Thursday, July 31, 2014


Today is Miss Lizzie's Birthday!
My little baby girl is 5 years old!  She got lots of toys. Most of which she has already destroyed and are in the garbage can.  She's a tiny girl, but she is very strong!  Okay, they were cat toys but still. The dog toys are hard to find in small size. So I have get her cat ones most of the time.  Just don't tell her! LOL!
I received some very sweet gifts from fabulous Bloggers! First, came a lovely surprise from Simona of in Spain.

I've showed this before. But I love this bracelet so much. Thank you Simona! I wear this every single day now. ♥♥♥ I just love the simple design, delicate look and daintiness of this piece. It's everything I love.

Then came a heap of gifts from Monica also in Spain.  Monica has a blog called and one called where she shoes her wonderful miniatures that usually have to do with foods!! Can you believe all this stuff!  It's so cute.  Thank you Monica!
And Maria's gifts from  I was blown away by Maria's ability to do such teeny weeny needle work. It's really amazing to see in person.  Maria - you are so generous.  I can't believe you sent out so many gifts. I feel so lucky!
Thank you to all 3 ladies! I will cherish these gifts always. And I will think of you each time I look at them.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Shabby Blythe Custom Dollhouse

I've completed my first Blythe dollhouse.  It's shabby chic style of course! This house is 1/6 scale or play scale.  And it will accommodate any 12" (30.48 cm)doll including the Blythe doll.
I built this house from wood I got at the hardware store. I just looked for the thinnest wood they had which was 1/4" is still pretty heavy. But at least this is a sturdy house.  I ordered the door and window from since I had never built this scale before. It was a great help to figure out the size this house needed to be.
My Blythe is still not done.  Her face is still shiny.  I had thought Brigitte(my first Blythe made over) would show this house. But she was adopted by her new family. So this girl will show us around!  I am starting to learn to make clothes. Such a hard task!  I don't know how you girls out there do it!  I need to practice.  You should see the top of these pants! LOL!! :D
This house is 23 1/4"(59cm) tall x 24 3/4"(62.87cm) deep x 19 3/4"(50.17 cm) across. It weighs about
 15 1/2 lbs.
There's a working chandelier on the porch.
This is an idea that I have been wanting to try out.  The pink hose and crystal drop are both ideas I saw from real life gardens on Pinterest. A dollhouse must have a pink hose! And the crystal drop coming out of the faucet was pure genius by whoever's garden that came from. LOVE! Had to miniaturize that too! 
The hose is electrical wire. You know the one with those metal wires in the middle. That way you can shape it into the perfect hanging hose. And the exterior is so easy to paint in whatever color you like.
There's some topiary planting going on here!
The dirt is coffee I glued on top of red clay with white glue.  I also glued some on the mat and spoon.
It's quite the mess!
Luckily there's a broom to clean that up.   :)
I painted a welcome mat. And the little package comes from my ex post office. Very useful to have already made packages to add to all my dollhouses!

The sides have vines from Hobby Lobby.  These are Ivy sold as a bunch(bush). Hobby Lobby is the only place I've ever found that sells small leaf fake plants. I hope they never decide to stop selling them.  :/

 I included all my favorite shabby chic things in here.

A teddy bear!  And a Louis bed is a must! I made it out of veneer wood and screen.
The fireplace has working lights in it to look like fire. It was very hard to catch them on. Everytime I took a shot they would be between flashes!  I love the brick wall! I thought I had made a mistake when I applied the brown ink to age the bricks. So I repainted them right away with out waiting for the brown to dry. And the effect is just perfect.
I painted this little pastry after having seen Pascal Cessou's La Religieuse.
I put the scissors under a glass dome. A nod to Restoration Hardware!  Everything they put under a cloche looks so good.
You've seen this chair before.  I sold my bendable Blythe body! So now I can't sit my doll. But a Blythe can sit in there.  Don't worry I ordered more bodies and Blythes to continue my new obsession. One Blythe has already arrived - "Nicky Lad".  She'll get a new everything including name. I'll share that make over with you.
I made a real chalkboard.  Seems you can buy chalkboard paper in the scrapbook section!  :)
I made paper pom pom balls! Don't ask how these things get into my head!

The interior chandelier has a 3 way switch - on, off, motion detector. It's battery operated. The batteries are hidden in the piece that attaches to the ceiling.

Well, that's my first Blythe dollhouse!  It's available in my Etsy shop:
Thanks so much for coming by and looking at it.  I hope you are all working on fun projects too!

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 !  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!