Hello friends, it’s Friday! My friendship feature today introduces a comrade who loves to build and create. When Ms.Builder gets an idea, she has laser focus to get it accomplished. This wife and mother of two children is presently building a house while homeschooling their daughter. Let me take you back a few years to a time when several friends gathered in her living room for a weekly Bible study and coffee.
When we weren’t gathered to study the Word, we would work on craft projects, look through seed catalogs, pour through decorating magazines, and talk about hopes, dreams, & family. One dreamy December day, Ms. Builder casually mentioned she was going to build a paper house. From one week to the next, she had created a little Victorian village of Christmas glitter houses.
Let’s just say she wowed us. These houses are uniquely designed and constructed, papered with hymns and Christmas carols, decorated with wreaths and garlands, and sprinkled with glittery snow. I want to live in this cozy village!
The red and white ticking fabric is perfect for the barn door and the awnings. The inside of a cardboard box creates a convincing roof. I am in awe of every detail.
A similar barn pattern for a New England Barn is found here .
The chalk paint candelabra adds to the setting, giving an option for extra lighting for this display.
For more glitter house and paper house inspiration and patterns, visit my pinterest board.
This gifted designer was a builder with an imagination as a child. Since I have known her, I watched her remodel a commercial building for an art studio/photograph business, build these paper houses, remodel our kitchen, build furniture, make cabinets, build decks, get her contractor’s license, and design/remodel/build homes. There are other lists of interesting projects this talented lady has done, but for this post, I will narrow the subject to the glitter houses that sparked her building career. (The glitter houses may or may not have sparked her building career. That’s just my opinion.)
Here is the before photo of the apartment kitchen. I can’t even imagine tackling this project! Don’t you love the shadow of the old-fashioned city street lamp? This creative builder pondered an option to leave the beams exposed, before deciding to add the ceiling.
I can remember sitting in her kitchen looking through magazines and discussing a dream of building a greenhouse with old windows in their back yard. A few weeks later found friends traveling to a nearby town to a favorite shop called Girls in Overalls to find perfect windows for her project. This may have been the trip where she spotted a chandelier I “needed” for our wrap around porch. Shortly thereafter, a greenhouse constructed of cedar and old windows (made complete with a chandelier, of course!) was built.
It starts with a dream. Pausing to reflect on conversations about dream homes makes me smile. Christina told me features of our Victorian home were inspiring to her. Her dreams became a reality with God given gifts, sheer determination, and unending hours of work. She designed a dream home for their family of four and convinced her builder to let her build the stairs, kitchen, fireplace, and many other features. Soon after, she became a contractor and now the sky’s the limit!
I’m thankful Christina had a vision to improve our home. We now have a very dreamy kitchen that complements the age and style of our Victorian beauty. This story has some humor and surprises in it. I can’t wait to share it with you! Our kitchen is beyond my dreams and I will write about it soon.
If you need help with a vision or design, I suggest you contact this creative designer/builder. She can draw up architectural plans, and help you create things you never imagined existed. You can find her contact info and some of her designs here.
We’re in a season of thanksgiving and have much to be thankful for. I’m thankful for friends to dream and walk through life with. There are many friendships to feature in Friday’s to come. Christina’s glitter houses and life-size homes & projects are inspiring! Reviewing these photos make me want to dive into projects on my list. I hope her works inspire you as well!
The Lord blesses us in generous ways. He’s like that, you know. He loves us more than we can imagine. I pray He blesses you in this season of your life. As you dream, ask Him for direction and provision. Trust He has your best interest at heart!
“I always thank my God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way—with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge” I Cor. 1:4-5