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!

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

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 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