A group project for all of us to enjoy

I’ve been wanting to come up with a long-term project for a long time but I could never settle on a concrete idea. I knew I wanted it to be a monthly freebie but I also knew I wanted to have some sort of purpose or theme. As I was working on these ornaments for the shop the thought hit me — this is the theme! Instead of making it a new product to sell I decided to make it the start of the project.

The plan is to offer one freebie per month throughout 2017. The freebies will be called the See the Light Ornaments because they will all be ornaments (even though you may not want to even hear that word after the next couple of weeks – lol!). By the end of 2017 we’ll have these four ornaments plus the twelve we’ll work on next year, for a total of sixteen ornaments. My thought is that if you make two of each of the ornaments you’ll have 32 ornaments for next year’s tree!

I’m starting the collection now, with four ornaments, to end 2016 with a thank you project. It’s a small token of my gratitude to those of you that still visit and shop at A Little Hut. Your support means the world to me — the world! To those of you that may be new to my site — welcome and I hope you enjoy it here.

Why See the Light?
I was trying to come up with a name for the collection and all I had was the word “ornaments” — so creative, I know. My daughter, Catalina, happened to come by when I was trying to figure out what to call this whole thing. I told her what I had (basically nothing!). Her back was to the place where I had the ornaments hanging for photos. All she did was turn around and in a flash, she called them See the Light. And that was it. As soon as I heard the words come out of her mouth I knew that was it. It just spoke to me on many levels. I’ve always thought that God speaks to us through others and in particular through our children. For some reason, I thought this was one of those times. I have no idea how she came up with the name but it felt special right away.

I’m not sure the name means anything specifically, but I like that it can be interpreted in different ways by different people. I’ve thought about it and I’ve adopted the idea that we ‘see the light’ of creativity through working with our hands. We’re transported to a different mood, feeling and state of being — calm and quiet — light. At least that’s my hope for you — for all of us. That’s why I do all this crazy paper thing — to share my creative moments with you through all these projects.

So, if you’d like to join in the fun please feel free to download the files here. I created a specific section of the shop for the collection (all free) and the ornaments will pop up there on the 1st day of every month. I will also be sending a little reminder that the ornament is posted, with my monthly newsletter.

Once you’ve created your ornament I hope you feel comfortable enough to share with the rest of us! If you do, use the hashtag #seethelight so we can enjoy your creations.

I hope you enjoy the project and I can’t wait to see what you make!

Get the project here:  See the Light Ornaments

Gingerbread all the way

I’m not a baker — probably will never be one. So around here, a gingerbread house will only be made from scratch from paper. I wasn’t sure what project I was going to make next and suddenly I found myself working on this. I don’t even remember how the idea came about.

I decided to post this ugly photo below to show you what I did to get to the final version of this project.  I knew that the roof of this project was going to be the hardest part to figure out and boy was I right. Because I knew it was going to be an issue I decided to use some paper that was at the bottom of the stack of my new sheets. These are colors I wouldn’t use unless I was in dire straights or it was Halloween. I think I made about 6 rooftops until I was happy – whew!

 

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Believe it or not I had to stop myself from adding more details. The little girl in me starting envisioning decorating the interior a la doll house – fireplace and everything! Maybe something to think about for a different project.

I wrote the instructions after building my version and I saved you all my mistakes. Believe me when I say I built my final version in the most backwards way ever. It was kind of ridiculous. Lol!

One idea I have of trying is adding some glitter along the edges of the rooftop. I even considered sprinkling the whole thing with powered sugar but how would that stay and not mess everything up? Maybe a mist of white ink or paint would work, but I’m not sure what to use for that. Have any of you ever done something like that?

Thank you so much for all your orders over the weekend! I’m so happy that so many of you will have this Gingerbread House Gift Box project to work on. It was a lot of fun to put together. I say that about a lot of projects don’t I? I guess… no, I know I’m lucky that I work on something I truly love.

Set some time away from the holiday hustle and bustle for some paper crafting you won’t regret it.

Have a great start to the week!

 

 

 

 

The gift of making

I’ve been thinking of what I’ve accomplished this year at A Little Hut and I realize that even though it was a slower pace than usual I’m pleased with the results. However, I’m not completely satisfied. I want to take things further and I’m taking some steps to get that going. I’m doing some research and I’m narrowing my scope.

The idea is to develop an online course. What I’m trying to figure out is what to cover. For me it’s all about sharing the gift of making (yes, I’m totally aware that that sounds kind of cheesy — but I don’t know how to describe it in any other way). That’s the goal. But what I really need to know is what paper crafters would enjoy. What would you want to learn from me? What would be your wish for a paper crafting course? I’d love to know your thoughts. Send me an email (info @ alittlehut.com) if you’d like to share privately. I’d love to hear from all of you!

Oh and before I forget the class will require having a cutting machine. I want it to be about how you can take your projects further with your amazing tool (I love mine!).

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For now, there’s a new Christmas project that I posted this week — the Poinsettia Gift Set. It has everything you need to either give someone a framed paper cut holiday artwork, decorate with an ornament, wrap a small gift with two different sizes of boxes or simply send a holiday with with a beautiful card. All of it could be one gift itself!

The project started with the 3D flower and I thought of just selling it on its own but I felt it was missing other things to go along with it, so I kept going. The two-dimensional illustration came next and then it felt like the idea was complete. If I’m perfectly honest, I love, love the white-on-white flower. If I could I’d make everything white!

Have fun paper crafting!

Work with what you have

There’s something quite unique that happens when you’re on vacation. We’ve all experienced it and then we quickly forget it. While I was in Italy, I thought about how little I truly need to get through a day and how relaxed I felt. So many silly things that I had all wound up in my head just melted away.

When I’m on vacation everything is so much simpler. I don’t want to forget that feeling. I’m practicing ‘keeping it simple’ in small ways and A Little Hut is definitely in the mix. I’m staying offline as much as I can; I’m reading a couple of books (finally! I love, love reading and miss it dearly) — one book is for fun and one is business related; I’m being more purposeful with what I’m doing around the house and I’m being more present in general. It feels really great and I want to keep it up. I don’t want to feel burned out the way I was feeling a few months ago. I want to work on projects that fit into my schedule — work with the time I have and not overextend myself.

By doing this you’re also getting the best from me. It’s work that I really want you to do — that I think you’ll enjoy. The older I get the more I realize that my A Little Hut projects are my way of spreading ‘feel good moments’. Crafting is such a relaxing and calming activity — it’s therapeutic. It sets your mind at ease and you can’t help but be in the moment and enjoy what you’re doing, otherwise, the glue will end up everywhere but the paper that’s in front of you.

So, yes, I have a ton of ideas but I’m starting with just one file today — an autumn wreath.

The wreath got started as an illustration and my first submission for Inktober (artists from around the world create one ink drawing each day of October). After I finished the drawing the first thing I thought of was holding the cutout in my hands (my mind is never too far from paper). I thought it would be perfect for the shop and now — bonus! — I have something seasonal on my wall. Talk about killing several birds with one stone.

The set includes a coloring page and a digi stamp of the wreath as well. Have fun with it!

Yay for Autumn!

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