12.02.2009

A Glittering Christmas House~

This is my house last Christmas. This is the last Christmas we will be spending here. Since this little house is the first house the Hubby and I purchased, I am slightly melancholy about that.

After seeing all the glitter projects in the November issue of Martha Stewart Living, I was inspired to immortalize this little house in glitter.

First, I had to tweak the picture a little bit. I wanted it to look like it was taken on a snowy day. So I went to one of my favorite photo-editing websites, Picnik, and made her look like this...



Much better. Now, I must warn you, the rest of these pictures are horrible. Try as I might, I couldn't get them to turn out the way I wanted, but because I know that my fabulous readers have equally fabulous imaginations, you will all know how utterly fabulous this project really turned out to be. (fabulous.)



I started out by printing 4 copies of the photo. Then I cut them into pieces, because my goal was to give the finished project a 3D effect. So piece #1 is the entire photo. Piece #2 is just the house. Pieces #3 and #4 are the dormers and the lawn, stairs and trees/bushes in front of the house. And piece #5 is just the lawn.


Then I got to have some serious fun. I used a paintbrush and spread Mod Podge (because I like it better than glue for glitter projects) over the snow on each of the pieces and poured glitter over the Mod Podge to create glitter-y snow!

Here's where the pictures really don't do the project justice. I was trying to get a good photo where you can see the 3D effect, and you can kind of tell in these, but not really. What I did at this point was use those puffy adhesive squares that you can buy at any scrapbooking/craft store to layer each piece over the one below until I achieved an adorable 3D glitter-y version of my cute house all dolled up for Christmas.


You can kind of see the 3D effect in this photo better. But anyway, I put the whole project in a pretty white shadowbox frame, and now when I pull it out every year for Christmas, I'll remember our first house with fondness! Wouldn't it be fun to make one for each house we live in? With the rate at which we move, I'll have my own Christmas village in no time. ;-)



Have a great Wednesday~

44 comments:

Kathy's Red Door Welcome said...

What a fun looking project. I love photos of pretty homes anyway, but glittery pretty homes...even better still!

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

It looks just amazing. What a perfect memory of your beautiful home!

Best wishes,
Tammy

PlantSomeRoots@Lakewood said...

Fantabulous idea for a keepsake of your lovely home!
Living it up at Lakewood,
Cindy

Anita said...

That's a great idea. This way your memory will always be sharp and clear because of the time you took to creatively document your home. Beautiful.

Laura said...

What a fantastic idea to remember your beautiful home!

Pam said...

I saw that project in MSL this month and thought it was adorable. But, you added such a creative twist with the 3D effect. It turned out great. And, your house is absolutely darling. No wonder you're feeling slightly melancholy. With your talent - I'm sure your next house will be just as beautiful.

texasdaisey said...

What a cool idea! You know life just couldn't be complete without glitter in it. Be sure to hop over and check out my giveaway that I am having.
Debbie

Kate Starr said...

Love that project, sweet and lovely. We have a VERY similar home and seeing how you put yours to glitter... I now may do the same!

Thanks for the inspiration Wendy!

Vanessa said...

Creative and Beautiful! I even thought that was real snow! Vanessa

Lisa ~ A Cottage to Me said...

What a fun way to make a beautiful lasting memory of your first home!

Suzanne said...

Oh no...How do you leave a house like that? Very pretty...and creative as always!

Shell in your Pocket said...

Oh...I love your house...that is such a great "style"...it's picture perfect!

sandy toe
p.s. Stop by today...I am talking wreaths and I think it would be perfect on your door!

Tiffany said...

What a fantastic idea! I LOVE it! That would be great to have one from each house you live in! What great memories!

Kristina said...

What a cute idea! I love this!!

Lindsey said...

Love this!!

Lainey-Paney said...

Good job!!!
:)

Okay---changing subjects.
I need a pixie tutorial.
You're so creative, and I've LOVED your pixie in the apothecary jar...
I have 2 empty apothecary jars that I got for my birthday (back in June!) and I fully intended to do 'em up & make pixies!
I am at a loss for getting started.
Do a Tutorial b/c you rock!

Beth's Blog said...

What a great idea! I loved it :)

Suzann @ The Olive Cottage said...

That is soooo cool!

Darlene said...

I think you have outdone yourself with that!!!! LOVE IT!!! Your home is so gorgeous that I would be very sad to move away from it.♥

Jen said...

Looks fab! I've been wanting to try that project too...but we moved as well and our other house was more "christmas-y" and built in 1930 so you get the picture. Great job! I'm adding this to my craft list!

Teresa said...

Holy Cow...that's a fabulous idea- love it.
Happy Day

Tricia Anne said...

Oh how beautiful! And so sweet to remember homes from the past. :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Sherri @ Design2Shine said...

Really CREATIVE idea! I love the thought of keeping one for each home you live in. Great memory idea and decor.

Rachelle said...

I.LOVE.IT.

We're trying to sell our house too right now and as much as I am sad about it, I'm at the point where I'm ready to give it away. But, I know when the time does come, and I'm missing this tiny little starter home, this will be the perfect project to look at. I'm def. doing this!

Rachelle

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Love the project. You house is quite similar in style to our old house in Virginia. Unfortunately, here on the west coast the houses lack that same architecture. I miss hanging wreaths on every window! Now I have a box of 9 wreaths!
Good luck with your new home. Enjoy your sweet memories and thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see what you do with the next house!

Shannon said...

What a great idea! I love that and it will be so fun to see that year after year.

Lainey-Paney said...

W-
THANKS!!!!!

2sisters said...

What a fun keepsake! It turned out darling. What creativity you have. I would never have though to make a 3d picture.
teri

Brittany said...

So Cute! What a warm way to remember your first home. I want to add snow to a picture of my house... even though we live on the Central Coast in Cal.

Nina Patricia @ The Adventures of Nina Patricia said...

I saw this on the magazine and I have to say that you made this look a lot simpler. It looks beautiful, and I have to say that your homes looks like a dream to me :)

jociegal said...

That is SUCH a cute idea! I love that house. It is so sweet and reminds me of the home that I grew up in. Great idea.

Gwen said...

That is such a cool way to capture a memory!

LuLu said...

The fun you have creating!!! Makes me wish I could just sit at your kitchen table and glitter with you! I love this idea, what a special memory you will always have your home.
thanks for idea!!!
xo,
LuLu

seanymph said...

Great Idea. Im moving from this house in a wk or so. Its not my first house tho, it is my after divorce house. And Ive been very melancholy lately because Im moving this time of yr. Its when all my family times happen. Im moving far enough away that the family times now will be few. But Im not going to do this idea with this house. Ive decided to do that with my new house in Oregon.

Im starting over again in my old age with my bf in our new house up there. This would be a good idea to make our First Christmas cards in the new home.

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

Such a sweet idea! We've moved enough times, I know we'd have a village already!! :) haha! Very, Very cute!
Blessings,
Stacey

Robyn said...

That is absolutely adorable and WHAT A LOVELY HOME! It LOOKS like a CHRISTMAS HOUSE! LOL I used to teach a scrapbooking class like that technique. ;-) It's fun!

Mary (Mary's Monday Musicology) said...

What a great idea! I love it! If only I had a house worth a project like that :)

Katrina Chambers said...

Oh how cute is that! Ahhh snow....none of that over here in Australia...just a heat wave haha :)

Glitter and Bliss said...

Oh my goodness. That is so amazing!! I love that idea. So great to see your comment the other day. I am so thrilled that you liked New Moon. Sis and I are sneaking away and seeing it again tomorrow. Yes, we are dorks. :)

Kasey said...

holy smokes miss 40 comments!!
love it

{ L } said...

This is an excellent idea! Wow,just beautiful. Great work!

Pat said...

This is a wonderful idea! I'm sure you'll really appreciate this in the years to come.

abby @ tales and trials said...

I love your little house project. we move every few years {military} so i could have my own little villageafter a while too!

Sherry said...

What a great idea! I love the 3D house project. I can't wait to try this myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

Sherry