Wednesday, February 29
Tuesday, February 28
What do you do when you can't sleep? Do you have a cup of coffee and read the paper? I decided to get up and make flowers.
I'm going to need LOTS of flowers for my next project. I've never made a calla lily before but thought I would give it a try. I used Lesley Shepherd's tutorial and some of my own techniques.
I see room for improvement but it looks cute in the kitchen. :D
I was going to buy a real calla lily plant yesterday. When I got to the checkout the price was $9.99! Two fading flowers and yellowing leaves. No, thank you. I'll make my own! LOL
It's really too early to take good photos. Thanks for following along while I've been working on my kitchen. I still have some books to make and a clock. I'm waiting on a new white microwave and some dishes too.
Hope you have a lovely day!
Monday, February 27
People I've talked with don't like my "dark" idea. They frown and say things like, "Mom, that's spooky!" "Who would want a house like that?"
When we discuss my "light" idea, comments are more positive. "Oh, that would be pretty!" "Do that!"
The light AND dark plan gets puzzled looks and remarks like, "That's just too weird."
It's decision time. LIGHT it is! This photo from Sunstream.com is a hint of things to come.
Sunday, February 26
I found this site on Ebay that will make any sign you wish for your dollhouse! Here is the one I just received. I love it!
I haven't seen the front of this house for ages. I still have a lot of outside work to do!
I am making some progress in the kitchen. I finished the stove and other furniture. Now I'm adding the accessories. This is the fun, but tedious part. At least there is food in the fridge now!
It looks like I will be climbing over things here for a while. It is going take me more that ONE weekend to finish this kitchen!
Hope you have a nice day!
Saturday, February 25
Friday, February 24
This blog is amazing. Full of photos, ideas and designs. I could spend an entire day there!
Thursday, February 23
I also have plans for these pretty little babies...
They were all on sale at SaveOnCrafts. It is a great online store for all kinds of craft supplies. If you go there, I'm sure you will find something unique and possibly useful for minis.
You will just have to stay tuned (probably for a long time) to see what I'm going to do with these things.
For now, I'm back to playing with knives. I AM going to finish the kitchen too! Really!
Here is what I've done so far. It's kind of like making a paper snowflake, only harder. It took me about two hours to do this much!
Tuesday, February 21
These will make it much easier to build furniture for my 1/4 scale Mission house. Another future project.
The kitchen got painted yesterday but that is all I had time to do. I was looking at some purchased furniture I have and noticed that the knobs are very tiny. Now mine look too big. Why didn't someone tell me!? LOL
Anyway, I bought some really little beads that might look better? We'll see...
I did remember to get the things I went to the store to get. Sometimes I get distracted and walk out without them!
Hope you have a nice day!
Monday, February 20
I finished the floor, filled in some gaps around the moldings and washed the window. I was going to just touch up the paint on the walls...
Then I realized that the paint color I had mixed a long time ago was all dried up. That's what happens when you start a project and don't finish it for a year or so! LOL
Now I have to repaint the entire room. I'm going to add some "wallpaper" to the ceiling too.
I'm making progress, but am wondering if my little kitchen will ever be finished?!
Sunday, February 19
Troy sent me some nice surprises too! I love the "reversible" magazines. What a great idea!
The card Troy sent is a photo of one of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural drawings. It is so inspiring that I spent several hours yesterday reading about architecture and learning how these drawings are made. Fascinating!
Sadly, the elephant who delivered Troy's gifts stomped on the magazine rack. All of the pieces are here. I just need to try to glue them back together...
I love presents and I love sweet surprises like these!
Thank you SO much Troy and Jennifer! I love my gifts. They made me smile on an otherwise gloomy, rainy day!
Friday, February 17
Thursday, February 16
This is my first attempt at drawing a weeping willow tree. I shaded in the background with pastels. I know I need art classes! LOL
This took me about 25 minutes to do. Perhaps if I keep trying, I'll get something that actually LOOKS like a willow tree?
I know I said I wasn't going to shop anymore... but then I saw the beautiful fabrics that Casey got today!
Wednesday, February 15
It cracked when baked. I used permanent markers to doodle a quick, and sloppy (!) design. I'm really not good at doodling!
Later I will be visiting the Dollar Store or grocery store to find plastic that might work better.
Tuesday, February 14
Guess it wouldn't hurt to try?
Deborah just commented on my last post with another great idea. She suggested using a rubber stamp and shrink plastic. Like this -
Another new thing to try! Thanks Deborah!
I love learning new things. :D
Monday, February 13
I've been looking around for things to use in my next project.
These are two little boxes I saw on Ebay. I bid on both of them. Not sure if I'll win or what I will do with them if I do? I just think they are unique and pretty in their own way...
They are antique jewelry boxes that were made to place inside a casket to hold jewelry or other sentimental valuables. These boxes must be collectables. There is a book about them called The Jewel Box Book. I may check it out at the library to learn more?
These little boxes can be quite expensive! My budget is very limited. I saw hundreds of them for sale. I never knew that people used boxes like these to put inside the casket of their loved ones. The box below is for sale on Etsy.
I don't know about you, but I love little trinket boxes. I have a couple of them on my dresser but none like these. I have a wooden one, one made of porcelain and one made of crystal. I keep pennies, saftey pins and marbles in them. Mine probably came from a Dollar Store!
Have you seen anything like these antique casket jewelry boxes before? I didn't even know they exsisted. Not sure why someone would want to bury their treasures? I like to find them!
Sunday, February 12
The sun is always shining at the beach and I'm sure it's a LOT warmer there! Let's have a picnic!
Hope you have beautiful day!