Monday, December 07, 2009

My Victorian Houses - I Had To Keep Them!

During the last few months I have been happily creating some of the items from punch-needle, cross-stitch, and needle felting kits I had purchased during the spring. All of the kits were purchased with the thought of giving the finished projects as Christmas gifts this year or next.

Of course, like everything I create I tend to fall in love with the finished products. Some more so than others. Some so much so that I selfishly decide to keep them for myself and my home decor.

Well, I have to tell you that I absolutely fell in love with my Victorian cross-stitch village. Now I know that wasn't the intent, but I couldn't help myself with my Victorian houses. If it's Victorian it's right up my alley. Ya think!!!! LOL LOL

My Victorian house village was created based upon a Dimensions cross-stitch Gold Collection kit called "Christmas Village Ornaments." It was supposed to be a series of Victorian house ornaments with a cross-stitch front and felt cloth back outlined with a braided gold band.

However, I didn't make my Victorian village as cloth ornaments. Instead, I enlisted the help of my younger brother to create wood shadowboxes that I painted with a blue/white/green sponge affect.

My Victorian village includes the following:

A fabulous blue house....

A traditional Victorian pink lady......

A bakery.....

A church.....

Rudolph's tree farm....

and, Kringle's toy store.

I love how they turned out and love that I can arrange them any way I want. I can arrange them all in a row, group them, even stack them if I want to. Right now I have them in two groups of three houses each in my sun room.

My husband gave me a suggestion of adding hinges to the groups of three so they can be easily arranged and then stored away. I like that idea and will probably add tiny hinges to them before we put them away for the holiday season.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Victorian village and hope you can see why I loved them so much.

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