Thursday, November 10, 2011

Little Christmas Houses!

Christmas House Ornament Swap!
This holiday season I am participating in several "swaps."  Many crafty bloggers organize groups of like-minded friends and swap tags, cards, or ornaments.  It's a lot of fun, but if you are a can be a little daunting.  What if my creations aren't good enough?  Will I be invited back? 

We don't grow if we don't take chances.  So I am sharing with you my contributions to Cindy's Neighborhood Ornament Swap.  Cindy hosts Rick-Rack and Gingham where she shares stories about her life in Texas.  The assignment was to make an ornament that is shaped like a house or trailer.  My theme was "'Fixer-uppers."  I have quite a collection of those little made-in-Japan paper houses that were popular in the 40s and 50s.  I thought it might be fun to transform them into little Christmas candy houses.

House #1.

Reverse side.

House #2

Reverse side.

House #3

House #4

Reverse side.

House #5

Reverse side.

House #6

Reverse side.

The houses were upgraded with new snow, some new windows and doors (if needed), glitter, vintage buttons and graphics and lot's of tiny candies and gingerbread.  The landscaping was also upgraded to include new trees and tiny little snowmen or toys.  I sure hope the new owners like them.

I am grateful that my husband encourages me in my creative endeavors.  He cuts wood and drills holes and gets things down from really high places.  He tells me that Christmas would never be the same without me.  I can't imagine a Christmas without him.  I am the lucky one.

Don't forget to leave a comment on the Gingerbread post!


Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

Aw, these are so cute, Shirley! They just remind me of my happy christmas childhood.

I am having non swappers regret! I'm really busy with my garlands right now so I knew I couldn't fit in any swaps this year but it just about kills me to see all the cuteness popping up on the blogs!

Your hubs sounds as supportive as mine. :) Mine is stopping by Michaels for me on the way home from work so we can use my 50% off coupon!

Have a great day! ♥

Treasure Gardens Handcrafted Soap said...

Utterly adorable!! Those are so cute!! I love your Christmas crafts, your posts always make me so happy in heart to see such happy, joyful, Christmas stuff!

Lynn said...

I love those sweet houses!! thanks for sharing!

Cindy said...

"Screaming"...yes I am ...these are adorable!!!! You are so creative! I can't wait to choose which one I am going to

You did great!!!

Cindy from Rick-Rack and Gingham

Betsy said...

Oh my gosh, Shirley--these are just adorable! So cheerful and bright. You are so talented!