|Posted on December 23, 2015 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
A quick trip to my local church charity shop to find some inspiration and a few last minute ornaments instead scored me a bag full of copper wire scouring pads. Wow, what a find - but once I got home I realized that I had nothing I could use these to clean - all my pots and pans require gentle hand washing and I couldn't possible use them to clean my Pyrex glass baking and serving dishes. So, of course, I made a wreath. While watching my favourite Scrooge DVD, I unravelled some of the pads - not as simple as I thought but I persevered and had a bundle of copper wire ready for wreath making. Did you know that these are actually knitted together?
I wish all a Happy Christmas and an amazing and eco-friendly New Year.
|Posted on December 3, 2015 at 5:00 PM||comments (0)|
It seems quite a few of you have a bit of Bob the builder in you as I've had requests for more Christmas houses. You just can't seem to get enough of these sweet holiday decorations and, I admit, they do look nice when a few are grouped together. There are tons of Christmas putz house templates out there - the drawback to a lot of them is that you need to decorate these and who has time? But there are many that you can simply print out, glue on to your recycled cardboard and voilà - your're done. Note that a few of those listed below are actually meant as gift boxes but would easily work as little house decorations.
These were designed by Gabrielle Blair, the talent behind Design Mom as gift boxes. And, okay, these do require a bit of a paint job, but, hey, the template comes with a cute little wreath for the front door! Click here for template and instructions.
Yup, more gift boxes which again look just like little putz houses. These are from Design is Yay! and come ready to use once assembled. Wita, the site's owner offers loads of free printables for all occasions. She's even got Christmas tree templates that you can print out and make to go with her little houses.
Get the info for these houses here.
Upmarket Parisien Dwelling
This one from a French website Sanglota is a bit more upscale but ooh, la, la. It's easy to cut out and assemble because it's a simple rectangle form you can paste on a box - would make a nice gift wrap as well. There are loads of other free printables at this site - Alice and JB are the creative team that make up Sanglota!
Check out these Parisien beauties here.
Two-Stories Plus Attic
If you like your houses a bit bigger, the template for this one can be downloaded from Lutz Kaspers Papiermodelle. It's a German site but you won't need to read any instructions as the template is fairly clear about how to assemble this model. You'll have to scroll way down to find it but it's worth it! There are a few other models (a ship) that would be fun to make if you are so inclined. This little building would make a great dollhouse if you increase the size of the template.
Click here for the house template.
Non-edible Gingerbread House
None of the above have much to do with recycling unless you glue the printouts to any cardboard you have in your recycling bin. However, this one from the delightful blog, The House that Lars Built, is made using cardboard boxes - you know you've got some. Brittany Watson Jepsen, the blog owner, explains how you can turn any plain old cardboard box into a cute little gingerbread house. Lots of good photos to follow. She also has info there where you can get free coupons for something but I didn't read it all. You do have to decorate this one but you only have to have a chalkboard or felt pen to do it.
This is a great site and you may spend some time there. By the way, you can get free boxes (if you don't have your own) from any store. I got three today from a local gift shop.
Click here for Brittany's instructions.
TIP: Most of these houses print out on letter sized paper: i.e., 8 1/2" x 11". A nice size for an ornament - however, if you want a bigger model, increase the print or copy size to 140 percent to print out on 11" x 17" paper.
|Posted on December 2, 2015 at 9:20 AM||comments (0)|
What's Christmas without a fireplace for Santa to come down? Well, I never had one in any of the apartments or houses I've lived in and my studio home is no exception. But, do I worry, do I fret? No--I improvise.
For years, I hauled a small cherry wood and pine mantel around and put it up wherever I happened to be. Now that, too, is gone but I still have an old wrought iron fireplace grate that I bought at the Sally Ann years ago for 5 bucks. It weighs a ton (well, it felt like it) and I had to haul it home on the bus. For some reason I got the funniest looks. Anyway, most of the time now it's a place to store my magazines and maps, but it comes into its own at Christmas when I fill it with strings of Christmas lights. I include those flickering ones as well so that it gives the impression of a fire glowing. With the lights out and a Christmas movie on the screen, it almost feels like the real thing.
No antique fire grate? No problem, use an old tin washtub or a large basket. Or you can stuff a dozen or so large jam jars with battery-powered lights (LED, please!) and group them on a low table (a board over a couple of bricks works, too). Hang a wreath above it and you may even fool ol' Santa. If you're clever with carpentry, you can put up a floating mantel shelf above your 'fireplace' to add to the mystique.
|Posted on November 11, 2015 at 10:20 AM||comments (0)|
What is it about those little Christmas putz houses we all love so much? Much as I'd like to show you oodles of examples and links to templates, I don't have a lot of time right now as I am working hard on my new workshop online location. Luckily I found Russian blogger, Tanya Ukhova, who provides dozens links to little putz houses that you can print out and customize. As I said, the site is in Russian but the links to the houses are in English. I guarantee you'll find something you will love and just have to make.
To get there, click here.
If you don't have time to browse all the links on Tanya's blog, here's the link to that perennial favourite - our Lady Martha's Christmas village (shown above).
If, on the other hand, you'd rather buy than make a few little Christmas buildings, what about these lovely buildings from Etsy seller, Holiday Spirits Decor? Gorgeous or what!