When I was a child, I loved crafting with little papers. My grandma made small umbrellas with cigarette packages and my mother taught me how to make the classic paper crane with origami paper. I made hundreds of adorable little paper cranes and flowers. I measured and cut construction paper to make paper chains for my birthday party. I drew princesses and cut them out to make paper dolls. Nowadays, there are so many beautifully designed papers in craft stores, right at our fingertips, just waiting for me to start crafting things like handmade cards, scrapbooks, and ornaments. Like every Christmas season, I went to a craft store and bought some beautiful Christmas themed papers to get in the holiday spirit.
I was inspired to make this blue house with a red roof by thinking of Moomin troll’s house. Moomin troll is the main character in the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. There was a TV animation of Moomin that I watched when I was a child. Since I was young, I didn’t fully understand the story or the context, but the animations were beautiful and I remembered exquisite details, like the style of Moomin’s house. The Moomin house and other little houses are perfect Christmas decorations for the mantle.
My good friend who loves making cards lent me a die cut machine, with a variety of shaped dies. I cut out different shapes using this machine from the patterned papers. I thought that the cut outs were the perfect size to assemble some mobiles, so I made one with butterflies and another with whales. Not only are they adorable, they intrigued Haru as well!