Monday, 23 March 2009

Crafting outside my comfort zone

I don't usually 'do' papercraft, in any form. Any cards I make are usually a handmade brooch pinned onto a card, or something the girls have squiggled. But recently I found a tutorial for making doll rooms from cardboard and patterned paper and decided to have a go. Tiny Small has been clamouring for a new house for her Geraniums (aka Sylvanian animals) and I'd rather spend money on the furniture than on yet another plastic abode.

And this is the type of thing I like to spend pennies on - yummy looking sweeties that wouldn't look out of place in a Sylvanian Country Living house.


We measured (twice) and cut (once) and glued and squeaked and duct taped. There were some tense moments when the glue started to soak through the floor paper and made it all bubbly - and reminded me why I don't do paper crafts. But we kept breathing and in the end the fluffy cat mummy moved in with her rabbit and kitty babies and the goat daddy - don't ask.


They do seem rather settled, and their wallpaper is far prettier than the decoration in our bedroom. Wonder if it would scale up?


I moved back into my comfort zone to make some bunting and a little sign for Kristina's allotment cafe - some inexplicably motivated people burned the old one down and she's been put in charge of bunting and decoration for a temporary replacement. She asked for bunting instructions and I thought it was easier to make and send some than to describe the process. Hope it works to lure in cake buyers, Kristina!

33 comments:

  1. The little paper house is divine but I have to say I love those little sweetie jars best of all! Brilliant job with the bunting Mrs Cookie... should have them flocking in!

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  2. I love those little multi-species families -- we've had plenty over the years (usually featuring dinosaurs). Gorgeous paper house! Stunning bunting! I'm sure Kristina's eyes will pop out of her head!!

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  3. Well done you did a great job x

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  4. Bunting for sylvania is just perfect.

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  5. Such a cute wee house...well done! The bunting for Kristina is lovely, how generous of you.

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  6. Fabulous job - homemade doll's houses are the best, I remember making them out of shoe boxes. And what a lovely friend to make that bunting - very pretty!

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  7. How very cosmopolitan that you have mixed species relationships in Casa del Cookie. My favourite from Pr C-W's earlier days was Barbie and her twin. The twin being a 6" West African doll taht looked very little girlish as opposed to the more pneumatic form of Barbie. But I was assured on several occasions that they were twins!

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  8. Thank you again so so much for the fabulous bunting! Fingers crossed, we'll be up and running again from folding tables on 5 April.

    And I'm all ready to move into the Sylvanian Families house! It looks gorgeous. You can most definitely do papercraft!

    K x

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  9. Brilliant paper crafts there Mrs DC and fab bunting too! I'd quite like to move in with the Geraniums myself!

    Lucy x

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  10. I never really got into sylvanian (or should i now be calling them geranium?) families, but i'm sure that if i'd had such a pretty house for them i would of

    Love the buning and sign, you're so lovely to have done that for them

    xxx

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  11. just so sweet, and your bunting reminds me, I promised Kristina some too.....love the sign xx

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  12. You crafty queen - though I'm not sure you can really call the Daddy an old goat when he's only sired two offspring.

    And Kristina's cafe is going to be very well appointed.

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  13. That is fun! You did wonderful with this...it is so pretty and charming! Love that bunting too! I love paper crafting, and enjoy making cards when I can find time to, but I have never do anything like this before--hats off to you! :o) ((HUGS))

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  14. Lovely Val! I like the look of those sweeties!! slurp slurp. I checked out the link to Jolly Hockeysticks. What a terrible thing to happen!!!!! The bunting is super and the little sign. I hope they get back up and running soon.
    x

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  15. What a great idea. For some reason the plastic houses we have don't have enough room for all the masses of furniture that come in the sets, so I feel we may be branching out into the world of extension building very soon! My girls are avid collectors of 'Geraniums' and we are soon to be over-run, so I think this weekend's activities are now sorted! Thanks for the idea (once again!).
    Cathy XX

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  16. That's a very desirable residence they have there. Very pretty. Hope the bunting helps with the allotment cafe. That was really caring of you to make it for her.

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  17. love the little sweetie jars - soo cute! your bunting looks great.

    xxx

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  18. Brilliant room for the Geraniums, I have in the past made shoe box rooms. The bunting and sign for the allotment cafe is wonderful and I hope their coffee mornings raise lots of money. Back in the mists of time when I was a stay at home Mum I also had an allotment and they had bought two huge old shipping containers for the allotment shop and coffee stop due to vandalism of the previous wooden hut. Jane x

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  19. How lovely. I feel overwhelmed with nostalgia for the happy days when Sylvanians roamed free here.

    Fantastic bunting - there will be people making special trips just to see it!

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  20. I find myself a little creeped out by Sylvanian families. However I trust them more now that I know they keep a good house and they have lots of sweets.

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  21. Oh wow - I am SO impressed. My daughter passionately wanted a house for a Sylvanian family - sadly, she got neither the house nor the family. Yours is wonderful. As is the bunting. Excellent making, Mrs Cookie! x

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  22. We need to have a little talk... you need an attitude readjustment where papercraft is concerned!
    All that cutting and gluing is awful -- but that's why you need origami!
    But I'll shut up before I start sounding like one of those late night "infomercials" with their "But if you call within the next twenty minutes, we'll double your order *and* send over a certified expert to help you fold Kawasaki's rose!"

    N.

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  23. Oh,oh, oh, just look how happy those Geraniums are, much nicer than having more plastic fantastic. I need to make one of these but I am worried I might get all weird about not sharing it... I am not allowed to interfere in the doll's house any more, it would seem I have some issues...

    The bunting and sign are beautiful, Kristina will be delighted.

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  24. Love the decorating and how kind of you to make the bunting and sign for the Cafe.

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  25. I love the Sylvanian families styling, it is adorable isn't it? Melts your heart it does...............
    Your bunting is stunning, I read about the fire at the allotments, very sad and incomprehensible, I'm so glad the owners haven't been destroyed by it and are carrying on.

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  26. I wrote a comment up at my mum's house - it must have got lost on it's way down from the north - either that or I was slightly techno-challenged for a moment.

    My sis had some sylvanians - they always spooked me very slightly. Interior designing for woodland creatures in dresses is committed mothering!

    I popped over to Kristina's blog (managed a comment from the north there - a geographical mystery). Such a mindless thing to happen. I expect the bunting and sign will help them to sell a stack of cakes to raise funds.

    I'll stop waffling now.

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  27. sweet family of geraniums and i think that the goat dad looks like a very decent chap :)
    great bunting
    t x

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  28. oh oh lovely, I so loved making these little homes when I was little, I think I might have another go, what fun :)

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  29. Ohhhh...too cute for words, especially the little sweetie jars!

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  30. I am hoping my youngest doesn't see this as I know what we'll be doing all through the holidays!!! We have Sylvanians threatening to take over our home at the moment! Your new home looks lovely, well done you
    Kimx

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  31. Too cute! Excellent choice of wallpaper.

    Kristina
    Sweetfern Handmade

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  32. What a shame about the allotment cafe. I'm sure that beautiful cheery bunting helped to bring a smile back to their faces, though.

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  33. hi, I love your bunting, and uch a cute little room!
    : )

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