Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Little White Cottage 's Chimney

 Follow my blog with Bloglovin
My dollhouses have been featured in an e-magazine by Maria Angels from
Thank you Maria! You made an amazing magazine. I'm so pleased with the photos of my work in it. And there are so many incredible tutorials in this magazine. Go check it out. You'll be so happy with all the info.

Time to put a chimney on our Little White Cottage dollhouse.   I'm hiding the battery and switch inside.
 I have 2 side pieces that measure 6 2/8" x 2 2/8".  I cut a triangle off at the bottom that measures 2" at the bottom x 2 1/2" on the right x 3 1/8" so the sides sit straight on the roof.
 The front piece of the chimney is 5 6/8" x 2".
The back piece is   1 7/8" x 3 1/2".  I hot glued all the piece in place.
 I also hot glued the white light switch on the inside of the chimney.
For the exterior of the chimney, I use pre mixed concrete patch from Lowe's.  This concrete should be moist enough to stick to the wood.  **Sometimes air gets in the plastic tub of concrete drying it out a bit.  You'll notice the concrete is hard and very dough like.  You should see moisture in it.  If you don' have enough moisture just add a bit of water.  I usually spread some of the drier mix on the house and dip my artist spatula in water and mix it with the concrete right on the wall.  Try to work on a horizontal flat position if possible.  Spreading the concrete on a vertical surface is much harder.
I like to wait a couple of minutes after I have spread the concrete on all 4 sides of the chimney.

I want to carve some bricks in it.  But if not enough water has evaporated, your lines will just disappear.  I use an old Exacto knife to make my bricks.
The bricks I carve are freehand, imperfect and not perfect.  They are like handmade bricks.  This gives great character to your house. Let everything dry completely.

Time to paint.  I matched the house's exterior paint on the chimney - off white/cream.

 Then I used red and taupe paint.  I dipped my brush in the taupe and in a tiny bit of red.  What came out on each brick was a flesh colored pink.
Then I dabbed white paint to look like mildew on the bricks.

I also finally published my Fairytate Dollhouse how to book.   It's available on Etsy as a PDF or Blurb  as a PDF or  book.
Till next time!


  1. Hi Caroline, Your house is awesome and I am so happy about your little house going to New York Times. I am trying to catch up with some of my friends. I have spent the majority of the day in bed. I caught a bug that kinda sent me for a loop living in the bathroom both ways. I thought I would read a little. When I sleep in the middle of the day, I am never ready to go to bed when I should. Have a great day Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

  2. ...oooooooooooooooooooooOoh big clicky smiles with thee!...(O:

  3. Congratulations Caroline, it's so nice that you've got your mini, publicized, it must be a great feeling for you.
    It is always so exciting to see how you are doing your Cottage. Thank you for giving your time to show and explain.
    Congratulations on your new book. There are so many exciting things for you right now. Congratulations on it all, and it is so very well deserved, you make the most gorgeous Cottage.

  4. felicidades por la publicacion , esa revista esta muy bien y es muy practica y Mª Angels es una persona muy generosa , igual que tu compartiendo tu trabajo , esa chimenea en rosa es preciosa , gracias



  5. Спасибо, что делитесь своими знаниями и навыком!
    С любовью из России. Елена.
    Thanks for the tutorial! Hugs. Elena

  6. ¡Va quedando estupendo! Preciosa chimenea.

  7. ¡Pues claro que lo han publicado!, es una maravilla, todas las casas que haces están perfectas, tenían que estar en una exposición, me encantan.
    Un abrazo.

  8. Congratulations! Thank you for the link, there are beautiful pictures of your work.

  9. Hi Caroline! Great news all around--I'm so excited for you. The pictures of your work are gorgeous! Thank you for the chimney tutorial--I love those pink bricks! :-) xo Jennifer

  10. Congratulations!
    Thanks for the chimney tutorial.
    Bye, Faby

  11. ¡felicidades Caroline!,te lo mereces porque haces unas casitas divinas,y el tutorial de la chimena es fantástico, gracias.

  12. Felicidades por la publicación. La verdad es que tu casita es una verdadera preciosidad, así que bien merecida esta publicación

  13. Cogratulations!! I love the chimmey, I think I will try to do it when I build a new dollhouse:)
    Hugs, Candy:)

  14. Congratulations on the book I am very happy for you :) Thank you for the tutorial your chimney looks fantastic.
    Hugs Maria

  15. Congratulation to your new book


  16. that house is just so stinkin cute! and congrats on the article as well as your book!

    Marisa :)

  17. Congratulations for being featured in the magazine!
    Your cottages are feasts to the eyes. I love your idea of hiding the batteries in the chimney. Thanks for showing the chimney works.
    Congratulations for publishing your book. The cover looks gorgeous.
    Hugs, Drora

  18. Congratulations Caroline, it's so great being publicized in an e-magazine and the New York times, you gonna be a famous girl :)
    Thank you for the lovely chimney tutorial and how to make the
    bricks !!!
    have a wonderful weekend :)

    Hugs Mieke xxx

  19. A great step-by-step as always, and congratulations on your e-publication - looks like a great article!
    Alison x

  20. I think your techniques are awesome Caroline! You think outside the box and are so creative!

  21. Me encanta esa chimenea.
    Enhorabuena por la publicacion.
    besitos ascension

  22. Congratulations on having your work published Caroline, it is so well deserved and the article look so beautiful!! The chimney is amazing and the fairytale dollhouse book is such a wonderful idea, you are so generous to share you work!! Big hugs xxx

  23. Congratulations for being publicized and for your new book!
    Thank you for the link and tutorial for chimney. Caroline, I am waiting your shabby book to arrive on Monday to me. :) Have great weekend!

  24. It's so fun following along with you on these projects. Thank you for sharing. xox

  25. Caroline,
    Your dollhouses are just beautiful and so detailed. I am a new follower to your blog. If you have a moment please stop by my website and blog called: I would love for you to follow me back.
    Warmest regards,