Friday, December 25, 2009

In the Lane Snow is Glistening

This morning, snow is glistening in a miniature Christmas village. I have coveted vintage glitter houses from afar in past Decembers, and this year with all these great resources I couldn't pass up the chance to make my own. These are all constructed from cereal boxes using patterns found online and some drafted by my brother (he and my dad helped me cut them out too - thanks guys!). They all have mica flake rooftops, vellum window panes, and acrylic painted siding with a fine dust of white glitter. The door of the church is silvery with German glass glitter and a few houses have homemade pipe cleaner wreaths.Of course every glitter village needs a forest of bottlebrush trees. These were formerly dark green trees from the bargain store until I bleached, dyed and decorated them. To their bristles I added glitter and mica snow, mini plastic ornaments and pearly beads. My method was very imprecise but this tutorial has really detailed instructions of the process for those interested.
I also found a bottle brush wreath on sale for a few dollars and I couldn't resist. I gave it a new ribbon and swapped out some of the smaller plastic ornaments for miniature glass ones from a few years ago.
I hope you've enjoyed this little tour. I have just a few more things to share later this afternoon but until then, best wishes to you and yours!

60 comments:

blossom said...

so lovely & adorably cute.....have the most magical christmas xx

Heather said...

Breathtaking! Merry Christmas!

S.L.North said...

Exquisite. I love them all, your work is fabulous. It's a sort of present to see it. ;)
Merriest Christmas!

Sum said...

This is absolutely beautiful! LOVE this. I want to make something like this. This is a magical town!

Sarah said...

Your village is stunning!

I've recently subscribed to your blog and imagine my surprise to see you've used my tutorial to make the trees. Yours are GORGEOUS! (And I am itching to make more.)

Roselie said...

AMAZING!!!I feel as if I am in an enchanted village when I look at the pictures!! so dreamy....

Theresa und Eva-Maria said...

Those look wonder-wonder-wonderful!!! Merry Christmas to you!!! Have a wonderful holiday and thank you for your lovely blog! I especially love the lighting in your last pictures. It looks so dreamy and fairytale-like!

Yours, Theresa

Eadaoin said...

this is absolutely beautiful, i'm so glad you shared these photos! hope you're having a great christmas day :)

Lizard said...

Wow! It's BEAUTIFUL! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Emom said...

So sweet!!
I am smiling....thank you.

even eve said...

cool and pretty. I really like the pastel colors

Elie's Papel said...

Beautiful!!!! I'm sure you are very proud of the end result of all your hard work... Merry Christmas!

Kristy said...

This is lovely thank you so much for sharing and inspiring!

Katherine said...

Oh, it's so so cute! I remember making a little village with my grade 1 class :D

Kristy said...

So cute, thanks for the Holiday cheer

jennifer lorton said...

How lovely, it's so sweet it almost makes my teeth ache. Thanks for sharing.Merry Christmas.

Eliza said...

Your mind is beautiful, I wish I had houses like those all over my room <3

Saltina said...

Well done! I covet.

Hannah said...

It's SO beautiful--and just so...INNOCENT. And Christmasy :: it's very Christmasy and OH >> So beautiful. :)

made sweet said...

wowza.

you blow my mind.

dawn said...

How beautiful! You've totally inspired me to save the little cardboard village I made last year (that sadly didn't survive storage) to use as a template to make a sturdier village. And to run out and buy the last of the dark green trees at the local dollar store. And, and... thank you so much for sharing.

Cynthia L. H. said...

The most beautiful I've seen!!! LOVE it!
;^) ;^) ;^)

Katie said...

Love love love it!

Stephanie of Pretty {much} Art said...

Sooo pretty! That must have taken a while!

Ann @ all things paper said...

Just lovely. I want to step inside each little building... they look so inviting. I've posted a pic and a link on my blog today.

tara said...

I cannot believe you took everyday dark evergreens and transformed them into something so very magical. What an enchanting little village.

Hope your holidays were merry and bright.

Lulu said...

How enchanting! I feel like writing a fairy tale after gazing at these magical buildings is such charming colors - thanks for the inspiration!

Studio Sylvia said...

The season is ending but what absolutely gorgeous decorations. Just beautiful. First time to your blog.

Robin said...

i am in love with this! i searched the after xmas sales for villages to begin collecting for the holidays and couldn't find anything i loved. why did it not occur to me to make my own?!!?

Christine said...

So magical and beautiful! I love your colour palate and the close up details are fantastic!

Kristy @ Isn't It Just Darling? said...

This is really beautiful! I wish I had seen this post before Christmas. I've always wanted to decorate for the holidays in girly pinks and pastels :)

Lovely Little Nest said...

Oh my goodness, this is the most beautiful little Christmas village I have ever seen! You are SO creative!

~ Natalie :)

Anonymous said...

I have to know - how did you make the pipe cleaner wreaths??

Livy said...

Pipe Cleaner Wreath:
I twisted a pipe cleaner about itself to make it a little thicker. Then I formed it into a circle by twisting it around a marker or pencil (depending on desired size). I glued a bow over the place where the ends meet.

concretenprimroses said...

Very beautiful!
I'm trying to make them without patterns this evening, just eyeballing. Its not working. I love yours.
Kathy

Melissa de la Fuente said...

So so beautiful hun...you have such a gift for making things so very, very beautiful! :)
xo
Melis

Angela Desveaux said...

Stunning! I think I'm going to have a hard time buying anything other than this colour palette for Christmas decor this year!

Emily Elizabeth said...

This is absolutely amazing and such a lovely color palette!

louisa shipman said...

wow, we are smitten with the sparkling beauty of this village. We just had to feature it on our blog!

Mimi said...

Very nice !Lovely ! Pink is my color !
A french bloggeuse who does'nt speak english very well...;-)))

Couture de Papier said...

Very magical...

Lorajean said...

This has to be the most beautiful thin i have ever seen! Why oh why did I not see it till now?!

Ananas Candy said...

Wow!!! by far the best Christmas Village I've ever seen! I defenitely want to try the bottle brush wreath. AMAZING!!!

Craftiness NOW said...

so gorgeous! my family had houses like this when i was little, and i just LOVE the colors of these, beautiful.

Wona said...

I'm wondering...I've found the templates that are out on the websites but did you use the exact size these are or did you increase the size?

Livy said...

Hi Wona,
I don't remember exactly since this was over a year ago, but my houses are not that big. Maybe about 4-5 tall including the roof.
-Livy

la princesita said...

I`m in love with these little houses, awesome (L)

kjlove said...

I found my winter project!! Soooo precious!

Dr Sonia S V said...

So beautiful
Cheers from Bangalore ,India
Dr Sonia S V
http://cardsandschoolprojects.blogspot.com

Anonymous said...

would love to try this this christmas, hope i dont run out of time they are just beautiful

joyhey said...

Hi, just blogged about this lovely idea over at my JoyBlog: http://joyhey.wordpress.com/2011/12/05/inspiration-pastel-holidays/ Hope you like it! :) Hugs, Krista

carolecarlotta said...

so cute and good idea!! I didn't thought it was possible!

Vandana said...

Beautiful! One project at a time though for me. Going to paint my 1st. Village house this weekend.

Sew Flippin Cool said...

love this. just wanted you to know I blogged about it http://emilyflippinmaruna.wordpress.com/2012/12/04/must-make-monday-not-your-usual-holiday-decorations/

Carole said...

Gorgeous village!

Anonymous said...

wow! This is amazing. Gonna do it for sure.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely LOVE this...it is exactly what I am looking for! Going to get an early start. :)

Anonymous said...

These a beautiful. I was instantly in love. they would look amazing in the house on Christmas morning!!!!!

Juanita B said...

Amazing and magical! TFS.

la femme boheme said...

This is soo lovely.

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