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