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« on: December 19, 2012 10:46:14 PM »

I have to say, the Ho Ho Ho Swap was incredible! Not only did my awesome partner RougeRaven craft me some amazing holiday decor items, she had an inspiring Pinterest as well! Vintage glitter houses, deer, and colors like aqua, pink, and red -what's not to love! Grin

Here are the items I crafted...

And my personal favorite part... the big house lights up!

Inside the big house is a trio of red trees against a tinsel background...

It was a pre-made paper mache house which I altered a bit on the front to make larger windows and a tall door. To it I added some paint, sparkly trims, red paper doilies, Christmas ribbon, and a shingled roof of cut up playing cards (as cute as it is, I likely won't be doing that again -too time consuming!)...

The battery pack was too bulky and heavy to go on the back, so I put it underneath, which required some festive feet -made from Tinkertoy bits with a bit of appropriate ribbon...

The little blue house was a purchased wood birdhouse that I covered with some super glittery paper, a bit of paint and glitter, a white paper doily, and a couple gems...

Finally, I happened to find the perfect glass display dome at the thrifts store (with a really sad withered rose inside). After cleaning and a coat of paint, it was joined by a red tree, some felt "snow", and a tiny painted and glittered deer...

You can view RougeRaven's lovely pics of the items here! I had so much fun crafting these items and I have to say I was only able to give them up because I knew they were going to someone who would really enjoy them. I'll definitely be making some for myself! Wink
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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2012 11:15:52 PM »

Your swap partner must be so happy Smiley.  How long did it take from idea to completed project?
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« Reply #2 on: December 20, 2012 04:54:57 AM »

These are extremely cute!  and personally I love the playing card shingles! Fantastic! pinned!

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« Reply #3 on: December 20, 2012 08:01:09 AM »

I loved everything you made for that swap!!  Seeing the details makes me love them all even more!

The card roof and the tinkertoy feet are such clever details!

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« Reply #4 on: December 20, 2012 10:30:36 AM »

Thank you, everyone -I'm glad you like them! They certainly were fun items to craft, and I'm not really sure how long it all took once I sat down with all the supplies. I definitely spent the bulk of the craft time perusing my partner's Pinterest and dreaming up what I'd be capable of making, and then going through my stash to see what would work before I set off for the craft and thrift stores for the rest. But once it was all planned and collected I think it was just a few day's worth of time. Once I get going I tend to lose track of time! Grin

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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2012 07:04:44 AM »

I would love to have both the sparkly houses and the deer, please! These are great. I want to make some similar houses now. I never thought of using glittered paper, though. You are too clever.  Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2012 12:17:03 PM »

Well originally I was planning to make the houses from scratch, but my dollars only went so far with the nice glitters, and I saw these super glittery heavy papers (that don't "shed" much at all) so I grabbed a couple sheets. It took a bit of measuring to cut it to fit the house, but I think the result was worth it -I don't think I could've achieved that level of color and sparkle with the paint and glitter I had on hand!
And yes, everything was so fun to work on -I think I'll be making little houses even as the holidays end! Grin

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