Honey, I’m Home

I love the little altered wooden houses that Lori makes…so much so that I wanted to put my own little spin on them.

I love mini ANYTHING so these are right up my alley.

I’ve used the new Pebbles - Simple Life by Jen Hadfield line that is available in the store. Actually, every single thing I used to make these houses is available in the store. This line is homey and cozy - perfect for the weather here in Southern Manitoba this weekend.

The whole line is available in-store but I used these products specifically:

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Gorgeous patterned papers.

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I am loving puffy stickers right now, aren’t you? They add that extra bit of dimension that I love!

So I started out with 3 plain wooden houses - the perfect little canvas. I knew I wanted them to be a dark wood to match the woodgrain elements in the paper collection. I didn’t have walnut stain so I used watered down walnut stain distress ink to stain the wood. I am ecstatic about how it turned out. I applied it with a wide, flat brush and only needed one coat. Once the stain was dry I cut paper pieces to fit on the faces of the houses, adhered them with BeCreative tape (my fave double sided tape!), and sanded the edges a bit to match the distressed looking wood.

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Next came little strips of corrugated cardboard for the roofs (rooves?). I lightened up the edges of the cardboard with a bit of white Tim Holtz Distress paint as well.

Now the fun part - decorating.

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I tried to keep it simple (ahem, simple life, ahem) as far as embellishing went. Minimal embellishments to keep the layering clean with pieces going over the edges of the wood for interest. The “home” word on the grey house is from the wood veneer package; I just painted it with white distress paint to make it match.

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Let me just say, I’m not a big mixed media person and vintage/distress isn’t my preferred style, but I do love the Tim Holtz distress products. At first I was intimidated by them but now I’ve learnt how to adapt them to my scrapbooking style. I love that crafting products don’t have to be used for a specific thing/style and ANYONE can use them!

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The last step was adding a few Viva Decor Pearls (’member those??) to the tops to fill in the white space.

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Aren’t they sweet? They would make a perfect little gift for a housewarming or even Mother’s day. Maybe they should be a class? Either way, this line is lovely and next time you’re in the store be sure to check it out!

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Decking the Halls…

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Today I thought I would show you some of the corners of my house that are showing the signs of the season!  I don’t decorate for Christmas as such, but I do decorate for WINTER!  I can “celebrate” that more heartily now that I don’t have snow to shovel!  Which incidentally?  I don’t much miss.  Turns out, all I need are some crafty snowmen, evergreen boughs, and my spiced mocha coffee mix to get the wintery feel!

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I have this lidded basket with wooden candy canes, pine branches and pinecones, that gets tucked under this little table in the front entry.  The wooden snowflake is a new addition this year.  I found it at my monthly flea market event!

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In another corner is this vintage syrup pail painted white.  I’ve had it for years; it’s been any number of colors, and held a wide assortment of “decorations” from painted badminton rackets to umbrellas.  I like this incarnation the best of all!

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The front door “wreaths” are new this year as well!  I saw an idea like this floating somewhere around the interwebs, and set about to make it here.  I found the white frames at Hobby Lobby (had to wait a couple of weeks for them to go on sale at 50% off).  Then I cut cardboard to fit the openings, and wrapped the cardboard with burlap I had in my cupboard because once, long time ago I thought about making a burlap table cloth, not thinking how that might affect guests’ allergies or even their elbows.  But I never did get that made and now I feel justified for keeping it around all this time!  I ordered the dogwood wreaths from Etsy and the cotton ribbon came from Hobby Lobby as well.  A pretty simple assembly and I love the look of them on the front doors!

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At the front door is also this vintage birdcage.  I like to change things out in there according to the seasons, but this is the first year I put the snowmen inside.  Mr B had some questions about what their offenses might have been to get them locked up in there?  Ha ha.  Everyone’s a comedian.

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And in the kitchen I have a three tiered basket affair that I bought originally to hold scrap supplies.  Mostly it held washi tape on the top two tiers and bottles of spray inks on the bottom.  I got tired of how much real estate it took up for something I didn’t often use anymore.  (The inks mostly.  I still use washi, but I have a much better storage solution for that).  So it got emptied out when I was purging and re-organizing and all fall it held pumpkins and candles and wooden apples and burlap pears and Thanksgivingy stuff.

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Now it’s my “winter” decor on the kitchen island.  I was going for a silver-and-white-with-a-touch-of-red-among-the-evergreens-look.

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There are some totally random things in there among the silver and ceramic pitchers (I collect both), such as salt and pepper shakers, a magnifying glass, a candlestick and a clock.  All selected for the simple task of looking pretty when combined with all the rest!

But since what you really came here for was to see some paper crafting thing, I have a card to share as well.  I figure you might still need one more really quick, last minute card idea that you can throw together in minutes!

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All I did here was stamp an assortment of snowflakes onto watercolor paper, with Distress ink.  Stormy Sky is what’s used here.  Then I took a wet paint brush and gently dabbed the stamped images to cause the ink to run and spread and softly pool.  If you have neither snowflake stamps, nor Distress Inks, you can get the same effect by drawing some snowflakes with Distress Markers and doing the same trick with the paint brush.  And you don’t even have to know how to draw to get a pretty recognizable snowflake!

That’s it for me today!  I hope you are enjoying your day, and every part of the holiday season!

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This post was written by Norine on December 20, 2015

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