Author Archives: ~~Rhonda

Living in a small town, I share my life with my husband Russell (married in 1977), five children (one still at home), and six cats (one indoors, the others outside).

I teach an online class called “The Christmas Notebook” which is about all things holiday prep. The many facets of celebrating Christmas comprises one of my favorite hobbies. Other favorite things include gardening, reading, cooking, and scrapbooking.

this week in pictures / feb 18 ~ 24

I spent most of the week working on Putz houses. On Monday, this church was fully assembled and ready for embellishments. I made the pattern in two sizes. The church on the left is the full-size pattern. The one on the right was reduced to 80% of the original size. In addition to the churches, […]

miniature, spring putz house

I love the miniature Putz houses and this one is a particular favorite. I love these colors and the pattern, as well. Pictures don’t do this little house justice. The base is made from an upcycled greeting card. As soon as I saw this card, I knew I had to make a Putz for it. […]

Easter Putz churches

I have listed two Easter Putz churches to my Etsy shop. They were a refreshing change from making snowy, winter Putz houses. The first one is a miniature version of the church. I copied the pattern at 80% of the original size. It’s always fun to see the Putz with the lights on. It brings […]

last week in pictures / feb 11 – 17, 2019

Another week has flown by. I managed to finish a couple of Irish cottage Putz to list to my Etsy shop. The second cottage included some shamrocks. Wednesday morning started with the sunrise shining on my Santa and Mrs. Santa paper doll cutouts that hang on the side of the cabinet in the craft room. […]

Irish cottage putz house

I am currently working on four little glitter houses, all of them Irish cottages. I drew this pattern in March of 2017. Here’s the mini version of this sweet, little cottage. I made four regular-size ones and two minis. The mini ones are copied at 80% of the original size of the pattern. I am […]

last week in pictures / feb 4 ~ 10

This week seemed to fly by. So much to do. So little time. I am in the process of tailoring a planner to fit my own needs. It makes me aware of how much I want to do and how much more time I would need to do it all! But it IS helping me […]

last week in pictures ~ jan 28 – feb 3

Here’s a little summary of last week. Bits and bobs. I made four putz houses, including this white one. I’ve enjoyed the forsythia we forced. In late January every year, we cut some forsythia branches and force them for an early preview of spring. It’s so easy to do! Cut some branches, put them in […]

it may be winter outside, but..

I have a bit of spring inside. Every year, sometime in late January, we cut forsythia branches to bring into the house to force the bloom. It usually takes 11-14 days for the blossoms to pop out. Forsythia is easy to force. Cut some branches, put them in a vase of water and wait two […]

back in the saddle again…

Hello! I’m back! My blog has been down since December 8, due to technical difficulties. Thankfully, my webmaster (AKA my younger son) was able to set things to rights. I can post again! We had a great Christmas and I’ll be posting some pictures from that soon. Just to get back into the flow of […]

Christmas trees

I haven’t taken time to get pictures of all the decorating yet, but here are some that my eleven year-old grands took for me just before the open house started. More about the open house soon! As you step in the door, just to the left is the living room. Here you’ll find the Family […]