Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Merry Trailer Custom Dollhouse

One of my last commissions for 2017 is Merry Trailer for a little girl in California.
 This trailer is 14" long x 9 1/2" wide x 10 1/2" tall and is my own design not a kit.
 The light switch and battery is hidden in the removable "air conditioner" on top of the trailer. I made that out of wood. It's made of wood. The ridged texture cardboard on the exterior can be found in the scrapbook paper section in any craft shop.

 This is the front of the trailer. That's real chalkboard on paper.
 For the interior I made everything by hand too.

 The ceiling is scrapbook paper. They are different designs I cut and paste together for a very vintage effect. I age everything with brown ink pads.

I hope you are all doing well and creating tremendous things!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Half Scale Custom Dollhouse: La Maison de Campagne

I don't do many half scale(1/24) dollhouses. But a commission request came in from Don to turn La Maison de Campagne into a smaller version and I decided to give it a go!
Something I like to do is get purchased elements to keep me in scale. For this project it was the staircase and door frame. This is a great tip for any scale. Buy a door or a window. Just something that will remind you of the scale you should keep while building your custom house.
 This dollhouse came out to 9 1/2" across x 11 1/2" tall x 10" deep.

I chose to put the battery and switches under the house since the chimneys are so small.

 For this project, I used Pico LED lights and fire kits I got here:  https://www.modeltrainsoftware.com/fire-led.html
These Pico lights are very good. It's remarkable how much light comes out of something so tiny!

Thanks for coming over!

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Eliz Cottage Custom Dollhouse

My latest commission was a custom dollhouse for Eliz in Australia.  She wanted a mix of old world cottage style with a fresh clean look to it.
The house is 20 3/4" tall x 16 1/4" deep x 13" across.
The door is a soft ballet pink with gold accents and there's a porch light too.
The roof is very light greys mixed with white. And this house has a deck in the front.

The exterior walls have a smooth plaster finish in white.

The interior is very simple. This is where Eliz can let her imagination run wild.

It does have an air of sophisticated elegance.
That's Eliz Cottage! The next commission is a half scale of a previous house.  I'll let you know how that one turns out in the next post! Have a great time creating your mini worlds!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Jolly Gingerbread Custom Dollhouse

The Jolly Gingerbread Dollhouse is ready to ship to it's new owner!
The house is 20" tall x 14 1/2" across x 15"deep.
I did the walls as I always do- covered with plaster. But for this house I tried not to smooth things out too much. I used 3 different brown paints. One regular brown, one light brown and one a yellowish brown. You want to blend the colors from a darker brown on the edges to a lighter brown in the center.
For the icing, I used 3 different types of mediums. One was just regular plaster, one was the light weight spackling plaster and one was Snow-Tex. I piped the icing on with a pastry tip on the end of a ZipLock bag.  Use a bit of hot glue to affix your pastry tip to the inside of the bag and it won't make any mess as you pipe on the icing.
All the candy came from the tiny tree ornament section at Hobby Lobby.
The white and red candy cane trim around the window is wood rope trim I got from Home Depot.

 I put a realistic fire led light in the fireplace.

I hope this inspires you to make something special for Christmas! As always thank you so much for taking the time to visit.