Following my North Star

North Star Shadow Gift Boxes by Patricia Zapata for A Little Hut

You know when you have that feeling that you’re on the right track with something you’re doing, with how you’re life is going? That’s how I’ve been feeling lately. I’m so grateful because the times I haven’t felt that way are so disconcerting — like walking in the dark. I’ve been walking with light — knowing that I’m doing what I should be doing. I’ve been truly following my North Star.

When I felt it was time to come up with a holiday project and I started sketching ideas and the star kept coming up over and over again. Was it a reaffirming sign? I don’t know. But it felt right.

The North Star Shadow Gift Box collection includes two cards, a hang tag, and a letter-sized printable pattern surprise. I’m still working on getting the large North Star box (seen below) set up for the shop.

 

North Star Shadow Gift Box and North Star Box

 

It feels like I got my paper making groove back. After a crazy busy summer, I finally feel a little more ‘normal’ when I get home and with enough energy to tackle something creative. I think I’m just more of a fall/spring type of person. The summer just kicks me! Funny that I live in a city where it seems like it’s summer for 80% of the year – ha!

I hope you enjoy this collection and the little quote I found about just being you…

 

“The way to find your own North Star is not to think or feel your way forward but to dissolve the thoughts and feeling that make you miserable. You don’t have to learn your destiny–you already know it; you just have to unlearn the thoughts that blind you to what you know.”
Martha Beck

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!