Monday, August 7, 2017

Micro-mini Provence Flower Shop

I wanted to see how to make flowers in 1/144 scale when I was making the 1/144 living rooms , so I looked for the 1/144 roundtable kits I had bought from Amy Rauch from the last N.A.M.E. magazine.

(After every show, they sell the roundtable kits via the magazine, so even if you can't attend a show, you can still buy some of the kits.  This is great, but also why I have SO MANY kits.)

Here is the outside of a little Provence flower shop (the Amy Rauch Tuscan kit)




Have a great week!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Colonial Williamsburg: Dollhouses at the Art Museums

We went to Colonial Williamsburg for spring break and I was really hoping we'd be able to visit the art musems (specifically the Dewitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum and see the dollhouses), but I doubted that we would have time.  

Ironically (and fortuitiously for me), the museum cafeteria turned out to be the only place that offered lunch without a 2 hour wait!

I should have taken more pictures, but here are two beautiful dollhouses. 



I like to read the history of dollhouses and how they have been loved.


And here is the Morris-Rushford dollhouse



Thursday, June 8, 2017

Planting flowers

I stopped by My Tiny Dollhouse in NYC and purchased this little planter of flowers, so I had to make a little scene with it (with what supplies are not packed away).

  

I bought the herb pots many years ago on Etsy.  And I made the back fence with coffee stirrer sticks.  And some day I will actually finish this, especially as I am now so inspired by the garden shed of My Miniature Madness.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 26, 2017

Packing up Malibu

I am almost done packing up my Malibu dollhouse, as you can see.   My dolls are exhausted from all the packing.  They have collapsed on the floor. 







Friday, May 19, 2017

True2Scale Forsythia with French Pitcher Kit

This True2Scale Forsythia Kit has been on my wish list for a very long time.


I love the French blue pitcher and I love forsythia. 

 As soon as the forsythia started blooming again this spring, I kept thinking I should buy it.
And since I was making pitchers, I thought I should buy it to see this pitcher design.  Good justification, right?  (Another funny thing is that I think I first didn't buy it several years ago because I thought it seemed complicated, but it's not (and probably my skill level/confidence has increased.)

It took me a few evenings, but it was very easy and kind of soothing to make.  I loved the way the paper became little flowers.

Unfortunately I did lose my pitcher's handle, so I had to make my own, and I made it a bit too big.  Also I realized that my paint came out too dark a green on the leaves.  

But overall I am really happy with my forsythia and the beautiful French pitcher. 

Through the windows of the Malibu kitchen (someone needs to clean up all the parsley on the floor that fell off the parsley plant when it got knocked down):



And another view:


Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Shabby Chic Mailboxes


Every April, my club, the Big Apple Miniaturists, has a swap.  This year I signed up to do it.  (Last year I was traveling.)

Our project this year is a porch facade with a garden (although we haven't seen the completed version yet).  Mine will be shabby chic, although the porch facade has been modeled on a "Painted Lady" house.

I like to do swaps because it gives me motivation to try out various projects that I've been eyeing.  

So, first I made this shabby chic mailbox based on the blog Cinderella's Moments tutorial.  This is a great tutorial - very detailed, lots of pictures and helpful tips.  It's also a great blog to follow for shabby chic.



Then I made some pitchers based on this youtube tutorial (in French, but you could still figure out the patten and measurements easily): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNjfGs7UtPQ (un broc pour le bakery)




I highly recommend using Deco Art Triple Thick Gloss Glaze to get the porcelain look. 

I thought about making parsley plants, but some club members are very good (i.e., professionals) at making flowers. 

The pitchers were easy and fun, but I was waiting for the paper to arrive, so I started making mailboxes.   Plus I thought they would work well for a porch. Maybe next year, I will make the pitchers. :)

And here are 12 (and then I made an additional 2 more for my children, who each wanted one.)


I put my mailbox outside my bakery door because it seemed to fit really well there (maybe I will make another for my porch):



Have a great week!