Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Another project I just started......

I found these little houses at H.L. several weeks ago for 1/2 price. I scooped them all up and just laid a brush to them last night. I have gessoed them and painted them cream color so far. Roofs have been painted or maybe washed is a better term. Glue and glitter has been applied to the roofs although it doesn't show much on these photos. I want to get some celephane for the windows because I plan to put some of those little flickering battery run votives inside. After adding a few bottle brush trees I am stumped! Any suggestions? Not sure what to do.....anyway, I plan to cover some twinkle lights with cotton batting on the mantle. Also, I plan to include a lot of cream colored candles. Maybe a swag too......will have to see! It takes me forever to get what I want.....anybody else have that problem?????? Hopefully next installment coming soon:)

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10 comments:

Joan said...

Is there anything better than little houses on the mantle? I got some on ebay and I am going to put them under a cloche (bell jar) so that little hands can see but not touch! They'll have lots of glitter snow and as many little additions as I can find--like a little mirror for a lake. (My grandmother used to put a winter scene on her coffee table every year. I remember it still.)

Laura said...

Is there anyway of incorporating vintage images on these? don't know, but it might be interesting. If anyone has the wherewithal to do it, you do.

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

Leave it to you to make something so cute and heartwarming! In France, at Christmas, we put up a Creche, a French village, of course the houses look mofe like huts. That is their nativity scene.
The little trees add an extra spark of sweetness!

One Crabapple said...

oh these are beautiful and lovely and sweet all at once....I am inspired to try some too.

And again I went to Borders after my appt today and NO LEGACY !

Everyone in the Northridge area wanted you too I guess !!!!

Love, S.

Linda in Houston said...

Are these the paper mache houses? A couple of years ago I collaged some photos on one of them of me from my childhood home, photos taken of other relatives in that house. Made shingles for the roof with words pertaining to the l950's, etc. I know that's not Christmasy....but it was theraputic. Glued a mapquest map on the bottom of the location. Made a little book for inside with things like the floorplan and memories. I have jpegs if you are ever interested. I love little houses.

lindaharre said...

Linda in Houston.......Yes, yes, yes.....I would love to see the pics. Please send them if you don't mind. Your project sounds wonderful!!!!! Since I have been making Book Boxes, it really interests me. Yes, those are the papier mache houses of Hobby Lobby I think......maybe Michael's. I am waiting with anticipation:) www.lindaharre2222@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

I have the same houses on my fireplace! I decoupaged vintage sheet music all over one, added shutters and windowboxes on another and used vellum sheets inside the windows. I also have vintage bottle brush wreathes and tree outside. All of the house were then given a roof full of "snow" (unrolled cotten balls) and showered with glitter. They were so much fun! I want to make another set with more color! HB also had tiny ornament houses - did you see those? Those I covered with silver glitter and then aged with vintage gold paint that Pam Garrison had mentioned on her blog. Please show your houses if you make any more changes!
Dawn
dawnpagano@yahoo.com

jennybd said...

Please post the pictures you get from Linda in Houston...my mom is selling our house that we lived in for 40 years and I'd love to make a present like this for her. I love reading your blog...your pictures are inspiring!

CindyB said...

Linda!!! I love these houses. My grandmother had the little cardboard ones from the 30's and 40's? I wish I had a Hobby Lobby in my state! I would love to make a Christmas village.

Linda in Houston said...

I added my paper mache house pictures to my Picture Trail Site. I really need to start using that. I'm glad I checked back here and saw there is an interest in my house!!! Here is a link:
http://www.picturetrail.com/linda32

Thank you! Linda in Houston