two-tiered putz

Today I finished the other two-tiered Putz house that I had ready to embellish. The house is yellow and blue. I fiddled with it for quite a while before I settled on a scheme I liked. I used gold embellishments and two green bottle brush trees.

two-tiered Putz house

Do you like the puff of smoke? And the lights…I think they make the house come alive.

two-tiered Putz house

The two-tiered house is a fun one. I want to make more with curved roofs. I like the lines.

two-tiered Putz house

There are more pictures of the house in my Etsy shop. ChristmasNotebook

If anyone has questions about making Putz houses, please feel free to leave a comment and ask. I am happy to help.

~~Rhonda

dead laptop, new putz houses

I have been without my laptop for almost a week. It is an inconvenience to have to sit at one location to use the computer. DH did kindly move the big computer to my craft desk which is really nice! I do appreciate that. Thankfully, my desk is large enough to hold the printer, the computer and all my must-have-at-hand craft tools, while leaving me a work space.

I’ve been using that space every day. As far as I can tell, I have put five more Putz houses in my Etsy shop since I last blogged about a listing. ChristmasNotebook

Unlike some I’ve embellished, this one seemed to need a simple touch.

Blue and pink Putz house

I used a strand of small silver beads to trim under the eaves.

Blue and pink Putz house

A light transforms this little blue Putz house.

Blue and pink Putz house

This little white house with a yellow roof and a yellow fence is embellished with gold accents.

Yellow and white Putz house.

Lights shining…

Yellow and white Putz house.

How cute is this? It would make a nice church, too. I’d like to make one like this with a nativity displayed in the large window.

Pink tower

Again, a simpler theme.

Pink tower

Sweet.

Pink tower

I love this one. I trimmed the roof line with a fine tinsel chenille stem.

Double Chimneys

A small house on a small base.

Double Chimneys

This is the house design that inspires me to try to make some Dr. Seuss houses. Wouldn’t a Christmas village of Seuss houses be cute?? I want to pursue that idea when I have a little more time.

Rounded Roof

Next Christmas I want to light all my Putz houses!

Rounded Roof

To see more pictures of all these houses, including what they look like from the back and what the bottom of the base looks like, visit my Etsy shop.

ChristmasNotebook

I have one more little glitter house to finish today, then I plan to work on some diorama ornaments.

~~Rhonda

menu plan monday ~ may 9, 2016

The irises and peonies are blooming. I love this time of year.

iris and peonies

The yard looks so lush and green.

front yard

Menu Plan Monday has rolled around again. It always catches me by surprise. We grilled for Mother’s Day and made plenty of extra, so we’ll be having that for supper tonight.

Monday
Fridge Food

Tuesday
Turkey in the Crock Pot
Steamed Green Beans
Garden Salad

Wednesday
Asian Beef with Mushrooms and Snow Peas
Brown Rice

Thursday
Chicken Parmesan
Brussels Sprouts
Corn on the Cob
Garden Salad

Friday
Tacos

Saturday
Fridge Food

Sunday
Roast Beef
Mashed Potatoes
Sauteed Snow Peas and Cherry Tomatoes
Garden Salad

You can find more menus and ideas at Menu Plan Monday.

~~Rhonda
ChristmasNotebook at Etsy

finished the little blue Putz house

I hope you had a wonderful Mother’s Day. Four of our five children were able to be here yesterday and I received a nice call from Younger Son. He and his wife live too far away to come home often. Older Son and his wife and the three grands were here. As always, a lot of fun. DH grilled dinner, including ears of corn (so good!) and Older Son made two pies. I requested peach/raspberry pie and he also made an apple pie. A sweet ending to our visit.

After our company left, I finished the little blue Putz house. We had left it like this.

Putz houses

Doesn’t it look great with a light in it? Tiny LEDs are perfect for these little houses. I like these I found on Amazon.com. Mini LED lights

Here is the finished house.

Little blue Putz house

Little blue Putz house

You can see more pictures of this little house in my Etsy shop. Little Blue Putz House

I have two more houses ready to embellish. One has a pink fence. The other has a yellow fence. I’ll have pictures to share later today.

~~Rhonda

two more putz houses

I have a drawer full of Putz houses that I cut from poster board last year but hadn’t put together yet. I pulled a couple of those out last week and put them together. After they had been painted and glittered, I pinned them to cardboard so they would dry straight. The poster board absorbs a lot of moisture from the paint/glue mixture.

Putz houses

Window and door frames came next.

Putz houses

And then window panes. Then roofs.

Putz houses

Putz houses

The other house didn’t have a roof with it, so I drew a new pattern and made the roof from poster board.

Putz houses

After painting “snow” on the roofs, I made a base for each house.

Putz houses

After letting the bases dry overnight, I glued the houses down, added snow all around and glittered the snow.

Putz houses

Fences next. I enjoy making the fences and adding them to a base. It makes the Putz house look much more complete to me.

Putz houses

Fence posts. Aren’t they cute?

Putz houses

I am loving the pink fence. But am wondering if I should have painted the fence posts pink as well.

Putz houses

The stepping stones are down, but not painted yet. But I wanted to show you how sweet the house looks with a light inside.

Putz houses

And the other house…The lighting makes the roof and fence look very, very pink, but they are really not that dark.

Putz houses

I have three more houses to show you, but will do that in another post. I hope you enjoyed these!

~~Rhonda
ChristmasNotebook at Etsy

back to putz houses

Today I began working on two little Putz houses. After I painted and glittered them, I pinned them to cardboard so they will dry with straight walls

Putz houses

The green roof is for the little house in the back. As are the white window frames.

Putz houses

I will have to cut a roof for the other house and then make the window frames for it.

When I get these done, I will need to start making more from scratch. Time to pull out the pattern book.

My exciting news…I sold four Putz houses today! I am very grateful for the order. Tomorrow I’ll be packing them for shipping. I’ll be sending off my favorite house, but I have the feeling it and the others are going to a good home.

~~Rhonda

menu plan monday ~ may 2, 2016

I didn’t put up a menu last week. Back to the routine this week. First of all, a few pictures.

Giving treats to the kitties is always fun. They will sit up and beg for just one more.

kitty treats

The girls were here last week. We played Apples to Apples which is a favorite game around here. Always makes us laugh!

Apples to Apples

Apples to Apples

A friend gave me a lot of cards. Christmas, all occasion, vintage, all kinds. I’m excited about what I can do with them. The girls helped sort them.

Rose Red was very particular about getting each card into the proper pile.

sorting cards

Snow White especially enjoyed the cards with jokes in them. She took a few of those home with her.

vintage cards

Back to the menu…

Monday
Chicken Tomato Soup with Rotini
Toasted Sour Dough Bread

Tuesday
Baked Chicken
Roasted Veggies
Green Salad

Wednesday
Hamburgers with Creamy Tomato Sauce
Butter-Fried Cabbage

Thursday
Tacos

Friday
Spicy Shrimp
Stir-fried Snow Peas
Green Salad

Saturday
Roast Beef
Homemade Buns
Grapes
Pretzels

Sunday / Mother’s Day
Grilled Rosemary Ranch Chicken
Brussels Sprouts with Pecans
Corn

Afternoon / Pie and Ice Cream

You can find more menus and ideas at Menu Plan Monday.

~~Rhonda

latest listings

I listed two new shadow boxes and two decoupaged ornaments in my Etsy shop today. The shadow boxes were fun. Here’s one with a snowman. I like the turquoise and silver foil background.

Snowman with tourquoise

Snowman with tourquoise

I call this one “Christmas in the Country.”

Christmas in the Country.

Christmas in the Country.

Toy Store

Toy Store

Toy Store

Peace

Peace

Peace

You can see more pictures of these in my Etsy shop ChristmasNotebook.

~~Rhonda

spring in the back yard

These pictures were taken in our back yard on Sunday, April 24. The garden changes so quickly this time of year.

The Spanish Bluebells were here when we bought this house in 1994.

Spanish Bluebells

Virginia Bluebells and Hosta ‘Janet’

Honesty and bluebells

bluebells and Hosta 'Janet'

Spring Beauties are one of my favorite spring flowers. The flowers open up on sunny days, and close during cloudy weather and at night.

Spring Beauties

Columbine. These flowers are good at reseeding themselves. And they transplant easily, too, so can be moved if they come up in an inconvenient place.

colombine

Back yard

back yard

This clematis climbs on the hydrangea bush.

clematis

The flowers on the hickory tree.

hickory tree

The back yard is home to our largest tree. This big oak is either a Southern Red Oak or a Pagoda (Cherrybark) Oak. We’ve had two separate opinions.

big oak in the back yard

Solomon’s Seal in the little woods. This clump sat in place for five or six years and suddenly has decided to start spreading. We’ll be able to move a few bits to other parts of the woods soon.

Soloman's Seal

Friends of ours kindly allow us to host a bee hive in our yard. All the lovely flowers make the bees very happy.

busy bees

I do love this time of year. ~~Rhonda

not so frustrating

Today I had a better day than yesterday. Thankfully! I did finish the other little Putz house. Middle Daughter suggested adding pink to the yellow and I think it turned out very well.

yellow with pink Putz house

yellow with pink Putz house

I also made a new Christmas card shadow box. It features Mary and Baby Jesus. I was able to add some purple embellishments, which I don’t get to use with most Christmas cards.

Mary and Baby Jesus

Mary and Baby Jesus

Both these items are listed in my Etsy shop – ChristmasNotebook.

~~Rhonda