10.23.2008

Christmas Village

Fall, the season which normally incites such pleasure for me, has failed to inspire me this year. Apart from a few measly pine cones and mini pumpkins, I have done zero autumnal decorating - all of last year's adornments are still tucked in our attic. 

Christmas is a different story - I am eagerly awaiting the appropriate time to begin decorating for December 25th. The great thing about crafting, is that I can create a few Holiday items while I bide my time. 

I love this Christmas village from Pottery Barn Kids; but spending nearly $40 on a cardboard house is a little ridiculous.


Hobby Lobby to the rescue!

Yesterday I found this unfinished paper-mache house for just over $4 (after 30% off). I'm not sure if you can tell, but this is a nice size (over a foot tall), and has a removable roof. I plan on using the 12 windows as a countdown for Christmas - a shortened advent calendar if you will - and will tuck goodies for my girls inside the house.  


I can't wait to get started embellishing! 

I see glitter in my future.

20 comments:

Chica and Jo said...

What a fantastic idea! I am also a little uninspired by fall this year and looking forward to Christmas. I just finished making a mini-snowglobe for my daughter. I'll send you a link when I post pictures.

Jenna Haider said...

You are sooo creative! I would have never thought of an idea like this....but now I'm pondering where the nearest Hobby Lobby is. :)

Songbirdtiff said...

I can't wait for Christmas! I love your idea for your Christmas cottage and can't wait to see the results.

Songbirdtiff said...

What a fantastic idea. I'm right with you in being ready to decorate for Christmas. James and I have already been scouring the Christmas sections at stores getting ideas.

I can't wait to see how this turns out!

Doris said...

I LOVE this idea...too cute! Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Carmell said...

that is a very creative idea!! you should put it on a lazy susan so it can turn! i don't usually do any real decorating.. just a tree.. i got little ones that are very grabby... so anything pretty and glittery is usually no even out of the box good before its broke!

Tanna Clark said...

Oh, what a great idea, I can probably handle something like that. Hmmm. So I actually bought some Mod Podge thinking I should master that before moving on to sewing. Haven't made anything yet though! :) I will share when I do.

Autumn said...

Good idea! I want you to make it and then we can get together and you can make one for me too:) Haha! Seriously though, we need another holiday craft weekend soon and this would be the perfect project!

Krista said...

Love it, Kristin! Can't wait to see how you spruce it up! I'm still in 'fall mode'! =) Okay, so are you getting on FB?? =)

Sherri said...

Super idea...I look forward to seeing the Christmas cottage progress!

Mikki said...

Fabulous idea!! I can't wait to see the finished project.

I was actually more inspired than usual to decorate for fall this year--although, I just finally pulled out the rest of my Halloween decorations today.

kristi lee said...

You could also turn that into a FABULOUS chic haunted house! Sparkly black glitter. . .some cob webs. Oooooh, Hobby Lobby might be calling my name tomorrow.

Sara said...

Oh I love it! The closest HL is over a 40 min drive from me... maybe I will have to make a trip there one day!!! =] I cant wait to see what you create with that lovely house!!! =]

babydollsandbeerbottles said...

OMG, what a GREAT idea. I'm SO going to HL this weekend to get a little paper mache house...

Thanks for the idea(s)!
~Laura

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

What a cute idea! I bought the Real Simple card holders from your brag book idea, and am planning to make these as Christmas gifts! I'm going to have to check out those houses -- my girls would love to help decorate something like that!

Salinda said...

We love Hobby Lobby! I can't wait to decorate for Christmas! But, must finish Halloween costumes first!

Can't wait to see your cottage.

Meredith said...

I have to get one of those. Can't wait to see how you decorate it!

* TONYA * said...

I am super jealous of everyone who has a hobby lobby in their state. I have to drive at least 8-10 hours to get to my closest store. Oh why can't they open on in California. I would love to do this project. I can't wait to see how yours turns out

Nelly said...

Found you via Cut & Keep viewing your altered comp. book. I do those also. I just love yours. Go McCain!

Nelly

Amber said...

What a neat project! I cannot wait to see what you will do with it!