Monday, August 14, 2017

Carriage House Custom Dollhouse

Carriage House is one of my French style little cottage with that flat topped roof and mismatched dormers. This one is the perfect backdrop for shabby chic furnishings.
 This house is 19 7/8" tall x 15" deep x 12 3/4" across. Interior downstairs space is 13" front to back x 11 1/2" side to side and  8 3/4" tall. Upstairs is 11" front to back x 11 1/2" sided to side x 8" tall.
 I Made the doorknob with a bead I covered with white nail polish. It looks like a porcelain knob.












As with most houses I have the battery and switch in the chimney.





 Doing that beam at the top was ridiculously challenging...LOL! But it looks great. So well worth the pain.

I try to list most of the materials I use on my 'resources' page. Also check out the tutorial page for info.  If you see anything missing and you want to know the answer- ask! I'll do my best to help you out.
Now that this project is done, I'm diving into another house. This one will be like the last house I did- In Tatters- except I'm going to try a full size upstairs.


Sunday, August 6, 2017

Dollhouse Shabby Chic Dining Room Set

I'm always looking for brand new things to do and challenge myself. So I finally did the dining set!
The challenge here was the slipcovered chairs. I wasn't sure if I could do it.

I looked at how to cover real life size dining chairs. I found this tutorial which was pretty simple: http://ruthiebemaude.blogspot.com/2014/04/easy-parson-chair-slip-covers.html
I just added a ruffle at the bottom and bows.
It worked! I love the look and had been wanting to do this for years.
Roses come out the best if you use tissue paper. You can find my rose how to on my tutorial page.
I love the look of a long planter on a table. So I miniaturized it!
Trumeau mirrors are pretty easy to make. You just build on a base piece of wood with framing pieces.
Alright! Now onto more projects!  I hope you are all creating out there. Just give it a try - you might surprise yourself!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

In Tatters Custom Dollhouse

I called this newest dollhouse "In Tatters".  It's another shabby chic style.
 This one has a little terrace to sip your morning coffee.

 I love the French style number above the door. They are Tim Holtz in the scrapbook area. http://www.michaels.com/tim-holtz-idea-ology-mini-plaquettes/10514419.html
 I added roses and leaves on the door. Paint over them with a few coats of paint and it looks like wood carvings. I used roses by Tim Holz. I usually make my own but wanted to try these out. It worked! Here's the link to them: http://www.hobbylobby.com/Scrapbook-Paper-Crafts/Embellishments/Flowers/Tim-Holtz-Cream-Heirloom-Roses/p/154805



The wires, battery and push switches are inside the chimney

 The fireplace has a working fire.

 The artist studio has plenty of light with the two huge windows. I did my "tin" ceiling using the hot glue technique.


 These are tiny seashells I collected in Florida. This is my favorite style of house to make for sure! This house is available in my Etsy shop.
Okay back to work on more projects now. I'll see you very soon with a dining room set I've been working on.