Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Birdhouses as Gifts - Mini Marvels for a Vintage Journey

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I had lots of birdhouses left over from the party so I decided to use some as gifts. These houses were made for a friend who could not come to the party because her car wouldn't work the first night and then her sister had a baby the second night. This friend has 3 (now 4) nieces so I made a birdhouse for each one.

This is one of my favorite birdhouses. I used some leftover metallic cardboard that I found in some Martha Stewart packaging. It is lovely cardboard. I cut it using a Tim Holtz die called Baroque which works beautifully as a house base. This birdhouse is for my friend who couldn't attend. Oh, the reason I made the girls birdhouses was because they had asked their aunt to make them a birdhouse when she came to the party.



The birdhouse below is made for one of the younger nieces.




And this one is for a younger niece as well. I think the girls are 8, 5, 2 years old and a newborn. 



I worry that this one below is too tacky, but maybe a young girl will like it. I still have affection for the ornaments that we had when I was a child - tacky or not.


I think this one is my favorite of this series of birdhouses. I love the fat little yellow bird, the yellow tree and the smaller bird with the red head on the roof. 



Here are all the girls' birdhouses together.


Many of the trees are from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology line, but I had to order some from Consumer Crafts online because I was afraid I would run out. I wrote a little bit about staining the trees in this post. The birdhouse is Eileen Hull's birdhouse die from Sizzix. The birds are from Factory Direct Crafts. I really love all the miniature birds. They were a big hit at the party. 

This month's challenge at A Vintage Journey is "Mini Marvels". I haven't shared anything with online challenges recently because I've been so busy prepping for the party. I think the little birdhouses count as mini at least because each birdhouse is 4 inches tall and 2 inches wide. The base is 5 inches at its widest so maybe I am stretching the challenge's definition of mini. Whether they are marvels is a different question, but I am going to share them anyway. 

Ya'll take care. Thank you for reading. 

Last set of Houses from the Little House Making Party

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I didn't take of a photo of every house though I meant to. This is the last set of house photos that I have. I hope you enjoy looking at them.

Another beautiful church. I was surprised at how different all the churches were. 


The same person did this church as well. I love the color scheme and how beautifully she did the snow. I can't apply Snow Tex nearly as nicely as this. 


I love the way she used a ribbon roll as the base. It almost looks like a carousel.
This snow was very well done also. It's a lovely setting for the little house.
Beautiful bird house in the snow. The chimney was not made to fit this house, but it does and it looks nice on the roof.
Another house in a snowy wonderland. 



Sunday, November 26, 2017

More Photos from the Little House Making Party

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Here are a few more photos from the Little House Making Party. These are from the second night of the party. I actually did a better job taking photos of all the houses on the second night so there are a lot of houses. I will probably divide them up in 2 posts.

One thing I noticed was that a number of people brought their best friends. I think 3 of my friends who brought their daughters brought along their best friend along which was really cool. It was fun to see the girls working on their houses in tandem. And even one of my co-workers brought her own best friend. I like that.

I ran out of pre-made bases so I bought some inexpensive gift boxes at the craft store and punched a hole in the top so an LED light could be placed underneath. This design is one of my own custom designs on one of those bases. The disadvantage to it was that people had to paint the house rather than cover it with paper. But they did a great job.


This is the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling house painted in purple and pink shades.


Another one of my house designs. I love the color scheme. I just discovered Martha Stewart glitter paint at Michael's recently. It's really fun to use. It's not thick glitter but it leaves a nice coating without the glitter mess.


Here is one of the Eileen Hull Birdhouses on a painted ribbon roll as the base. I love the fat little yellow bird.



This house is made from the Tim Holtz Village Brownstone die.


Ok, what is really unique about this house is that there is an over roof that flips up to reveal a "Merry Christmas" message. Very cool.


This house was made by one of the best friend duos. This child is very creative and very funny. I enjoyed working with her on her house.


This is the best friend's house. All the glue strings kind of tickle me because that's what I do as well when I use hot glue.


I love this house. Beautiful colors.



So I'll write another post with the last few houses from the party. And I'll also write a little bit about what I would do different next time with advice on hosting a crafting party.


Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Little House Making Party - A Success!

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Well, I hosted the Little House Making Party for the previous 2 nights and I think it was a success. Over 50 houses were made and people were very creative. The house that people chose to make the most often was the Tim Holtz Village Dwelling. I made 25 of that design and they were all used at the party.

Final touches to the trees on the house.


This person used a ribbon spool for the base.

These 2 houses were made by teenage best friends. The houses are cooling after coming out of a low heat oven where we gently dried the paint. 
Everyone is hard at work making their little houses.
I didn't glue the steeple on straight. It needs snow or something to even up the steeple. 








My friend's girls are proud of their creations. 
I laughed when someone asked how long it took me to make a house. I told them that generally it takes me a week to make a house and they said, "And you expect us to make one in an hour??"

These photos are from the first night of the party (I host it on 2 nights for my co-workers who work in the ER hoping that they can come on at least one of the nights). Since I had never hosted a house-making party before, I was kind of stressed, but the people who came were not. I think they had a good time.

More photos on the second night of the party tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Little House Making Party - More Prep and FAQ

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I'm starting to panic now, even though things are probably under control. This is normal behavior for me before a party. I have these delusional grand ideas that get me sidetracked and then I have trouble doing what is important. I guess that is normal HUMAN behavior, not just specific to me.

Anyway, here is a photo of some trees that my friends, Kathy and Constance, dyed for me. Aren't they beautiful? Most of the colors are Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stains. They are so vibrant. I love them. My favorite colors are Twisted Citron (the lighter green in the background), Peacock Feathers (way in the background), Festive Berries (the beautiful red on the left side) and surprisingly, Mustard Seed. I didn't expect to like the yellow color, but I do. I think the regular green and purple are colors I made from Rit dye I got at the grocery store. Not sure what spray was used for the pink trees.


Here is the Frequently Asked Question section for my friends who are coming to the party.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Where is this party? The Little House Making Party is at Lucy’s house. The address is on the bulletin board at work.

What time is the party? It’s from 5 pm to 9 pm on Sunday, November 19th and Monday, November 20th at the same time. I host the party on 2 days because I work in the ER and I’d like my co-workers to be able to attend on one of the days they are off. 

What about kids? It’s a party for crafting, but that doesn’t mean that kids can’t attend. Some kids will do great making houses. I just think it’s difficult to do small, somewhat detailed crafts with scissors and cutting instruments and hot glue if you are trying to keep your eye on a small child. You decide what works best for you and your kids. There will be at least one pediatrician at the party.

What about food? I will make the 3 things I know how to cook well - Homemade bread, Pasta salad, and Chocolate Chip cookies. So here’s the menu:
Homemade bread and cheese plate
Fruit and vegetable plate with crackers, chips and dips
Pasta salad
Chocolate Cookies with pecans
Soft drinks, wine, beer

What should I bring? You don’t really have to bring anything. If you have a special appetizer that you like to bring to parties, you are most welcome to bring that, but I think I will have enough food here. Also, I have all the crafting items needed to make a really cute house. 

Are there any specific RULES about making the houses? Why yes, there are a few rules: 
Pick one house and finish it before starting another.
Try to share embellishments like 1 big tree or 2-3 small trees or 1 Santa or Snowman or 1-2 birds so everyone can decorate their houses. 
Keep the paintbrushes in water so they don’t dry out and close paints so they don’t dry out.
Put things back so people can find tools and supplies.
Have a good time making the little house.

Will I have time to finish a little house? The houses and bases are pre-made so you should be able to finish in about an hour. You really can't glitter the houses in that short a period of time so if you want to add lots of glitter to your little house, you will have to do it at your home. The fluffy paint called Snowtex also takes awhile to dry, but since it is used more sparingly as the last detail, it will work ok if you can carry it to your house while it is a little wet.

What about all those cats you have? Well, I don’t really have that many cats any more. There will be 3 locked up in a back bedroom hiding from the noise (Sunshine, Baby Girl Blue and Betty Boop). Daisy and Bill Bill (not a typo, his name is Bill Bill) mainly stay outside. I vacuum like crazy to get rid of hairballs, but if you have a cat allergy I would recommend an antihistamine before you come over. 

Are you ever going to finish the renovation on your bathrooms and kitchen? Yes, at this pace both bathrooms and the kitchen will be finished in about 3 years. Right now they are a little dated, to put it mildly.


Any more questions? You can leave a question here or call or text me. 

I look forward to seeing you at the party!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Little House Making Party Update

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Finished the sample house poster for display at the party. I made 3 houses different ways - one coated with paper, one painted and one finished like gingerbread. I also made a little sample bag of windows and other embellishments to go around the house. 

Today friends are over helping me with priming the houses and staining Christmas trees. I realize now that I need more little tiny trees. 






Here are the instructions that I will post at the party, some of them are on the poster. I am going to put the poster on the first table where people pick out the pre-made house. I used Jingle Brads to adhere everything on the poster so I can use it later for another project.

1. Paint house first, let dry. Or you can cover the Village Dwelling, (little square house), the birdhouse, and the Village Brownstone (looks a bit like a church) with scrapbook paper cut to size. 

2. Decorate with windows, doors, garlands, or other embellishments that actually go on the house - felt snow, chimneys, wreaths, or the paper porch.

3. Pick out the type base you want to use. Thick cardboard bases are for houses where you want a small LED light to fit in the bottom of the house (not for birdhouses). Thin bases work if you want the house to fit on in a small place or hang on the tree. They also are for the birdhouses.

4. The two options for bases are paint or cover your base with scrapbook paper. Cut the paper to size, glue on with Mod Podge. 

5. Glue the house to the base with the hot glue gun so it will adhere faster. 

6. Decorate the base with fences, fence posts, figures like the Santa or Snowman, ribbon around the edges, add trees if you want. 


Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Little House Making Party Progress

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I've been working hard on getting ready for the party where we make little cardboard Christmas houses.

It is a challenge for me for several reasons:

  1. My house is a crafty mess.
  2. I am a nervous hostess. 
  3. I am worried I haven't pre-made enough houses.
  4. I have to cook things for other people. 
  5. AND I have to cook food with carbs in them which I have been avoiding. In other words, I have to cook stuff that I don't need to eat. Fortunately, the only thing I have been craving is the no knead bread. 
Here are the pre-made houses - that's 24 Village Dwellings, 18 Village Brownstones, 26 Sizzix birdhouses, 18 Gable houses (my design - they need the roofs glued on). The cardboard in this photo is to make bases.


I made a sample house for a poster on what the decor options are. The whole poster is not finished yet, but you'll get the idea. I'll post the completed house poster when done - tomorrow probably.


I didn't want to waste a house by gluing it on the poster board, so I made a little bracket and clipped it on with some Tim Holtz little clips. The color scheme is the one recommended by my friend, Lynn in Montana. This color scheme works better on Christmas houses as opposed to Halloween houses.






These are some of the things I am going to put on the poster so people can visualize what is available to go on their houses. Sample roofs, wreaths, trees, cardboard vs. wood porch base, straw for columns, pipe cleaners, etc. I'm going to use clips and jingle brads to adhere these as well so I can use them later.