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« on: February 01, 2014 06:49:26 PM »

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  Grin
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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2014 01:47:35 AM »

This is really sweet. I love the detail you've put into it and it's so appropriate that they're afloat on a river of words, that just happens to be the book.

You've also inspired me to look at my cheese boxes in a quite different way.
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« Reply #2 on: February 02, 2014 09:26:14 AM »

I like this tremendously. Smiley  Such a beautiful book to craft for!

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« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2014 10:17:55 AM »

Wow, that is brilliant!  I love the fact that it lights up, and the wood on the boat and house are excellent.  Well done!
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« Reply #4 on: February 02, 2014 01:31:25 PM »

Wow!  I'm so happy to learn more about my beautiful little home on the riverbank!  The moss roof is actually a real plant?!  and I love the fact that the wood came from a box for Brie cheese (I love a good Brie!)
Thanks again, MamaTrader!!
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« Reply #5 on: February 02, 2014 07:05:42 PM »

This is so sweet. I want to move in! I really like how you used the rocks. They look like they were pulled right from the river bed Smiley.
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« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2014 10:41:22 PM »

The light inside adds a lot of charm to this already very cute wooden house.
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« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2014 07:49:34 AM »

Adorable!
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« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2014 07:25:00 AM »

This is utterly enchanting.  It has inspired me more than you could ever know.  Thanks for sharing
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« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2014 10:04:38 AM »

Gorgeous!
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