putz houses from the past week or so

I have been busy working my way through the box of Putz houses I had stashed from a few years ago. Most needed window panes and frames. I finished those touches and have been putting them on bases ever since. Here are a few of the ones I have finished.

The double chimney blue house…

Putz house

Close-up details…

Putz house

More of a vintage style pink on pink…

Putz house

I may have to keep this one. It is listed in Etsy, but I’m waffling…

Putz house

One of my own patterns. Do you like the arch or not?

Putz house

Close-up…

Putz house

Vintage mercury beads line the sidewalk…

Putz house

With the lights on…

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There are two more that I finished but haven’t posted to Etsy yet. This is the first time I’ve made one with a rounded fence.

Rounded fence

Details…

Rounded fence

The ski-slope design is one of my faves. The trees on this house are dusted with “antique silver” colored glitter.. The scalloped fence is made from tinsel chenille stems. That’s “pipe cleaners” for folks in my generation.

Little blue house

Headed to bed. I’ll be back to work tomorrow. I have two more houses to finish.

~~Rhonda

making putz bases

I continue to work on my box of Putz houses. I put window panes in them and made window and door frames for some of them. I’ll finish that part of the project tomorrow. Yesterday (Friday) I spent my craft time making bases for the little houses. I scoured my Christmas card collection to find cards to match the houses. These days, I pick the card first and paint the house to match. Much easier! But I did manage to find cards for all the houses. I stacked them together before moving to the next step.

making Putz bases

All the bases had to be assembled, then painted. I had a few done, then realized I needed a way to remember which picture went to which house, so I took pictures of all of them.

making Putz bases

I thought the “gingerbread” and the color matched this cute card perfectly. I see this house still needs window frames.

making Putz bases

And I love the colors on this pair.

making Putz bases

I finished six of the bases. That process includes making a box from the card to serve as the base, cutting cardboard to fill the box to give it stability, binding it with strips of cardboard and rubber bands to allow the glue to dry tightly, giving it a base coat of white paint, and a second coat, then a third coat of paint mixed with sand to give it that lovely vintage texture, and applying fine glitter to the wet paint. The final step is to let the paint dry completely before attaching the house, fence and embellishments. I like to cut the flaps off flat boxes and use the box as a tray to corral projects. I was happy to have one on hand that held all six bases.

making Putz bases

I have three bases left to paint. I will do that in the morning before I make window frames. That will give the bases time to dry after they are painted. Hopefully, I will get all the houses attached to their bases by the end of the day.

making Putz bases

Here is a link to my tutorial for making bases for Putz houses. I wrote this blog post four years ago, before I began making the bases from Christmas cards, but the basics are all there. Tutorial for making Putz house bases

All day, as I worked on my project, I watched the ice build up on the big oak in the back yard. The birds were in a frenzy at the feeder, and I was glad I could stay indoors. Be safe out there!

~~Rhonda

green and pink two-story putz

I’ve been working on the box of Putz houses I had made a couple of years ago. None of them had window panes, so I put those in first.

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After the window panes were in, it was time to add the window and door frames. I started with the little two-story green house with the pink roof and decided to paint them a honey brown color.

Putz house

I made the fencing to match the trim.

Putz house

Pinning the fence (and the house) down keeps it in place until I’m ready to hot glue it to the base.

Putz house

A peek at my work space…I always make a mess, but it’s a satisfying mess!

Putz house

Added snow…

Putz house

And decorated trees…

Putz house

Added some background foliage…

Putz house

And done.

Putz house

Putz house

Putz house

It’s posted in my Etsy shop – ChristmasNotebook. Along with almost 40 other Putz buildings and several kinds of Christmas ornaments, many made with recycled Christmas cards.

I am making progress on my organizing-the-craft-room project. DH helped me clear out some of the drawers on the east side of the room. I’ve been putting supplies and projects in those drawers, making room in the drawers on the west side for the items I want right at hand. There is a lot to do, but I’ll keep chipping away at it. If you’re interested, click here for pictures of my craft room.

We’re expecting an ice storm, starting tomorrow morning and running through Sunday. If it’s headed for you, find a happy place and hunker down! I’ll be in the craft room…

~~Rhonda

soup and putz

Our weather has been cold and windy. I made chicken tortellini soup this morning and put four quarts into the fridge. We’ll be set for a few days. I find soup comforting when the weather is bitter.

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I have a box of Putz houses that I made a few years ago.

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Today I got them out and put window panes in them.

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Tomorrow I will add the window frames and make more bases to accommodate them.

~~Rhonda

tada!

Progress was made! And we had fun working together! With the help of DH and my two sisters, we took all the tinsel, ornaments, strings, and beads off the tree.

taking down Christmas

taking down Christmas

At this point the tree will have to wait. The next step is to take the lights off the four bottom branches. They are too wide to carry through the doorways to the attic. The middle section and the top section will go to the storage room in the attic with the lights on.

taking down Christmas

We filled five or six boxes just from the living room tree.

taking down Christmas

They are updated on the computer file and ready to go back to storage until next Christmas. Which is only 352 days away, I might add!

~~Rhonda

taking down Christmas

As you might guess, taking Christmas down around here is a faster project than putting it up. But it still takes a lot of time. We don’t try to get it all down at once. A tree here, a tree there. The addition hall, a box or two or three. No rush. But it IS nice to get it put away. The house always looks bare after that, but it also gives me a good feeling to have it done.

I received a call this morning and found out two of my sisters had a spur of the moment decision to come down and visit today. We’re going to take down the living room tree. It’s a big job and it will be more fun to do it while I have someone to talk to. I’m looking forward to that.

family Christmas tree

DH has been taking the tinsel off. I’ve been straightening the kitchen. I’ll post an update later!

~~Rhonda

sorority putz

Youngest Daughter started college this fall and one of the groups she joined is the sorority Sigma Delta Tau. For Christmas, I made a little sorority Putz house for her.

Putz sorority house

Sigma Delta Tau

It was fun to make. I googled the sorority and clicked on IMAGES. I found their crest, a paddle and a sign that I copied, pasted, resized and printed to add to the house. I also found a banner celebrating the 100th anniversary in 2017. I printed that and used it for the roof.

Sigma Delta Tau

Old blue and cafe au lait are the sorority’s colors. I used the old blue for the trim and the fence.

Sigma Delta Tau

The base is made with a vintage greeting card that pictures a yellow rose, which is the flower of ΣΔΤ.

Sigma Delta Tau

All in all, a successful Christmas surprise.

Sigma Delta Tau

~~Rhonda

happy 2017!

A new year. Always a good time for reflection and for resolutions, I suppose because it feels like a brand new beginning. If you think about it, though, every day is a new beginning. And the moment we are in now is the only one we’ve got. Every day should be appreciated as new beginning.

Budding plants always remind me of fresh beginnings.

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What are you doing to make the most of the new beginnings in your life? Have you made some New Year Resolutions? I hope you give it some dedicated thought…how do you want to live the rest of your life? Now is what you have to work with. Make the most of it.

One thing I love to do is organize. It makes me happy. I told Youngest Daughter if I am ever in the nursing home and need something to occupy my time, just give me a jumble of beads to organize. It will make me happy and, when I’m done, they can be mixed up and given to me again. I’d be just as happy doing it the second time.

My craft room is in need of some major organizing and I am resolving to get it done. I am using the room differently than I did five or ten years ago. When the room was remodeled in 2004, I designed it around my scrapbooking hobby. Now my creative direction centers on Putz houses and Christmas ornaments. I need to organize my craft space for what I’m doing now.

I have a long list of things I want to do with my Putzing. I would love to make a series of Putz houses, one for each month of the year. January would be a New Year theme, February would be a Valentine’s theme, etc. A set of four Putz houses for the four seasons is also on my list. And then there’s the Dr. Seuss Putz houses I would like to make. And the larger Putz houses, and the tiny Putz houses…lots of ideas whirling around in my mind.

How do I accomplish all that when my craft space is so unorganized? Not easily, I assure you. So decluttering, organizing and refitting the craft room is a big item on my list of things I want to accomplish. Maybe the resolution is “get organized” and one of the ways to implement that is to work on the craft room.

One step at a time. I spent yesterday and today organizing the items I have listed in my Etsy shop. Every Putz house got a number which will make them easy to find when I am filling orders. It is a good feeling to have that done. Now I am going through drawers and cabinets. Clean them out, organize them, use the available space in the best way. I need to think about my space in terms of prime real estate where I put things I use every day, secondary real estate where I put things I need less often, and the outer limits where I keep things I need only occasionally.

DH brought up an 8′ table from the basement to the craft room so I could organize my packing supplies. The table fits across the east wall, so it’s out of the way, but accessible. I put my packing boxes and the box of extra cardboard that I use for making bases under the table. On top the table is my light box setup for taking photos of the things I list on Etsy. Also on top the table are the boxes that store my Etsy items. Neatly available when needed.

I organized my file drawer today. It is to the left of where I sit to craft. Took everything out and started over. Getting that done is giving me incentive to do more! I’ll keep plugging away at it. And when I need a rest, I’ll take it! Like Ski. He’s good at resting. Though I probably won’t use the nearest box.

Ski

I glanced out the window the other day and saw the dogwood blossoms. They are on the tree all winter. They always give me hope for the new beginning that spring brings us each year.

dogwood buds

Are you organizing a particular area in your home or in your life? What are your favorite resources for motivation?

~~Rhonda

turquoise and dark red putz house

I saw a little Putz house online and decided to draw a pattern for it. Mine looks nothing like the one I saw, though there are similarities in the house design. I did move the chimney and changed its design a bit.

My house…with the lights on…

turquoise and red Putz house

A rather simple design. Classic, though, and that’s my favorite.

turquoise and red Putz house

The fence is a scooped (scalloped?) design…

turquoise and red Putz house

turquoise and red Putz house

It is listed in my Etsy shop at ChristmasNotebook. Stop by and check it out, as well as the other Putz houses and ornaments in the shop.

~~Rhonda

mid century putz

Younger Son’s wife loves anything to do with mid century design. We have worked on mid century Putz houses together in the past. You can read about that here:

December 2014 mid century putz houses

This link will show you how she diplayed them Christmas 2015.

January 2016 mid century putz houses revisited

Most of the houses we made together were patterns from Retro Renovations. I revised the pattern for house #4. When the pattern was done, I made a paper mock-up to check that all was done correctly.

Mid century Putz. Paper test of the pattern. A little tweaking and it's ready to make in poster board.

I tweaked the front door overhang and a couple of other small things. My daughter-in-law took the finished pattern home with her. She plans to make one to add to her village.

Mid Century Putz Cul de Sac

My favorites are still the vintage style Putz houses, but I do love these mid-century houses!

~~Rhonda