Sunday, April 23, 2017

Painting, Puttering and Packing

The top floor was a single woman; a married retired couple lived on the second floor; and a family with a young baby lived on the first floor.

All the furniture in Waterside Way has been packed up, and now the question is how to move it.  I built it in a room that is only accessible by a spiral staircase.  I don't think it will fit up the staircase, so I think we might have to lower it out the window.  Fingers crossed it all goes well - if we can even find someone willing to do it.

It looks so empty without all the furniture and mementos of dollhouse life.

I am almost done packing up the room, but I do keep getting distracted by little projects I had started, and so there is a fair amount of just puttering around the room.  

Meanwhile, I am still determined to finish the Malibu dolls house, and so I am painting.  And painting.  Every time I think I should be able to glue something together, I look at it closely and decide it needs another coat of paint. 

Here's another painting session - my kids wanted to paint and so I said: Great, I have so much dollhouse painting to do - but they stopped painting before I had finished too much of my dollhouse-related painting. 

Have a great week!

Monday, April 17, 2017

A belated Happy Easter!

Happy Easter Monday!

This is from my daughter's stash/scene (because I am almost all packed up - just roomboxes and dollhouses to go - it only took me about a year :) ).  The IGMA show has a children's corner section (where no adults are allowed) and they have some amazing items, including this one.   She loves going to that show.

Meanwhile, for Easter, my daughter wanted some clothes for her dad doll for Easter, and so I made some shorts.  First I used the American Miniaturist magazine patten, but they seemed to come out too big.  (I think I didn't follow the directions properly, so then I made my own pattern, but I am going to try to the AM pattern again and follow the instructions more directly.) 

Have a great week!

Friday, April 7, 2017

SoapBox Derby

N.A.M.E. is having fundraiser and selling kits to make these race cars.

We are ready to go!  My little girl has even found an experienced driver!

We will confess that we didn't win in the duck NAME fundraiser, but we're feeling lucky!

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 3, 2017

Pets and Parsley!

A new cat has arrived in the Malibu house and he seems to be causing some trouble.  It looks like he attacked the parsley plant, knocked over a chair while jumping on the table, and is now primed to go after my hanging lamp...

(Or my children placed him on the table after trying to find all the animals in the Malibu dollhouse - there might be over 10).

In other developments, I created 3 herb plants for my witch's garden house - 
2 parsley and one mint (based on the instructions in the Dolls House Magazine).

Have a great week!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Making mint and parsley herb plants

I will need some herb plants for my garden cottage because my witch might need some herbs to make potions etc.

And so I made a mint plant and a parsley plant from the doll house herb plant tutorial in The Dolls House Magazine, September 2015.

Here they are in their pots in the Malibu kitchen - I love how crisp the parsley plant cardstock pot looks! I can't believe it's cardstock (although my mint pot got a bit messed up.)  I still have to make another two in dirt for a garden.

I've been meaning to make these herb plants ever since I saw the article.  In fact, it was quite ironic because I wanted herb plants, and I asked every plant vendor at the Chicago Show in April 2015.  No herb plants.  Then I looked on Etsy and found some there and bought those.  And then several months later - the article in Dolls House Magazine on making herb plants!  But then I just filed it away as something to make one day.  However, it seems that now that I have to pack up my craft room - I am quite inspired to make many things.

When my daughter saw my parsley plant, and I said it was really fun and easy to make, then she wanted to make one.  So today we made both the parsley plant and the mint plant.  (The mint plant is not quite as easy.)

Here are our plants:

I highly recommend the tutorial! (And I think the parsley plant method could also be used to make a little bonsai tree or even 1/144 trees). 

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Cherry Blossoms Kit (or please spring come!)

As I mentioned in my last post, before I could buy more flower kits for the garden, I told myself that I had to at least make some of the flower kits that I'd already bought.  

So I finally made my cherry blossoms kit from The Miniature Garden on Etsy. 

Here it is:

And then I bought 4 more flower kits. Hee hee.   

Monday, March 13, 2017

Teresa Layman Garden Cottage Class - Or I love Paperclay!

In October, I took Teresa Layman's class to make Natalie's Garden House.   You can see her amazing work via her website.  I love that it is called Necessary Wonderfulness.  

My favorite structure is the Mad Scientist Lab.  It was also on view at the Chicago Show that I attended.

 Here is my garden house - not quite done yet.  I still need to finish the roof, do the lighting and finish the garden, but I am so happy with it.  And of course decorate the inside. 

Apparently if I spend 7 solid days (not counting many many nights shingling the roof), with a patient and skilled teacher, and experienced classmates, I can create something that looks quite impressive and professional!

And now I have to say that I want to paperclay more structures!  

I think I will paperclay my general store (although my daughter seems to think that is odd), but I think a rustic stone barn works for a general store.  

And I still want to create a two-story witch house in paperclay, although this is also a witch's cottage (this will be her "office").   She will have her potions and spell books here as well as a herb garden.  

The flowers were in my back-up stash -  I haven't even raided my box in storage labeled "garden" yet. 

Here is a close-up of the windows we made (cutting the wood on a scroll saw). They are hinged and open.  To make the window leading, we cut electrical tape very thin which we then turned black with some liquid substance.  

And the doors were pre-made by Teresa - we glued on decorative Olde Mountain Miniatures hinges.

The brick walk is also made from paperclay - a big thank you to Itty Bitty Adventures (my friend)  for helping me with the pattern provided by Teresa.  

And the roof.   The roof took forever.

And I did it in my own unique manner (or incorrectly, as others would say).   I did it for many, many nights during December, which is why I asked for some help from some elfs.

My poor green elf looks equally dumbfounded by the amount of work (or maybe by how to put on those shingles).  

We made the grass with a static grass applicator - the electrical current makes the grass stand up in glue.  And after a few hours, it was hard enough that the grass on the base could travel on the Long Island Rail Road in a bag back to my apartment without getting damaged!

I bought some flower kits to make more flowers for the garden, including a pumpkin kit because my witch will need fresh-grown pumpkins.  (Although before I bought more kits, I made myself make one of my flower kits in my stash.)

Have a great week!