After I saw the prolific Amy Powers post about this feast for the imagination, I happened to be at Long's Drug Store and saw that they had some holiday houses on sale. Originally they were $7.99 and now they're 1/2 off. I bought one intending to bring it home and spruce it up a bit. Above it sits, post-sprucing, on a bed of button snow. Here is how I bought it:
As you can see, I didn't really do too much to it. I just glued on some do-dads like paper trim and wrapped the trees with a tiny ornament with a chinelle stem and snowman (flea market finds). I never would have added to a store bought ornament before, it took my friend Amy Hanna's doing it to turn that light bulb on for me. (Thanks Amy!) Somehow, it seemed to me that if I didn't love it the way it was bought, I should either not buy it, or live with it as is, as if adding to a manufactured product was not allowed. Now I think it's just fine to change up a new product, and I'm left with something more personalized that, of course, is more pleasing to me. I mention it here in case some of you are like the old me, thinking about crafting as either all or nothing, make it from scratch or leave it be. Now I see it as a fun creative quickie, and a good way to get my creativity kick-started when I'm a bit stuck.
Here's some other ways to get unstuck:
...and this, this is beautiful.