Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities iii, Challenge 17 - A Merry Mouse with Woodlands and Tinsel Twine

I have been having a blast participating in the Compendium of Curiosities iii Challenge on the Studio L3 blog by Linda Ledbetter. For Challenge 17 we are using the Tim Holtz Woodlands and Tim Holtz Tinsel Twine technique as found on page 60 of Compendium of Curiosities 3 by Tim Holtz. You can choose your trees from either the Woodlands Tree Lot, or Smaller Woodlands package.You can use Tinsel Twine in your project instead. I used both!
Challenge 17 is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium who will provide a $50 shopping spree for the winner of the challenge, with more prizes courtesy of Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi for the fabulous Curiosity Crew's choice winner!

A Very Merry Mousey Christmas

I decided to make a little woodlands Christmas scene for my project. How cute is this mouse?!!! I found the pattern in Barbara's etsy shop bvoe668! So adorable and it wasn't hard to crochet. I dressed up the mouse with some Tim Holtz trimmings! 
The pattern has the mouse resting in a crocheted walnut shell! So cute, I can't stand it!

Woodlands Tree's are addicting!
I'd never tried the woodlands tree technique before and it was pretty easy and fun. I had a purchased spool and decorated the spool and the tree. I used the tinsel twine technique at the bottom. I've seen the Tim Holtz display of all the Woodland trees in every distress ink color. Now I know why, you just can't stop at one color!

Mousletoe gives you a present!
My daughter named the mouse Mousletoe! I made the second smaller spool to look like the purchased spool. I got a regular wooden spool and added two wooden wheels and painted them like the purchased spool. I wrapped it with twine from the hardware store. The mouse scarf is some Tim Holtz Merriment trimmings ribbon. I made the hat using the trimmings, I folded a length in half, sewing the edges of 2 layers together to form a little hat. I tied the top with thread and added a bell. It was so tiny it was a little hard to manage, but adorable! The present is a little epoxy sticker with 2 foam dots on the back so it sticks out from the mouse tummy. I toned down the white of the mouse with a little watered down pumice stone distress ink. It's hard to tell in the photo, but the mouse looks more vintage since the mouse took his pumice stone "bath".

Candy Cane Woodlands are Yummy!
I wanted to try a different colored tree and it looks yummy like a candy cane! I put the tree on a wooden wheel and wrapped the tree base with twine to match the others!

So this project will make a fun addition to a Christmas Village. I wanted to keep the pieces separate so I can use them in different scenes, or all together. I had so much fun making these, I think I will make some more!!!

I've already started on another mouse in progress!

Merry Christmas!!!


  1. Oh, Vic... this is such a sweet set of trees and that cute little mouse is fantastic perched up on the matching spool. Thanks for joining us at CC3C!

  2. never disappoint with your creations! Your little woodland trees and that crocheted mouse are adorable! I so love the colors of your trees and how you have situated them on the spools and wrapped them in such cute papers and tinsel twine! Really a clever alteration of the plain trees! And that mouse....cuter that cute! Thanks for sharing your art with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  3. So cute!!! Love the trees but that mouse tickled precious! Thanks so much for playing along with us on the Woodlands and Tinsel Twine challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  4. I really want to carry Mouseltoe around with me in my pocket. So cute. I can't stand it.

  5. I absolutely love this display, Vic! The trees were altered so beautifully and that mouse is precious! Well done! Thanks for playing along with us!

  6. Your crochet mouse is adorable.
    Merry Christmas, Julie x

  7. Okay, wait, you crocheted that mouse??!! Amazing, and so cute! I am glad I read the details because I love your idea of making your own spools. Great tip! These trees are beautiful, as are every creation you make. Merry Christmas!


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