Thanks to everyone who sent Anniversary wishes - we had a nice celebration last night. The day was busy with a lot of errands and special preparations for dinner. I had a bit of a break and went with my neighbor to our local craft store. We thought that they would be ready to have the little decorated houses taken away, but they decided to keep them for a few more weeks. I am glad that I went back and had a chance to see some more of the houses and I thought I'd share the photos I took (the best I could do with my small "purse"camera). If you missed the first post about these houses, you can find it HERE.
This house was covered with fondant - very elegant in white and gold.
The trees were covered in sugar crystals and there was a little sugar mouse and some pearly mushrooms along the side.
The nativity scene at the base of this house was charming and the glitter coating and the angel in the star gave it an old-fashioned feel.
This house had snow coming from the chimney, wreaths on the windows (a common sight in New England) and lots of little figures playing in the snow.
This little scene shows Snoopy and his decorated dog house. There is even a plane for the "World War One Flying Ace."
A simple, elegant and totally "blinged out" house with pearls and diamonds carefully arranged (don't you love the pearl sidewalk?).
Another church with a stained glass window and some carolers, beautifully hand painted.
The toys, sled and bicycle are nice accessories for this clapboard house with alternating colors of roof shingles.
The papers and trim on this one really appeal to me. The little red bird perched on the roof is a nice touch.
This house (or rather, the creator of this house) has a sense of fun with Santa's legs sticking out of the chimney.
This miniature version of the store, with caricatures of the owners and staff, looks very much like the real shop.
The houses I found most fascinating were this set of three houses that were decorated using Zentangle® techniques.
The patterns are so interesting to look at with many variations. They are really just doodles that have some sort of structure to contain them.
The tiny wreaths on each house add a splash of color.
I don't know much about Zentangles, so I looked up the site. I found out that the Zentangle® art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas and is copyrighted. Zentangle® is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. You can learn more at zentangle.com.
Two quick notes,
The Creative Memories January Album Sale is on now and runs until the 26th of January at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. Most of the albums are on sale for 20% off. If you need albums, this is a good time to stock up. You can find the sale page HERE on my CM personal website.
New Blitsy Sales...
After a long second-chance round of sales on all of the remaining items from the first weeks of the Blitsy private sale site, there will be new sales posted today. If you haven't joined this site yet you may be missing out on some great deals. Here is my link that you can use to join.
Once you join, you can get your own link and refer friends. You can earn a $10 credit when they make their first purchase of $10 or more. If you are on Facebook, be sure to become a "fan" of their page so you can get a code for 10% off your first order.
I hope you have a very Happy Wednesday!
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