Thursday, December 3, 2009

Getting crafty...








It doesn't happen very often, but every now and again, I tackle a craft project...don't get me wrong, I love doing craft projects...it's just that I'm not necessarily good at crafting, nor do I really have the time to devote to it...I think of myself as a "crafter wanna be!"



At any rate, my 5 year old son and I decided to make some little houses out of empty milk/cream containers. We used vintage wallpaper and scrapbook paper to cover the containers (I cut, he glued), and then we (mostly me) embellished them a bit...Aren't they cute??!




I found this idea in one of my Christmas books. You can make the houses look more like bird houses and hang them from your tree or you can make them into more of a little village. We {kind of} had fun setting our village up with my bird candles and some fake snow and buttons (love those white buttons!)...to quote my son:

"It's kind of like playing with my Thomas engines...just not as much fun..."

Hmmm...










If you look closely, you will see my son's handiwork amongst the snow and buttons...little bird punch outs...I bought a Martha Stewart craft punch recently (see crafter wanna be) and my son has taken a real liking to it...actually so have I...I can't help it, it's just so much fun to make perfect little birds from the pages of old books! It's embarrassing to say, but we actually fight over who gets to use it!! Santa, if you're listening, we need another craft punch please!






Thanks for putting up with our little craft project...dare I say it, but I do have more projects to show you...but I'll save those for another day :)







And the winner of my giveaway is Annie from Firefly Hill Designs!!! Email me your address Annie and I will get your goodies right out to you! A big thank you to everyone for participating in my giveaway!! You girls are simply the best!!!




If you would like a chance to win some beautiful jewelry and a craft book, head on over to my friend Jamie's giveaway over at Simply Me Art...but hurry, today (Thursday) is the last day to enter!







Enjoy your weekend!!!







Tracey

69 comments:

Lee W - The Way I See It said...

I love the houses! I'm going to try to do it with my sons once we get settled. I have the same punch- love it! My kids like to play with them too.

Lisa said...

Tracey, what pretty little houses, and I think I'll get side-tracked and go make a little Christmas village!

Leah C said...

The little houses are adorable...and ya gotta love those buttons:) And guess what I'm adding to my wish list now? That cute lil' bird punch!

TAPESTRIESOFNATURE said...

TRACEY, THOSE ARE SO SWEET, A GREAT IDEA , AND VERY WELL DONE. CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOUR OTHER CRAFT PROJECTS.
IF YOU DO COME TO KANE, COULD YOU BRING A MAGAZINE WITH YOU AND I WILL BUY IT. IF ,ON THE OTHER HAND, YOU HAVE TO ORDER THEM, I WOULD LIKE ONE PLEASE.

HOPE TO SEE YOU, I HAVE A LOT OF THINGS THAT I AM EXCITED ABOUT.
THANKS, JUDY

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

Hi Tracey, your crafts are wonderful and I LOVE the little birds out of old paper with the punch! Congratulations to the winner of your giveaway too! I am having major blogger problems today, have you had any trouble with blogger... anyone out there having problems??? No one's blogs are feeding through, (mine included) I just brought yours up to see if you had posted anything... Bisous... Julie Marie

Firefly Hill said...

Tracey,
I love your little houses....just darling! I cannot believe I won your giveaway...I never win anything! Thank you so much!

I am off to email you...

xo,
annie

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

How cute are those? What sweet memories you and your son made. Even if they weren't in the shape of Thomas the train.... ;)

Love your creations! I think we, the blog readers, need to be taken on a little journey around your home again ... a Christmas version of snippits of the fabulous touches in your home!?!? ;)

Happy Thursday! (is this week flying by? or is it just me....)

Anne Marie said...

I have saved 2 detergent boxes - and soon will be houses as well - not as cute as yours I'm afraid....

and those little bird punch outs! love that! how fun......
Michael's??

Tracy Suzanne said...

Oh' Tracy, aren't those just to cute! They are precious. Now I just have to have one of those bird punches.

Hugs...Tracy :)

Sweet Old Vintage said...

How sweet the little houses.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Tracy, your houses are just wonderful. I think our ability to "craft" well sometimes is affected by our lack of "time". It's great that your son was there to help. The two of you did a beautiful job! Can't wait to see what else you've been up to!
Debra

Heather Cameron said...

What a sweet project - I've been thinking of trying the mini glitter houses. It's hard to make craft projects that you have one vision of, but the kids have another. Your houses are adorable. keep going, it motivates me!!

Simply Me Art said...

Well We shall now call you Ms. Crafty, what a Beautiful Job. I love it.. You need to Craft more often. Thank you for the shout out too, You are too Sweet. xo Jamie

Sammy Girl said...

Tracey -- I absolutely LOVE those little cottages. And the Martha punches ... WOW! I must have missed that wonderful bird ... now I HAVE to stop at Michael's and see if they have it. Just got one of those punch around the sheet sets and playing with it ... too much fun - so I can see why you "fight" over who gets to use it!
Congrats to the winner of your giveaway, and thanks for visiting my blog.
Hugs and have a super day!
Betty :)

Lemonade Makin' Mama said...

Those are just darling!!! You have given me a whole new perspective on crafting with cartons...

Sheila R said...

Tracy, those are so beautiful! Thanks for sharing your creativity!

tara said...

I am a crafter wanna be too, but I hardly ever like what I do! :) these on the other hand are adorable! I have a small infatuation with butterflies and have little punch outs of those, and I love them! :) happy crafting!
(dont you just love the honesty of kids...kills me!)

Jacqueline said...

Oh Tracey, I love the little houses that you and your son made. They are so cute.I have to say that I love the last photograph of the buttons with the little bird. You're a very good Mum to sit and craft with your son. It takes a great deal of patience !!!! XXXX

red.neck chic said...

Well....if that's a "wanna be" creation then keep being a "crafter wanna be" because those ARE THE CUTEST THINGS!!!!!!! And that punch? Divine!!! I hope Santa's reading your request - I'm thinking there can't BE too many of those laying around!!! Oh, and maybe he'll find a Thomas one too?

;-D Cute FOR SURE!!!
Robelyn

The Vintage Modern Girl said...

hi Tracey! these are just wonderful!! i'd say you are more than a "wanna be"- you are a "be"! you never cease to inspire me! awesome job to you and your son! and i can't believe that i missed your giveaway! yikes!! how did i do that? although, on a happier note, i did put some things from your shop on my Christmas list...and i think my hubby may have actually gotten them! oh wait...i'm not supposed to know! ;-) have a great day, girl!

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Tracey! You and your son did a fanstastic job on the houses. You are not a crafter wanne be - you are a very good crafter. The birds are great.

Jeanneoli said...

They turned out so beautifully!!! That Thomas the train comment was awesome!!! Have a great day!

Les Cotrions said...

You and your son are very talented! I like your little white house and you decorated it very beautifully!
Congratulations to the winner!
Have a nice week end!
Vale

mandiegirl said...

It's SO pretty! I love the birds, to! :)

Laurie said...

Very sweet, I love them! The white buttons and little paper birds are perfect! Good job to you both...

Florence said...

I love those little houses and the bird punch I must go out and find one. Thanks for sharing. Florence

Susan said...

Those houses are beautiful! I think my young students would love to make their own Christmas village! And the punch?...I think you should get a commission based how many of your readers buy one! Unless Santa brings me one for Christmas...fingers crossed!
Thanks for the inspiration!
Blessings!

paige said...

can i just tell ya, that right beside vintage glass ornaments are little handmade christmas houses on my list of faves!
yours are so wonderful!
i love how they're all winter wonderlandy

i'm thrilled for annie that she won!!

Southern Lady's Vintage said...

They certainly are!! Cute as can be!!

Halo Hill said...

Congrats to the winner, and OH do I love the houses you and your little one made!!

Sheila

Jane said...

How fun to work on a craft project with your son. I think they are adorable and will long be treasured by the both of you!
Jane

{ L } said...

Little Milk cartons?!! Perfect idea! These are so charming and adorable.

Robin said...

Adorable, you and your little helper should get crafty more often. Thanks for the idea, my little one will love this idea(me too)

Sandi said...

Tracey,
Love the houses and the little bird punch. I will have to get one of those too! I have several punches, but not that one. Drats...and I just got home from town. lol
Blessings~

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Tracey,

I love your little houses and what fun you and your Son must have had.
So lovely to make things yourself and far better than store bought things.

Happy weekend
Hugs
Carolyn

a little bit vintage said...

So, so cute Tracey!! :) I just may have to steal this idea. ;)

Smiles,
Rachel

AshleyR said...

What a crafty mama you are :)
They are sooo cute!!

undomestic chica said...

They're adorable! And there's so many things you could do with them throughout different seasons.

Farmgirl Paints said...

Those are adorable...Miss Crafty!

Martha said...

Tracey...they look FANTASTIC!!! I just LOVE them...what a great idea! And I think you are pretty crafty:)

Your son's comment was the BEST though...LOVE it!

Can't wait to see you soon!
Blessings, Martha

koralee said...

Oooooh I love these ...what a sweet idea. I need more TIME!!!!!! So much to do and so little TIME!

June said...

Tracey these are the sweetest things. What a way to spend an afternoon with the little man. You guys are awesome.
If I had that bird punch, even my clothes would have birdies holes in them. TOO cute!
Congrats to Annie!!!

Jeni said...

What adorable houses. And I love what your son said. That's priceless. Happy holidays to you!

Ellie said...

adorable...what craft book did you find this in....they are really sweet...another one to put on my do list!
Thanks for sharing!

Vintage Junky said...

so cute!

Smiles~ Michelle

Auntie Cake said...

Sweet little cottages!
Kate

Jo said...

The Christmas cottages turned out wonderfully ~ love that you two are in need of another punch to keep peace in the family! :)

Jo

The Little Red Shop said...

Sweet! I just love little houses...what a great project!

: )

Julie M.

Molly Mo's said...

Love the little houses, just adorable! What a fun project, I think I want Santa to bring me a bird punch too :) Thanks for visiting my blog and I wish you could come to one of my shows, would love to meet you in person!
Diane

Country Dreaming said...

Cute little houses They make a neat village. Love those paper punches too.

Melinda

BELDECOR by Bine said...

Dear Tracy,
ohhh what a great job you do with your sweet son. The houses are sooo beautiful, a wonderful idea! But I have the impression that you're pretty creative ...
Wonderful weekend to you, enjoy the time!
Many warm hugs
Bine

traci said...

what sweet little birdhouses!!! who are you kidding, you are a good little crafter. well done!

Anonymous said...

This is very inspiring and what beautiful results! I love little boys and their points of reference - at least it was in the running with Thomas!

--Vicki K.

Junk Evolution said...

I love your little village Tracey! And it brought back some fond memories of the village I made with my children (now 17,19, 22). We used milk cartons and an oatmeal box and covered them w/bark, moss etc. Made waxed paper windows and set them on a bed of moss. I still have them, and it's still one of our favorite decorations.
Char

Marie said...

Oh Tracey...you're not fooling anybody...you are too crafty and creative. Your creation is simply adorable...now I wish I have a crafty side like that.
-marie

LuLu said...

Ctafty cuteness!!! Oh I love how they look and you have a fabulous little helper!!
happy weekend right back at ya!
xo,
LuLu

AuroraSuzette said...

So cute! I like projects you can do with kids, and finish.

red ticking said...

simply lovely.... have a great weekend...

Barbara said...

So clever, Tracey! I love your project results!
Happy weekend!

Jerri said...

Hey T!
I want to be crafty!!! It was great to see you stopped by...thanks for your sweet comments! Hope all is well!

xo

Jen R. said...

Tracey, those little houses are so cute! Great minds must think alike because I ended up doing bird garlands out of old book pages on my tree.

PamperingBeki said...

Tracey, that is so cute! You crafty little thang...

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

I love your project, Tracey. Beautiful! p.s. love the little paper bird.

paperhill said...

sorry if this appears twice, not sure what happened. super cute project, they turned out so sweet! love the little punch too :)

Au Petit Paris said...

Tracey,

How sweet! What adorable little houses. Pretty crafty for someone who is a "crafter wanna be". I think you make a pretty darn good "CRAFTER".

Love those white buttons.

Kris

belle-blanc said...

Hi Tracey,
this little "bird"houses are so nice... what a beautifl idea. I love these little birds, yes, there are also some nice punches
;0) Hugs, Mira!

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Ooooh, my heart skipped a beat when I saw that "Annie" had won....wrong Annie! But congrats to the other Annie!
I so love that your son is doing crafts with you! Can't wait to see his very first, all-by-himself, creation. :-)
Anne

Lori said...

These are the cutest Tracey and I am loving that little bird punch!

FILIGREE MOON said...

These are so precious! ~ Angela