Tuesday, December 1, 2009

'Before and After' Glitter Houses AND...a fun new way to store your glitter.

Do you remember when I found these cute little houses at Easter time and was so excited to turn them into Christmas houses later? Well...after Easter they put them on sale (TJ MAXX) so now I can "have my cake and eat it too", as the expression goes. : )

I had SO much fun altering these, deciding on the colors and what to add to turn them into Christmas houses.

I added the snow to the top of the chimney, below.






How many of you received one of these (below) as a wedding gift? Well, the one I used to have ended up at Goodwill a few years ago. Good thing they only cost $3.99 at Goodwill, cuz I bought it back (or at least one just like it) a couple of months ago...
so I could do this to it (below).

I love the fact that you can choose to use it as a shaker or pour it out. But the best feature is how easy it is to put the excess back after you're done with your glitter job.
I thought I would throw the following pics in with this post too while I was at it.



Nothing is safe from the "Holiday Decorators" around here...
nothing!! : )


If you would like to view my 'Glitter House Village Under the Tree' (below) from Christmas 2010, click HERE.




43 comments:

Sandra said...

I love villages for any season and your new winter village pieces are amazing. Isn't glitter great! Your mantel is really pretty.

Jenglamgirl said...

Your village is so dang sweet and cute. I just want to shrink up real small, so I can trek through it. HA! love the tree with the sayings on it. I have some of those sayings too.

Mimi said...

HI!!!
I love your "New Christmas village"!!! I would have loved it as an Easter one too!!!! I have got to do something like that with my glitter, as Miss Camdyn has found it on my pantry shelf and loves to sprinkle it all over the floor!!!!!I bought the ginger cookies, but I ate them!!!! I have to get another box to make the garland!!!!
funny!!!!
Your tree in the corner is awesome!!!! Love the words!!!!
hugs,
jamie

Jessabells said...

Love your houses. All the decorations are just so great.

~~Carol~~ said...

You've taken those glitter houses to another level! They're gorgeous, and you've inspired me to look at things differently, like turning an Easter house into a Christmas one!

Jacqueline said...

I have some of those little houses too only I got mine at Pier I. What a bright idea! Mine look so much like Easter Houses but your special touch, turned them into a Christmas village. I love that! Fab idea with the displaced spice rack...a light bulb moment. Great idea!

~The Robin's Nest~ said...

Very whimsical! Your house looks like it should be a store it's so perfect!

Love the glitter idea too!

Robin~♥

Tammy @ tinselshop.com said...

I am a sucker for a cardboard house and yours are GORGEOUS! Great idea to re-work them!

Best wishes,
Tammy

Annabelle said...

Oh my gosh, those houses turned out great. How cute! I love the silver tinsel tree. I cannot believe you did that with the spice rack. I just took one to Goodwill back in the summer!! Guess I'll have to buy mine back, too. :)

Willow said...

I just love what you did with the houses. My Mom used to have houses like that. Oh how I wished I still had them. They eventually tore up and she threw them out. They were made of cardboard and she bought them in the 40s.

Clever idea for the glitter. I never thought about that.

Willow

marie said...

You are so amazing! And so is that village. I love the silvery church. It's beautiful. Love the idea for the glitter storage too. So now I have to watch for one of those when I'm thrifting.

The wreath around the bunny is great...I like to do that too. Add just a touch of the season to most anything that doesn't get out of my way. : )

ByTheSea said...

You are so talented... I love all your little houses... I love the Joy blocks did you make those?

Mildred said...

The village is just magical! That's a clever idea with the glitter also. Sending good wishes to you and your Mom.

My name is PJ. said...

Martha MacGuyver strikes again! Let's hear it for your decorations, your NEW blog banner (loverly!!!) and your repurposing of the spice rack!!!

You are a design goddess (small 'g')! I am bowing to your supreme skills!

Deb said...

LOVE the look of the glitter on the houses! What a difference it makes. And your idea for glitter storage is great. I did see one of those spice rack thingies at Goodwill not too long ago and passed it up! Rats! Will have to look again...

Shell in your Pocket said...

Those houses are so very cute! I love glitter...I do ! I do!

sandy toe

Darlene said...

Oh Mary Lou I think you may have outdone yourself this time!!! I absolutely LOVE those glittered houses. How beautiful!!

What a perfect holder for glitter. How in the world did you come up with that idea....never mind....you ALWAYS come up with the most fabulous things!

I just love seeing all of your decorations as they are always so beautiful.

I can't remember if I told you I received my package and LOVE it. I will post about it soon. Thanks so much!!!! Hope you are having a wonderful day.♥

Traci said...

SHUT UP!!! How stinkin' cute! I want to make some.....whine, whine!!!

Mercy Otis/The Stone House said...

I love to come to your blog and see what you have been making! I LOVE your little village! Tons of work! It's b.e.a.u.t.i.f.u.l.!
The glitter caddy is a great idea. I'm going to be on the look out for one at my TS. Thanks for the good idea.
Enjoy your day.
Mercy

Creative Breathing said...

Oh ML, I am learning from you! Little by little I will get there. I got the up and down part using boxes, but I should have added lights! There's always Easter! I can't tell you what a treat it is to visit your beautiful blog and wonder in very creative detail! Have a wonderful week. E

Ferrill said...

I LOVE your glitter village!

Tamara Jansen said...

Gorgeous!!

MiMi said...

I'm working on my chains today!!!
I NEVER would have thought of doing Easter houses like that...you'd think I'd catch on after following you for a while...but nope.

Mimi Sue said...

Have I ever told you how brilliant you are? Well, you are. When I have a minute I'll be at the TS looking for one of those holders. Brilliant! Love your Easter/Christmas glitter houses. Absolutely adorable. Tell me what your MIL's tree looks like or what aisle it's on. I'll be down there on and off all week. There are some beauties this year. Mimi

Keetha Broyles said...

Cute, cute, cute - - - ALL of it.

Beth at Aunties said...

I adore your winter wonder land and all your early thoughts of whimsy circling in your talented mind at Easter. It turned out beautifully!♥♥♥
Yes, I have received and given similiar spice canisters...ekk.
I love your idea! Glitter can be so messy but worth the effect!
Beautiful post...and I am headed to Target for gingerbread men. Your grands are adorable.

~♥

Tardevil said...

They turned out great! Would also be pretty displayed on an old mirror w/ tealights to look like ice. The light shining thru the garland is also pretty!

Celestial Charms said...

One word for your revamped Christmas houses...magical! You did a fabulous job. Love all your decorations, but please do tell where you picked up that lovely snowman on top of the JOY boxes? It is beautiful...
Maureen

ByLightOfMoon said...

You have beautiful ideas and have made an awesome village! ALl your displays are for wonderful memories and I think I will have to return for nother look, Just awsome!

Smiles, Cyndi

Lorraine said...

Love what you did with the houses. You always amaze me.

scrappydee said...

oh my! You are too fun! Thanks for sharing!

Karen said...

Just wanted you to know that I referenced your blog today. http://heleadethk.blogspot.com/2009/12/gingerbread-man-advent-calendar.html

GrandmaBev said...

Love your new header. Your Christmas Village is beautiful. Your house always looks so beautiful at Christmas time. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas Season.

Wilhelmiina said...

Your village is so sweet :) I love it!
Wilhelmiina

marmielu said...

Very festive! You did a really nice job with those houses. And your banner looks so pretty! That's a great idea with the spice keeper. Yeah, I got one, too, and gave it away.
Hope your having fun decorating.
Mary Lou

Twyla and Lindsey said...

There's so many great ideas in this post! Love your glitter holder! I'm going to be looking for one of those;) Your glitter houses are so beautiful and I love all your decorations. So pretty! Twyla

Embellish-Vintage Home Embellishments said...

I am soooooo impressed with the transformation of those houses. I love them! You did an amazing job!!!

Cottage Panache Antqs Blog said...

I love all of your glitter decor! And what a wonderful idea for storing your glitters! My daughter made the chain herself this year and is keeping up with the countdown! Love your blog
Maureen

Christina said...

I love the little tree with all of the words on it. Very cute.

The houses are so much fun. Wouldn't it be fun to live in a village like that?

LemonyRenee' said...

OMG, these are all so beautiful! That's it, I'm joining your blog . . . I wanna hang around with you somemore!

Lallee said...

I feel like a just visited Enchanted Land while looking at your beautiful village. It looks stunning and your banner too. The snow is a wonderful touch!

Very clever about the glitter storage. My spice rack was modern white plastic. I don't want that one back ;-)

~Lallee

icandy... said...

Oh, how wonderful the village transformation turned out... much more... *yummy*... than the pieces "before"!!!! I just LOVE what pretty colors, embellishments and glitter can do to an ordinary object...You did such a great job~ how creative!
OX

prashant said...

I have some of those sayings too.

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