Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The New York Times Article on Shabby Chic Dollhouse

It's official! Cinderella Moments is in the New York Times .

Link to New York Times:
I can't believe my eyes! It's a dream I'm sure.  I am so humbled by this incredible event. Dollhouse design and building is such a joy for me.
I remember the first time I built Sandy Foster's little Shabby Streamside Studio as a dollhouse.  It was just 2 months after making my very first dollhouse.  I saw her studio and knew it was the perfect fit for Cinderella Moments.
I couldn't wait to finish this dollhouse. I'd wake up in the morning, jump out of bed and get right to work.

The vintage charm was just what I loved.  The studio was so easy to turn it into a miniature delight.
 And Sandy Foster is the sweetest person ever.  Having connected with her through this project was such an honor.  The article says she's changed the little studio. Wonder what it looks like now??
If you are interested in buying this dollhouse please view the commissions page link at the top of my blog.  It takes me about one and a half weeks to make this shabby chic house.  If you are interested email me.  PDF and books are also available if you are interested in building your own:
The link is up now. The newspaper comes out in print Thursday May 23, 2013.  

Monday, May 20, 2013

New York Times Article - Thursday!

  I just finished my little phone interview with Julie Lasky of the New York Times!  That was fun!! The article comes out in print Thursday May 23, 2013.  It will be available online Wednesday night(May 22).  I'll post a link when it's up.
I'm just trying to grasp the magnitude of this! It is just the most exciting thing ever.  I can't wait to see how the house looks in the newspaper.
Thank you to everybody for all the supportive comments. I'm so glad you are all as excited about this as I am. I'm surrounded with love and I wouldn't be here without all of you.
Another giveaway is coming soon!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

The Little White Cottage Dollhouse Finished

The Little White Cottage Dollhouse is done. 

All the vines are from Hobby Lobby. 

 When I started to put the moss on the chimney I thought it was a mistake. But I kept outlining the bricks with moss anyways. And I love the finished chimney.
 The chimney hides the battery and switch for the porch light and the chandelier inside.

For the porch light I used a little crown turned upside down.  This house turned out exactly as I had imagined it - simple, clean and fresh. 
The Little White Cottage Dollhouse is available in my Etsy shop:

Friday, May 17, 2013

Back from Vacation

Hi everybody!
I'm back from the beach!  Watersound, Florida
And New Orleans, Louisiana too. We started in New Orleans.
This is Bourbon Street. People were a little crazy throwing beads at our heads from balconies. I thought that just happened during Mardi Gras???
Also saw jazz player Jeremy Davenport at the Ritz.
Then it was on to the beach.
Perfectly calm waters were great!
Lizzie was very happy!
This is the look I get after I take too many pictures of her.
Posing is not Lizzie's strong point!
This is the house where we stayed.  There's nothing better than spending a few nights in a million dollar home.   : )
The good thing about clear water is that you can see the sharks coming.   I don't think they are interested in people at all. 
I also want to take a minute to reassure everyone that we are fine after the tornadoes in Texas.  The storms were south of where I live.  It's such an expected thing here in Texas.  We have had less tornadoes in the past few years.  When I first moved to Texas 20 years ago I was terrified of these huge storms. Now- I have to admit I don't pay attention to them anymore.  Thank you so much for all the sweet emails of concern! You all make me feel so special. ♥♥♥ I love you guys!!
I'm talking with the New York Times Monday!  I think the article comes out next week.  I'll let you know what I find out on the phone Monday. : )

Thursday, May 16, 2013

The Little White Cottage Dollhouse Curtains

 This house will have plain white curtains.  They are 9" in length.  I like tall curtains hung far above the window and puddling onto the floor.  First, I pin the curtains in position on a piece of cardboard.
 Then I spray with hairspray so it will keep it's form.  You can also use starch spray for the same result.
When you take the pins out, the curtains stay the way you had them pinned.  I use craft sticks cut in half lengthwise and painted white for my curtain rods. Next time- the finished house!

Saturday, May 11, 2013

The Little White Cottage Dollhouse's Roof

 I want to thank Nellie of Nellie's Cozy Place  for featuring my blog and work on her blog:
Nellie is a sweet, sweet blogger.  If you need good, positive and reinforcing words -  Nellie's blog is the place to go.  And who doesn't like positive people in there circle of friends?  Many times Nellie writes on her blog not knowing how her sweet words touch us.  Go visit and say hi.  You won't regret it.
 Today, I'll show you my shingle process for the roof.

The shingles are simple pine shingles.  I used my own dying process to color them.
 The shingles go into a bath of 1/4 paint color and 3/4 water.  Some are darker than others. I did this by putting less water in the dying bath.  I used a mix of brown and black paint- twice as much brown as black.
 I staggered the shingles.
 To get the shingles to cover the ridge, I apply hot glue to the back of a shingle.
 Then put it on the ridge and slowly bend it over the ridge.
 Put the next shingle halfway over the previous shingle.
 Go to the halfway point of the roof.
 And start from the other side working towards the middle.
 To finish, apply the last shingle in the middle.
 I did the little porch roof too.