I am slowly learning how to make miniatures. Today I made a house plant with one of the candle holders I bought yesterday at a thrift store. I am so happy how it turned out. The "dirt" in the flower pot is actually tea and coffee grounds. I learned that little trick from Joanne's Minis blog. I also made a picture frame using her technique as well. I think for the first time making one it came out really well. I also started making a rocking chair from a model that I have here. But I made the back a little small and so it looks like the foot board for a single bed. So I guess that is what I will make out of it. I also made my first cake. It didn't turn out like the ones I have seen on other websites but it was my first attempt and so I am ok with it. I actually made it out of part of a cork from a bottle of wine and painted it with fabric paint. It is really think paint and works well. So that is what I was busy doing today. The second picture is the flower box on the front of my doll house. I think it came out pretty good.
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
I am not on my computer right now so I am unable to post some of the things I worked on today. I will have to wait until I am finally able to access my laptop to post pics. I wish my mom's computer had a sim card reader so I could put some pics on this blog post but oh well it will have to wait until later. One thing I did want to mention is yesterday when I did some shopping I was able to get a set of 10 files that were on clearance at Ace Hardware. These files are like the kind you would find most wood workers using on their own personal projects. What makes this set of files so special is they are the smaller type files that are great for detailing smaller wood pieces. Right now I am just practicing using different techniques on my smaller wood pieces to see what they will do. They were an absolute steal at under $5 for the entire set. I will have to take a picture and post it here. There are so many different tutorials and websites that I have been looking at lately that I will eventually post the links to where I learned a particular technique or at least give the person credit where I learn something and then used it in my own mini making adventures. So that is all for now and later I will post the little projects I worked on today. Right now they are drying and not ready to be photographed. Please if you stop by to read my little blog leave a comment or just say Hi. And I am always always looking for advice when it comes to making miniature furniture and doll houses.
Thank you for reading.
Thank you for reading.
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
I think thrift stores are a great place to find things that can either be used in a doll house or can be used as a model to make my own furniture for my doll house. Well today I went to two thrift stores in my town and was so please to find a couple of things that really made me want to dance through the rest of the store and the parking lot to my car. the first thing I found was a book with complete instructions and measurements to make three different doll houses. I could not believe my luck in finding the book. It is something that I will put away for later (when I get good enough to make a doll house from scratch and not use a kit). The other thing I found today was a set of three small candle holders. What makes these candle holders so special is they look exactly like a plant holder my mom has in her house. I actually have a regular size version of this planter in my room and when I found a mini version of it I want to start singing and dancing. I was so excited. I knew right away exactly what I would use them for. So it just goes to show you that thrift stores can be wonderful resources for things that can be used in a doll house or at least recycled and used for a different purpose when it comes to making minis.
Monday, July 22, 2013
This is my first doll house and I am totally obsessed. It is so relaxing to work on the house and build furniture for it. This house is actually one that I bought for my mom about 20 years ago for Christmas one year. She never had time to work on it so when I moved back in with her I put it in my room where it sat for a year with no progress. Now the outside is at least for the most part finished. I am happy with how the roof turned out and the color of the house and the windows are in white trim. The inside is still a work in progress and I love working on it every day.