tiny houses

March 4th, 2008

My whole family was struck with the flu this past weekend.  It was pretty crappy and we are finally crawling out of the dark flu hole.  Luckily there was one 40 degree day where we could open all the windows and get some fresh air, but now it’s back down to 10 where I now believe it will stay forever.  The flu was just another thing that got in between me and my mobile–february was just packed with those thing, dammit.  It’s now officially half done and as soon as I get my hands on a glue gun, I’ll finish it up and pack it off.   It’s four tiny houses: a cottage, an ice house, a barn, and a plain ol’ house.  I knew I wanted to do houses and I was first inspired by a sardine box .  I was planning to make them all out of packaging, but after an hour wandering through the grocery store I discovered there is a lot of ugly packaging.  Then I thought I could use the fusible timtex I had and the houses would have looked really nice in all natural linen, but they had no windows which was a little weird.  I could have embroidered all the details on, but I was late with the mobile already.  Then I found this amazing site and was back to thinking about paper.  So after another hour spent in the foreign territory of decorative paper, I thought I have books coming out my ears at home why don’t I just use one of them.   I found a great old Dr. Spock baby book which is perfect because my partner just had a baby (hint! hint!).  I mod podged the pages to either side of poster board, then cut out the details and folded it up.

I feel bad that I’m late on my own swap, but my creative process is particularly slow and I’m happy with how all the houses turned out.  There are more pictures on my flickr account and be sure to stop by the mobile swap group to see all the procrastinator’s mobiles (they are my people) and just the amazing variety of work that’s there.  I’m for sure going to host another mobile swap next January, so if you missed this one don’t worry.  I should probably start working on that one now just so I finish in time.

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17 Responses to tiny houses

  1. Ali says:

    I wouldn’t worry about being late Meg, because that looks like a mobile well worth waiting for.

  2. Anna says:

    No kidding! I love the little houses and can’t wait to see a pic of the whole thing strung up. Congrats on such a successful swap. I’ve seen posts about it all over the place. I’m definitely participating in your next one.

  3. Jen b says:

    that is going to be one AWESOME mobile. i would buy that house if it was in your etsy shop, i’m just saying :)

  4. norma says:

    excellent. love everything about this. can’t wait to see the entire piece. i’m glad you’re all better. my boy was home yesterday. i hope we don’t all get it. we’re off to ca in a couple of days so we need to all be well.

  5. Gill says:

    Hiya Meg,
    I’ve signed up for Crafty blog school on Feeling Stitchy and have had a look at your blog and just spent the last 30 mins there!
    Time flies in blogland!
    I love all your crafting – especially the mobiles! Hope you all feel better soon.

  6. Jen says:

    Hello! I come over via the Feeling Stitchy post. I thought I would comment on everyone’s blog.

    I think I’ve even commented here before…about the diggers. Maybe.

    I had the flu a couple of weeks ago as well…just awful. It really wipes you out. I hope you and your family are feeling better!

    Jen (sewandsox)

  7. Katy says:

    Blooming heck lady, that is one amzing mobile!!!!

  8. I HEART YOUR HOUSES! Seriously. Who cares if they’re late when they’re so freaking fabulous.

    I’m inspired to build little houses now. Thanks a lot. I need another hobby. : )

  9. Ellen says:

    I love these. What a neat idea and of course, I love how small they are. You’re so resourceful – I wouldn’t worry about being late – your swap partner will probably love this. Hope you’re feeling better soon.

  10. jodie says:

    Fantastic idea – your partner will love it for sure.

  11. hi there, meg,

    your house tour is up on Cookie! it looks so great….

    thank you again:)

  12. Kristin says:

    oh wow – its BEAUTIFUL!! :) i love love love the mini houses :)

    Also wanted to let you know I’m having a giveaway on my blog right now. Stop on by if you get a chance!

  13. Hi Meg, Love your blog! You’ve been tagged. This is what you have to do: 1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird. 3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs. 4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

  14. kim says:

    love your house mobile! excellent

  15. amy says:

    i love the house. i can’t wait to see the finished piece.

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  17. pomme says:

    I love these little houses!