My plans for a houseful of creative and fun Halloween decorations went out the door when the water started pouring out from my baseboards. With baseboards ripped off, walls opened and hardwood floors buckling, the trick or treaters will be lucky to find a jack-o-lantern glowing at them from my front porch.
When I said I was going to start Christmas crafting in January .....
I was completely serious...
[You can call them 'Winter Crafts'
or 'Valentines Crafts'
if it makes you feel better....]
here's what I'm trying first....
I fell in love with these houses as a little girl.
My parents had a row of them (the old putz houses) they would put lights in at Christmas
and set up on Angel Hair snow on a shelf.
A few years ago I began picking up a few old ones here and there on ebay.
Being over 50 years old and made of cardboard, they were a little bedraggled,
sometimes in strange colors and missing windows.
Still, they were adorable.
About that time, I started seeing reproductions by Cody Foster and others - wonderful, glittering reproductions - and they weren't cheap. The thought came to me that I probably wouldn't be that hard to make them. How hard could making a little house from cardboard be?
[I may or may not have also fantasized about making gingerbread houses from cardboard - more permanent and less caloric]
wouldn't they be adorable?
Or maybe from that cinnamon applesauce dough that smells amazing....
just need something longer lasting than cookie dough...
but - back to subject...
I found I wasn't the only one loving the little houses and wanting to create them.
I found patterns, and tips and started collecting materials...
they looked complicated and time consuming, and while I don't mind taking time and exploring
I wasn't sure about which ones to try
and then wonder of wonders, I found Melissa Frances. Literally.
I went to the CHA show last week
and met this lovely lady
who has a company that makes these kits
in fact, these houses have all been made from her adorable kits:
aren't they adorable?
ready to assemble
ready to decorate
ready to embellish!
I think that I will still try using the online patterns I found, but in the meantime...