Friday, July 14, 2017

Hip Roofed Square Farmhouse Finished with Landscaping

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The latest Halloween house is finished. It's the one with the hip roof and square sides that was inspired by A Vintage Journey's "All Squared Up". Each side is 3" x 3", each window is square, the pathway is made with squares and the fence posts are square. Oh, and the base is a square. Lots of squares.

I found some moss on the side of the road which kind of looks like tumbleweeds. I glued it down here and there.

This is the back of the house with the light hole open. I glued the fence posts in and let them dry for a day before I looped wire around the posts. The best wire I had was silver which needed to be distressed with dark brown and orange alcohol ink as well as some Prima Rust paste in brown and orange.

I made a red door just to give a little surprise color then I figured it was too bright so I toned it down with a little Black Soot distress ink. Better, I think. I made the square stepping stones out of a thick cardboard that one brand of kitty litter comes in. It has such a nice lumpy texture and looks like stone to me.

One of my online blogging buddies, Laney of Sugarplum Patchwork, asked me about what I use for the base of the siding. (Check out her work, she makes such beautiful putz houses.) At first I used the same cardboard that formed the structure of the houses. But lately I've been using 110# black card stock. It works really well with the crackle medium. The siding that is on this house consists of leftovers from a couple of previous houses. That's why there different degrees of crackles and colors. I think works for this abandoned house.

See the straw bundle on your left. I was trying to get the glue to dry with a heat tool so I could take photos and almost set the straw on fire. Sometimes you have to be patient and just let things dry on their own. You can't see the browned bottom edge from this view.

That's about it. I hope you enjoyed this little tour of the Hip Roofed Farmhouse. I'm going to share it with this month's A Vintage Journey challenge.

I have some ideas for the next house. I really have to get a move on because I think I only have 14-15 houses for the sale and I really want to have more than 20 completed. Fall will be here before you know it.

Thank you for stopping by.


  1. Looks great. Do you have a website where you sell your houses?.

    1. No, I am going to sell them at a gallery in my hometown during the month of October as a fundraiser for the local Habitat for Humanity.

  2. Hi Lucy. Thanks for the compliment and for answering my question. This house is wonderful! Your siding is so realistic looking and the different crackles add to the effect. I really love the "feel" of this house. I love that you used moss from the side of the road! That was a great landscaping solution and I'm glad the straw bundle didn't go up in flames! ;) Nice work, as usual.

  3. i love this house! It is one of my favorites so far! I really like the way you did the siding!

  4. So wonderful to see it completed with it's landscaping Lucy! The aged siding and wired fencing really create the abandoned house atmosphere! Thank you for joining us in the A Vintage Journey challenge - All Squared up! Julia xx

  5. Brilliantly squared up! I always love a clapboard house, and I always love a bit of decay, so this makes me very happy!
    Alison x

  6. Well, Lucy, you know how I love a good Halloween house, and this one's a beaut! Your haphazard siding is perfectly falling apart--just the way I like it! And that roof is incredible! I had a good laugh at the near fire...shouldn't laugh really--it's a bad thing, but it's more of a "I've been there, done that" kind of laugh. Awesome square house, Lucy and perfect for our All Squared Up challenge at A Vintage Journey! Hugs!

  7. I never tire of seeing your houses Lucy- this being no exception. Absolutely love it! I'd happily move in tomorrow. :) So creative and inspiring.

  8. Oh my gosh, this is fabulous Lucy, love the fabulous siding and air of mystery! Thanks so much for joining us at A Vintage Journey, Deb xo

  9. You definitely blew us away with this project and I'm so happy to see it as a winner! (There were comments from the team like, "I want to move in there - it's so cool!") LOL! Well done and thanks so much for playing with us this month. Hugs, Autumn