Today I worked on the embellishments for the little blue house.
Tomorrow, the church. ~~Rhonda
Spring. What’s not to love?!
Spring Beauties in the green grass.
Daffodils in the sun.
Grape Hyacinths coming up in the most unlikely places.
Bloodroot in the woods. The whitest of white flowers.
And Bleeding Hearts, of course. I was six or seven years old the first time I saw Bleeding Hearts. I still have the picture in my head. I was so impressed by their shape and beautiful color. They were blooming in the garden of our neighbor Gladys Love. It was one of our jobs as kids to carry drinking water from her well to our house across the street. I always enjoyed her flowers as I filled the bucket with water.
The peonies are shooting up!
The flowering almond is a shrub we had at our house as I grew up. It sat next to the steps to the front door.
And more daffodils…
It’s a beautiful time of year.
If you’re going to the nursing home, stop by and pick some daffodils for your loved ones.
Today, I continued work on the five Putz houses I have on my desk currently. Last night I left off with three houses and their fences glued to their bases. Today, I glued down the other two houses and their fences. I promised to paint at least one fence a different color than white. Here are two.
Today I finished this little green house with a blue roof. This is partway through the embellishing.
I have a new light box for taking Etsy-worthy pictures of the items I am selling in my Etsy shop.
Tomorrow I will work on embellishing the other houses and the church.
Today I made fences for some of the Putz houses.
You can read the tutorial here: making fences for putz houses
I start with 1/2″ strips of cardboard and use punches or scissors to give them some decoration.
I used some of the fence posts I made yesterday.
The little yellow house got a fence, too.
I made a hedge for this house. I formed the greenery stem into a zigzag pattern and hot glued it to the base.
I gave it white paint and glitter for a pretty snowy effect
Two fences and a hedge done today. I will do the other two fences tomorrow. I need to remember to paint one a color other than white!
I worked on bases for Putz houses on Monday. Took most of the day to finish five. It always takes longer than I remember! All five are completed. Construction, base coat of paint, two coats of sandy paint, and a dip in the fine glitter. It’s hard to tell from the pictures that they’ve been glittered. In person, they sparkle like new snow.
The next step is to make fences for them, then embellishments. I’m looking forward to that part.
Should keep me busy for a few days!
Love this shade of blue.
I also made a stockpile of fence posts.
Maybe I’ll paint the fence for one of these houses a color other than white. Check back. I’ll post as soon as I have one done.
We had a fun Easter weekend. Older Son and his family were here for Sunday dinner, an egg hunt and decorating sugar cookies. A full afternoon!
The Bacon Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin was delicious! We will be having this again.
And we had nice weather for the egg hunt.
We decorated spring themed sugar cookies for our daughter-in-law to take to work as a special treat for her co-workers.
Butterflies, tulips and daisies…
Here’s the menu for the week. Anything look good to you?
Fridge Food (Plenty of Easter leftovers.)
Chicken and Pasta Tomato Soup
Based on the recipe for Beefy Tomato Soup
Spicy Tomato Cream Pasta
BBQ Pork Steaks
Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwiches
You can find more menus and ideas at Menu Plan Monday.
Just a quick note. I’ve had a bad cough this week that wears me out. But I am doing what I can. I don’t want to be left behind with spring to enjoy. The yard is full of daffodils and other plants are popping up. The Poet’s daffodils are later than most and the first ones have opened this week.
And the Bleeding Hearts are looking beautiful under the big oak tree out back.
I have been busy stocking my new Etsy store which will be open soon. I’m doing the tedious part now. Taking pictures of products, writing up descriptions, etc. I’ll let you know when it’s open!
In my last post, the little green Putz house was ready to be attached to the base.
Somehow I missed taking pictures of the pinning process. This one was pretty easy to pin down, though.
This is after pinning and gluing the house. If you look closely, you can see the bead of glue around the house and also a hot glue sidewalk from the front door to the gate. This is prior to painting.
Close-up of sidewalk.
Here’s the house after painting and glittering both the bead of glue around the house and the sidewalk.
I pulled out several different bits and bobs for this house. After working with them for a while, I finally began to see a direction.
The green bottle brush trees seemed too dark for this house. I tried these trees and liked them much better. They have a softer look. I brushed glue over them and sprinkled them with large glitter.
And the finished Putz house…
I have started the next Putz house embellishment. I thought I took a picture of it before I started, but I can’t find it anywhere. In this photo, it is the green house with pink roof toward the back. I love the ski-slope roof on this one.
The first thing I did was to add window panes. I used the same vellum that I used in my last Putz house, but used a yellow pencil to color it instead of using the yellow Sharpie marker. Worked well and I didn’t have to blend it with the tip of my finger. I measured bits of vellum against the windows that needed to be covered and cut it to fit. Leave room around the edge for applying the glue.
I used a small bead of hot glue to affix the vellum to the inside of the house. Look closely and you can see that this house was made with the cardboard from a Ritz cracker box.
At this point, I stopped to make a base for the house. You can find the tutorial for making bases here:
I took this picture to show the difference a little texture can make. I used my usual blend of 1:1 paint and glue with a sprinkle of sand in it. It doesn’t take a lot of sand, especially when mixing very small batches of paint.
And here is the finished base. Still wet.
I keep strips of 1/2″ wide cardboard on hand for fences. I decided to use the curved design scissors for this fence. Didn’t take any time at all to cut the pieces. I needed to use two strips of cardboard to get the length I wanted, so I made them the right length to meet in the back right hand corner to disguise the seam. I also cut frames for the windows.
I gave the window frames a base coat of pink. When dry, I added a bit of sand and gave them a second coat.
Then I gave the fence a base coat of white paint, followed by a second coat of sanded paint.
Time to pin the fence to the base.
I had to fiddle with the fence a bit to make it fit. I ended up refolding the pieces to make the sides a bit longer.
After gluing the fence down, removing the pins, and painting over the glue bead, I made fence posts for the front entrance. The opening became wider than I had planned after I made the two sides of the fence longer. The posts helped fill in some of the extra space.
Detail of the fence posts…
My tutorial for making fence posts can be found here:
As you may have noticed, there was a tiny bit of hot glue showing above the triple window frame. I wanted to cover that, so I chose some coordinating tinsel (pipecleaner).
I put a bit over each window and over the door. I think I will add one more over the door.
That’s were I left the project today. Tomorrow, I hope to glue the house to the base and add some embellishments.
We had a fun weekend with the twins visiting. They had lots of fun on Saturday with Pa. He let them explore the heavens with his phone’s constellation/star finder. Snow White was so excited when she found the sun! Rose Red found the Big Dipper. They found planets and constellations, the Summer Triangle, and stars. All very exciting!
They picked “about a thousand!” daffodils for their mama who has been away on a work related trip for over a week.
They went into the woods and cleared paths of fallen branches.
And they swung on grapevines.
They went on the roof of the house with Pa. Snow White assured me they stayed in the middle!
Everything is an adventure with the grands! We are looking forward to having them back next weekend to share Easter dinner and an egg hunt. Hoping we have nice enough weather to do that outside. Here’s the menu for the week.
Beefy Noodle Bake
Steamed Sugar Snap Peas
You can find more menus and ideas at Menu Plan Monday.