Quintessential Cottage Dollhouse - A Christmas and Winter Inspired House
Here it is! The Christmas dollhouse I call the "Quintessential Cottage." By the way, I hear the Google translator is not defining quintessential. Quintessential means pure and essential essence of something. A perfect or typical example of something. In this case a perfect example of a cottage. :)
I had the same idea as Erin of keytomyworld.com She wrote "just a very light dusting of snow. First one of the season is always a bit magical!" I totally agree Erin!
I love mixing textures and finishes on my walls. Looks more cozy and old. This is all premix concrete. Easy to work with, dries pretty fast but not too fast. I spread it on with an artist spatula and let it sit for 5 - 10 minutes. If it's too wet your carving just disappears. You'll see when it's ready because when you draw your rocks or bricks into it(I use an old X-acto knife) your lines stay and your stones/bricks don't stay stuck to your blade.
To age all of it I mix 5 parts brown paint to 1 part black paint to about 1/2 cup of water. It has to be liquid enough to spraid easily but not too much water so that the pigments are gone.
The bottlebrush trees were green. I dipped them in bleach to turn them cream. If you want to turn them light green or brown I think you'd need a cup of water nearby to dunk them in and wash of the bleach. The bleach worked fast! Like 2 seconds! I had wanted to try a brown tree but I didn't make it. LOL! The bleach was just too quick for me. I did have another type of tree from those Christmas villages that took much longer. So I guess some need overnight. But not these little dollhouse ones!
The icicles are hot glue. I put a dab on and let it dry. Then I just kept adding more pulling it downwards until the icicle was big enough.
A little smoke in the chimney - it's pillow filler.
Snow-Tex is what I used as snow. It has the consistency of a lightweight spackle/plaster with fine white sand mixed into it. But it's sticky. So once it dries it is stuck on and won't fall off. To apply it, I used my finger. I just put it into the spaces under the shingle and pulled upwards to get that drag mark.
This is my super shabby chair. I made holes in the upholstery and used that brown/black/water mix on it too. The little footstool table, chair legs and ceiling also have that aging mix on them. It's very versatile!
I sprayed the tablecloth with hairspray and pinned it in place while I dried it with the hairdryer.
All the food is airdry clay.
I love the dark upstairs compared to the white downstairs. The bed has a metal scroll headboard and footboard.
I used a brown ink pad to age the fireplace mantel.
I put steam in the little coffee cup too.
I rolled little snowballs with the Snow-Tex too. They're on the bench.
Here you can really see the fire roaring in the fireplace. This dollhouse was fun! I don't usually make winter ones. I'm a summer girl myself! But this cottage looks pretty cozy if for someone who hates the cold.
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