Sunday, November 17, 2013

Christmas at the Cabin Creations

I spent my Saturday crafting in this little cabin in the woods.

This cabin is located in Brown County, Indiana.

There was a fire going on the back patio; the sight and smell was very welcoming.

I had to take a walk around the cabin before I could allow myself to enter it. I fell in love with the place right away. I couldn't wait to get inside to meet the ladies and get crafting!!

On the left is the long narrow driveway covered with leaves - the cabin was situated up high on a hill.

Along with the fire, the Swanky Artisans who hosted the Christmas at the Cabin event, created an adorable welcoming vignette at the door. I was excited beyond belief to go through the door to see what was inside!

The fireplace was decorated so cute! Patty of Swanky Artisans has an antiques business so she had great items for display. Her sweet sister, Sherrie, assists her but especially loves to create in the kitchen.

These trees in teacups were going to be one of our projects.

Here's a close up of the little cabin sitting on the fireplace - soooo cute!

I didn't get inside shots of the cabin like I wanted to because I just got too excited and forgot. There was a room about 17x17, a small kitchen that had a table and a couple of chairs in it, a bedroom and a bathroom. Here are a few more pictures of how the cabin was decorated for the event. 

Before we could get started, Patty gave us these wonderful gifts she had placed on the table: a vintage glass and ornament from her shop, plus a whimsical ornament she made herself.

Supplies for our projects sitting around the room got our creative juices flowing.

Our first project was to make a candle. Nicki Winkles of The Vintage Farmhouse gave us a fabulous candle demonstration. (If you haven't seen her blog you are missing out!) We chose a glass container for the candle. Here's mine.

The Swanky Artisans let me steal have this little ring of berries that were on display to dress up my candle.

Then we worked on three other projects at our own pace while Patty assisted us. We had a delicious homemade lunch of potato soup, chicken salad sandwiches and a fruit salad. To top it off, we had yummy brownies for dessert.

I didn't get all of my projects completed while I was there so I'll show you how they turned out at home. Here are my teacups filled with trees, and bottle cap magnets. I learned about Mod Podge Dimensional Magic which we used for filling up the bottle caps.

I love how my mixed media project with my Dad's baby photo turned out. I have such a thing for old jello tins and love how he sits on one. I feel like I should put the word Dad on it somewhere. I'll continue to ponder over it...

Dad is sitting here with some of my vintage treasures.

I Mod Podged the wings to a heavier piece of cardstock and allowed them to dry. Then I spread a layer of Mod Podge on top of the wings and allowed them to dry before cutting them out and adhering them to the back of the photograph. Glue dots are holding all the pieces together, even his legs and his bottom onto the tin.

The angel wings came from this book to which Patty introduced to me. I don't purchase many books these days due to Pinterest, but this one I ordered from Amazon. It's full of great art pages!

Here's my stash of goodies I acquired from the Christmas at the Cabin event. It was such great fun, I learned many things and met some great ladies!

The sweet cake on the left was made by Patty & Sherrie's Swanky mother and it was delicious too! 

Many thanks to the Swanky Artisans for hosting such a fun day!


  1. That's the best kind of day... crafting with friends! and in a cabin too. Darling projects!
    hugs Lynn

  2. OMGosh, Patty. I can just feel the excitement you must have felt getting there- I can smell that fresh wood fire, too. What fun you had and I LOVE your projects. I haven't done anything like that in a long time- xo Diana

  3. You are finding some great art retreats and workshops! This one looks fabulous, and I love the mixed media pieces that you made. I want to play with some old photos, too.

  4. WOW!

    The little craft classes I have been taking have been nothing like your fun times.

    Beautiful items.

  5. This looks as if you had an awesome day in this darling little cabin in the woods. What fun it looks as if you had and love your shots! Is this something that they do frequently, or just a holiday event?

  6. Wow...what a creative way to spend with friends crafting in a cabin! LOVE this! The picture of your Dad is too sweet. Thanks for sharing this creative and beautiful day with us! I enjoyed! Blessings~~~Roxie

  7. Patty, I'm so jealous! I love your cute project, and the cabin, and the felt trees, and the rusty leaf rug on the narrow driveway.... almost like a dream date :)))))

  8. What a perfect get-away Patty! especially for a creative crafter like you! love all the little details in the cabine! Did not know about modge podge dimensional Magic, must try soon! All you projects are so pretty! Perfect giveaways and gifts for Christmas!

  9. Hello from Spain: your meeting was fun. Major projects and beautiful creations. I love the Christmas decorations. Your day was very creative and funny form. Keep in touch

  10. Sounds like you had a great time - thanks for sharing it all with us.
    I used to make candles, but have not in many years.
    Have a great week.

  11. Oh my goodness... every photo is fabulous! What a fun time you must have had! Lucky you!!!

  12. I keep going back to look again and again at the vintage decor and the sweet projects you made. I've got some stuff...if I can just put it together to look neat and festive! lol Love the cabin and that fire that was going. What a fun time! I'm glad you took pics to share!

  13. if I had a dream, it would be to have a cabin in the woods.. or a barn.. or a little cottage... and have events like this. Thanks for bringing those thoughts closer to mind! What fun you had and your creations are delightful. Between the smell of a fire and the cabin festooned with holiday goodies, I am sure you got in the holiday spirit in no time! So happy you had a fabulous day!!


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