Candy Cane Christmas Cottage Handpainted Dollhouse by S. Stalter

I began with a gingerbread color for the outer walls, with hand painted siding, accented with pen and ink detail.
Candy Cane Christmas Cottage Handpainted Dollhouse

Shingles were glued on one-by-one and then painted a wonderful Christmas Green. Three quarter view shows peaks of roof and trim. 

The front door is painted green with black trim and you've probably already noticed that the shutters are painted like a candy cane (hard to miss!) and I've added painted greenery along the bottom edge of the house. Above the front door is a decorative arch with gingerbread trim and I've added a swag of greenery and attached a Christmas wreath on the door as a Housewarming gift to the new owners. The front steps are painted as a rock porch.

A closeup of the upper door shows the gingerbread trim and swag with roses.

Another closeup shows the decorative comma strokes with red berries.

The small window on the front of the house I have decorated with Holly and Berries. A closeup of the painted Holly and Berries shows the detail. Also shows detail of hand painted siding with pen and ink detail.

The house has three peaks with upper window that I have painted with Gingerbread and Candy Cane decorations. One in the front of the house and one on each side.
On the right side of the house, it looked a little bland to me and only had the one upper window. I felt like it needed windows downstairs too, so I painted two windows for the first floor to match the upper window. A closeup is shown of the handpainted windows, Candy Cane shutters, comma strokes with berries and greenery along the bottom edge. 

Another closeup is shown of the decorative Christmas trim above the upper window. An even closer look at one of the upper windows shows the peppermint candy, the candy cane shutters and the gingerbread trim. The window panes that came with the dollhouse kit were just plain clear plastic. And again, that seemed a little dull and boring---so I used pen and permanent ink and decorated the window panes with a diamond pattern.

The left side of the house already has residents---two Redbirds have an adorable birdhouse hanging from a branch of the little tree I painted on the side. They are very happy to have such a nice home! A little closer look at the left side of the house shows the Redbird scene, the tree and the two painted windows. And a very close look shows one of the Redbirds singing. It sounds a lot like Jingle Bells to me.....and the other Redbird is flying up to their little birdhouse home, decorated with their own little wreath and red bow.

The inside was left unfinished......ready for the new owner to decorate.

I hope you enjoyed viewing the Candy Cane Cottage as much as I enjoyed building and painting it!

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