last week in pictures / feb 28 ~ mar 2

Last week brought winter weather and plunging temps, but inside, I was all about spring and summer.

On Monday, I began the work of landscaping the mini Putz barn. I had to decide on which sheep to use. I found these three in my stash. The two smaller ones came from my mother’s house after she passed away, eight years ago. I brought home a lot of her craft stash and have been using it in my own creations. But this time, I chose the larger lamb. He’s half an inch high and is a craft button from Hobby Lobby. He was part of a shepherd, sheep and angel set. I cut the shank off the back and used him to embellish my spring Putz barn.

Ewe's fluffy…

He was just the right size. The barn is also embellished with mulberry paper flowers, velvet flowers, and preserved moss.

Putz barn in process

Wednesday, I enjoyed a video chat with our youngest daughter who is a junior in college. She let Bentley, the house puppy, say hello.

Bentley the pup on video chat

I made some post and board fencing for the barns I made this week. This one was made with square dowels.

IMG_3803making a post and board frence for a putz barn

These posts are made from wooden skewers. The boards are thinly cut pieces of light-weight poster board.

making a post and board frence for a putz barn

Clark came into the craft room to see me. He is quite fluffy right now. He goes in stages through the year, getting extra fluff in January and February, then thinning a bit as summer goes along. He has amazing, almond-shaped eyes. Deep down, he’s just a big baby.


I finished two Putz barns last week. The mini one, on the left, is the spring version and the larger one on the right is embellished for summer.

Same pattern, two sizes

On Sunday, we had snow. Not as much as forecasted, so we were happy with that. But it was a snowy, cold and grey day.

Out the craftroom window

In the craft room, I was happy to use this spring-themed card for my next Putz house. We’ve been seeing robins in the yard, but, like us, they’ll be happier when the fruit trees are blooming!

Robin greeting card and new putz house

You can see my Putz houses and other Christmas ornaments in my Etsy shop.

If you are interested in crafting some Putz houses and bottle brush trees of your own, check out my Putz tutorials for more information. Putz House Tutorials

I am always happy to answer questions about the process. Please ask, if you are wondering about the details of putzing!

All proceeds from my Etsy shop benefit Kenya Mercy Ministries. They work with the urban poor of Nairobi, Kenya, particularly the children and their families who live in Kibera, the largest slum in Africa. Thank you for your part in helping these children when you purchase items from my shop!


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