Saturday, January 22, 2022

A La Maison Custom Dollhouse

 A La Maison is my newest French style dollhouse.

This dollhouse is 16 1/2" across x 15 1/4" deep x 20 3/4" tall. 

The exterior is plaster. And the stones are concrete.








The interior is nice and large on this one. With plenty of space for lots of treasures.
The downstairs room is 8" tall.





Upstairs is 9 1/8" tall.




This is how the lights are controlled- I hide the push switches(lights+fire) inside the chimney. This dollhouse is available on Etsy: www.cinderellamoments.etsy.com
Thanks for the visit!



Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A Roombox for Photos- Tutorial!

 I have always planned to make a boombox to take photos of smaller items I make or just Inspo pics for my Instagram. After years of procrastinating I HAVE DONE IT! LOL!
This roombox is overall 10 1/" x 10 1/8" x almost 9 3/4".
The front side is 10 1/2".

I didn't take many pictures. But I will tell you how I did it. 
-I started off with scrap pieces of wood. I had a piece of plywood in my drawer waiting for years. I always knew this would be my boombox floor someday. That floor is 10 1/2" x 10". 
The rest of the project is tempered hardboard. 
-Then I cut out 2 walls. One wall is 10 1/8" x 9 1/4" tall. 
The other is 10 1/4" x 9 1/4"tall. This is my back wall with the window. The window opening is 2 5/8" wide x 6 1/4" tall and I have it 1 5/8" from the bottom of the wall.
I later decided a ceiling was needed. 
-The ceiling is the same measurement as the floor 10 1/2" x 10". 
I hot glued all the pieces together. I use a professional hot glue gun. You just want your glue gun to reach a super hot temperature. The better the hot glue stick is melted the better it will bond the surfaces. Don't use one of those tiny hot glue guns. 
-Next, I hot glued in my Popsicle stick floor and added trim edges to the sides of the floor. Those trims are bass wood I cut 10 1/2" x 1/4" for the front piece. And 10" x 1/4" for the side one. I painted it all white with normal acrylic paint. I made sure that the white paint went in all the cracks.
-My side wall is a classic French picture molding accent wall. I used chipboard cardboard to make it. I cut out 4 rectangles that are 2 1/2" x 1 3/4" for the bottom row. And 4 rectangles 4 7/8" x 1 3/4" for the top row.
I have a very sharp small utility knife(you can also take an X-acto knife) to cut out a channel. A rectangle within the rectangle. I kept it 3/16" away from the edge and the cut out a groove about 1/16" or 2/16" wide. These measurements are not too important. It's what looks good to you. Dig out the cardboard in the groove with the tip of your knife. Don't go too deep or you'll end up with a hole. Which is not the end of the world since there's a wall behind it. So don't freak out if you make a mistake.
- I used white glue to glue those in because you can move them around a bit if you need to adjust. 
I glued them 1/2" from the top for the top ones and 1/2" from the bottom for the bottom ones. I eyeballed the space in between. They are about 5/8" apart.
-I did the back wall next. I used clapboard siding. And the bottom trim is that same bass wood strip at 1/4". I painted all that white. Make sure you use thin coats on the cardboard or it will warp with the moisture. Just take your time. I had a bit of warping but I actually think it looks older that way. I think I ended up doing 3 coats of white on the walls, 1 coat on the floor and 1 coat on the ceiling.
-I hot glued the roof on. And I put on the ceiling trim. I had dental moulding for one call and 1/8" bass strip for the clapboard wall. 
-I made "tin" tiles for my ceiling using my hot glue technique:  http://www.cinderellamoments.com/2010/07/shabby-chic-dollhouse-tin-tiles.html
You can get sheets of embossed tiles in miniature stores or Hobby Lobby. You can find embossed cardboard sheets in the scrapbook section of any craft store. Or you can plaster the ceiling. Whatever works for you.
-I also trimmed out the window using strips of the bass wood.
-Paint everything white again. 


I started aging all the walls, ceiling, floor with brown ink pads. The only tip I would give you is to test the inks first. Put ink on paper and wet it. Some brown inks have a red base. That doesn't really work. You want something with a yellow base. I used Stampabilities brown. You can apply some with the ink pad but mostly I use a small paintbrush. I keep water nearby to change the look of the ink in places. I also sometimes go back and add more white paint in places. 
-The last thing to do is the window. I glued a piece of clear plastic to the back. I use overhead projector plastic film. You can find clear plastic on packaging too. Or you don't really even need any. The panes are Popsicle sticks cut lengthwise to give you thin strips. Paint and glue in place using white glue. 
That's it for now. I have not done the exterior of now. I may decide I need an exterior in the future. We will see!
I hope everyone has a terrific week! 

***By The way, in case you want lights and fire in your boombox or a dollhouse ~ 

This is what I buy:

-I get this package with these options:

https://evandesigns.com/products/miniaturist-lighting-package

I get 4 lights, warm color, 1 battery, 8 inch wire coin cell holder, and 14" wire for led wire length.

-the fire:
https://evandesigns.com/products/fire-led-kit
I get the 1.8mm
3 volt with battery and switch/holder
14 inch wires

-I also get extra wire:
https://evandesigns.com/products/kynar-hook-up-wire
the 25 ft. and I get a red and a black.



Friday, December 17, 2021

Gingerbread Christmas Bakery - a Custom Dollhouse Part 4

 The 2021 Gingerbread dollhouse is done! This year I had a request from Darby and Francesca for a little bakery/candy shop. Great idea girls!

This was a fun project. The end product is so whimsical and full of joy. It's just an awesome dollhouse to make. 
This is a 1/12 scale dollhouse. It measures about 15 1/4" tall x 10 1/8" across the front x 11 1/4" deep before adding the "icing."


All the little candy came from Hobby Lobby. Some was Christmas tree ornaments. Some come from the jewelry department. I usually start collecting candy early on in August.  
The icing is made with light weight spackling paste straight from the hardware store. It's piped on with disposable pastry bags and pastry tips.  Apply the candy into the spackling paste while it's still wet and let dry completely overnight. I also us candy moles for trim. You can use anything to fill those including sparkle, caulk, hot glue, silicone, resin…. anything you are comfortable using will work.




To add a little more sparkle and whimsy we use this plastic fake snow called Buffalo Snow. You can also use glitter.










This little wooden display cabinet case is from Miniatures.com. I had this feeling from the beginning telling me not to tempt it myself. Sometimes you just have to listen to that little voice. I am really happy with this piece. It's filled with a variety of cakes and baked goods. 


The cupboard is a piece from Hobby Lobby. I liked the style and I knew it would be perfect behind the counter. I painted it green and also with other little Christmas details. 



That's the Bakery!  I hope you enjoyed following along. And that you will try one of these gingerbread dollhouses too. They are really a great project at Christmas time.  
Thank you again Darby and Francesca. I hope you will love your new dollhouse! 
Merry Christmas!