Sunday, March 22, 2015

A Little Project

 My sister-in-law gave me these beautiful 1:1 candle holders for my birthday back in February. I love them! They normally sit in the middle of my dining table now that the snowmen decorations are all put away. For some reason yesterday I thought, "Those wouldn't be too difficult to recreate in miniature." We all know once the thought crosses your mind it's just a matter of time before you have to sit down and try it, lol. A couple of the things I had planned to use just didn't work or I couldn't find. I'm glad of that because these turned out so well with the second choice options. They weren't difficult, just fiddly.
I had everything on hand, even the right paint colors. See, I was meant to make them. ;-)

Wishing you all a wonderful, blessing filled week!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Not much mini time at the moment

...but I'm hoping to find some soon. My crafting time right now is being spent making T shirt quilts for a friend. She was very active in both high school and college and I'm making two quilts. The high school one is now finished. Some of my weekend will be spent cutting squares for the college quilt. M is my daughters' age, married within the past year, and trying to get her "stuff" out of her parents' house. A quilt/comforter takes up a lot less space than a large tote full of Ts and sweatshirts and is useful as well. My girls made their own quilts as beginner sewing projects. Making M's has been kind of fun!

The Westville is patiently waiting for me to get to it. Ideas are still percolating  but I hope to get started soon. Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Great news!

The French Country dollhouse is going to be featured in the May issue of American Miniaturist! There will also be a tutorial on how to do the barrel tiles. I've had a few previous feature articles but it's been several years. I'm very excited, especially since I'm so happy with how this house came out.

In the meantime, I've been researching Carpenter Gothic houses. That's the style the Westville kit is intended to be and I love what I've been seeing. Stay tuned for updates on that project.

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Just a few more details

 No one gave an opinion regarding the bench but I decided it needed to be weathered and aged. I like it much better now.
 I added more family photo collages to the upper hall wall. The HBS catalog was a great source for pictures.
I gave the bedroom art piece a frame of sorts. I used a Sharpie marker on the outer edges. It makes the painting stand out a bit more, which I like.

I only added a few things but they give the house a more relaxed and cozy feeling. I need some sort of curtain over the low window in the bedroom. I just frosted the bathroom windows but  I think I need more than that in the bedroom. I'm still debating...opinions?

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Final(?!) Details

 I made the small black bench and the light fixture this evening. The bench was made with scraps from my wood bin and painted. It fills the area under the window beautifully. The light fixture was made from a suction cup and the hook that came with it plus a small square of cardboard. Some tacky glue, super glue and a bit of paint and it no longer looks like a suction cup. I probably need to make one for the upper porch, too.
 I need opinions on the bench. Should I leave it as is or give it a worn finish?
My final project for the evening was the nightstand lamp in the master bedroom. I used part of a wooden chess bishop, two black metal jewelry findings and a bit of paper for the shade inserts.

I love that I can look at this house and see the areas where I've really grown as a miniaturist. Each project looks that much more real, takes that much more research, shows that much more growth. I've been "playing with dollhouses" on and off for almost 30 years. I guess it's about time I made progress, lol.

Wishing you the best of weekends, my blogland friends!

The roof is finished!

I have minor details to add - a lower porch bench, a lamp in the master bedroom, more family photos, etc. - but the house is essentially complete. Even though the roof seemed like it took forever, it was definitely worth doing. It didn't cost me anything but time to do and gives the house just the look I'd hoped for.

Here's a reminder of what the house would look like if I'd followed the directions. I'm so glad that I didn't. ;-) Now that I see the chimney, though, I'm reminded that I really need to put one on, and on the other half of the roof. More on that later, I guess.



Friday, February 20, 2015

Progress, change, and a long week

 I've been making slow progress on the tile work. I finished the back a couple of days ago. Tonight I started on the last roof section. I've been alternating from side to side this time because it hasn't gone as smoothly as the other sides. Daughter #1 thinks maybe I just have selective memory and choose not to remember how frustrated I got on the other parts. Hmm. There may be some value in that theory, LOL.
 The change is in the porch post. I wasn't really happy with the square support I'd used but I do like this shortened and dressed up version.
And, finally, the long week: I had strep throat this week and even with antibiotics my voice disappeared. Trying to keep 1st graders interested in social studies when your voice is alternating between Mickey Mouse and Darth Vader's is a bit challenging. Just tonight, I'm able to speak without cracking. It's still not my normal voice but it's a huge improvement. Plus I feel better today. I'm really hoping to finish the French Country house this weekend. I've been researching ideas for the Westville. It's such a pretty house that I'm leaning toward something other than a home for Santa's elves (my original thought.) I haven't made any decisions yet but I'm leaning toward a period home - maybe in the 30s. Thoughts, anyone?