Monday, January 10, 2011

A Little Barn

It was all snow yesterday here in Texas. So I had plenty of time to concentrate on finishing a little barn. This is not a dollhouse miniature. It's one of my cardboard model houses.

This was Ann's idea. She contacted me on Etsy about another barn I had made and sold. This barn is 11" tall x 7 1/2" across x 10" deep.

It has a mix of handmade leaves and flowers from my hand dyed paper, mosses, and these amazing little flowers with little purple balls I found at the store. (See the broken window?)

This is the back. At the bottom there is a tiny little hole for an electric cord  to light the inside.
It looks like a little animal made it in there!

I used plastic for the windows on both sides of the barn. And I left the front window without "glass."

I left the doors ajar for you to come in. Or for the light to shine through!

I let the barn dictate it's own color of paint. It started out with white and a couple of blue corrugated pieces. I then applied a little brown, black and silver. The finished color is so authentic that I decided to stop right there!

Here's one side of the roof. It's a white base with brown on top. Looks totally like rust.

The other side of the roof is different, not corrugated. These are silver boards with a little rust treatment.

Wanna see how it looked when I started?

This is the inside of the place. It looks just as rustic.

 Here's the barn with a string of Christmas lights in it.


  1. Seeing your beautiful creations is always a treat! You just keep outdoing yourself!!! Love it:)

  2. Caroline, this is so 'real' looking. That 'rust' is so rust-like! Those tiny purple flowers suit just perfectly, for beside a barn... a little bit rampant and wild. What a fantastic job you have done on your little barn. You really do never cease to surprise me with your special talent. I love seeing what delights you will come up with next!!
    Keep up the great work!

  3. Hi Caroline,
    That is simply adorable. Love it.
    You did a great job as always.
    Can't believe how real that looks,
    looks just like real tin.
    So Neat!
    Thanks for coming by today sweetie,
    and for your sweet words. You are so right....only God can take away the fear...that is what I will talk about next week.
    Have a Great week my dear,
    Love and Blessings, Nellie

  4. you know, your next project should be a chicken coop! complete with mini chickens :) i would love to have that barn life size, and so would my hens!

    beautiful as always!!

  5. Hi Caroline, I love your little barn. The metal looks real even though it is not. I like how you have given it a rusty look. Your houses or barns are amazing my friend. They came a little while ago and cleaned out my driveway. At least it was done after they had plowed the street. I still don't know about work tomorrow because it is still snowing. Have a great day. Your Missouri Friend.

  6. It's beautiful! I love the corrugated siding!

    No snow here but freezing cold. This native Californian is a wimp when it comes to weather!

  7. Fantastic! Goodness, how I love the way your do those little roses, and the way you have them trailing up the house! And the rest of your flowers and plants around the house are PERFECT! Love it, fabulous job!

  8. Eres una fantastica cajita de sorpresas!!!!!
    Me encanta el realismo que has conseguido, te ha quedado fantastico.
    Tienes un estilo maravilloso y unico.
    Que vas a poner dentro?
    besitos ascension

  9. OOOHHH Caroline....just amazing. You're awesome!

  10. Wow! I am utterly stunned by your AMAZING houses! They are so beautiful and I feel completely inspired by your work. How long does it take you to do one house?
    I’m really pleased that i stumbled across your blog, keep up the good work!
    Flora :)

  11. this is truly shabby chic!!! so beautiful!

  12. Love this one too. you are amazing.