Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A new 1:12-scale dollhouse build

I will be launching a new sister blog in January 2016 to represent my newest build, The Kinfeld.

Be sure to "Follow" it once it's up and running because it will be full of great tips, and fun photos! I will announce the launch here.
This house will be made from foam board and cardboard in 1:12 scale. I have been playing with this idea for a long time and have finally took it on.
Because I love creating fun stories and characters, once the build is complete it will be an ongoing photo journal about the spirited family that moves in and I will also be sharing lots of tutorials as I make items for the inside.
Here is a sneak peak of what will soon be a three-story Victorian style home with a modern touch.
More detail about the build will be on the new blog once it's up.

This is Bradley, my mini-carpenter. 

Sigh...asleep on the job, again!

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Miniature Christmas garland

What better way to dress up the stairs and fireplace than to add a festive string of garland with big red bows!

This is a super easy little project that will definitely be more fun with Christmas music playing. So set up a Pandora Christmas station or line up some holiday CDs in your player and let’s get creative!

Cut a thin green wire the length of your garland. Fold the end over.

Pinch off three small sections, of lycopodium, also known as prince's pine,princess pine or erica moss. 

Wrap green thread around the small bunch as well as the wire about five times and then overlay another bunch and wrap the thread around where the two bunches meet and then down to the end of that second bunch.

Basically you want each bunch of three to overlap over and over down the line.

Then add another bunch and wrap the thread in the same way and the same direction you did the very first two.

Continue this until you get to the desired length.

Once you come to the end of the strand put a dap of glue there and wrap the thread into it. Bend the end of the wire into the glue as well and let it dry.

Once dry you can snip the thread away. 

Use a small pair of scorers to trim the garland shorter if desired.

Friday, August 14, 2015

There is a new mini show in town! 
This will be the one to go to in Chicago next spring. I will be there. Will you?

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Weave a miniature basket with no wires!

The beautiful angle wing candleholder and vintage rabbit book were gifts from Pricilia at TresPetite Dollhouse Miniatures on Etsy.

This is a faster way to weave a wicker bowl without having to struggle with many pieces of wire. Choose a paper close to the color of the basket you wish to make. I used regular thin paper, but you can try a thicker paper or even thin vinyl would work. I will say the gentler you are with your string as you weave, the easier it will be using thin paper. You also want to find the thinnest hemp string that you can.

Trace the pattern onto your paper. Cut out using a craft knife.

Tuck the hemp string into one of the slots and secure it against the back base with your finger.

Begin to interweave the string around the pattern. Go over and under the tabs.

As you weave around gently pull a bit tighter to make the tabs move upward to form the dish shape. Push the string down on the tabs as you go if there are gaps.

When you get to the height you want, cut the string and put a dab of glue on the end of it and tuck it under the other strings with a toothpick.
Trim away all the excess paper with scissors, flipping the basket up and over for each tab so you can see the highest strings on the tabs and don’t accidentally cut them.

Cut three 8” pieces of string and tie a knot at the end. Tape it to your cutting board.

Braid the string nice and snug and then tie the end into a knot.

Put some glue on the end, just before the knot, on the top and bottom of the braid with the toothpick.

Run Tacky Glue around the top of the basket using your toothpick.

Lay the braid along the glue, pressing it down as you go.

Snip of the glued end of the braid in the center of the area you glued before the knot. Press it to the basket edge.

Put glue under and over the other end of the braid right where it meets the end you just cut. Snip in the center of that glued area and press it to the end to complete the circle.

Spread some glue on the base and begin wrapping the string from the outside in, until it’s completely covered. Do the same for the base if you wish.

You can use a toothpick to move the strings on the tab if you see areas where the paper shows through. This is why you want a paper close in color to the string.

Make your template small for a smaller bowl. You can also use embroidery thread or even thin yarn in pretty colors for this project. If you do that then you can put coordinating fabric on the base instead of wrapping the thread.
Get your groove on and have fun weaving!