I finished the outer shell... the cottage itself.
I may add some flowers or something... I haven't decided yet. I did, however, make a decision on the lights - and they're along the front of the cottage, attached to the roof. I so wish I could take a photograph that does this little project justice... but my camera just isn't up to the job :(
This project is so different from the Christmas House Mini I made... this seems so much less serious (and a lot easier!), a bit twee and almost whimsical and cutesy.
So, without further ado, here it is...
You can just see the lights poking out from the scallops on the roof. he original idea was to make the chimney as a hideaway for the battery... but the battery was too big. I did still want a chimney, and made it just big enough to contain a small 1.25" square box. And inside that little box shoved in the chimney is...
... a tiddly little book. Of course it's the Clement Clark Moore poem "A Visit From Saint Nicholas" (also known as 'Twas The Night Before Christmas').
It's not as nice as the mini-mini I made for the cardboard tube mni... but I really didn't have the patience to do all that again - especially after I discovered that I had deleted all the files with the tiny pages on from my computer. Grrr!
I've used a lot of the DoveCraft "Noel" papers - and was thinking that my best friend LouLou would love this image of Santa on one of the paper sheets - so I stuck him in a window on the side of the cottage.
Finally, I had to figure a way of keeping the battery inside the roof... so I simply made a little ledge for it to hide in. Easy!
The inside of the box is all prettied up... ready for the mini-album to go inside - and I haven't even begun thinking about that yet!