Sugar snow village

Our local weather forecast has said we ‘may’ get snow. Oh that would be just beautiful (clap hands!). I know the reality of snow is that it’s cold and wet and gets dirty and freezes slippy but that first look out of the window to see everything blanketed in pure, white glistening snow enraptures me. So I DO hope they’ve got it right.

Meanwhile, back at paper central here I’ve been making little paper tealight houses like they’re going out of fashion.

The picture below was my first good prototype. I wanted it to look like a little house from a storybook – remember the story about the little girl made out of snowflakes by the old couple with no children? They would live here. There were a few mods to do and little things I wanted changing like the positioning of the tabs and details like making windows bigger/smaller etc. Another use of that Velveteen Rabbit text you’ll see…

I worked on it the day before yesterday and went to bed not quite happy with it but resigned to sleeping on it. … Like the tree? Bottle brush on a cotton reel with a wooden star hot-glued on top. Sprayed and glittered …  don’t give a honk how much glitter I fritter at Christmas!

Up with the birdies, a nice pot of coffee with sultana toast and I was ready to get tweaking! Much better. And am so pleased with the set of charming little houses. They are about 3″ square  and the whole thing cuts out of a single sheet of 12″ x 12″ paper. I used double-sided paper and cut two houses to make contrasting window frames, doorframes, etc from them.  They are simply just outrageously pretty!


Now, my big mission is to find the garden centre my friend told me about – where,  apparently, they stock coloured…. and… SPARKLY  battery tealights! Sparkly – WHAT? Ooh!  This is, in terms of communication theory, perfect! That whole signal to noise ratio –  no degradation!  Perfect!  I hear ya! I must find some nice cake decorations as well, a santa, deer,  robins, etc, a postman or person in the porch would be a delight… I so would like them to come and live in the village. Oh my, do I have a big village now. And a tealight train…. Maybe I should forget the tealights and go straight to the national grid…

I popped into the nearest garden centre Sunday morning but it was the wrong one. They had NO tealights. Not a wasted journey though, I bought a very cute metal watering can with a flower on the side (wanted something to keep writing pens and pencils on my desk in). I didn’t bother having it wrapped and carried it out to the car when I noticed the stowaway  – a spider  on the bottom of the can with his legs spread out like a star. I like spiders (remember I live in a temperate zone so we have no poisonous ones) so brought him home with me. I left the watering can in the conservatory on its side (dunno why – spiders can climb and abseil any which way they like) and he’d vacated the can premises by the next morning. So, the can got filled with my desk junk and spider man is off doing what spiders do. Live long and prosper little boy and gobble up those horrid flies.

Christmas shopping day is Friday.  I am excited but dreading it. Dublin will be heaving with bags and trolleys and people…. It’ll be fun but oh …  the trudging, the burgeoning bags, the throbbing feet…. Gah!  but like Gloria Gaynor, I will survive.

Anyways, I will write the instructions for the house assembly and will be putting the new tea light house up for sale shortly.

Be good and have fun!

Hels x x

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  • roxanne
    January 25, 2017 10:55 am

    I love your paper village. I wish I had the talent that you have! Awesome!

  • sojoprof
    January 28, 2014 2:30 am

    Hello! I love your little houses and would love to buy the file though I cannot see a place to click and buy. I hope that they are still available. Thanks!

  • Denise
    January 28, 2014 1:25 am

    Hello from Portland, Oregon, USA! I have been trying to figure out how to purchase your sweet little sugar snow village. I am hoping that is is still available. I have been looking for something like this for over a year. I look forward to hearing from you!

  • webmaster
    December 9, 2011 8:50 pm

    Thanks H! Here’s to happy craftings! x x x

  • helen
    December 9, 2011 2:25 pm

    wow what a brill web page this is, i cant wait to get started on these little houses. you are truley talented……. thank you for all your help so far..

  • webmaster
    November 27, 2011 5:31 pm

    Thank you chick! You’re a star for leaving me so many lovely comments!
    Hel x

  • Lynn
    November 25, 2011 12:23 am

    Just adore these and think I’d love to have CR just to be able to cut these out or could they be made by hand?? Beautiful like the rest of your gorgeous work. The teapots are fab too but again no CR 🙁

    Lynn (rusticus)

    • webmaster
      November 27, 2011 5:30 pm

      Thank you Lynne – you’re very kind. Some houses would cut by hand if you stick with squared windows to replace the round ones with. I’ll see what I can do but probably won’t be anything till next week end.
      Hel x

  • Barbara
    November 24, 2011 3:28 pm

    Hel, each one is more charming than the last! These are precious, with their extensions on the front!

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