2014 Recap from HousePunkery

2014 Recap from HousePunkery

With a new year here, let’s take a look at the wondrous wonders from the past year. Some lovely posts happened in 2014. I might have had a little too much fun digging into stats on the different social media sites. Here is a snapshot of the year on this little blog o’ mine:

Fall Banner Printable Freebie
Fall Banner Printable Freebie
27 Offbeat Father’s Day DIYs & Crafts
27 Offbeat Father’s Day DIYs & Crafts
My First Craft Fair – Planning
My First Craft Fair – Planning
Printable Victorian Santa Christmas Gift Tags
Printable Victorian Santa Christmas Gift Tags

Sites That Sent Me the Most Traffic

I Share Printables
I Share Printables
Scary Mommy
Scary Mommy
(Community)
Oh My Heartsie Girl
Oh My Heartsie Girl
(Wordless Wednesdays)
Finding Silver Pennies
Finding Silver Pennies
(Silver Pennies Sunday)

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Baby Songs Cheat Sheet Booklet – Lyrics for Lullabies. To soothe your baby and toddler, or decorate the nursery.
CUSTOM Middling Sepia or Monochrome Banner with glitter, vintage look garland Steampunk flair! Small business, event, craft fair, reunion
Fairy House Craft Kit – Miniature House Building; Indoor or Outdoor, for your fairy garden; Random Act of Kindness
Handmade Edwardian Dry Erase Meal Plan Board – Historic flair with Downton Abbey colors! – Choose Your Metallic Finish w/Free Week of Meals

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Dinosaur Felt Play Mat Pattern/Template DIY Gift
Fairy House Craft Kit in Mason Jar – Miniature House Building; Indoor or Outdoor, for your fairy garden; RAK
You’ve Been Gobbled Fall Sign with Grateful Emily Dickinson Poem for Thanksgiving Blessing Bags (like You’ve Been Booed) vintage look

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You’ve Been Gobbled Fall Sign with Grateful Emily Dickinson Poem for Thanksgiving Blessing Bags (like You’ve Been Booed) vintage look
Dinosaur Felt Play Mat Pattern/Template DIY Gift
Vintagey Bat Ladies Paper Dolls with Gorey-esque Theater, Set of 3 stand or stick costumed puppets plus theatre, goth Halloween

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It’s so neat to see how posts do differently on different social media platforms!

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Printable Victorian Santa Christmas Gift Tags

Please enjoy this printable PDF of Christmas gift tags. They feature Victorian Santas and an ornate frame. The colors are subdued.

Printable Victorian Santa Christmas Gift Tags from HousePunkery

These could also be used for bookmarks or placecards

These are large tags, 6 to a page and approximately 3 1/3″ x 4″

You can punch wherever you want to thread a ribbon, I used the little dot that was already in the middle.

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Click for PDF of Printable Victorian Santa Christmas Gift Tags

Other Perty Gift Tags


Altogether Christmas

Call Me Victorian

My So Called Crafty Life

Also see my Want, Need, Wear, Read, Eat, Create gift tags on The More With Less Mom

Want, Need, Wear, Read, Eat, Create gift tags

Follow Melissa French: More With Less Mom & HousePunkery’s board Printable xmas tags on Pinterest.

Graphics from public domain images on The Graphics Fairy

We hope you enjoyed our Printable Vintage Santa Christmas Gift Tags PDF post

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Pre-Order Hand-Glittered Holiday Greeting Cards

This holiday season I am offering handcrafted greeting cards. These are a lovely touch for the special people in your life. I can also make card sets with a custom theme for your next event or a special gift.


Pre-Order Custom Hand-Glittered Holiday Greeting Cards from HousePunkery

Suggest a theme and I will create a card just for you, or select one of the themes we offer: Victorian, Mid-century, winter, Santa, religious, cats and dogs…

Custom Holiday Cards

The inside of the card is blank. There is a very light HousePunkery.com watermark on the back of the card. An envelope is included. These cards can be mailed with a single stamp.

Vintage images are used to create these cards. The images come from advertising, posters, books, cards, and other ephemera. This is NOT a vintage card. A vintage item is scanned to make this lovely piece.

Order form for Custom Greeting Cards

An item or detail from the print is cut out and mounted on top of the card. Paper tole is an art hundreds of years old, which was popular during the Great Depression.

There are glitter highlights on the prints. Those glitter details aren’t applied with some wimpy glitter glue. Oh, no. That stuff is done old school, with a teeny weeny paint brush, patience and care, and glitter EVERYWHERE.

This item is handcrafted by little ole me in the USA. These are a handmade item, there are no robots involved in making these. But possibly toddler involvement.

Hand-Glittered Cards

Size: 5 1/4″ by 8″

Price $6 per card. 10 cards or more $5.50 each.

To order custom cards: Fill out our custom orders form, send me an email, start an Etsy conversation, or Facebook message.


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New HousePunkery items – Halloween & Fall schtuff galore!

New HousePunkery items - Halloween & Fall schtuff galore!


I love Halloween so much! My little goth heart goes pitter-patter for the darker side of festivities. I have added multiple items to my shop to help celebrate this wonderful time of the year, including some seasonal handmade items for fall. Here are some of my favorites of my lovely creations.
These items are handmade by little ole me in the USA. These are hand-crafted items, there are no robots involved in making these. But possibly toddler involvement.
All of the items in sets are also available individually.

Paper Dolls and Spooky Theatre ~ Offbeat Halloween Postcards ~ Offbeat Halloween Greeting Cards ~ Seasonal

Halloween Paper Dolls and Spooky Theatre

Here we have a lovely set of costumed paper dolls, perched on craft sticks or with paper stands.
Both the theater and the dolls have beautiful glitter highlights.
The first doll is a black and white Victorian lady in a costume with a ribbed bat cape and a layered skirt. She has a large bat brooch on her chest and tiny bats on her shoes. Her hat is a bat head.
The second doll is also black and white. Her fitted skirt has little bats on it. She has a fur cloak and hood with bat ears.
The theatre is a black and white graveyard scene which reminds me of Edward Gorey. It is from a circa 1828 printer’s book. There are weeping willows above, a fancy border around, and several tombstones at the bottom. This theatre can be played with the dolls in front or in back.

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Vintagey Bat Ladies Paper Dolls with Gorey-esque Theater


I so love this graveyard theater that looks like an illustration from Edward Gorey. I have paired it with some paper dolls made with ladies dressed in bat costumes.

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Vintagey Costumed Ladies Paper Dolls with Theater

Offbeat Halloween Themed Hand-Glittered Postcards

Vintage images are used to create postcards. The images come from advertising, posters, books, cards, and other ephemera. A vintage item is scanned to make this lovely. This is NOT a vintage postcard.
There are glitter highlights on the prints. Those glitter details aren’t applied with some wimpy glitter glue. Oh, no. That stuff is done old school, with a teeny weeny paint brush, patience and care, and glitter EVERYWHERE
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Pirate Witch Lady Hallowe’en Time, Halloween Cats Themed Hand-Glittered Postcard


This one has a steampunk feel with this pirate witch and jack-o-lantern jolly roger

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Cute Pumpkin-Head Witch with Cauldron, Offbeat Halloween Themed Hand-Glittered Postcard

This card is beyond adorable with dotted lines

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Set of 4 Offbeat Pumpkin-Head Halloween Themed Hand-Glittered Postcards

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Set of 4 Offbeat Witch Halloween Themed Hand-Glittered Postcards

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Set of 4 Offbeat Halloween Themed Hand-Glittered Postcards

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Set of 4 Light Halloween Cats, Themed Hand-Glittered Postcards

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Set of 5 Bright Halloween Cats, Themed Hand-Glittered Postcards

Offbeat Halloween Themed Hand-Glittered Greeting Cards

An item or detail from the print is cut out and mounted on top of the card. Paper tole is an art hundreds of years old, which was popular during the Great Depression. Multiple copies of a print are layered and otherwise manipulated to create a 3D design.
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Charms of the Witching Hour pumpkin moon man, Offbeat Halloween Themed Hand-Glittered Greeting Card

The weird just keeps coming with this card, there is a witch riding a broomstick with a rabbit head on it. Her friend is a white cat. In the background is a giant pumpkin man in the moon.

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Halloween Fairy Nutshell of Good Fortune, Offbeat Halloween Themed Hand-Glittered Greeting Card

This gorgeous Halloween fairy has an art neuveau look

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Set of 4 Pumpkin-Head Halloween Themed Hand-Glittered Greeting Cards

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Set of 4 Retro Offbeat Halloween Themed Hand-Glittered Greeting Cards

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Set of 4 Offbeat Halloween Themed Hand-Glittered Greeting Cards

Seasonal

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Art Deco Pumpkin, Orange and Black Fall Themed Hand-Glittered Postcard


I can’t get over this old art deco label

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Vintage Illustrations Glittered Fall Banner, seasonal garland

This garland is my own creation based on vintage illustrations

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Set of 4 Light Fall Themed Hand-Glittered Postcards

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Set of 4 Bright Fall Themed Hand-Glittered Postcards

Seasonal Schtuff Halloween

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Fall Banner Printable Freebie

I am offering you a free printable PDF to make your own fall banner for your mantel or other seasonal display. Print this out, cut, whip out your glitter, and presto! Nifty sparklies made by you! You can use a hole punch or scissors to make openings for stringing it on a ribbon.

Fall Banner Printable Freebie

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Banner on my shelf

Happy crafting!

Shared under creative commons license Attribution-NonCommercial. You can share my work and modify it, but please give me credit. If you would like to use it commercially please contact me.

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Birth of a Banner - The process of developing a new item from HousePunkery

Take a look at my lovelies and help support my glitter habit!


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Birth of a Banner – The process of developing a new item

I thought I would share my process for creating a new item. I just listed a line of fall banners. There is a lot that goes into a handmade item, besides the love.

Birth of a Banner - The process of developing a new item from HousePunkery

This is mostly a new product line. I do have a bunch of vintage papers saved for my custom buntings for businesses. But I wanted to make a seasonal banner people could hang on their mantel or otherwise display.

Design mockup

Here is the design I have created for my first draft. I picked a fun shape to give it some character. I chose a fancy font that is still readable.  The purple could not be helped, because purple is the best color in the universe. I did use a darker, more “fall” shade. You can see I have an outline on the letter that is slightly lighter, which is much easier to glitter than just free-handing the outline. I have a line around the edge to fill with glitter for the frame. I also have lines on the top for slits for my cording, to hang it.

Setup for glittering

This is my setup for doing glitter. I have to pull what I need from my unheated studio space and work on the dining room table, so I try to set up so I can move it. I have a glass with water and a (well-loved) rag on the left. I have a good light source in front of me. The glue is kept upside down in a glass to make it easier to get out. To the right I have a dollar store two-way shaker with a lid that snaps closed. I have a $1 paint tray, since the glue will dry out you can just squirt a little into a bowl and then use another one when that gets too gooey. I have a very small brush. In the middle I have multiple layers of newspaper to catch the excess glitter and funnel it back in to my container.

Applying glue to the outline of a letter

I use a super small brush and super fine glitter to outline the letters. I do this old school. I don’t actually touch the paper with the brush, I tap the drip of glue on the brush onto the paper and drag it. This is fine art, baby. I use a #0 nylon detail round brush. You can try a spotter or liner, but I like the round best for this.

A test and some notes

This is just some of the three pages of notes I made while deciding on sizes, fonts, etc. I only tried, oh, a dozen fonts out. I printed out and glittered a test flag to see how it looks. For the very first round I had to bump up my brown layer over my papers, there wasn’t enough contrast for my letter and it looked busy, so I toned the background paper down.

Glitter fills in the letter

For this one I tried filling in the letters with glitter, but when I looked at it from across the room there wasn’t enough contrast and I wanted the letters darker.

Glitter outlines the letter

Here is my retry with the letter outlined with glitter. You can see how in the top left corner the glue is drying clear, and in the bottom right it’s still white. I did make multiple letters with different background papers. If you are detail oriented or OCD, you know why.

Done but cutting after glittering makes the edges all naked

For this tester I tried doing the glitter frame and then cutting it out. I didn’t do that again. The glitter comes off no matter what I do. I used brown cording to hang the flag on my shelf, to see if the sizing is right. I love these vintage illustrations.

With green glitter

For my testers I used green glitter, so I would know which ones I could safely give to my littles so they can “help” me. I did try to mod podge them to make the glitter stick, but I didn’t get photos. I tried just mod podging the flag, and doing the glitter and then the mod podge. I didn’t like either method.

Lots of sparkly letters

Here are a bunch of flags with the outlining done. It takes me about 7 minutes to do one letter. So for a banner like Harvest Blessings I spend over an hour doing the glue for the super fine glitter! I had to make, like, a million flags for all the sayings I wanted to make.

Drying sparklies, glitter details on the graphical ones, too

Here are a few drying after getting gold glitter for the frame. They get two coats of acrylic spray primer once they’re dry.

Happy Fall in a display

Here is a banner on the shelf I use for a seasonal display. You would think I had a mantel in my old farmhouse, but no.

Closeup of details

Here is a closeup of my banner.


Pretty display outside for my item photos

Here’s my pretty little banner on my pretty little rock wall. It was pretty rough on the glitter doing my item photo shoot. It is now a very sparkly wall. A hummingbird helped me take my item photos, but he flew off before I could grab my camera.

Once I have my item photos I still have to pick the best ones and edit them. And figure out how to price my item so people will be willing to pay for it, while still paying myself for my time and the super expensive super fine glitter. And then think of clever things to say in my item listing so I can be endearing and convince people to buy my stuff.

Keep an eye out tomorrow for a fall printable freebie!


Also see:

Fall Banner Printable Freebie

Fall Banner Printable Freebie

Take a look at my lovelies and help support my glitter habit!


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We hope you enjoyed Birth of a Banner – The process of developing a new item

On My Other Blog: Blogosphere Tour & My Little Friends

Learn a little more about me and meet some of my little friends, hop aboard the blog tour over on my mom blog!

Basically for a blog tour I answer a few questions about myself, and then introduce you to a few blogger friends to learn about them. I like to read about how other people work through the creative process. I like to share, so I’ll just tuck my social awkwardness back up and give it a go. When you’re done don’t forget to visit my little friends and sprinkle some love on them.

Blogosphere Tour & My Little Friends

Free Scrapbooking Background – Framed Vintage Butterflies

New Item: Choose Your Own Adventure Vintagesque Bedtime Routine