Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all! I wish you a 2015 filled with all the wonderful things, good fortune, happy families, lots of love, joy and laughter and great health.  I appreciate each and everyone of you so much for all the visits and sweet comments. Thank you so much for making my 2014 a terrific year! Now onto 2015! I can't wait to see all the new minis to be created out there!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Angel Studio Dollhouse

My new dollhouse is an art studio called Angel Studio.  It's a 1/12 scale cottage with battery operated lights.
I had bought these doors for the french mansard house "La Maison de Campagne."  But they got lost and arrived 2 weeks late. I think it all worked out for the best!
I called this house Angel Studio because of these little paintings I painted of wings.  I made 2 benches, a little clay house and flowers. The pink flowers are tissue paper. 
The vines are from Hobby Lobby. I just cut them into small pieces to be 1/12th scale. The flowers are called Heathers. They come in different colors. I also cut those up  to be in scale.
The siding is birch.
Here's the little switch for the lights hidden in the chimney.
I painted a rug, more wings paintings and filled a metal tub with fabrics.

The desk is overloaded with stuff. Just like my desk is most of the time. LOL!
 There's even a snack because you can't create on an empty stomach. :D

The memo board is also loaded with ideas and projects. 

There's an old shutter behind another painting of wings. 
I made these wings out of cardstock.
On this side of the studio the wall is a chalkboard. You can get sheets of chalkboard in the scrapbook section of the craft store. I made a little camping cot and used it like a bench here.  I put an old window behind it and also more paintings, a nice big pillow, clay house, a wooden box full of tiny pine cones I got out of a potpourri set.
Thanks so much for coming over and taking a look at Angel Stdio. It's available in my Etsy shop.
And on a personal note...
 Our sweet , beautiful Mia passed away Monday.  We will miss her so much. She was with us for almost 18 years. It's always so difficult to let them go. But I know she's waiting in heaven. And I thank God he loaned her to us for such a long time. Rest in peace gorgeous girl. You were such a sophisticated, good girl. ♥♥♥


Thursday, November 27, 2014

La Maison de Campagne Custom Dollhouse

My french style mansard roof dollhouse is done.  It's called La Maison de Campagne.
All the chandeliers, porch light and fireplace are run by batteries and switches hidden in the 2 chimneys.
 Downstairs is the living room and kitchen. 
 I made 2 upholstered chairs, a rug, coffee table, mantel, painting of the Petit Hameau of Marie Antoinette, a little dog, plant.  The mantel has a battery operated "fire".
 In the kitchen I made a vintage stove, shelves and a table. I purchased the 2 chairs.

 Upstairs, you'll find a little atelier and a bedroom.
 I made a cozy bed and a nightstand for this room. The lace curtain is sprayed with hairspray(all the house's curtains are) so they hang properly.
 The desk in here is from a House of Miniatures kit. I made the chair by just winging it. 
 On the desk there's a watercolor set, paintbrush, oeuvres d'art in progress, a little rag.
The roof is a simulated metal roof. It's all paint effects. On the walls I used premixed concrete.
I had to make these doors. I had ordered some which got lost by the mailman. I By the time someone returned them to me it was too late. I had already made the set you see here. These doors were not hard to make but they did take an entire day.

This house is available in my shop

Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Easy Dollhouse Miniature Door Knob / Lever Tutorial

Here is a super easy and fast dollhouse door knob or door handles (actually lever) tutorial. I made some doors from scratch for my upcoming french mansard roof house - "La Maison de Campagne."  
And they needed some classic hardware. So here's what I came up with!
These door knobs are super easy and quick to make with very simple materials.
You'll need glue, wire (I used 26 gauge), acrylic paint in a golden brown color for aging, black enamel paint(you could also gloss regular acrylic), cardboard, 2 size of beads ( a teeny bead about 1mm and a  2 or 3mm bead).
Cut the wire into 4 inch pieces. You need 4 of them. Bend the wire in half and twist.  Cut the cardboard into long rectangles and cut off the four corners. Mine are 1/4" x 1 1/4" long(6.35 mm x 31.75mm). And cut a smaller rectangle for the insert 3/8" x 1" (9.52mm x 25.4mm). Glue insert on larger rectangle.
Roll the twisted wire into an "s" shape.
Glue the bigger bead onto the cardboard.
I glue the wire handles onto the bead. I used a piece of wood to hold each handle in place while it dries.  I also dropped the tiny bead in the middle to finish off the handle. Let dry completely.
And use brown or golden brown to have a little. That's it!  So simple and easy!