Halloween Village Started and a Glaring Mistake and How I fixed it.

13 09 2017

Life is crazy here. If you’ve poked around my blog, you have a good idea why it’s so crazy šŸ™‚ But I try and steal a little bit of free time to work with paper. I have crazy ideas that need to be explored sometimes šŸ˜‰

During some of those stolen pockets of paper time, I go a little nuts and do something like Maple Manor from SVG Cuts. It’s the beginning of the Halloween Village Square I have in my head. It’s mostly decorated, but I’ll probably go back and embellish it some more after I have more of the village square finished.

Here’s a look at the finished (for now) manor house.

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I mentioned there was a glaring error. I’ve disguised it in the above pictures, but let me tell you what I did. See the front door? It doesn’t exactly go right there. It’s close, but not quite right. Mary designed a way cool front porch for this house. When I tried to put it on, I realized my door was too low…I guess I should have watched the tutorial all the way through, but I was too eager to get started šŸ˜‰

What I ended up with, were porch supports that were too short to fit because I’d made the distance between the bottom of the porch and the top taller than it had been designed when I had to leave out the rest of the porch. Here’s a picture of the fix and disguise I came up with to offset my eagerness.

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On the right, you can see the foam tape I used to make up the height I was missing. On the left, you can see the disguise. I made the corn stalks from white paper then colored them the colors I wanted. I figured the twine needed a purpose to be there, so corn stalks it was šŸ™‚

Other altered areas:

The paper on the roof was the design I wanted, but not the color. It was a little washed out for what I had in mind. So I used my inks and added yellows, oranges, and browns around the edge of the papers to give me the richer fall color I wanted.

Here’s a before and after of the papers.

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So why mention the mistake in the first place? If you’re just casually looking, you probably wouldn’t notice it.

No matter how good our intentions are, we make mistakes. We’re flawed. It’s what we do. But fixing those things, making something different or even better than what we started with, that’s how we become better.

Many times, what we do after the mistake is more important than the mistake. Do we trash the whole project because of one glaring flaw? Or do we fix it and make something better?

I spent a lot of time on this house. It was worth it to me to work the mistake into something better.

Our lives are so much more important than this paper house. Sometimes we mess up. It’s okay. Even the best people have made mistakes, so we’re in good company. Don’t give up. Once you know where you went wrong, fix it. Make your life better.

If this paper house is worth fixing, so are we.

The spooky pic:

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Thanks for stopping by!

xoxo

Links to items used:

Maple Manor, Brick embossing folder

 


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4 responses

13 09 2017
Mike Fernholz

Nice job! I think it came out great. Just shows you there can be happy accidents and how to work with them. Well done!

13 09 2017
ajdurrant

Thank you! I’ve been making mistakes for a long time! When it come to art mistakes, 99% of the time it’s that mistake that leads to a “fix” that makes my project better than it would have been because it’s forced me to think outside the box and consider other possibilities šŸ™‚ I call those art mistakes springboards into better things šŸ™‚

13 09 2017
Barbara

This is fantastic, you did a great job fixing a little error. I love little houses, in fact I love miniatures of all kinds. We don’t celebrate Halloween too much in australia but if we did I would want one of these.

13 09 2017
ajdurrant

Thank you šŸ™‚ the great thing about these paper houses, is that you can decorate them any way you like. A year or so ago, I used a house designed as a witch’s house, but changed it up a bit and made it into a pixie house šŸ™‚

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