Sunday, November 29, 2015

Mess on my Desk

Please join me on my new blog - where this project is included with more already added. Thank you. I hope to see you there.

No elf on the shelf for me - only a mess on my desk. I am trying to get some Christmas houses done. I am also trying to be more colorful. Halloween houses are a little easier for me because the color palette is pretty limited - gray, black, some purple, a little orange and if your house isn't straight you can just pretend it's decrepit and falling down and supposed to be that way.

Here is a little progress note.

Below is the blue "printie" house. It is based on illustrations in a children's book. Anyway, that is what it is supposed to look like.  "Printie" cardboard houses were primarily made in the late 1920s to 1930 in Japan. They are so named because the of the lithographed brick sides or lithographed stone masonry doors and windows. I based these on some houses I found in Pete Oehmen's book on Putz Christmas House Collector's Guides. (His guide is actually many guides describing these vintage glitter putz houses from Japan.)

I'm planning a red fence for this house.

The green house below is similar but I decided a clock would be good. And I tried to be even more bold with my colors. The roof is magenta - a color that I am not really familiar with (an extra-spectral color, meaning it is not naturally occurring on the light spectrum; a color made of mostly red pigment with a little blue in it). It looks better in person, but it mostly looked better before I glittered it. The glitter makes it look a little muddy. I guess I am going to have it SNOW heavily on this little house. I'm thinking a pink fence with a white glittered path to the door.

I'll post more photos when I get more done.

Thank you for stopping by.


  1. I'm glad to see you are busy on Christmas houses. I look forward to seeing more of your creations!

  2. I'm not going very fast on these houses. You know how the month of December is. I'm only making a few for the people who ask me about the houses and really, really want one. I hope you guys are doing well. Thank you for checking up on me.