Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Meet Brigitte! My First Customized Blythe Doll

I saw Blythe dolls online and I was mesmerized instantly.  I decided to order one - which turned into 2!  I decided to try this first customizing of Blythe dolls and here's my result:
Remember what she looked like before I re designed her? Here's her Ebay  picture below...
She now has platinum alpaca hair and new eyelashes.  I carved her nose, lips, chin.   I reapplied makeup and added freckles.
Eyeshadow too.
Brigitte is inspecting the dollhouse! She's 12 inches (30.48 cm) tall.
I made her shabby chic overalls.  I decided to hold the doll so you could see her size.
**The white pearl bracelet I'm wearing is a gift from Simona of http://softandmalleable.blogspot.com/ !  Thank you Simona!! I love your gift! ♥ That was such a sweet gesture! hugs :)
I made Brigitte a crown so she can be a princess!
There are 2 little back pockets on her overalls. I added a 2nd pull string to give her sleepy eyes.
This Blythe wears ballet slippers I painted with roses and pink dots.
I had a lot of fun making her! I can't wait to do the next one.
*Update: Brigitte already found a home. Her new Mom Myrna has a shabby chic house waiting for her!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Blythe Shabby Dollhouse Update

 My Blythe dollhouse is also almost done.   It's a shabby chic style dollhouse 1/6th scale.

It's 23 1/2" (59.7 cm) tall x 20" (50.8 cm) x 25" (63.5 cm)deep. It's a lot bigger than my usual dollhouses!

The outside is covered with birch siding.  The chimney is concrete carved with bricks.  I painted the bricks white, then applied brown ink and re applied white on top while the brown was still wet.

Other side.

And inside. 

The curtain is from a canvas drop cloth and white cotton fabrics. I finished it off with a gray ribbon.

This is a 1/6 scale door. I bought it and the 1/6 scale window so I could figure out the scale of the house. They were a great help!

Here's the mantel in place. I put flickering lights inside the logs to have a fire effect.  I made 4 "tin" tiles to put behind the logs.  And the wall is a mix of fallen plaster and concrete bricks. 

The floor is weathered grey with white highlights.

The little window at the top of the front wall is a 1/12th scale window. Works perfectly there!

The other wall is covered with canvas fabric.

The chandelier can be lit with an on mode or a motion detector mode.  Fun!
And my Blythe doll is ready!  I'll show her to you next time. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My next Project: Blythe Dollhouse

I'm working on a 1/6 scale dollhouse for those cute Blythe dolls.  Blythes are about 12 inches tall. They have eyes that can change colors by pulling a string in the back of their heads.
My first order of business was ordering a Blythe. I first bought a clone from Thailand.
I thought she would look cheap. But when she arrived I was pleasantly surprised. I just added some lighter pink hair to the front of her head.  Here's a before picture below.  Clone Blythe knees don't really bend much.  This sitting one above has a body from a factory Blythe.
She was missing some hair in the front!  I took some pink extensions and added some holes in her scalp. 
I also tried out a chair.
And a mantel. 

  I wanted to try to customize the face of this doll. But my sister wouldn't let me! So I bought another Blythe on Ebay.  
This one was $15. She had her hair chopped off and someone had already done her sleepy eyes(the eyes can stay closed). She is a factory Blythe. That is the body I used for the second picture with the doll sitting.
This one I did customize!  I have her face already carved and reapplied makeup. Now I'm working on her hair. 
And the dollhouse is almost done!

Monday, June 30, 2014

Featured in DollsHouse and Miniature Scene August Issue

Some of my houses and furniture are in the August issue of DollsHouse and Miniature Scene.

A big thank you to Deb Weissler for writing this beautiful article. She really did an awesome job!  And thank you to Lucie Roper for including me in the issue.
 If you are interested in owning a copy here's the link:

Sunday, June 22, 2014

The Tranquil Nordic Retreat - Completed

The Tranquil Nordic Retreat custom dollhouse is all done. 
 This is another A Shabby Chic dollhouse but with a bit of Anthropologie style!
 The roof is covered with sheets of moss.
 These roses are tiny miniature mulberry paper roses found in scrapbook or millinery shops.
 The switch and battery for all 3 chandeliers are hidden in the chimney.
 I had to have bunting!

 I just used a mix of brown and black paint watered down to get a wash effect on the window's frame. Looks super time worn. I love that! :)

 The curtains are a heavy canvas. They are actually the drop cloths you find at the home improvement store. Drop cloth curtains are so shabby chic! The texture is perfection. I just used hairspray to keep the folds in place.

 The painted ceiling like Scandinavian homes have brings a very eclectic feel to this house.
 I pulled out the upstairs bedroom so you could see the bed and nightstand better.
 The nightstand is a little Prim style bench I made out of wood. That's a chocolate & sprinkles doughnut on the plate.

Thanks for the visit!