I recently participated in the One Tiny Literary Thing swap where we made one tiny thing inspired by our partner's favorite book/character etc. My partner, Calixita, listed her favorite book as Wind in the Williows. It is a classic that, somehow, I have never read. After her description of it, I knew I had to read it, so I began. It inspired me to make her this little scene of Rat's riverfront home.
The house is made out of cardboard. I used the "inchie house" template posted elsewhere on craftster, but blew it up to 150%, so the final house is 1 1/2 inches per side. It is covered with pebbles from my yard to simulate river rock. The "wood" beams are pieces cut from small box which contained a round of brie cheese, which I stained to look like dark wood. The boat and the dock is cut and shaped from the same brie cheese container.
The roof of the house is covered with an air plant that grows here (this was taken off of some wood in my backyard!). It is from the moss family, but dry instead of moist like most moss is. It was fun to use natural elements! The scene is glued to a cardboard circle covered with one of the pages of Wind in the Willows.
Before I glued on the house, I cut a circle out of the cardboard and added a battery tea light candle and then fit the house over it. The bottom of the tea light is flush with the bottom of the larger circle, so it can be switched on and off. The light flickers to simulate firelight. This was the biggest reason I enlarged the inchie house template. I have always thought inchie houses would look so great lit up, but they are so tiny, no light would fit. Enlarging the house to an inch and a half is a perfect fit over a round tea light candle.
I'm still reading Wind in the Willows and am really enjoying it. This was fun to make and I was pleased with the way it turned out. Thanks for looking