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Make Your Own Rose Cottage

I wanted to make another easy beginner cottage this month. While looking through pictures of simple houses on Pinterest together for inspiration, my friend showed me this house, as she loved the porch and curved railing. I loved how it was so cheery looking, and reminded me of spring! I named it Rose Cottage not only for the color of the house, but also as I envision roses growing up the side of the house and along the curved railings.

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Make Your Own Flower Cart

I have been wanting to make more accessory items for my village, but this month’s pattern was actually driven by my other hobby, beading. I love to bead ornaments, and have designed my own in the past, but prefer how relaxing it is to use other designer’s patterns. About a year ago I discover the designer Julie Glasser (JulRiDesign on Etsy) and have been making my way through her patterns. She has designed a series of miniature beaded plants in pots and urns, and I decided they would look better in a scene than as ornaments for my tree. I bought myself a little domed terrarium, then decided I needed a flower cart for my smaller potted plants.

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How To Change The Scale Of A Pattern

Even though I have a couple of previous posts regarding scale, the one question I receive over and over again is how to change the scale of a pattern. The questions usually fit into one of 3 categories:

1. If you know the current scale of a building, how do you actually change it to a different scale in Cricut Design Space.

2. If you don’t know the current scale of a pattern, how do you determine it?

3. What to do if you think the pattern you downloaded isn’t to any particular scale or is between scales.

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Miniature Village Ideas

I realized recently that most of the pictures sent to me are of individual buildings. While I love to add the pictures to the tutorial pages as inspiration for others, I long to see the buildings included in a village with other buildings and accessories. I decided to add this gallery page where I can share the pictures of villages that you send to me.

If I receive enough pictures, I may set up multiple pages with villages for different holidays or seasons. I am currently building three villages – Christmas, Halloween, and Spring/Summer.

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Make Your Own Village Cafe

I thought it was time for another shop for our village. I saw a picture of a cute two-dimensional computer drawn building and decided to imagine how it would look as a 3D building.

I also decided to do something a little different this time. With Easter fast approaching, I thought it would be fun to make a building that could also double as a gift box. Thus I made the roof of this cafe so that it does not need to be glued down to stay on, and can be removed at any time. If you want to make your cafe into a gift box, use the solid Putz Bottom.

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Make Your Own Gull Cottage

Ever wonder how I get the ideas for the buildings I design? I search both Google and Pinterest for pictures of buildings I would like to build, and save the ones I like in Pinterest boards. While I prefer to be inspired by real buildings, I’ve used sketches and even computer or AI art to inspire me. This month I received a suggestion that I modify Cheryl’s Place to add a bay window in the front on the first floor, with a balcony on top of it.

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Tips and Tricks for Making Buildings & Accessories

This is the 2nd of my technique tutorial series covering what I teach in person during classes at a local store. The first of the series was a listing of my favorite tools and supplies. Once again, you may want to check back with this tutorial periodically as I will update it any time I learn a new tip that helps me build a house or if I remember any that I use, as until now I haven’t written them down. I too am always learning new ways to do things. Many of the tips and tricks I list below came from suggestions by students in my classes.

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My Favorite Tools and Supplies

Since the classes I teach in a local store are too far away for most of my followers, I have been asked if I would be willing to write a series of technique tutorials. When I first started my website I still made most of my houses out of aluminum cans, so didn’t share how to paint or glitter a house as I really didn’t know how. Over the last 3+ years I too have had to learn how to paint, glitter, texture, etc.

In my class I start with a list of supplies. This list is ever changing as I discover new items, so check back often.

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Make Your Own Santa’s Workshop

After I made my Barn with Stables (Reindeer Stables) earlier this year, I knew that I wanted to make a Santa’s Workshop to go with it. I started researching Santa Claus villages for inspiration, and landed on Santa Claus Village in Rovaniemi, Finland. There are a lot of very interesting buildings, but I decided to use the Christmas House where you can see Santa year round as the inspiration for my Santa’s Workshop. I wanted a large window so you could see into Santa’s Workshop, thus I made the building wing on the left two stories instead of one. For anyone who has no interest in making Santa’s Workshop, I thought the building would also make an interesting department store.

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Shingle Patterns

Earlier this month I held a Halloween House class at a local store. One of the participants was making my new Sparrow House and wanted to add shingles. There isn’t time during the class, but I referred them to my website and told them they could find shingle patterns there and cut them by hand and add them at home. Once I got home, I realized that while I had included shingle patterns in several of my house patterns, they weren’t that easy to find. I decided that I needed one post that included all of my shingle patterns.

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