Monday, November 19, 2012

Putzing around...


I cannot help but see vintage Christmas items and wonder why on earth they stopped making them. For instance, little ten cent Putz houses. Paper mache at its finest. Painted thick with holiday colors, dripping in glitter and tiny little film window panes. What year did they decide these little treasures were no longer worthy of selling?  Perhaps that is part of the charm.  Having to find them in murky basements could be part of it too.


When Erica of Golden Egg Vintage offered up a swap with them, I couldn't help but play along.


Taking my cues from Magpie Ethel...I set off to decorate a trio perfect for any little display.


Corners that curled were redone with modge podge. Broken ornaments and light reflectors dotted the edges. Hints of glitter on the roofs and snow on the ground finished them off.


Having seen all the other fabulous houses that everyone has made I wonder if I dressed these enough. Well, I could always make more!
Chris my partner at Perfectly Printed these have been place in the mail along with a few other goodies...Merry Christmas and Happy Thanksgiving.


31 comments:

Debby said...

Oh those are so sweet. I was hoping to post my pictures today.

Jess said...

You are so very right. Who did decide that these weren't totally adorable? Luckily there are those that recreate that wonderfulness! Thanks!

Chenille Cottage said...

Ahhhhh....I've been transported to tiny little winter wonderland! I think it's time we bring these baby doll houses back.
Thank you for your Magical post!
Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving!
Carolynn xo

Dorothy said...

Oh, I love your houses,they're adorable! I agree, wish they still sold them at the dime store! :-)
That was a fun swap!
Happy Thanksgiving,
Dorothy

vintage grey said...

They are so adorable and sweet!! Love all the pretty glitter and special touches!! Chris is a lucky lady!! Have a wonderful day! xo Heather

Kim K. said...

Absolutely perfect. I've been eager to see your putz houses. They are magical in every way. I can't wait to start unpacking my little houses. Chris is definitely a lucky lucky lady.

laurie -magpie ethel said...

Great house flip...much better prepared for the holiday!

Tammy's in Love said...

Have you considered a career in Real Estate? I think you have created charm and simplicity! And, there isn't a mile long trail of glitter pointing back to you if you're lucky! Hee hee!

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

That's what you were waiting for! That was a great idea to "flip" some actual vintage ones! Chris is lucky, and you are talented!
I can't wait to get out my collection. I think I'll do a post about Putz houses because so many people didn't know the term.
I'm soooo glad that you joined my first swap!
Erica :)

Nan said...

I am thinking this about a whole lot of vintage things why did they stop making them? The images were so darn cute. Those little Putz houses I never had many of those and certainly never see them here if I did I'd grab them. I made one last year but it's not that great.

Liz said...

They are lovely! Who can resist a bit of glitter!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

vivian said...

They turned out perfectly wonderful! I know Chris will love them.
I should have bought the bunch that I saw sunday while I was out looking for vintage christmas stuff... but when I saw them I thought.. where ever will I put them? and I didnt buy them! I also should have joined the swap! Darn!
have a great day renee!
xoxo

delia hornbook said...

aahh those are so very sweet, dee x

the vanilla squirrel said...

...your lovely festive crafting ahs cheered a miserable soggy old day today- thank-you x

craftyles said...

Renee, Your houses are adorably dressed for the holidays. I sure wish we could find these at a 5 and 10 store. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

A Vintage Chic said...

Absolutely wonderful, Renee! Vintage Christmas charm in each and every detail...lucky partner!

I wish they still made them, too, but you're so right--part of their allure is their days-gone-byness...

Wishing you the most beautiful Thanksgiving week, dear friend!

Julie

Melissa said...

They look so nice! You are right, they should have never stopped making them!

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

I think your houses look wonderful, Renne! No need for them to look like someone elses.

Forgive me if I've told you this story before but I grew up with a putz house village until someone stole it and all our glitzy Christmas decorations from our storage buliding. That was the year it was "go country" or have no Christmas decorations!

My brother made a wooden Christmas village in wood dhop and we hung home baked gingerbread men and home made bakers clay ornaments and popcorn strings on the tree. I guess that's why I have a fondness for glitzy shiny brites and homemade fare. It's the pattern of my life really- over and over. Even though I'm a country girl at heart, my city roots will always be a part of me. ♥

~Damita's Pretty Wrap~ said...

Oh your houses are adorable and sweet love all the touches of pretty glitter! Happy Thanksgiving!! xo Holly

Barbara said...

I finally got to decorate some houses this weekend ... yours are just adorable!

Nancy said...

Adorable Renee..If they were easy to find I guess they wouldn't be so special..

donna said...

Renee your houses turned out really cut. You always do such beautiful work.
Hugs
donna

Kathy said...

They are adorable and I'm sure Laurie is proud of your efforts! You are right - why would they stop making them?? I find it hard to imagine people tired of buying them. What I would give for a Woolworths!

Creative Breathing said...

Renee, It was such fun to see you in your beautiful scarf. Your Putz houses are so cute! What a fun swap!

I wish you a joyous Thanksgiving Day with your family. E

GardenofDaisies said...

They really are such cute little houses. I have no idea why they stopped making them!

GardenofDaisies said...

And I want to wish you and the family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Blessed Serendipity said...

These little spruced up Putz houses are so cute. I love vintage Christmas items too. There was such a charm about the vintage pieces. Happy Thanksgiving.

blessings,
Danielle

Corey Moortgat said...

Love your little houses! I adore Putz houses, and am getting ready to put mine out for display soon!

✿Carol✿ said...

This is the second blog I've visited where someone has worked their magic on a beat up putz house. As of today, I'm never going to pass one up again. I'll bring it home and renovate it and make it sparkle like yours!

Susan said...

So sweet! They make me want to get crafty.

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Your little Putz house are so precious! I had so much fun with this swap! I loved all the glitter and snow!
Blessings,
Susie