Saturday, April 4, 2015

A new look at an old project

 One of my great nephews got entirely too touchy with the log cabin at Christmas. I finally brought it down to do the repair work. (Right before having the same child here for Easter. What was I thinking?!) The tree was not his fault. My daughter's cat's favorite place was right beside the cabin on the tree side. She broke two of the branches. Just gluing wasn't enough. I wrapped the whole thing with brown floral tape and then put vertical pieces on the trunk to look more like bark. Sorry the photo isn't clear. I will get a better one later.
 While I had it out, I gave everything a good cleaning. Rebekah appreciated the help.;-) James is out getting some wood for the fire.
 Lunch is ready on the table. James had better hurry.
 It looks like Rebekah is already planning tomorrow's meals.
 In such a tiny space, everything has it's own place. Even one thing out of place makes the whole cabin look cluttered. I think that tool box needs to go to the barn. I wouldn't want to sleep under it!
 A fresh loaf of bread and venison stew. Yum! Little Emily is sleeping right through. It's cozy and warm by the fire.On the mantle you can see their special things from back home. The little china doll, the blue and white vase, the Bible and the crocheted doily are all reminders of special loved ones. A traveling artist came through the area shortly after Emily was born. He painted the family portrait behind the vase.
It's a little too warm for Rebekah. She's enjoying the sunshine and breeze through the open door. Now that the harvest is done there won't be too many more days warm enough to open the door.

Sometimes it's fun to revisit old projects. I hope you enjoyed the tour!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

The digital version is available!

My French Country house got a six page feature article and the tile tutorial is three pages long. Both look wonderful. Now I can't wait to get my print version!

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!