a wonderful little Christmas box you made out of this. It is an heirloom for sure.



  16. I am thrilled to find your wonderful Blog!! I love what you have created with this little wonderful box!! A true Christmas heirloom!! I hope that you had a very Happy Christmas!!

  17. I just came across this.....thank-you so much for allowing me to purchase this rare little beauty....It is out on a silver little pedestal during the holidays and after that it sets on my desk on the same little pedestal under a glass cloche to protect it's beauty!