Monday, January 31, 2011
The living room ceiling fan turned out really well. The ceiling mount is part of a button and the fan blades are cardstock.
This is the wall mounted lamp for over the bed. I made it with a combination of beads, wire and paint.
This photo is fuzzy but it's the ceiling fixture for the bedroom. The bead I used for the globe has soft stained glass looking shapes in blue and pink. It's a really pretty bead.
We're currently under a winter storm warning. We could get up to 20 inches of snow! I'd actually enjoy being snowed in. The only problem is that hubby is the ham radio emergency coordinator for our county and he's likely to have to be out in the nastiness. Stay warm and safe wherever you are!
Saturday, January 29, 2011
Kathi, at Beautiful Mini Blessings, gave me this award. It is for creativity, use of materials and membership in the blogging community.
Here are the rules:
1. You must choose 5 blogs that you think deserves this award, the criteria for design, material use, and participation in the blog community, regardless of language.
2. Add each award recipient's name and a link to their blog.
3. Name and link to the person who gave you the award.
4. Add the link to "Arte y Pico" so that everyone can see who originated this award.
I'd like to present this award to the following people:
I've been inspired by each one of you. Although we will probably never meet face to face, I'm so glad for the opportunity to get to know you through your blogs.
Friday, January 28, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
I just found out that one of my dolls has been featured on an "etsy stalker" website. The ladies look through etsy shops and feature items that catch their attention. The doll they chose was Carole, the aging bathing beauty. You can see the feature here - http://etsystalker.com/?p=15845
This will be the ceiling light fixture for the kitchen.
These were so simple to make. I used inexpensive tiny suction cup hooks from Dollar Tree for the shades. The "leading" was done with a black Sharpie permanent marker and I used a toothpick to apply glass paint to the tiny sections.
Then I used a variety of materials to construct the actual lamps. The floor lamp has a wooden base with a flat bead as trim. The pole is a fancy toothpick and I used a small bead as the light bulb.
The kitchen light has a jewelry finding tip and part of a button for the ceiling mount.
I also made a light for the dining room and a ceiling fan for the living room but I'm having trouble getting decent photos.
I used beads and jewelry findings to make lights for the bedroom. They are a different style but still appropriate for the style of the house.
I'll keep trying for better pics. :)
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Bridget of tweetypetieproducts.Bridget is only 15 and makes the most amazing mini food!
Blake of ahhwahwah is 17 and has just finished his first doll, Patch. Patch is a character from a story Blake has written.
Carol of true2scale makes beautiful printables and other minis.
And finally Looking Glass Miniatures which is a blog for the shop of the same name. You will find links to her other blogs there. She has some wonderful projects in the works.
Thank you all so much for following. I'm so happy for the opportunity to see your work and make some new friends. :)
Thursday, January 20, 2011
Here are the pieces I used for the cabinets. I had some rubber stamps that were given to me that I wasn't interested in. (I love stamping but these were categories I wouldn't use.)
And here it is. The fridge and stove paper parts I salvaged from the rejected kitchen. The upper cupboards are just held on to a book cover with some sticky wax so that's why they aren't hanging straight. Each piece is separate so I will have options for laying out the kitchen. My favorite things are the double sink and faucet and the range hood. The stamp block has a dip for a finger grip on the top edge. I used a large craft stick for the counters and I put two holes in for the sinks. The dip and the edges of the hole were painted silver. The hardest part of the range hood was the angles - I kept looking at mine to figure it out. There's even a mesh fan grate inside. The doors are cut from regular and wide craft sticks with bead knobs.
I am so happy that I decided to try the wood. I'm also thankful for God's inspiration in using the stamp blocks.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
The kitchen cabinets and appliances are all printies. The stove is from www.printmini.com - I made it shallower so that it's the same depth as the cabinets and fridge. They were made from a variation of the printies I posted last year. The lady of the house had some fun with painting her cabinets and used several shades of olive green. With all of the other work she and her husband are doing on their bungalow they couldn't afford a complete kitchen makeover so they just got new appliances and painted the old cupboards. The tile backsplash is alternating sunflower tiles and plain white ones. The disadvantage to using printables is that the doors and drawers don't open. The benefits are: less money (almost nothing!); I can choose any color I want; the stove has 4 burners instead of the two on most half scale stoves; I can have a double door fridge with an ice/water dispenser in the door (I don't have one in real life but I can pretend, lol); I can have as many cupboards as I feel like making; I even have a range hood and wall mounted cabinets. If I don't glue this set in I can try my hand at wooden cabinets if I want. For the most part I'm happy with the printies, though. The stove and fridge are more realistic than anything I could make with wood.
Here's how it looks with the rest of the living room stuff. Once it's actually in the living room I may extend the chimney from the mantel to the ceiling with more of the carton stone since there isn't an exterior chimney, just the one on the roof. I'm not sure yet.
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
The living room will have the large floor plant potted in a terra cotta bead, a fern on a plant stand (made like the previous fern) and a smaller plant in a clay bowl (made with reindeer moss.) I will add some throw pillows to the couches when I actually decorate the house. The walls will probably be a pale olive in the living room.
The dining room has a vase of flowers - a really cool stained glass looking bead - and a gold trimmed terra cotta teapot. I made the teapot from polymer clay as well as all the pots except for the bead I used for the floor plant.
It's fun just to arrange and rearrange - it helps me to get ideas for the finished rooms.
I also found some fabric for pillows and some beads for light shades, pots and candles. At this rate I'll have all the interior decor figured out long before my birthday. :)
Monday, January 17, 2011
Looking at the photos it looks like the stain is really blotchy. It doesn't really look like that. I think the flash is making funny reflections.
I was asked about a tutorial. I will have to think about that. The original chair was based on a pattern for a 1:12 scale chair. The rest of the items are my designs based on the Mission style look and using the materials I had on hand. I will get back to you. :)
Sunday, January 16, 2011
I hope you all have a wonderful week!
Saturday, January 15, 2011
Friday, January 14, 2011
I've been drooling over my latest Hobby Builders Supply catalog. I really like the Real Good Toys bungalow - it's one of my favorite real life architectural styles. I just don't have room for another large dollhouse though. I was really excited to see the bungalow in half scale now. My head is filled with visions of mini Arts & Craft style bits of furniture...I have a birthday coming up soon. Maybe the little bungalow will find it's way here. :)
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Today I sacrificed a couple of my last Michael's hutches to take care of that.
This is Elizabeth Greene making some stew in her new kitchen. This unit holds the sink, cook top, oven and cabinets.
The unit on the opposite wall holds a mini fridge and cabinets.
Elizabeth's husband, Martin, is playing with one of the grandkids. Elizabeth and Martin are the first polymer clay dolls I ever made. They are kind of large for this little house and they are very simply made but they're special because they were the first. I'm proud of this little house. It was only my second mini project but I reupholstered the furniture and made rugs. I made my own trim for the inside and sewed all of the curtains. If I were ever to make another of these kits I think I'd use it for some type of store instead of a house since the rooms are so small, especially on the top floor.
I'd love to see some of your early projects, too. It's fun to see how much we've grown in our abilities over the years.
Friday, January 7, 2011
The shelf was made with a thin sheet 3 inch wide wood. I scored it down the center and folded it into the corner shape. The shelves are woodsie triangles. I used skinny sticks for the shelf supports and for the trim at the base of each shelf. Quick, easy and it looks good, too. :)
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Another addition to the collection came from a surprise source. I bought a new box of Red Rose Tea and they always have little figurines in the boxes. I was so excited to find a little snowman! My son thought my reaction was a bit extreme but I was happy, lol. He's sitting on the ledge over my kitchen range between a cute little metal cone shaped snowman (a gift from a former student) and an antique butter press (for making individual pats of butter imprinted with a design.)
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
By the way, has anyone else had trouble with blogger's design feature? I finally gave up and went back to an old template. I couldn't get any of the new design stuff to actually show up so I could make changes. I was getting really tired of the silly maple leaves showing through on every background.
Today was kind of fun. My oldest got a sewing machine for Christmas but she's never sewn before today. She's making a quilt from all of the t-shirts she had in high school from band, cheerleading, theater, etc. It's turning out to be really cute and she's so excited that she's making it mostly on her own. I'll post some pics once she's finished it.
Have a great week everyone! Hopefully, there will be some new mini projects coming soon!