Mini Find Monday: Barbecue Fun

This week’s mini find is a barbecue setup for your 1:6 scale dolls. The two pieces came out of the Target dollar section so they are on the very affordable side; one is a barbecue grill decoration, the other is the a set of food erasers.

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The barbecue grill is actually a decorative item for your home and came in at least two different colors. Our Target had the pink one that I got and a blue green one. Now the one little thing is that it does not have a grate, but that can be easily remedied. If you can find berries that still come in the little plastic crates those would be amazing, I personally couldn’t so I ended up using some chicken wire ribbon I had gotten at Hobby Lobby. Now, if you want a plastic solution and can’t find the crates, you can use plastic needlepoint canvas in the same way, just cut it in a circle and away you go. You can also paint any of it to be any color you desire to fit your aesthetic. Now for the size, the barbecue grill is seven inches tall closed and five inches tall open, with the diameter of the grill three and a half inches across. So it would make a very good little grill for 1:6 scale dolls.

The erasers are a little big for 1:6 scale, but they add a cute way to get some food for your dolls and could even be used as cakes. They do give the grill character though.

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The hot dog measures an inch and three-quarters long, and one inch wide. The hamburger measures an inch and one-quarter in diameter and is a half-inch wide. Like I said they are a little big but for play, or cakes they would work well for 1:6 scale.

 

Mini Find Monday-Happy Places

This is the first post of what I hope to be a weekly or bi-monthly event. What this is going to be is I want to find things that are not necessarily for miniatures, but can be used for miniatures and show them to you all and give my opinion as to what scale they’d work for, as well as what I think of them. It a shorter type post, but something that I hope will turn out being helpful. I know I would have liked to find something like this in the beginning of getting into miniatures. Now what I want to also point out before we get started is that most all of these things will be things that you could find at most any big box store and will not usually be something that where made to be used as a mini but can be!

Now this set of items are a little bit on the mini side already, but I wanted to start off with a set of these to get the ball rolling so to speak.

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Now I personally have looked at these before trying to decide if I could use them with any of my houses, but it doesn’t really say size anywhere and it is a blind bag so you can’t pick what you get so I was on the fence. I decided to bite the bullet and try three,  with this blog series in mind. My main reason for picking these and not another set of Happy Places is these don’t have faces… So it would be easier to fit into decor of a house. Amazingly too we ending up getting sets from three totally different characters so we could look at three different styles as well.

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       Let’s start with box one…. This one ended up being a Minnie Mouse tea set. I have to admit they’re all cute. This set I could see being used for both 1:12 or 1:6 scale, depending on what scale you collect and what look you want. It would be a large cup for 1:12 and a standard one for 1:6 but both very usable for either scale. The teapot measures about 1 1/4 inches long from handle to spout and 1 1 /4 inches tall. The spoon is about 3/4 inch long and the cup is 3/4 inch wide with the handle and 1/2 inch tall. So like I said very usable for both scales which was nice.

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The next box ended up being one from Rapunzel, and seemed to be a school or desk set. My favorite part of these had to be that the journal book piece really does open, it makes it a little more realistic. Now this set I do feel is more in line with being for only 1:6 scale in my opinion. The pen and the ruler could probably be used for 1:12 scale but I feel the book and the holder are a little too bulky. The holder measures about 1 inch wide, 1 inch tall, and 1/2 inch deep. The book measures 7/8 inches tall, 3/4 inches wide, and a little over a 1/4 thick. The ruler is 7/8 inches long, 1/4 inch wide and a 1/8 inch thick. The pen 3/4 inches long and a little under a 1/4 wide. Now one more nice little detail about this set is all of the pieces do fit in the holder, so it can be stored on a desk easier.

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The last box ended up being from the Beauty and the Beast set and in it we got Belle’s tea set. I have to say, if I had to pick a favorite from these three it would probably be this one. Now I do feel that this set is a better fit for 1:12 scale than 1:6 scale. It is just a little smaller all the way around, especially compared to the Minnie set. The tea pot is only 1 inch big with the handle and spout and stands about 7/8 inch tall. The cup is 1/2 inch wide with the handle and 3/8 inch tall. The plate is 1 1/4 inches across with a 1/8 inch rim. It just looks ready to put on a table and have a tea party with.

 

Overall these seem to be good little additions to a miniature collection. They seem relatively easy to find, and they not real expensive to add a little something to your dollhouse or miniature scene. The only small downside could be they are a gamble in what you receive, and the size and scale do vary slightly. I feel though that they are a good mini item to add if you want a surprise!!!

 

Briana ~ Signing Off

May Update

We haven’t mentioned much about the shop yet or started on any tutorials, as hard as I’ve been trying to get it all running smoothly, it’s been difficult. I’m hoping in the next coming weeks to get everything in a semblance of order. I hoping to be able to make one post a week on here, with different varying content. That should be rolling into being at the beginning of May.

Now on to the shop update… During the month of April we have had the addition of quite a bit of 1:12 scale bedding and pillows.

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Lots of modern and rustic or country chic have been added with brights colors and pastels are coming up next. We have also started to begin to carry more 1:6 scale and some 1:24 scale is on its way.

The majority of the items that are on their way are soft things bedding, pillows, and such but their are also some furniture pieces that are getting ready to make their way into the shop.

Blog wise I want to introduce you to our other house, a log cabin, and I also have two simple tutorials in the works.

Before I go, I’ll show some of the pillows that have been added to our shop BnBKreationz on etsy.

 

— Briana Signing Off

House Blog: Mid-Century Reno Introduction

I was running through different topics to blog about next and it dawned on me that you haven’t gotten a chance to see any of the dollhouses that we have, and what we working on with them. So to start off before I get to showing you any more minis, I thought I might show you one of the houses that we are working on more right now, which is a renovation of the first dollhouse that I built.

I had started a Real Good Toys Beachside Bungalow in 2012, construction of the actual house was finished within the first couple years (As much as I enjoyed building it was hard to find the time to work on it), but actual decoration of the inside was put off till much later, unless you count the two different coats of paint I gave it…. and the glitter…..

Here’s some photos of the outside construction…

The exterior decisions where relatively easy. The only major change that had to happen was the changing of the main exterior color, which changed prior to actual construstion. I had initially wanted to do it with much brighter colors, such as the purple that is in the first photo, but it never seemed to look right. Now part of that was due to the type of paint that I started with, which was just your basic flat acrylic craft paint. Since that type of paint usually has such a flat finish it didn’t show of the house as nicely and never really had a finished look. I then did a complete about face and switched to the white that it is now. The white paint is actually a semi-gloss house paint from Home Depot. I’ve found that using actual “big” house paint on the little houses has the nicest result in my opinion, and you can get the little sample cans mixed to whatever color you want and that little bit goes a very long way.

Now to the inside…

This house kit comes with built in wood floors that you can stain to your liking with non-penetrating stain… That was harder to find than you would think. This makes it easy if you don’t know what else to use or do, mind you I’ve completely hidden them now but to start with it made it feel more finished.

I had started with painting each room, I had never intended on wiring this one and to begin with wallpapering seemed very intimidating, and paint is always an easy way to go with most anything. Now you would have thought I would have learned from the outside but I didn’t fully yet, thankfully it made changing everything later easier, so the inside had all been done with craft paint again. After awhile I decided i didn’t like that either, that there was too much of a color difference and that it looked funky as a whole. I also decided it didn’t like the being able to see the wall and dormer seams, so i had to find a way to cover them… thus here comes the glitter. Now I’ve seen many a full-sized house with a heavy sheet-rock texture and I thought something like that would hide the seams and look pretty in the little house, and I wasn’t wrong but my initial application was less than desirable. I ended up mixing glitter in with acrylic gesso, and then applying the mixture to the wall, it did cover everything up like I wanted but it wasn’t the look T wanted. The question was now how do I fix the mess I had made of my little house…

We finally decided, last year, that the house had sat long enough uncompleted, and that we needed to finish it up. After some careful consideration to when the house would look most at home, we decided to place it into the mid-century, someplace in either the late 50’s or early 60’s.  That time just kinda seemed to be the best fit for the little home’s construction style to us.

The first step was to get rid of some of the glitter, so I took to sanding the walls. I never did get all of it off, but it made the walls smoother and allowed me to apply wallpaper where I wanted.

The first room I changed was the front room, which is now the living room.

 

The major decision we made was the brick was with the built in fireplace. I sized a piece of mat board to the wall and built the custom fireplace to fit the space, then all the bricking had to go on and be grouted. Before that was glued in though I repainted the walls with a off-white semi gloss paint sample, I had finally realizing the importance of using full sized house paint for everything. The carpet I added is a grey cloth that resembled a berber carpet in the miniature scale.

The next room was the kitchen and the stairway…

The biggest thing in the kitchen was realizing I wanted to close off the stairs from the rest of the kitchen. We added in the big black and white tile floor and the grey wallpapers to bring the bottom floors together, since we decided to leave the doorway as an archway between the two rooms to make them seem more open.

Now the bedroom…

Now you can actually see what the glitter looks like after sanding in the first photo, but anyhow we went with a pick and grey color scheme in  bedroom, with a paint and wallpaper mix. The same carpet we used in the living room went into the bedroom to add uniformity to the entire house and bring it all together.

The two side rooms are still in progress, but I don’t have any photos at the moment. The room on the left side is going to be a little hallway nook room, with the same grey wallpaper as the stairs and an oak veneer wood floor. The right room is going to have the same oak veneer wood floor and a different grey wallpaper.

It still needs furnishing and some little finishing details here and there, but it’s on its way to being done. Next time I show you this house, you’ll get to see the last two rooms and some of the furnishing.

Briana– Signing Off

Visiting A Miniature Show

On January 20th 2018 , my daughter and I got to attend the Southern California Tom Bishop Miniature Show in Anaheim. What an experience! This was the first time that I myself got to go to this event; Briana has been to it twice before.

I have to  say it was a little overwhelming. Who knew you could put so many different miniature items in one room. The first 30 minutes was spend just walking around and looking at everything.  It made me come to the conclusion that we have a few to many projects and houses that we where looking to find something for!

Since we make a lot of our own items, I as on the lookout for things that we can’t make and of course supplies for making new items. We hit the jackpot in the supply department!

Briana has been wanting to try food molds for polymer clay, and Stewart Dollhouse Creation was the place for lots of clay working goodies. She will be busy creating new food, to add realism to both of the dollhouse kitchens!

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Steward Dollhouse Creation

Firefly International was a treasure trove of supplies for our upcoming project. With all selections of small print fabric and tiny trims, it allowed us to make some really cute selections.

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Firefly International

We also found lots of little items from Vilia Miniatures, Wright Guide Miniatures and D. Sierck Ltd to add clutter to our houses.

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From Top to Bottom: D. Sierck Ltd, Vilis Miniatures, & Wright Guide Miniatures

Overall it was a fun experience into the world of miniatures!!

–Beth Signing Off

 

 

New Year & Whats To Come

Hi and welcome toy our first blog post. To start off we wanted to let you know what all you have to look forward to, and a little back story about us.

We started our etsy shop in August of 2016, with us wanting to share our miniature creations with people. Throughout the last year we started working on expanding from just the 1:12 scale dollhouse miniatures to encompass both the 1:6 playscale or fashion doll and the 1:3 or 18-inch doll things. So many names for the two different scales.

To start off this year though we decided to take another big leap and start this blog in hopes of being able to share our ideas and all the mini fun with more people.

Now the fun part, what’s to come to the blog! We want to use this platform to share easy miniature d.i.y.’s for all three scales, share our progress in our dollhouse construction, offer tips and trick for building dollhouses, share previews of what’s coming to our etsy shop  BnBKreationz , and give updates and special offers for the shop as well.

So look forward to all of that and probably more!!