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Mailbox Christmas Village with Graphic 45 Time to Flourish


Holy Dyna Paper Peeps how can time be going so fast????? Less than 10 days now til Christmas, is that even possible????  I’m sharing a project today with Graphic 45 Time to Flourish and Mother Goose.

Mailbox Christmas Village 1I created a Christmas village with a paper mache mailbox using the super gorgeous Time to Flourish papers from Graphic 45 and mixed graphic pops of color and fun embellies.

Mailbox Christmas Village 2Maybe Santa will leave me some treats inside the mailbox Christmas morning. I decided I wanted to build out from the original size of the mailbox so I created a larger base and filled it with bottle brush trees, flowers and ornaments.

Mailbox Christmas Village 3

The trees and streetlight creates a sweet little village look and I dressed them up with some Tim Holtz embellies.

Mailbox Christmas Village Supplies List

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish~8×8 pad December Cut Aparts

Graphic 45 Mother Goose~Checkers

Graphic 45 Time to Flourish~Double Sided Ephemera Cards

Graphic 45 Mother Goose~6×6 pad Sunshine Stripe

Graphic 45 Couture~Accessorize

Dusty Attic Chipboard Streetlight

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Ornate Plates

Tim Holtz Idea-olgy Plaquettes

Bottle Brush Trees

Assorted Smallish Ornaments

Assorted Winter Foliage

Glitter Snowflake

Wishing you all a happy and productive day with lots of time to be creative : ) G  Ohhhh and a few extra hours in the day if that were even possible!



Merry Christmas to all……


Well the kiddos are still sleepin in and so is the Dear Husband. We are definitely going to have ourselves a white Christmas here after a lovely snowstorm yesterday. Our plans are not taking us too far from home so it should be a calm and simple day. 

This little project I’m sharing I created to decorate my shop. I turned my Christmas village shabby chic : ) Lot’s of glitter and flocking and paint. And of course some beautiful trim from RRR. I had the perfect little shelf to display it and it’s got my favorite pink in the background swoon.

IMG_0534              The little trees I bleached last week look perfectly shabby with my little houses.

IMG_0537Of course the village looked like the typical set. I started out by spray painting them to neutralize the background then gave them a base coat of winter white. Next I mixed the paints I liked to tone them down and give them a vintagy look. I used several types of glitter and flocking to create the look of a Putz house. As usual the glitter was EVERYWHERE. I’m sure I even ate some with my lunch lol. I’m sparkly on the inside : )

IMG_0542In order to maintain the look I wanted…I didn’t get crazy with the details…relying on subtlety to tell a quiet story of shabby chic. This little church is the centerpiece…as it should be : ) Just a bit of silvery glitter to dress the windows was all it needed.

IMG_0535Tinsel glitter was the perfect choice for the roofs. Along with flocking  where the snow would have been.

IMG_0532I used a small picture frame with a book page as a backdrop. I’ll be on the lookout now for some other little treasures to tuck into the scenery.

IMG_0529Are you thinking to yourself that it must have taken a long time to paint around all those details? Yep it sure did lol. But since this is going to be a display I put up every year…it was worth the extra effort.

IMG_0533All of the houses have little windows so next year I’ll be adding lights to the inside.


I dressed the front of the shelves with my new favorite Juliet lace in natural from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

IMG_0538All the pale colors were making it look a bit floaty. I decided to add some of the unbleached trees in to anchor the light colors.

IMG_0546The fun part of starting a new collection is not having every little bit right away…I’m looking forward to the hunt for more key pieces to add to fill in. I think I’ll be looking for some lamp posts and signage along with some characters to stage in the scene. OOHHH and also some vintage deer.

IMG_0522There’s the little tree I added garland to.

IMG_0509I’m planning to add signs to the tops of the doors here. I think this one will be Polly’s Paperie.


From the side you can really get the feel of the different glitters. I just love the curve of the shelves….very girly.

Well I hope this inspires you to take a second look at some of your seasonal decor. Maybe you have outgrown the style? Why not give it a makeover. My little village was not a valuable collectable….so I wasn’t too concerned that it might not turn out like I had hoped. But it certainly did and I’m so glad I made the old new again and gave it a new life : ) Who knows…maybe I’ll leave it up year round.

Thanks to all of you who stop in to visit me in my little corner of the world. I’m so very privileged to share my creations with you all. I hope they inspire you to take the time to be creative everyday. Wishing you all a Happy, Healthy, and Blessed Christmas and New Year. I hope you have a day full of magic.

P.S. thanks for all the well wishes for our little Tinker. He is home now and on the mend : ) That is truly a gift indeed.

Garland Tutorial for Bottle Brush Trees


I have recently discovered the bottle brush bleaching technique. The results were so amazing that I bleached all my little trees. Now how to decorate them? Today I’ll be sharing an easy peasy tutorial on how to crochet a sweet little garland.

First a sneak peek at the finished trees….

IMG_0456I used Ivory Wrinkle Ribbon and Silver Metallic String from Really Reasonable Ribbon to create my garland.

IMG_0457I should mention that the little trees started out looking like the one on the right. After bleaching (do this outside!!!) and allowing to dry I gave them a very generous dry brushing ( do not use your favorite brush) : ( and then added tinsel glitter flakes to make them sparkly.

IMG_0448-002IMG_0451-001IMG_0453-001I used ivory and silver…but you could come up with an infinite number of combinations of ribbon and string to create a look that will be very unique. I also think this little garland could be used on lots of crafts or card making or scrapbooking : )

IMG_0455IMG_0460IMG_0459I’ll be adding these little trees to my village vignette. The would also be beautiful in a cloche ( don’t have one of those yet…maybe I’ll ask Santa)  I have also seen them in shabby pink swoon.

That’s it for my tutorial….better go find your crochet hook and get busy making tiny garlands! I hope you all enjoy a happy and productive day and find some time to be creative : ) G