Sunday, July 26, 2015

Wonderful husband and getting started

First, the wonderful husband part - after 4.5 weeks of resting with my foot elevated I was getting a bit restless. My husband decided to rent a wheelchair that would allow me to elevate my foot. We went to the farmers market, had breakfast out, and then he spent a couple of hours wheeling me around Hobby Lobby so I could start thinking about decorating the Westville. It was heavenly. Also, I saw things from an entirely different perspective, literally. Wheeling around at a child's level made different things jump out at me. It was fun and eye opening. :-)

Now for the getting started part - I found a large book of scrapbook paper (1/2 off!) in the colors I am planning to use in the Westville. With a 1950s timeline I wanted teals, pinks, greens, etc. Last evening and today I spent some time with markers adding color accents to some of the papers to give me the 50s feeling I'm going for. This is a sample block of different colors of the linoleum floor tile I want to replicate.
 I started with this green and cream checkerboard scrapbook paper and added colors to the "tiles" to get the effect I want.
 Then I folded along all of the squares to make them look like individual tiles. Once I get page sealed and in place, I think I am going to be happy with the results.
 This paper will be the living room wallpaper. It was all just turquoise on white. I added pink, olive green, and a bit of blue gray. This also needs sealed but will look good with the tweedy gray sofa and gray print drapes. I haven't decided whether to make the chair matching or contrasting.
 I feel like I'm making progress on the design part of the house now. I'm starting to see it come together in my mind. Fingers crossed that my thoughts translate well to reality. ;-)

Have a wonderful, blessing-filled week!


Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Finally something small!

 This isn't a new project but I fixed a couple of things that I didn't like and added a few new details. This is an inexpensive quarter scale Victorian house. I used brick paper for the exterior.
 Inside I used wallpapers I found online - I'm sorry but it's been so long that I don't remember the source. The furniture is a combination of the small plastic pieces, pieces I made, and a few that my friend Brenda made. The hutch in the kitchen and the braided rag rug are her creations. She filled the hutch, too. And did an amazing job, I might add.
 The nursery beds and crib were made with scraps of wood and fabric. The twin beds were way too long originally so today I shortened them. The proportions are much better now. The  quilts at the foot of these beds, hanging over the crib edge, and in the master bedroom are also printies from the web. The rug is a ribbon scrap. The baby in the crib was in a round robin box I used do with friends. She was not dressed. Today I made her a tiny gown from a scrap of vintage handkerchief.
 In the master bedroom I added the mirror over the chest of drawers and the vase of flowers on top of the chest. I didn't make many changes to the plastic furniture in here. I cut down the bases for the lamp and the bowl, gave the bed a new spread, and added a cushion to the chair seat.
 I think I made a couple of minor changes to one or two of the bathroom pieces.The towel and rug are fabric scraps.
 Here's a closer view of Brenda's hutch and rug. I love both pieces. I added paint to some of the plastic pieces when I built the house. Today I made the stockpot simmering away on the stove.

The plastic furniture is mostly as it came from the package in the parlor. I added paper work to the desk.The tablecloth is a small fabric applique. Two tiny stacked beads make the centerpiece vase. The fireplace is a mini Christmas ornament.The artwork is made with a fingernail sticker.The rug is a bit of ribbon.The center table holds a potted plant on a doily made from a lace cutout.

I'm not sure if I'll ever do another quarter scale project. It's certainly not my favorite scale. I much prefer the detail you can get with 1:12 or 1:24. It was a fun experiment, though, and the scale certainly doesn't take up much space. I may not have a choice soon if I want to keep making mini houses, lol.

Recovery from foot surgery is going well.  I have to spend most of the time with my foot elevated and I can't drive yet so it's been lonely. Most of my mini projects require me to sit at a table with my feet on the floor. I haven't got to that point yet.  My best friend has kept me well stocked with library books and my daughter shared her Netflix account so I haven't been too bored. It was very nice to play with minis for a little while today.

Wishing you all a blessing filled day!


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

In recovery and making plans

Hi all! I am still among the land of the living. I am recovering from foot surgery. All went well but I have to spend most of my time with my foot elevated above my heart. That's not a good position for making minis so I have nothing new to show. I have decided, however, on the 1950s as the time frame for the Westville house my friend gave me for Christmas. I'm excited to start on it. The family will be mother, father, and son. I'm planning to make the boy's room cowboy themed. I already have the boy doll. Those who've followed by blog for awhile may remember the boy with a coonskin cap that I found while hubby and I were in Frankenmuth, MI a few years ago. He's a resin figure like the Houseworks dolls who's been living in the boarding house until I get him his permanent home. HBS has Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood dolls that I think will be perfect for little Davey's parents. I've been doing some research to get ideas for the rest of the rooms. I also have to decide how much I will make and what I want to purchase. Hopefully, in the next month or two, I will actually have  photos of something to share. Thanks so much for your patience if you are still following!

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bad blogger!

I am sorry for being so lax in posting, my friends. I just don't have the time for my minis like I used to.  I do still have the Westville from my friend in holding, though. I'm having foot surgery next month so I'm hoping to get a big start then. In the meantime I'm keeping my eye out for anything that might work in the house. I found a yellow sink and toilet when I treated myself to a long explore of my favorite consignment shop. Since I'm hoping to use the under the stairs closet as the bathroom these are the perfect size. I'm still not sure if I like the idea but it will work...barely.

Sorry for the poor quality of the photos. I wanted to give you an idea of how the bathroom would look. I just don't want to use of valuable floor space but I can't not put in the facilities in a twentieth century (and beyond) house. You have no idea how hard it is for me to leave stairs out in some houses, lol.

Anyway, the Westville should be making some progress over the next couple of months. I will be back blogging when I have something to blog about.

Have a blessed weekend, my friends!

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!