Monday, September 17, 2018

Dollhouse Country Kitchen Island

Sometimes I like a little challenge just to keep things fresh.  I go through Pinterest and find some 1:1 piece I like and I try to make it into a 1:12 piece. This time I found a kitchen island featured here:
Here is my version...
It measures 6 1/4" long x 2 5/8" wide x 3 1/16" tall.

 Of course I'm quite obsessed with old paint layer looks! No short cuts here. Just layers of paint, sanding, glue, and inks. The hardest part was waiting for each layer to dry!

 For the top I carved a little groove to make it seem like 2 separate boards.
 I made a couple containers of roses and a little clay house which I put under a glass dome by Tim Holtz.
 A stack of romantic ruffle plates(HobbyLobby) and a bird cage I found with the jewelry making things.
 This little metal tub is from Hobby Lobby. After I paint it I seal it with gloss. Those pumpkins are Putka seed pods. I found a package of this color at HomeGoods last year.
To do the writing part I used teeny stamps. Then to lock in the ink I used matte spray sealer.
 Here I decided to add a little lace towel.  I sprayed it into shape with hairspray.
I made this piece available in my Etsy shop
A new house is coming soon!  Stay tuned!

Friday, September 14, 2018

Swan Lake House Custom Dollhouse

Swan Lake House is my newest custom dollhouse and it's available in my shop! I don't get to make a house that's not commissioned often. But sometimes I schedule one in. 
I took the design of my last house which was a commission for Kellie called The Christmas Window and made a couple of changes to it.  I design these myself so there are plenty of measuring mistakes when I first come up with a new plan.  The first one came out perfectly. This one needed the roof re-cut.  So some how the measurements changed! I'll have to do it a third time to try and perfect those numbers.
 The door embellishment is done with a plastic rose from Tim Holtz. The steps are concrete.
 This house is 21 1/2" tall x 15 1/4" deep x 13" wide.
 This is a purchased window that opens. The walls are plaster. They are aged with brown ink pads.
 The vines and flowers are Hobby Lobby. 

The switches and batteries are hidden in the chimney.
 The downstairs is 8 5/8" tall. Upstairs is a generous 9 1/4" tall.
The interior is so shabby chic. All pinks, creams, whites and greys. And everything perfectly aged to make a fantastic backdrop to romantic minis.
 The swans on the wallpaper gave the house it's name.  I found the paper for this house at Michael's in the scrapbook section.
 I made the mantel and added an embellishment by Melissa Frances. Then added a working fire.
 Behind the stairs is the large picture window which is a bump out section.  The wallpaper is a grey backdrop with white dots. It's heavily aged with brown ink.
 Added a light here too. I didn't want it to be dark at night.
For interest I wanted a brick wall at the stairs. 
 The upstairs has one wall of pink paper with gold bows.  The rest of the wall are aged plaster.
 I love aged, moldy looking ceilings(well in a dollhouse!).

Can you picture a comfy bed and a chair here. Maybe a desk by the bumped out window?
Thanks for coming over! I may do one more non-commissioned house next. Then back to orders.  I also did a kitchen island I'll show you next time. 
Swan Lake House available at

Saturday, September 1, 2018

The Christmas Window Custom Dollhouse

The Christmas Window dollhouse is finished.  Kellie I hope this is all you dreamed it would be.
This house reminds me of a snowstorm because of the colors. Grey skies, snow and a cozy fire inside of course!
The exterior is all done with plaster.  The links for the products I use are on my resources page.  The snow is a product called Snow-Tex. It's the best I've found. It stays in place and dries hard.
Found a photo of a bike in a window on Pinterest for my display window inspiration. You know how I love little bikes!
The fireplace is done with premixed concrete.
The twigs are from a Crepe Myrtle. They are pretty pliable.
I made the icicles with hot glue. Just pumped out a little hot glue stick with a tail on my glass cutting board. The glue stays crystal clear and easily detaches from the glass. You could use any glass surface or even a plate. Anything smooth and cold.
Let's step in out of the cold!
This house is furnished.
 A cozy, toasty living room. I made the chair, rug, chandelier and decorations.
 The white garland on the fireplace is a green holly garland I dipped it cream paint and glitter.
 My youngest sister made all the Christmas balls. They turned out fantastic and so real looking. She used beads, paint, and glitter. The mirror frame is by Shabby Chic Treasures are Hobby Lobby. I used a mirror paper from the scrapbook section.
 I found the lights for the tree where I buy all the battery operated lights:  I used the 12 light string on this Christmas tree from Hobby Lobby.

 The plaster looking frames are from Melissa Frances.
 The Santas in the tree and on the mantel are from Hobby Lobby in their tiny Christmas tree decorations (1:1 section).

The snow in my tree is actually pompoms from a pompom yarn.
 I got both my ladders and the work table from ebay. I made the stool.

 The wood box with the wrapping paper was a tool box that came with the metal hammer, plyers, scissors(Hobby Lobby).  I just painted it and rolled up some pretty paper to put in.

Up the steps!
 The little chair is a regular chair from Hobby Lobby I covered up with lace trim and cushion. On top I put a tray of Christmas ornaments.

 You can make this bed from scratch I have a tutorial here:
 I made the table, added a rose embellishment, paint, aged it with ink pads.

 There is a bench tutorial here:
 I made the trumeau mirror. I have no idea where I got the angel. It was just in my collection waiting for the right project. The teal frame was from Michael's. But that was a long time ago.
Does this put you in a Christmas mood?
I hope this gives you a little inspiration for your Christmas dollhouse d├ęcor.  Thank you so much for visiting.