Sunday, December 19, 2010

Chrismas in the dollhouse - mini holiday decor

Got the painting above the fireplace from Amber at MyDollhousePictures on etsy. I made dressed up the garland with gold items.
I bought the adorable snowflake cookies from Leslie at TinyTuffets on etsy. Had to make a couple of fun purchases for the holiday season - they were calling to me!
The tree could use a couple more ornaments. Maybe over actual Christmas I'll put some more on.

Got some really cute reindeer cookies from Jennifer Tuttle at miniholiday on etsy.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Mini Pink Christmas Roombox

Thought a pink Christmas would be fun. This actually came together faster and with less effort than a lot of my projects. I think it was because the space was so small and I really stuck with my theme: pink. It was really fun and put me in the spirit to tackle the dollhouse living room with Christmas!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Thank you gift for my followers: miniature book printies

I'm up to 50 followers! Thanks everyone! Here is a link to a pdf of some book covers that I gathered/photographed. They are the ones I used to make a bunch of the books in my dollhouse. They are 1/12, but I have them in half scale if you'd like. I also have them in word if you'd like to edit for yourself and I have more if you like these. Just drop me a line and I can email them to you. :)

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Miniature binder clip handbags: yay for quickie mini purses!

OMG! These handbags take, like, 10 minutes each. They are so easy and quick and all you have to have is a few binder clips (stolen from the office, of course) and some fabric and tiny rope. Someone named Martin Løkke created it and had it published in Mini 1 til 12 online mag. Go to page 7 of the latest issue (issue 9) to see the tutorial. Martin - you're a mini genius!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Piper reads to the bears: Petite Blythe dollhouse adventures

Piper was just reaching for the Velveteen Rabbit, planning to sit down for a good read and one of the bears came up to the nursery with Mr. Poops. He wanted to know if Piper would read to the bears.
"All of you?"
"All of us."
Well, we better do it in the living room then and we'll need to bring in some extra furniture.

So the bears moved some extra seating downstairs.
"Wow. I didn't know there were so many of you." Piper was surprised as the number of bears and also amused that their muzzle color made it look like they'd gotten into some cake frosting.
"So, I'm going to read you The Velveteen Rabbit."
The bears were very excited.
"What's this?" The little bear that always plays the piano was still going to town. "Ahem! Trying to read over here."
"Oh, no! I didn't even hear you come in! Once I get going with Rachmaninoff my mind and soul take flight. May I join you to listen to the story?"
"Of course!"

Piper started to read and she read and read into the night.
The bears listened, enraptured at how the stuffed bunny became real because a little boy loved him. They all went to bed that night with sweet, sweet dreams.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Mini butcher block table

Made a butcher-block-style table out of Popsicle sticks and turned legs. Also been making some books. Got to get the bottom on that cake stand :0

Books - some paper, some foam - depending on whether they will be in a bookcase or on the coffee table.

Painted and decoupaged some more metal minis from Mesh.
Made daffodils with Lolly's mini group a while back. Linda taught. Just got around to taking a pic.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Piper eats cake - Petite Blythe dollhouse pics

Piper just got a new dress and decided to celebrate with some cake.
One of the bears joined her.
"Can you hold a fork with those big paws?"

"Ooh. Sounds like someone is at the door."

It's Mr. Rabbeler!
"Hi, my name is Piper, I just moved to Brookhaven."
"I'm Mr. Rabbeler. I've lived along this brook since I was a bunny. I brought you a housewarming donut. If you ever need anything just let me know."
"I'm just eating cake now to celebrate getting a new dress."
"Dots nice! It's a really wonderful dress."
"Thanks. Will you come by some time for tea and cupcakes?"
"I would love it!"
As Piper watched Mr. Rabbeler leave she felt that they would be the best of friends.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Miniature cupcakes, cakes, vases and flowers

 Made the paper flowers from a Bonnie Lavish kit. Flower vase is polymer clay with varnish. The tall vase is a metal one I purchased from Mesh Miniatures and painted a la Alice Marques Gegers.

Made the baked goods using Christel Jensen dvd and cake tutorial by Betsy Niederer for CDHM. Used liquid Kato mixed with Premo for icing. These are my first polymer clay foods that worked. Yay!

Bought some tiny turnings from Tiny Tique and cut them down into spools for a sewing box. Pin cushion from Lolly's.

Monday, September 6, 2010

A few new things

I've made some new items. This paper pitcher is another one from Marlies tutorial, but I changed the size and spout shape.

Purchased a couple of paintings at the Tom Bishop show. They are watercolors by Serna Sheridan (she's a member of Northbrook Minis). The one on the left is the Connemara mountains in Ireland and the right is the Morton Arboretum here in Illinois.

Built a kitchen cabinet and matching pot-rack. Also built a little thingy around the upper part of the oven hood - I wasn't thrilled with how that copper sheeting met the ceiling.Made the Daffodils with Lolly's group.

Will add cabinet handles as soon as I find something shiny in gold or copper.

Cut down the hutch, added toothpics to hold plates, trim so plates wouldn't roll off. For pot-rack I used a pewter picture frame, cut down headpins for cage and surrounded with popsicle sticks.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Piper, the Petite Blythe, arrives at Brookhaven

Piper arrived today from Hong Kong! She spent a while checking out the house and I think she's excited to live here.
"Oooh. Shiny."
"Am I allowed in the attic?"
She's anxious to get started reading The Velveteen Rabbit.
She also expressed interest in writing and doing some sketching.
"This house is perfect for me!"
It was a big day.

Dollhouse nursery with baby toile: cuteness increase in progress

I painted some furniture for the baby's room. The wallpaper is scrapbooking paper. Took pieces of it and decoupaged them to the front of the "cabinets" & painted and cut a matching border for the room. Faux moleskin carpeting - so soft!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Brookhaven: a refined dollhouse overrun by wild bears

Been working so hard painting furniture and cutting stair railings I didn't notice some bears had moved in on the place. Have no idea how I'll ever get them to leave. Great part is they're not that picky and don't care that the place isn't "done."
One of the little ones plays the piano and the others like to lounge around and listen. At least the room has light now...and a sofa.
Did a divider in bathroom so that the front section can be a dressing room. Armoire to come.
Kitchen now has light and a copper oven hood I made from cardboard and copper sheeting.