Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Future Houses

I am always looking for new ideas for houses. I keep thinking of different shapes, designs to do. Sara of Sara loves paperstuff suggested that I do a Scottish Tower house. I was not familiar with that house, but I googled it and it does seem that it will make a lovely house. She also suggested a crow's step gable. I had to google that as well. Yes, I very much want to do that, but it has some design issues I am trying to figure out.

Here is one of my favorite drawings by the illustrators, Maud and Miska Petersham, showing a famous house in Holland with the crow's step gable.  I can't seem to make the picture larger, but you get the idea. It's from Tales Told in Holland, a book we had when I was a child AND my brother recently found it at our house and gave to me.

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Still working on the Tudor house, it's not too far from being done. I think it looks really cool. I have another Amsterdam house in the works which is also almost completed. 

My plan is to continue to make houses throughout the year - whatever strikes my fancy. I also want to make some dioramas because I think that allows a lot of creativity as well.

Monday, December 28, 2015

Coppertop Clock House

I finished this house last week - the Coppertop Clock House. It's made from the template I custom ordered from Accucut. I added an extension on the front.

 

I am unsure about using the horse and buggy in front. I think I will make one in embossed gold and see how I like that. I am also going to add some kind of decoration on both sides of the "Merry Christmas". I haven't decided what yet.

I made the back open so you can slip in an LED tea light easily. I really like the little hinge on the door. That took some finagling to get it right. I think I will be using that some in the future. The down side is that it makes the bottom a little less strong if it is not continuous. I added some extra cardboard so the house would maintain it's square shape better.


Stay dry. We've had rain for days and it's kind of muggy and gloomy for December. It should return to more normal weather later this week. Take care of yourself. Lucy

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Amsterdam House - finished

I think this is one of my very favorite houses. I had fun making it and I love how it looks.


I made this house for a friend of mine who is a very kind therapist. I added the dove for that reason. The fence is based on some drawings I've seen by Maud and Miska Petersham who illustrated a book I remember from my childhood called "Tales Told in Holland". They often signify a brick wall by drawing a few random bricks scattered about. I really like the look so I copied it for the fence.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Amsterdam House

I'm now making a house based on house drawings from Amsterdam.

Here is my template and rough sketch.



And here are the main pieces cut out and painted. I painted it with this lovely Martha Stewart acrylic paint shade called "Surf". I mixed in sand to make the paint look like plaster and have more depth to it. I put a much thicker coat on the front piece partly because I had to cover up some mistakes.



More tomorrow or the next day.

Thank you for stopping by.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Steampunk Challenge House

One of my Halloween houses was done in a steampunk design - industrial looking with metallic locks and keys. When it sold several people were sorry that they didn't buy it when they had an opportunity. One of my coworkers specifically asked that I make her a Steampunk Christmas house.


I thought about the design for a long time. I decided to use foil covered cardboard for the base which I embossed with several designs - specifically gears and watch faces. Then I colored it with alcohol inks which adhere nicely to metal and used Tim Holtz ideology keyhole frames for most of the windows, gears on top of the chimney and the top windows.

I've been experimenting with making sisal bottlebrush trees so I thought I would frost them with metallic glitter - copper, in the case. I LOVE the trees. I think they are very different and look really good with this design.

I had a keyhole design left over from my steampunk house that I used to function as the pathway. The holly on the sides is to make it just a little more Christmasy. I found some gold glittered deer cutouts that frame the opening to the gold fence.





Happy Holidays! It goes by so fast, doesn't it? Let the people you love know that you love them.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Alright, now TWO houses are done.

I posted that the Blue house is done. I'm pretty happy with it. I think it looks good. There are a few mistakes, but overall it's a cute little house. I think someone will like it. I get happy when I walk by and see it on display. I hope the person that gets it will feel the same way.


Now the Green House is done. I like it as well. I always see mistakes when I look at the photos, but it is a nice little house. I mixed sand with the paint on the house to make it look like plaster. I really like that detail. I love the little pink bricks and the little pink fence as well. I made this sisal tree. I put it in a "pot" which is a small finial painted brown and turned upside down.







The next house I am making I am actually going to enter in an online challenge which I have never done before. I am excited about that. I hope to finish it in a day or two. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Finally, ONE Christmas House is Finished!


I finally finished one whole Christmas house. This is the one I call the Blue Printie. I'm pretty happy with it. The fence kind of looks like someone used it to deflect a snowball fight. It's also not exactly the green color I wanted and the yellow base is not quite the yellow I envisioned, but overall I like it. I'm happy with the tree I made. I glued a jingle bell on the top to give a little pop of color. 

Tomorrow I should have the green house finished. I'm waiting for the glitter to dry now so I can glue down the Christmas tree, then I'll take a picture of that house. The Christmas Candy Corn house is mostly waiting on making a base for it. I'm going to use a ribbon roll for that base.

Have a merry Christmas season. 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Christmas House Progress


The Christmas houses are coming along. I agonize over every single one. This one drives me crazy because the yellow in the base is too muddy and the green looked like a bright spring green when painted but now looks olive green with glitter on it. I will have to rely on Snow-tex to improve the color situation. As you can see in the photo above, the fence has just been glued on which explains the pins sticking out. 


Christmas candy corn house is looking good. I like these colors. They would have been hard to mess up. Not impossible to mess up, just kind of difficult to mess up standard Christmas red and green. 

Ok, the next house is tentatively called the Green Printie. It's made from the same pattern as the blue house. I drew the window frames and the door and a few bricks. The color on the roof was a little too deep, hence the large amount of Snow-tex.

I am hoping the green base will tone down a little when glittered. We'll see. The fence is going to be a pink that already looks very good after glittering.


Well, that is my current crop of houses. Thank you for reading. I hope you are having a creatively fulfilling Christmas season.