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

 

Mini Find Monday: Schliech Puppies

Today’s Mini Find Monday is a cute addition to the 1:12 scale family. I feel that every dollhouse needs some kind of animal, it helps to bring life into the house or miniature scene. Now some of the animals you buy for the dollhouses can be quite expensive, and most of them are quite fragile, I don’t know how many times I’ve had to repair a little cat tail… Now in my wanderings I ran across these two little cuties.

Now I’ve known about this brand for a very long time, my younger sister used to have quite a collection. They are a German brand that makes many different types of animals, and since they a children’s toy brand are made out of a hard plastic so they can’t break.

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The puppies that I found where the German Shepard and the Labrador Retriever. These two came from the Tractor Supply Company, for under $5.00 a piece, I can’t remember the exact price, but I know it was under $5.

They are the perfect size for 1:12 scale, with being  about an inch and a half tall and about two inches long. Here’s some close ups…

These are probably my favorite of all my Mini Find Monday finds, and highly recommend them myself. They are just soooo cute!

~Briana Signing Off

Tutorial Time: Flamingo Pot

I decided to take the flamingos from Mini-Find Monday and make some beachy yard decor for our mid-century bungalow.  They turned out really cute and where super easy to make!

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Supplies Needed:

*Plastic flamingo swizler sticks (bought at Target in the party section)

*Small buckets ( bought at Hobby Lobby)

*Small seashells (also bought at Hobby Lobby)

*Sand

*Glue ( I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue)

*Small cup for mixing sand and glue

*wood stirrer for mixing

*Small pliers (for removing bucket handles)

*Hack saw ( for cutting off sticks on flamingos)

*Sharpie or any permanent marker

I first got the flamingos ready by cutting off the excess plastic stick with the hack saw. I did varied heights since I was making three.  The plastic sticks cut easily. I did use a small piece of sand paper to smooth off the rough edge after cutting.

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I then took the black permanent marker and colored the beaks and eyes.

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The next step was to take the handles off the buckets.  I used the mini-pliers to bend the handle and it came right off.  Then I bent down the tabs the handle was through to the inside of the bucket. I was able to bend the tabs with my fingers.

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Mix glue and sand together to desired consistency.

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Fill buckets with sand mixture and place flamingos in the center and arrange small sea shells around the top of the bucket.

In an hour or less you have a summery decoration for the outside of your dollhouse!!

~Beth, Signing Off

 

 

 

 

 

Mini Find Monday: Poolside Fun

For this addition of Mini Find Monday we actually found two different style things that incorporates two scales, 1:12th and 1:6th for extra fun. The first is pool toys for your 1:6 scale playscale dolls and the second is some pink flamingos for your 1:12 scale dollhouse yard. Both of these where found at Target in the part goods section.mfm poolside floaty-flamingo-2476.jpg

The pool floats for 1:6 scale are actually blow up floating drink holders, but the perfect size for the 1:6 scale dolls. One really good factor to them too is that because they are drink holders they have a bottom, which means your dolls can float without having to get wet unless you want them to. Or you could carefully cut the bottom where the drink would sit out and have it be an actual inter tube.mfm poolside floaty-flamingo-2481

The flamingo measures six and a half inches across, seven and a half inches long, two and a half inches tall at the top of the ring, and six inches to the top of its head. The pineapple measures six and a half inches across, ten inches long and two and a half inches tall. Each are perfect for playscale and looks so cute used with the dolls.

The pink flamingos that can be used for 1:12 scale lawn decorations are actually swizzle sticks. They are made of a hard plastic so you do need a small handsaw to cut them down to the right height to use on a dollhouse lawn. The are slightly translucent but if the sun hits them it makes them really pretty.  They could also be used without cutting them if you where putting them into pot or ground with a fairy garden.

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They are eight inches tall as a whole stick with the flamingos being one and three quarters tall and two inches wide at the furthest points. Which is a very nice size for 1:12 scale fun.

If you want to see how we did up the flamingos we have a tutorial coming on Wednesday, to show how we did it and what we used to be able to put them on the lawn of the Mid-Century Beachside Bungalow.

~Briana, Signing Off