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Leaving in her path crystals and ice. She touched the last rose of summer, cloaking her in ice, setting her to sleep until next years' awakening.
Today she dusted the mountains with snow. As if by magic they became host to the confectioner's sugar and crystaled rock candies.
I love the tradition of a Christmas village. This year, I learned that the original "villages" were inspired by the placement of a nativity under the Christmas tree. A "putz" or Christmas village grew from that tradition.
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Later in the 20th century homes became ceramic and resin. Mass produced and sold in discount stores.
28 years ago I made my first village homes. A church, which of course every town needs. A few humble cottages and shops were then added. Through the years our family has added more buildings, people and accessories.(see our village in the next post).
This year, as a tribute to the original putz homes I decided to craft a tiny village in pastels for my guest room. My intention was to construct them from paper and cardboard. Today however, I made a hasty visit to the dollar store to see the new additions. Winter brought with her some additional treasures! I bought five tiny houses and a gazebo.
Joy filled my heart as I hurried home to light the afore mentioned fire, pull out the paints and begin crafting.
I first sprayed each house with a quick coat of white Rustoleum paint with primer. After allowing it to dry (mostly), I pulled out my crafts paints and set to work.
Each tiny home, church and business was magically transformed into a tiny pastel dream! Acrylic craft paints were the first layer added to my white base. Then, light greens for the swags and wreaths. Acrylic white to highlight the snow. A layer of glitter paint for highlights.
The final step was to coat each little cottage in Modge Podge and press sparkling crystal glitter to every square inch.
I love my little houses. I will add some bottle brush trees and a few tiny reindeer to finish off my "putz" village. Look for a future post to see the assembled town!