Here's a shot of the paper village we always put up around this time of year. Some of the houses -- the three-dimensional ones with pastel roofs -- I made a year or two ago using a Martha Stewart winter village kit. At some point, I used Country Home's plans to make the plain white buildings, which are flat. And this year's addition is the one in the middle -- it's made from a photograph of our own crooked house, printed on vellum and taped to a square glass vase. I got the idea from Hutch Studio. They made similar ones of their shop. (Via the lovely new blog A History of Home.)
I've taken photographs of other houses in our neighbourhood, and ones of the houses of some relatives and friends -- you know, the people who don't actually live in our neighbourhood but we wish did. (Gramma, when you read this, please email us a photo of your house and Den's.) And, time permitting, I'm going to add those houses to our paper village, too. So that even if the real world isn't perfect, our paper one will be.
Or maybe not. If you look closely, you can see where the roof of our porch is starting to fall down, right above the steps. And unfortunately, there's another slight problem. I suggested to Luke that we might like to put little cut-out photographs/paper dolls of him and Vivi on the felt, next to that snowman say, and he thought that was a great idea. "We should look sad, though," he said.
"Why?" I asked.
"Because the house is on fire," he said. And unfortunately, it does look a little like that. Luke thinks the glossiness of the map behind the roof of the house even looks like smoke.
We could just go with that, I suppose. Add a toy fire truck and all.
All you need to make your own is a photograph of your house printed on a sheet of vellum, a battery-operated tea light or two (whatever you do, don't use real ones), and some tape. The glass vase or candle-holder is optional. If you don't want to use one, just fold the photo of your house in a kind of tube around a tea-light and fasten it with the tape.
While shopping for stocking stuffers just now, I came across the weirdest, creepiest Wizard of Oz themed toy ever -- a Dorothy rubber duck. They've also got the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Wicked Witch. Apparently, these celebriducks are a thing, a thing I have somehow missed. Scroll down when you click on that last link to see duck Santa. Ew, just ew.
This is one of artist Annalise Rees's cardboard cities. It's on our list to reproduce -- it may be a good activity for Boxing Day!
I like to zone out and look at the mesmerizing images on Angela Walters's beautiful Mothers and Daughters pinterest board while my own little daughter tugs at my arm and begs me to play with her. (I usually snap out of it when she starts bellowing "HELLOOOO!? MOMMY!? Anybody HOME!?")
Yesterday I had to take Sylvie into the city for a hearing test. We saw a collection of miniature designer chairs made by reac Japan in a shop window, for around $10 each. I wanted to go in and buy one to start a collection for Vivi (it was her birthday -- she's two!) but I was afraid to take her into the shop, which also featured a lot of delicate Japanese porcelain, even long enough to buy one. The next time I go in alone...