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.