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

Mini Kit Fun: Full Sunshine

Awhile back we had gotten a miniature kit off of Amazon, the Full Sunshine (H-003) of the Sunshine Series by Cute Room. It turned out to be a fun, little kit loosely in 1:24 scale. So for today I’m going to show you what we did, what we changed and our opinion of it. This would also be able to help you if you where doing the kit or a similar one, since the instructions are not in English.

Now before we get off on how we did this I do need to say that we did change things… Quite a few things but, I wanted a slightly different look, and the fabric I felt that came with it had too large of prints for 1:24 scale so we changed it, to something we have for making bedding and pillows in 1:24 scale for our shop. You can check them out soon, bedding sets like the one on the bed in the box, with a pillow of course, will be on our shop. Now where was I… ahh yes, on to building the little box!!

Now this little kit came in this cute little box, with each set of parts separated to make it a little easier. Now I do need to point out it did come with two instruction the colored ones are the original ones, but it did come with a xeroxed set in English. I was actually quite impressed, it really did have everything, but the glue, that you would need and was quite fun to put together.

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The first step that we did was getting the walls and floor covered and ready to be put together. You do have to cut them out then glue them on. I personally used Grandmother Stover’s Stickflat Glue, which is what I had on hand for my 1:12 scale dollhouses, but you could just as easily use a glue stick. It was quite easy, and the paper stuck well to the wood.

After it had dried we glued the three pieces together using Aleene’s Tacky Glue. and held them together while they dried with blue tape. I use the blue tape to keep it together because it doesn’t pull the material or rip the finish off what it is stuck to. It is the same stuff I use on my 1:12 scale dollhouses, non-sticky and strong.

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The furniture was a little tricky to keep straight, so I turned again to the blue tape, to hold it in place. I recommend going slow, and taking your time, if you don’t want to use the tape and want to see you can hold it in place until it sets too.

To get the window into place, I cut it out with the exact-o knife then glued each piece on with tacky glue. I then added the valance a piece of lace from the kit, which I changed as well that wasn’t the actual place for it. To fit my taste for the room.

You then have to cut out all the pieces that you want, and fold and glue them all together. I then glued all the pieces down and where I wanted them to get the finished look.

And this is my finished project. I really  did like the kit. It allows you to create a little room that can fit your own tastes and you can do yourself since it has all the parts to make it. I would recommend the kit if you want to try your hand at making things yourself, but you do need to have patience to do it. I will say that, but it is fun.

Would you like to see us do another one of this style??

~Briana Signing Off

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