Thursday, October 20, 2022

 Tree Town • New for 2022

I purchased my Silhouette to design and make Ledge Village. From that beginning grew I have designed many types of files since then but I keep circling back to buildings. Ledge Village was followed by Tea Light Village. Both have grown in both size and complexity over the years. My thinking is that they have become so extensive that the magnitude frightens away new users. I designed Tree Town as a smaller simplier village to encourage less experienced users to experiment with building 3d projects.

I also addressed a second challenge with the earlier towns and that was display. I designed the display system right into the Tree Town project. In fact that was the basis of this design. I started with the tree shelf unit and designed the village to fit in it.

  • The cutting file for the entire project is here.

  • The tutorial for assembly is here.

The finished projects is about 12.5” tall. The download includes the files in SVG, PDF, PNG, and DXF file formats. All pieces fit on 8.5 x 11” card stock. I used the Neenah card stock for the white and Recollections for all the colors.

I didn’t illuminate Tree Town like Tea Light Village because that added a level of complexity. Instead I designed it so that is self illuminates if you display it in front of a window. The sunshine makes the windows glow!Be sure to share your finished Tree Town in the Facebook group pages or by sending photos to me at I will include unique and creative ideas in the tutorial.

Be sure to share your finished Tree Town in the Facebook group pages or by sending photos to me at I will include unique and creative ideas in the tutorial.

Sunday, October 3, 2021

 I have been working with 12" embroidery hoops in my latest group of designs. I especially like the circular format and the structure that the hoops gives to a project that is made mostly of card stock cut on my Silhouette.  Here is the series. You can see I am moving through the seasons with more to come!

Haunted House Hoop:

Deer Family Hoop
Give Thanks Hoop
Christmas Cottage Hoop

You can download the cutting files for all of these here.
The assembly tutorials with videos are located here.

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

 It has been a different year for me but I am pleased to report that I am back designing at after taking an unplanned medical "vacation". And since it is September that means it is time for an update to Tea Light Village.  There are two new buildings to add to the collection this year. Can you see them in the village photo?

The are right there in the lower right corner. I have added a Windmill and Well House and The Academy. I thought the village needed another tall structure to balance out the lighthouse from 2020 hence the windmill. The Academy is loosely based on the Old Center School in Coventry, CT. I attended that wooden 4 room school house for the first grade decades ago.

Both are available at the online store. 
Download the cutting file here:
Download the tutorials here:

Happy crafting all! Be sure to share photos of your tea light villages with me at and on the facebook and instagram crafting groups.