Sunday, March 18, 2018

Just relaxing

Tasha and her dog George (because he looks a bit like my childhood pet of the same name) are relaxing after their first public appearance at my church talent night. I love the look of wonder on children's faces when they see a dollhouse. Especially if it has lights. I always also get a few adults who don't understand why I play with toys but that's ok. It is hard to explain just how special this hobby is to someone. I am thankful for all of you who do "get it!"

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Everybody needs a friend

Especially when you are a dog and don't have opposable thumbs. I decided today, after searching eBay yet again for the appropriate resident of the cottage, that the only reasons I didn't care for the Fisher Price doll were that her clothing was plastic and you could see the joints in her knees. So I made her a pair of khakis and a hoodie and pulled her hair back.

She looks much better and the dog has someone to feed it.

Now I just need to figure out their names...

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Getting near the end

Remember I told you that the fireplace was still bugging me? Well, today I ripped it out and gave it a makeover. I painted everything but the granite and mantle black and trimmed the fire screen with antique gold. The top of the chimney breast got a bit of gold trim as well.
In the bathroom I added a little stool/table and filled it with toiletries - bath salts, shampoo, body wash, hairspray, nail polish, and lipstick.
The tray on the toilet holds earrings and bracelets.

i have talent night coming up at my church next month. I am planning to take my cottage farmhouse and the chicken coop. It is always fun to see the reactions as people find all the little details.

Have a wonderful week, my friends!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Still plugging away

My first project of the day was to work a bit more on that last stone wall. I divided some of the larger stones to make the wall more consistent with the others. Next up was a range hood. The base is the thin plastic container that my gift from AM came in. Then I just cut and glued balsa wood sticks to the plastic to get the size and shape I wanted. The trim at the bottom is narrow studded leather ribbon.

 In the living room I did a little work on the fireplace. I am still not completely satisfied with it. 

I made a little recipe box from the packaging my gum came in. 

And here is the entire interior as it looks tonight. I am still in search of the perfect doll for this house.

I have no idea where this little house's spot will be. I still have a few larger pieces that are homeless.

Stay tuned. Hopefully there will be more progress to share soon!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Tiny changes

 My renewal gift from American Miniaturist came yesterday. I put the books and glasses in the bedroom.

I added the little tray to the bathroom along with the soap dispenser from a previous renewal.

They also sent vintage recipe cards and a cookbook. I think they will be perfect in the kitchen.
And I finally got the stonework finished on the last wall. I am very pleased with the finished exterior. Now I can move on to the tiny details!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Working my way around

The door was originally the same color as the rest of the house. The stones are penciled in ready to paint.

The finished front. The colors are much more muted than they appear in the photo.

The dormer windows were just the frames over the same house paint so they didn't look very window like. I added curtains, white with blue pompons. It's just a little touch but it helps with the overall farmhouse charm. 

I have the chimney end left to do and then the exterior will be finished. Then I will move on to the personal details inside the house.

Thank you to all who are following along on this project. Wishing you a wonderful blessing filled week, my friends!

Edit: I gave the stones two light coats of a white wash and like the results much better.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

I think this is gonna work

 It's a multi step process - draw the stones, fill them in with paint...

... continue to fill in...

 add highlights with a white chalk pencil and shadows with a black one. Then I sealed it all with matte Mod Podge dabbed on with a paint brush to keep the chalk from bleeding. I love how it looks. Now I am anxious to do the front but the end was several hours of work and I need to give my wrists a rest. I hope to get more done tomorrow. I also sealed the areas that I am leaving in their original state like the roof and chimney. The paint is very chippy and I don't know how old the house actually is. Sealing seemed like the best plan.

Inside I added trim around the ceilings of the bedroom, kitchen, and living rooms. That fixed all the areas that had gaps and rough edges.

It was a productive mini day and I got the laundry done, too. Win win! Have a wonderful day, my friends!