Hello my dear Bagginses and Boffins, Tooks and Brandybucks, Grubbs, Chubbs, Hornblowers, Bolgers, Bracegirdles and Proudfoots. It’s the beginning of allergy season in Bag End and quite frankly no self respecting Hobbit should be without some sort of nose blowing material! To battle this sneezey time of the year I offer you a limited time SVG free-bee!
Its fun and easy to make and the pieces are mostly self explanatory. All the pieces can be cut from 12 x 12 card and you will need 2 sheets for the Hobbit Hole walls, 1 sheet for the roofing and several colors of scrap card for all the embellishments. As usual please do not distribute or sell my files or sell products made from my files. The file will remain free on this site (at the bottom) for about a month, after which time I will be offering it for sale in my shop at SnapDragon Snipits and Etsy.
1: Once your pieces are cut by hand, Silhouette Cameo (using the full size SVG) or Cricut Design Space (using the 50% SVG expanded to full size) adhere the windows and door to the back of the body of the house, crease the perforations and use double sided tape to stick together the edges.
2: Place the window frames and door frame on the outside of your hobbit hole windows/door.
3: compile your tiny window boxes with as much foliage and flowers as you think Samwise Gamgee can manage to keep watered.
4:Place the bushy foliage with the perforations aligned with the corner of the house. The join in the front should be covered by the front door step.
5: Once the front, back and sides of your hobbit house are compiled you can put the sides on. I suggest sticking the A frame part together first and then the sides.
6: The roof is compiled of 5 pieces. But this photo shows it all in one piece… 5 pieces are much cuter but I ran out of time so just go with it eh? Align them slightly layered like shingles ensuring that the tissue hole lines up. Pop it over your tissue box!
I hope you enjoy it! I’ll be at the Green Dragon if you have any questions.
Happy first Monday of a brand spanking new year.
Have you made resolutions? I stink at resolutions: I am bound to forget it immediately and manage to achieve only the opposite of my intentions by the next new year’s resolutions. I would be better of making a resolution strictly forbidding the thing I actually want to do like:
“I will absolutely not manage to get my crafting room tidied up this year. “
So instead I have a little sign to hang in my craft room just to remind me of the things I really need to do :
This project is really fun to do, cheap and looks pretty awesome when finished!
A clip float frame I found mine for $2.00 at Walmart
Gold Spray Paint (or silver or whatever color you like) $3.25 – I like Krylon because of the amazing spray nozzle.
Gold Scrapbook Card (or silver or whatever color you like) mine is Recollections and I got it at Michaels $1.49- on sale
Contrasting Scrapbook card: glitter looks cool but is annoying to cut $1.49- on sale
Pull apart your float frame and spray the little plastic frame edges.
Cut your back ground card (I used gold) to letter size.
Now for the fun part!
To cut by hand print the black and white free-bee JPEG from the zip file below (it is in reverse already so you can print it directly onto the back of your contrasting card or onto printer paper. If you have a Shilouette or Cricut with SVG cutting software this is where you get to show off and cut the free SVG file in no time! If you just cannot be dealing with the cutting at all there is a color print version too. As previously: feel free to use and share the free file but please don’t sell anything made from my files without prior permission and please give credit to Sweet Little Wood if you share the files. Thank you darlings!
To cut the design by hand I printed onto printer paper and then cut down my contrasting card to letter size. I lined up the paper and card on my cutting board and taped down the edges of the paper trapping the card between my printed design and the cutting board. Use a really sharp craft knife (unlike mine!!!) and a ruler for the strait lines to make the process much faster.
Once you have cut your design make sure your float frame glass is clean. I found out the hard way that Walmart’s frames have a plastic back that scratches super easy… so just be aware of any plastic parts and clean **cautiously**. You could glue the card pieces together but I rather like the look of the two cards just sandwiched together: some areas gap just a little and create added depth. A useful trick to get the two sheets of card lined up in the middle of the frame is to place the glass face down a cutting board and use it’s lines to guide placing the card before putting the backing piece on top of the card. Lining it up by eye was really really unsuccessful for me.
Slide on the sides and Bobs your Uncle!
Drink Tea, Create, Sleep, REPEAT… That is my year planned out! Simple!
I’m linking up with Awsome Things Tuesday and over at Creating My Way to Success.
Happy Monday to you lovely people!
M. turns 39 this week and I have his solemn word that he will not peek at any posts before then… so M. if you are reading this:
You only have yourself to blame!!
Buying gifts for men is so hard! Either they don’t want anything, or the stuff they want is so technical they have to buy it! Which is why- men- you get socks, ties and chocolates.
M. falls into the “wants nothing” category but perversely I think he actually would be disappointed to get nothing! I now realize that when he says he doesn’t want anything he means he wants me to think up what he might enjoy… that is almost worse than him wanting something highly technical.
So this year I am giving him a year of presents which works like this:
12 cards all labeled with the date he is to open each card. Each one contains a note and a gift (gift cards/ tickets/ planned days out/ etc). On every month’s anniversary of his birthday he gets to open a new card from his stash. Thus giving a whole year of gifts in one small slim packet. Because one of his jobs is planning and paying for date nights more than half of his cards this year have date nights- prepaid or gift cards (cinema gift certificates/ dinner out/ money for drinks at a free concert). The other cards have ideas for things we can do as a family (picnics/ swimming/ hiking/ camping/ etc). They can be free gifts like- M. loves cooking over a fire out of doors so its easy to incorporate that into a free date night or family fun day.
The cards I’m using are an SVG design available through my Etsy Shop– which includes the 12 card designs card lining (which are cut from patterned paper) and envelope pattern. Obviously you could use any 12 cards!!
Last weeks Frugal Gift Wrapping Ideas are great for this gift! I cut my adorable little house specifically to fit these cards and envelopes which I cut at 3.2 inches wide and 6.3 inches high…
I love wrapping presents. I feel like the wrapping IS half the present! But I really really hate spending a huge amount of money on the cutest roll of paper only to find that it will barely wrap two gifts! So I like to use frugal methods instead: craft paper, plain paper, brown paper shopping bags, value tissue paper packs and cellophane which can be gotten free, at the dollar store or come on practically endless rolls. And even better: there are a few ideas here for the person who wraps gifts like they are still three years old! (Yes even YOU can wrap a pretty present!)
1: The Personalized Paper
Use plain wrapping paper- white, craft and shopping bags all work well for this. Lay the paper on a flat surface and using different color pens write descriptive words in lines over the paper to identify the recipient. This is particularly nice if you can get the kids in on it! M. loves this wrapping and gets gifts covered in silly family jokes like his Super Hero name: Pant Man!! Oh darn! Now you know his secret identity… time to move again…
2: The Big Sweetie Wrap (this is for you wrapping haters!)
So easy! Roll your item (any oblong shape soft or hard) in several layers of tissue- the more the better leaving all open ends. Wrap a large piece of cellophane around the tissued gift tape the edge down and then tie off the ends like a giant sweetie packet! I like to write a message with Sharpie on the cellophane but it looks uber cute however you do it. Don’t worry about making the tissue tidy its nice a little rumpled.
3: The Gift is the Wrap -or- Container Shaped Wrapping (another wrapping haters treat!)
There are two ways to play this one: either you use the container (I used a little Target Bucket) as part of the gift or you just use it to shape your cellophane: either is easy easy easy to do. Cut a big square of cellophane and shove it in your container (which should be big enough to fit the gift with a little extra room) approximately centered and flatten it down in the base. Put in as many layers of tissue as you can fit in (and still fit your gift) with the center approximately in the middle of the container and press it down into the base . More is better. Put your gift in gather all the extra tissue and cellophane into a bundle at the top and tie off… sweet. The cellophane parcel will come out and look lovely and stand on it own so long as you used a flat bottom container.
4: Washi Paper (for little gifts)
This one is good for little guys to do too and it makes a nice patterned paper when you haven’t got any around. But if you haven’t got a huge load of washi around- or make it cheaply yourself- this is probably best on little gifts. Tape your paper down and tape up as many stripes as you like.
5: The Little Cereal Gift Box (for the frugal but ambitious wrapper!)
This is my personal favorite it looks really awesome, costs next to nothing and so easy with just a ruler, scissors and some glue!
Open up your box flat and cut away the flap edges so you are left with the front, side and back panel of your box in one piece:
Measure and mark the width of your little house centered on the side panel of your box- this will be the base of your house. My box is cut with a 3 1/2 in wide base as I plan on filling it with a set of cards (more on that Monday). Draw a cut line strait line from the base up to the edge on both large box panels taking care not to cut into the middle panel:
The four edge flaps can be trimmed to about 1/2 to 1 in. The long side panel is the base and sides of your house and the two front/back box panels are the front/back of your house. Measure the side portion of your house as marked on the photo below and score the front and back panels at that height and again about 1/2 in from the top:
Draw on your house details. If you wanna get really fancy try cutting out the windows:
Glue the 1/2 in flaps to the inside of your front/back panels you can use tape to stabilize it till it dries. I also help my sides all together temporarily with rubber bands:
At this point I painted the inside of my box but you can leave it plain (cereal box) or paint it before gluing it all together which would make more sense than what I did! Punch two holes above the top score line and tie your little house closed.
The party is in the back!!
Hello precious friends! I hope your Thanksgiving was beautiful! Such a wonderful holiday but I am now wondering if its better to just scarf down all that pie really fast so it is out of sight and no longer taunting me with it’s cinnamon goodness or to meter it out and eat sensible portions… I never have been good at pie rationing.
I’ve got some new designs going up over at Snapdragon Snippets: great paper-crafting SVG shop with Wintry Christmassy yumminess!
These designs will also be available through my Etsy store soon!
It’s really difficult to keep children entertained for 80 hours of driving. The road does a certain amount of entertaining but really you have to give it a hand: about hour 12 everyone has had enough of the road! Our kids are a little old for I-Spy so these were our methods of distraction when people started to get antsy:
1: Books- unfortunately our books were gone within a day… so don’t count on more than 7 hrs solid reading if your kid has a voracious appetite for books.
2: Read aloud together: we read the bible, a digital book and magazine articles.
3: Music- there is almost no event where the soundtrack to Shrek doesn’t cause a sing-along!
4: Stop A LOT for pee breaks and leg stretching.