2018 — bring it on! 

This is the 10th year I create a mosaic of my favorite work of the year. It’s always a great thing to look back but the end of 2017 was more about thinking ahead.

I was off from work during the holidays and aside from being with friends and family for the holidays, we stayed home and just relaxed. It felt so, so good. It also gave me a lot of time to think about what I want to do in 2018. I have high hopes and I love the clean slate feeling of the new year. I’m staying positive and getting more organized, that includes thinning out our belongings at home. This month I’ll be tackling a lot of ‘spring cleaning’ which, yes, I could’ve done during my days off but honestly, I didn’t want to.

We saw The Greatest Showman and we all loved it. The music alone brought me close to tears many times — those lyrics! With all the thinking I’d done throughout the week this movie was a perfect bookend. Spoiler alert! The movie ends with a quote by P.T. Barnum:

“The noblest art is that of making others happy.”

That is what A Little Hut has always been about. Sharing my creativity so that you can enjoy it in your own way. Being crafty with paper or any other medium is so therapeutic, relaxing, and just plain fun. I want to keep doing and sharing more of it all. The details of how that will come about this year will resolve themselves along the way.

As always, I want to thank you for your support last year. It always means the world to me. I hope that the new year brings us all a lot of creative fun, health and good times with family and friends. XO — Patricia

See the Light Ornaments

The collection is now complete and ready for you to download! It obviously didn’t go as planned (making one per month — sorry about that), but I couldn’t end the year without fulfilling this promise. It honestly was weighing on my mind. I felt guilty every time I posted one of my ‘for sale’ projects before a new ornament — I know, silly.

As you’ll see, the See the Light Ornaments set includes a couple of designs that don’t follow the pattern that I established from the start. The gingerbread man and Santa were ideas that I started to fiddle with a few weeks ago. I left the files unfinished on my computer for a few days while I thought about them. I wasn’t sure if it was more important to make the set all matchy-matchy or it didn’t matter at all (I can get so bogged down in details sometimes!). In the end, I decided that it would be fun to include designs that could be made with kids. I imagine them adding a lot of glitter — for some really messy crafting time – ha!

My top nine picks are in the photo above. But my absolute favorite is the last one — the manger. It just came so easily to me. It’s simple but says so much too.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoy making them and remember they don’t have to be just ornaments. They can also be used as gift toppers or parts of a mobile (I can see it already – so fun!) — and I obviously prefer white but who says all the other color options shouldn’t come in to play? They’re all yours to make them your own. Enjoy!

The end of the week – at peace

I thought I was going to go down the typical holiday theme path. I actually do have a gingerbread man and a Santa design almost done and yet here we are. The Peace and Light Gift Set is the latest addition to the shop. I continued the idea of using candle covers — I love making them and candlelight is just so soothing, isn’t it?

Only use LED lights, please!

Gift cards seem impersonal but they come in very handy when you’re not sure what to give someone. So, I’m including two ways to deliver them in a special way. The gift box itself does not need to have the holder so you can use it for a man’s tie or jewelry, etc.

If you’ve been around long enough you know I really do prefer white-on-white above all else. However, I got curious and wanted to see what this design would look like in a darker version. I used dark gray, and no surprise, the feeling of the project completely changes. I like it but I still prefer white. Again… I want these made out of something other than paper! Really. Want.

I hope that you’re season does start with a lot of peace and light. We all need it, don’t we?

Have a great weekend everyone!

Brilliance and light

Candlelight is always so soothing — drawing is too. The flower that is in this set is one of the doodles that I go to frequently. Like so many projects before this one, a small drawing got it all started. It wasn’t going to be anything other than a sketch but then the candle cover came to mind and I was off!

For those of you that follow my Instagram account you may have caught some of the in-progress videos and photos I posted to my stories feed. I enjoy sharing informally like that because I don’t get so hung up on making a perfect video or taking the best photo. I enjoy other artists’ behind the scenes so I’m hoping you’ll enjoy some of this too. I’ll try to keep it up with other projects.

Brilliance – 5″ square card

Let me tell you, taking photos of projects made with white paper is a hard thing to do! I wish my whole shop could be white but I don’t do it because a) everything would look too monochromatic and b) it’s just hard! Not only that but (confession time!), it’s hard for me to focus on taking photos when a project is coming to an end. My mind is already wanting to start something new. I read somewhere that a creative mind is like having 100 browser windows open all the time. It’s so true.

The photo below is my favorite. I love the contrast and the way the paper doesn’t even look like paper. My biggest wish would be to make these covers out of something durable like wood. If I had a laser cutting machine I’d be making them now. I think my best option would be to find a manufacturer or a licensing partner. We shall see…

In the meantime, if you’d like to enjoy these (the shadows cast on the walls are beautiful!) now you can order them at the shop here.

Fancy photo shoot on our kitchen island – haha!