Most families have their Christmas traditions; little rituals that are carried out year after year and our family is no exception.
It was a long held tradition at tea time, when we used to go to my parents in law for boxing day celebrations, that there would be some extra small gifts for everyone. These were always concealed in either a fairy house or a pretty fairy mushroom that had pride of place on a
beautifully laid dining table adorned with the very best bone china and glassware. Meals taken here were somewhat formal affairs, and didn't happen that often other than special occasions. Sadly they are no longer alive and it has been up to us as the now senior family members to uphold our own traditions. This year we have the joy of hopefully being joined by our first grandchild Emily (that is if everyone else is cold and bug free). We have to be sensible about infection around her as she has HLHS.
I decided at the last minute to make my own house for her ( I know she is too young to understand this year but it should last for a few years to come). It has been a labour of love but has gone together quite well, with a little help from my husband where mathematical calculations and construction tips were needed. It took 10 sheets of 3mm A4 chipboard, some gold acrylic paint and a selection of Kaisercraft paper that I had left over from last year. I also used scraps of red and yellow cardstock, Scor- tape, hot glue, glossy accents and stickles. The shingles for the roof were made using a Martha Stewart lace edge punch and made to glisten like frost by using crystal embossing powder and a heat gun. Unfortunately, the photographs do not do the house justice as the light wasn't coming from the right direction to enable good photographs. Nevertheless, here is a selection.
I hope you like it as much as I enjoyed making it. I will have another project to show you after the festive season, but need to wait until the recipient has seen it first. Here's wishing you a very happy Christmas and New Year.