Quick Update

For our first post back I’d thought I’d share with you an update on our etsy shop, for two reason… One who doesn’t love tiny cute things and two I have a coupon code you all the use in our shop till July 10th. To celebrate the coming summer and all the new items set to invade our shop feed!!

These past few months have been hectic, getting new items up to the shop and getting ready for the summer months, so many weeds needed weeding… So there hasn’t been much done on the dollhouses front, though we do have a new project to show you that we are starting soon that you’ll get to follow along with us as we work on it. I’ll leave it as a surprise for the next post what it is, but I will give you one hint… it’s red!

The shop has been getting more items. We’ve added lots of new pillows, afghans and bedding sets, in all different colors and styles. We have a couple one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture almost done and some limited run pieces on their way as well. We have also expanded out into 1:9 scale, and have added many model horse blankets and accessories. With lots more on the way, and some horse fun for 1:12 scale as well.

Now for the coupon I mentioned. Till July 10th, 2019 if you use the code SUMMERBLAST2019 you can get 10% off a purchase of $15.00 dollars or more! So go check out our shop and be on the lookout for lots of new items headed its way!!

~Briana, Signing Off

Beachside Bungalow: Mid Century House Update

It is the start of 2019 and one of our goals is to finish this house. We started a renovation last year but didn’t quite get it finished. We are giving ourselves a deadline this time, I hope this helps to get it finished!

Last year we did get quite alot done as you can see in some of the pictures; although at the moment it’s the catch all for everything imaginable. Had to take a picture of this mess! I think first thing is to clear out everything that doesn’t belong.

We had yet to decide what the two smaller rooms upstairs should be so that needs to be given some thought. I was thinking a small library or reading room, a sewing room, a nursery or a small bedroom. Decisions, Decisions.

We are staying with the mid-century decorating style so be sure to check back weekly to see what items we may find to create and share as we go along. We plan on finishing by April 30th, lets hope we can do it!

2018 Creating Contest Update

Here I am sitting by the toasty fire looking at our almost finished house for the hobby builders contest for 2018 ( miniatures.com). We have like 4 Days left to finish, and I think we are going to make it!

We started it last summer and thought we would have it done way ahead of time but procrastination and other projects kept it moving at a snails pace. Maybe we just like to work under pressure!

We changed our mind a couple of times on the look we wanted for the outside of the house but finally decided on brick and siding. I have to say I’m very tired of doing brickwork in miniature. It took me way longer than I had anticipated to glue all the tiny bricks onto the house. Then came the siding; this turned out to be a little more difficult than we thought. Once we got it figured out it did go fairly smoothly. I did have to call on my husbands help in a couple spots!

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 A close up of the brickwork on the back of the house.
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The siding going up on the contest house!

I have to say it’s looking good so far and I’m confident we are going to meet our deadline!

How To Fold & Organize Your Miniature Fabric Stash

I decided some organization needed to take place for all out fabric. I’m an avid sewer and have always had a huge stash of fabric but it has never overflowed my cabinet where it has been kept.  When I started sewing in miniature our collection erupted!  Every time we went into a craft or fabric store we came home with more.  It seemed we are always finding the perfect cut and even though we only bought a 1/2 yard to 1 yard it began to overflow not only the cabinet but two large rubbermaid totes!  The worst part is we can never find what is wanted for our latest project.

It was decided the clear plastic storage boxes would work the best.  This allows you to see the fabric without having to take it all out. I used a 161/2″L X 13″W X 121/4″H plastic storage box for 1/2 yard and 1 yard cuts of fabric. After trying a couple ways of folding I found the best way to have it fit in the box; six stacks of neatly folded fabric, two rows, which can be seen easily.  Each cut of fabric measures approximately 3 3/4 inch by 41/2 inch.

Here’s how I folded; this worked well up to 1 yard of fabric.  First you make sure your salvages are together with cut ends on each side.blog fabric folding-0597

Fold the piece in half so both cut ends come together.

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Next you fold the salvages towards  the fold of the fabric.blog fabric folding-0599

At this point you will fold the fabric into thirds.

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The last step is to fold the the fabric in half and then in half again.blog fabric folding-0604blog fabric folding-0605

 

And then you should have something like this.

I found this way of organizing our fabric worked out really well.

 

~Beth Sighing Off

How To Do A Textured Drywall Wall In Dollhouse Scale

It’s been ages since I’ve gotten a chance to post something to the blog, summertime seems to make everything  get busier. Any who, I finally got a chance to work on our in-progress house, and I wanted to show you how I made the statement wall in it. (Feel free to ask questions if you have them!!)

So on to the tutorial, of how to make a dollhouse textured drywall or plaster wall.

So to do this I used Spackling Compound, you could use something similar like joint compound, but Spackling Compound is lighter in texture so I went with that for the look I was going for.plaster wall bakery-0524

You will also need a putty knife (or something stiff you can wipe off), sandpaper (I used 220), something to create the texture (I used an old wash cloth), paper towels (for clean up), wax paper or something similar (to protect your work surface), some paint primer (to prime and protect the wall and get it ready to add color), and some paint (if you want it colored).

To get started make sure your work surface is protected and get your putty knife and Spackling Compound out. To begin with I applied a thin layer of the compound and just made sure it covered the entire wall and let it dry. I then sanded the wall smooth, do be careful doing this since the dust isn’t real good for you to breath.

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Once it was smoothed to my liking, and the dust vacuumed up, I went in applied another coat of the compound. I made it a hair thicker than last time so that the texture had a better chance of showing and imprinting in deeper. So once I had as even a layer as I could get I took the washcloth and started dabbing it on the wet wall till I got a result I liked. Like I said you can use almost anything to texture, it just depends on the look you want it the end. This is the texture of the wash cloth I used if you where curious.

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Now I did lightly sand the wall again after I textured to knock of any really high points, and to bring it all together as a whole wall but that is entirely up to the person doing it and how it looks to you. Here it is before I sanded…

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Now once its to where you want it to look you go in and add primer to it. The primer will help protect the primer from getting dirty and from moisture, it also will get it ready for painting so it doesn’t “eat” your paint.

Here it is after sanding and primer!!

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I really like how it turned out and I hope this tutorial will help you in your own mini adventures!!

~Briana Signing Off

Organization: Small Minis

When I first started out collecting minis I thought I had a great handle at keeping everything organized. Everything had its home and that’s where it stayed… Somewhere along the lines it all started spiraling out of control, as things tend to do and I realized that I had to come up with a better solution for it all.

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I had initially just used a large flat plastic box to keep everything in furniture, bedding, food, dishes… anything and everything went in that box. Which did work till I acquired more minis. Now by this point I realized I needed something different, something a little more fitting for the smaller minis.

Now I was fiddling with some beads the other day it dawned on me that those type boxes would be perfect, but the ones that they sell for jewelry aren’t practical price wise, unless you really have to have them in pink. So I went looking for something similar, and found technically three different options, one was hardware boxes, the other was tackle boxes, and lastly one was a 4×6 photo box. So I tried a few different brands to see which ones I liked better. So lets get started!

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The ones I found where Husky from Home Depot, Plano and Ozark from Walmart, the photo box came from Michael’s.

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Let’s start with the Husky ones since those where the first ones I got. As I said they came from the Home Depot. They do come in many different sizes with different depths. I have here the two smaller sizes that I could find here. They both come with the movable compartment panels so you can pick the size of the squares.  I did like the size of the compartment on these ones and the plastic pieces where easy to get apart to put them in originally.

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The next one I’ll talk about is the Plano ones that I got from Walmart. I liked the size of these too, and they’re not as squared off as some of them, so you can store longer things in them without having to give up actual compartments. Now my only complaint about them is how hard the plastic dividers where to get apart, I did have to go get a scissors to keep them square. The size and the shape of them are nice though and they are made in the USA.

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Then we come to is the Ozark one from Walmart. I have to say this one was probably my favorite. You can completely choose how you want your sizing of the compartments and have no limit to the options. The pieces come apart easy and fit it nicely. Another added bonus is that this one is also made in the USA.

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The last one is the photo box from Michael’s. I don’t use it for storage myself but I included it because I like to use it to store what I’m working on at the moment. It’s amazing for that!

I hope this helped you with you miniature storage solutions, and will come back around to see the finished product and  furniture storage solutions that are coming soon.

 

Mini Find Monday: Hatchimals Colleggtibles

Today’s Mini Find is another toy set, being a Hatchimals Colleggtibles pack. I’ve looked at these before and they have intrigued me, but what could they be used for was always the question. I decided to take a chance so we could see a little bit about them, and what scale they can be used in, as well as the hidden surprise I found!

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The little creatures come in many different pack sizes, so you can decided how many you want and not have to buy a whole lot if you only want a couple, or they make packs that have even more than five if you want a lot of them. I picked one in the middle for a decent look at sizing. Something I did learn, that didn’t fully click as I was standing picking them out is the speckling on the egg determines what set they are from, so keep that in mind as you are picking them out for yourselves.

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Once out of the plastic you get the eggs that you have to warm up and open to retrieve your little critter. I do have to say, this is quite fun and it is very cute to do, though it can get a bit messy as the shells come apart.

Once I freed them all I was taken aback at their cuteness. They are perfect for a little toy in a child’s room. You could use them for both scales, but they a are a little bit more sized for a 1:6 scale doll, I could just see a Chelsea doll holding or playing with one of them. They are all about an inch tall and three-quarters inches wide, give or take for each unique animal. So as I said they could easily be used for both 1:6 and 1:12 scales depending on the look you want.

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Now for the hidden surprise that I mentioned in the beginning….. The bottom of their shells stays intact, and I came up with something they can be used for other than a nest for the little creatures. So either this week or the next a tutorial on what they can be made into will be posted to help you make an up-cycled piece of furniture for your dollhouse, in both scale!! So keep an eye pealed for that!

Till next time!

~Briana Signing Off