December 19, 2012

Miniature Christmas inspirations...

I am overdue in posting my lovely shadow boxes that came my way from Elizabeth's (Creative Breathing) Christmas swap. We were each asked to take a small Whitman's Sampler candy box and turn it into a miniature Christmas shadowbox/vignette.   I chose a night-before-Christmas theme for my boxes.

Bingo cards and mini strings of lights cover the sides of the box.
My boxes wrapped and ready to send to Elizabeth.

When my boxes arrived, I raced to my craft room to decorate my pink feather tree.

I love them so much, I honestly think they might stay up all year-round.

Please forgive me for not taking individual pictures of each one.  They are simply beautiful.  Each one a special work of art. For a complete listing of all the boxes and their artists, please see Elizabeth's post here.  Thank you for coordinating this swap, Elizabeth.
While we're talking about miniature inspirations, Josie and I decorated her dollhouse for Christmas.

This is same dollhouse that I gave Josie for Christmas last year.  I originally paid $10 for it and gave it a much needed makeover.  Over this past 12 months, it's been a happy dwelling for her many little animal and superhero friends.

The raccoon family has taken in a few more guests for the upcoming holidays.

Momma mouse is busy putting the final touches on a gingerbread house and Christmas cookies in the kitchen.

Papa mouse and little mouse are sneaking peeks at the stockings and gifts.

A sled rests next to the front door awaiting more snowy adventures!

And because I can't leave my own dollhouse alone, I recently picked up this vintage Christmas figurine for .50 cents at the thrift store.  

She looks rather festive standing next to a pile of Christmas packages.

One of my favorite bloggers "let's go fly a kite" has just posted wonderful pictures of her daughters' dollhouse and a miniature Santa house that she just decorated on her blog here.  Christmas inspiration from our little houses to your own!

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It's A Very Cherry World Rednesday!
 

24 comments:

Courtney said...

So cute! I love looking at all your vintage stuff it reminds me of so many things that my grandparents had at their house when I was little.

DearHelenHartman said...

Your fifty cent cutie is darling. Well, everything is. You are, as always, my holiday decor hero.

Corey Moortgat said...

Been so busy lately, I haven't had time to be checking out my favorite blogs! I love the little Christmas figures out in front of your keystone! I should think about that for my Christmas one! And I love those little "snowglobes" you made from the wineglasses! So many cute ideas-wish there was more time... Ha ha!!

LBP said...

I love Josie's little dollhouse! I like that she has little animals living in her house...those mice are adorable.

Blessings

Linda

bj said...

What a cute and festive post...love the little dollhouse.
Over from Rednesday....

Pink Roses and Teacups said...

These boxes are adorable Kim!! I love how yours turned out. You girls did a great job on decorating the dollhouses for Christmas!

Christmas Hugs,
Debbie

Nellie said...

I am just "blown away" by all the cuteness, Kim! xo Nellie

chris mckinley said...

What a great dollhouse! And I agree, the Whitman Sampler swap was a ton of fun!!

chris

craftyles said...

Kim, the dollhouse decor is adorable. I love all the mini shadow boxes. Each one is so vintage and cute. Love the little Christmas cutie in front of the dollhouse.

GardenofDaisies said...

Cute cute cute! (Both Josie and the Christmas doll house.)

Sandy said...

Oh Kim,
The doll houses are so cute and of course I adore the swap ornies!!! I have yet to gussie up my Marx tin dollhouse, I am running out of steam! lol

Lynne said...

Doll house days brings back sweet memories to me. Love thinking about Josie playing with hers. Happy Christmas Kim!

Sally Annie Magundy said...

Oh! I've got to join Elizabeth's swap next year! What fun you all must have had making them and receiving them, they're all so wonderful. Your theme is darling, I love your little tree.

Your dollhouse is such fun and so festive and your fifty cent holiday cutie seems to be fitting right in. :)

Merry Christmas!

Barbara said...

I think Josie is learning the art of Christmas decorating from the master! The swap boxes are really wonderful.

Denise Marie said...

What a fun swap!! luv that u add Christmas too ur houses.

Donna said...

Your shadow boxes are just amazing, Kim! What a fun swap! They look amazing on your tree! And I remember the doll house you have Josie last year, it's so darn cute! Love the snow on the roof line:)

Joanna B said...

Those are super sweet, and the dollhouse pictures with Josie are too cute!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I've left your post open on my computer all day. I so enjoy looking in each little room and seeing all of the details. I want to shrink down and spend Christmas there! Holiday hugs!

Pam said...

I was hoping I would see your Whitman Sampler boxes! It's amazing that you got that amount of detail in such a small package. Love them. I'm going to go check out Elizabeth's post!

Leslie said...

I adore shadow boxes! I've got several that have memories of my children's childhood :) They are just precious..

How fun to decorate the doll house! So pretty and not like the plastic ones you see at most stores.

Hope you are enjoying the festivities of the season!

leslie
www.trouverlesoleil.blogspot.com

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I completely agree with the comments above and that Josie is taking her cues from the decorating master, the dollhouse is just perfect. We have that same little sled, it is so sweet. As for you pink feather tree, those boxes are marvelous, I would like to keep them up all year round too. So much creativity, what a great swap.

✿Carol✿ said...

Love all of the little shadowboxes, but the dollhouses are what's really putting a smile on my face! By the time Josie is all grown up and has a house of her own, she will have the best decorated home on the block!

Patti said...

I love these little boxes so much, and wish that I had joined in the fun. Maybe next year? Thank you for stopping by!

Cheryl G. said...

What darling shadow boxes!
I LOVE that doll house decorated for Christmas! What fun!
Miss Josie is adorable!