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!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Big news but no mini news this weekend

Maverick's birthday party was a success. He greeted his guests at the door wearing this shirt.

And here is his baby brother or sister coming in September.

While they were here a family friend took one year old portraits.
 And this his mama when she was about 8 1/2 months old. Just a bit of family resemblance, lol.
I hope to start painting the stone exterior on the dollhouse this week. I also have some touch up work to do inside. The kind of things that show up in photos that you don't really notice just looking at the house. But once I see them I have to fix them - just like all of the other miniaturists I know. Updates will be coming soon!

Have a wonderful blessing filled week, my friends!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

A busy day

The school I work in had to cancel today due to fog. It was a blessing to me as I am hosting a birthday party on Saturday for this cutie.
This is my grandson, Maverick. He and his family live three hours away. He celebrated with his Daddy's family last weekend. This weekend's party is with his Mommy's family. I got the house cleaned and cupcakes baked. In between, I found a little mini time.
 The kitchen got a new wall shelf for mugs and glasses and a new rug in front of the sink.

The bedroom got a new picture...
...and so did the living room.
The little details are my favorite. Eventually I will have to start the exterior but I am having fun finishing the interior for now.

Wishing you a blessing filled day!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

I love 40% off coupons!

I paid a visit to Hobby Lobby today and found a kitchen set I really like. With my coupon I was able to buy four bottles of paint and the kitchen set for eleven dollars less than the price of the mini appliances. I modified the stove with new knobs and oven handle to make it look  more realistic and I painted the sink cabinet and knobs. It is definitely a galley kitchen but it works. 

 It's grocery day, apparently.
I added a simple cross to the living room gallery wall. Oh, and the candles were made by wrapping tacky wax around toothpicks. The look and feel like real candles.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

It is starting to look like a home!

 The ceilings have been papered now. The living room ceiling is pieced together but still looks better than the dirty pink with wires everywhere, lol.
 The kitchen ceiling was easier and I added a border to cover some of the rough wood near the ceiling. I am still thinking about the appliances.
Looks like someone is celebrating a birthday today.

This is the whole interior as of this afternoon.
The bathroom is finished.

I still need to add the personal things to the bedroom but it is finished, too.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Lots of time to play

 Today was a pretty quiet day after church so I was able to work on the cottage. The bedroom is finished except for the little details. I am so pleased with how it turned out.
 The living room is mostly finished as well. It needs more things to make it look lived in but it looks cozy and comfortable. Wallpapering around the windows with the curtains still in place was interesting. I had already decided to keep the curtains. It's a good thing I did because those things were not coming off. I made the fireplace completely from scratch with my usual random mix of leftovers but it works. ;-)
 I started a gallery wall over the buffet. I made a pretty little bowl filled with glass balls, too.
I got a lot accomplished today. Real life is happening tomorrow so I am not sure when I will get back to it but you all know how I get once I start a project, lol.

Have a wonderful