Monday, December 8, 2008

Crafty weekend

Thanks, Kristin, for the great crafting idea! Two of my grandsons were here over the weekend and we spent a lot of Saturday building our own versions of Kristin's birch bark houses. We don't have birch trees around here, so after some thought, we went down to the creek and searched until we found enough sycamore tree bark to do the job. If I had been planning ahead a little better, we could have found it easier before the snow covered the ground, but we managed to find enough to see us through the first round of this fun project. Ours are pretty rustic compared to Kristin's, but maybe are more suggestive of a Kentucky cabin in the woods. One thing I discovered about crafting with a 13 year old and a 10 year old---someone in the group had a real love of the hot gun glue! (Next time I need to buy way more glue sticks.) These are what we ended up with and I'm ready to make more, if I can squeeze in the time. These next few weeks are going to be pretty hectic around here.

If you have a few hours and are feeling creative, give these little houses a try. One of the best parts is taking a walk outside and trying to think of ways to use all the supplies nature is providing at this time of year. I'm thinking I want to make a village now and my husband has suggested a "model" of our own farmhouse. Not so sure I'm ready to tackle that one yet, but I do think I see a barn taking shape.

ps-sorry about the weird layout. Blogger and I cannot agree on picture placement this morning and, so far, Blogger is winning!


  1. Oh my goodness - Dianne - these are so cute! I will show them to Julia - I love your idea that they look like Kentucky log cabins - such fun. They are addictive - aren't they?

  2. These are wonderful!!! You could probably use cured out tobacco leaves too for another Kentucky variation.

  3. What all did you use? They really are adorable!