The Quest to Use All of the Denim Continues…

So, I’ve been almost manic about getting through the dozens and dozens of jeans that I have disassembled. I’d say about a third of the fabric itself has been measured and cut into different sizes for futures quilts. I’ve completed about six quilt tops, or rather, almost finished the quilt tops… I’ve left with adding borders to four of them. Two are ready to go to the quilter, well that is once I’ve cut and assembled the backs.

I did actually get two bolts of red flaneel with black mottles (about 20 yards) at half price from my most favorite store in the whole world… Joann’s. If I figured correctly, that should be just about enough for the six that are almost ready for the quilter.

The one I spent the most amount of time on for the past couple of days is this one:IMG_4418-1It may be hard to discern, but those are made by sewing together the hems from all of the jeans that I took apart.

So far, I have started work on quilts that use the hems, the inside seams from the pant legs, the waist bands and the belt loops. Of course there is the fabric, which is the main motivator, but using the other unusual pieces is turning out some very interesting quilts.

Somewhere in the process, I have started adding a small snippet of red denim, as sort of a personal trademark to these quilts. With all of the varying colors of blue along with the whites, blacks and greys, the red really makes a pop. So along with the red flannel backs, these quilts will be great for guys and anyone who really loves a comfy pair of blue jeans!

I have one very large quilt made from the seams. It is absolutely amazing to look at. I had quite a bit of seams remaining and started putting together another quilt, but could tell at the beginning that there wouldn’t be enough for another large quilt. So, I had an idea – two, ideas actually – and went to work.

First. I was looking for something to use for the corners of the quilts awaiting borders. In quilts past, I used pockets for the corners, but that sort of seems overdone in the denim quilting world. And then I had a brainstorm.

I would weave the shorter pieces together, creating a 6″ x 6″ square that would go into each corner of the border. So for three nights, I would sit and weave.

IMG_4399First, I took and sorted the longer pieces (which would be the length) from the shorter pieces which would be the width. Using a piece of wood (it was actually the back of an award I was given in a previous life) and using the large binder clips, lay the seams out.IMG_4400Then I would use ‘Aleene’s Original No Sew Fabric Glue’ to tack first width-wise seam.

IMG_4420I didn’t glue every single connection, but rather tried to keep the glue use to the outside seams. And then the last width seam was tacked.IMG_4401It isn’t hard, but it is time consuming. I could usually finish about four a night, while watching movies. I would simply remove the finished piece from the board, add a couple more of the binder clips and then leave overnight to dry on the kitchen island.

So, now all that is left is to purchase the denim for the borders, add the corners and it will be ready to take to the quilter’s.

Once I finish this quilt I am currently working on, I will have exhausted the majority of the materials that I harvested from the jeans. The last thing – well other than the actual denim fabric itself – are the back pockets. I think I have somewhere in the neighborhood of two hundred and fifty pairs of pockets! Just haven’t stumbled over the right use for those just yet. If you have any ideas, I’d love to hear them!

You know, I thought that by the time I got to this point, I’d be sick to death of dealing with all of this denim. But I find that I am not and love to work with this medium. I still want to try my hand at making some handbags and back packs. I have a lot of ideas saved off onto my Pinterest boards. I am looking forward to those as well!

Thanks for dropping by!

julie

Quilts, Denim and Thrifting… Oh, and I Finished My Cross Stitch

I’ve been working on a ton of projects but current resources are making things hard to finish anything. And when I say “resources” I am not talking about time, imagination or inspiration and generally speaking also not about fabric, thread or sewing machines.

The group of quilts that I’ve been working is based on using denim fabric harvested from old jeans. Getting my hands on really, really cheap jeans isn’t an issue. The problem I am having is that the borders I want to add to these quilts in progress I want to be seamless. And that will require the purchase of new denim fabric. And, of course, I want to use is flannel and I am finding that the necessary amount of this fabric will be quite large. I tend to find myself in this quandary quite often now that I am approaching nearly a year of unemployment. 😦

Not so long ago, I saw a comment posted on a beautiful – simple yet very functional – quilt made from old blue jeans. The comment, which I cannot seem to locate now, said something to the effect that quilts made from old jeans look like “old jeans” and therefore implied that the quilt looked ‘old and worn’. I replied saying that’s what makes these quilts so extraordinary, that they feel as great as your favorite jeans and thereby by extension, are something to be used and to feel comforted by. These words kicked off a goal of using harvested denim to make both beautiful and functional quilts. To show that your blue jeans and flannel shirts aren’t about dressing up, but about feeling good; and isn’t that what we all love about our favorite quilts?

So, let me start with sharing my method for acquiring blue jeans. It was a absolute accident that I stumbled upon this idea. If you’ve been reading or following my blog, you’ll know that I am a huge lover of thrift shops and going with my son. We just happened upon the “Last Chance” racks of clothing at Red Racks. Red Racks, I believe, are local to the Missouri, from Kansas City on the west all the way to St. Louis on the east. With a little luck, you may find your solution in your area.Fancy Line 1

Red Racks is a major source of funds for DAV. The proceeds from the sales of donated goods help our country’s Disabled American Veterans, providing assistance for transportation, medical needs, counseling, and much more. Find out more at DAV.org.

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So, Red Racks have what they call “last chance” and all items on these racks are priced at a dollar. Sometimes, they have some wonderful items (a great place to get kid’s clothes!) and often many pairs of jeans. These range from baby jeans all the way to guy’s jeans. Even at this price, you can’t beat it.

But… on Sundays the last chance has one really last chance and everything is marked to twenty five cents! Now here is a unbelievable price! And as you might suspect, items go quickly. For some reason, The Kid and I just happened to be there early and literally took every piece of denim we could find. And even at this, our giant haul was only $13!

Now, here is one thing that I discovered with working with denim. Be extremely cautious using denim with stretch. One project I am working on is using the jeans seams. However, when you add in seams with stretch, the piece becomes … curvy. Not a result that I wanted. And if not used correctly, the stretch denim can cause havoc in your quilt. I am not saying that you can’t use it, just be careful when you do. I, personally, have opted to reduce my use, if not all out stopping.

IMG_4370So, this is one of my first hauls. Either someone was watching or had the same idea as me, but it never was more than this. But this is more than enough. I was also working on collecting colored denim as an accent for these quilts, but true colored denim is hard to come by. Or maybe I should say heavy denim or colored denim without stretch.

IMG_4369In this pile, really only the top red, the blacks and browns and the bottom turquoise print are what I would call “real” denim. The others are lightweight and/or have stretch and will not use them in quilts. They may work great for making doll clothes though.

So, I’ve been able to piece together six denim quilts, four that need borders and all need flannel backings before I can ship these off to my top quilter. For those who may have missed it, I have a wonderful friend Becky, who does my longarm service, Collis Country Quilting. (If you’re interested in contacting Becky, you can reach here on her Facebook page: Collis Country Quilting. She can also be reached via email at: rebecca_collis@yahoo.com. Just let her know that I sent you!)

Here is a quilt that I stumbled onto via Pinterest. It is called “Cathedral windows” and was quite quick to put together.DSCN5208And the back:DSCN5209This is quite wonderful since it didn’t actually require top quilting… it is a ‘quilt as you go’. I love the varying shades of denim… this is one of those quilts I am working on in the concept to show just how beautiful old and faded jeans can be turned into equally beautiful quilts.DSCN5210And here, a shot of the front. Some of the squares turned out a little funky, I think I wasn’t paying quite enough attention to the flaps as I worked. I think once its gone through the washing machine once or twice.DSCN5211I’ve actually starting working on another of these quilts, starting with 10″ circles which should fold down to about 7″. Initially, I was going to use the harvested colored denim, but after assembling a few squares have determined that it is too dull. So, more investigation as to other possibilities.DSCN5212I actually did a smaller quilt with some leftover squares and ran it through the washer. This will give you an idea of how it will look:IMG_4388I did finish the binding for one more that Becky top quilted for me (there are still a ton more to finish binding!):

DSCN5214The quilt didn’t turn out quite like I hoped. The patterns of the fabrics mask the layout and you can’t quite see it for the colors.DSCN5215Oh, well, sometimes you hit a homer and sometimes it is just good for keeping the fans in the bleachers warm.DSCN5216Pretty purple backing with a nice meandering pattern.

I also finished my cross stitch of my favorite Pyrex pattern: Friendship Birds.IMG_4391I’m not thrilled with it in the hoop, can’t seem to get it taut. I am going to look into other options. Stay tuned!

Okay, that’s it for now! Thanks for dropping by!

julie

For The Love of Pyrex – My Friendship Pattern

Sometimes it is so amazing how quickly time goes by. I always thought that time was like a bell curve, when you were young, time seemed to go so slowly and then speed up as you entered your twenties and then sped up until sometime in your late forties or so and then it would start slowing down.

Even though I am not working, each day seems to alternatively just go by in a blink of an eye and then sometimes, the days can just drag on and on.

Anyway, this last couple of weeks have seemed to just flash by. I have always tried to write consistently… rather than have the blog just sort of fade away. When I feel like I have nothing left to share or learn, I will just say so, say goodbye to my readers and stop. I am not ready to do that yet.

So, although I haven’t written recently, it isn’t for lack of projects! Every so often, I have to stop myself and focus on a project until it is done. I get one started and then I have my attention diverted and get started on something else, and before you know it I have eight things going and nothing getting done!

On top of that, The Kid and I went out to pick up free Tiger Lilly plants for replanting in the back yard and while trying to load them, I tripped and fell. I may have cracked a rib, at the very least I bruised something, making it tough to really do much at all. Every move hurts and it really puts a damper on most of my projects.

There is one that is doable, and it started a little while back. When I dug out all my Pyrex and got a little more involved with it again. I want to take the doors off the cabinet above the stove and display the Pyrex I collect for me, the pattern is called Friendship or Friendship Birds. Its mostly red with a heavy sprinkling of this light orange.

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(This isn’t mine but I want to add this to my collection!)

The remainder of the Pyrex was sold! And I got almost as much as I was asking… a nice little amount. This is the cabinet I am thinking about turning into a showcase:

I think I could just take off the doors and rearrange the shelves, but I work because it sits above the microwave vent and I worry that it might get greasy (the doors do!). Maybe I could place a framed piece of plexiglass or something over it. I am still thinking on this idea.

But the other idea it sparked was another cross stitch. Using my favorite Pyrex pattern, I drew out the pattern. I am going to “frame” it in a embroidery hoop, I’ve already painted it red. Turns out that cross stitching I can do that doesn’t aggravate my cracked rib.

IMG_4366So, between the stitching, harvesting denim from old jeans and sewing denim quilt squares, I have been keeping busy. I will let you in on my secret of getting old denim from jeans for practically nothing soon. In addition to the mostly blue but some black and white, I have found some really great colors – and a leopard print! – which I am going to make a really colorful denim quilt down the road. I’ve also added much to my denim stash: side and bottom seams, belt loops and pockets! Like I said, so much stuff started… getting nothing done!

Oh yeah, and in between all this, I am still job hunting. Although it may not seem like it, I still love the work I do in computers. There is a career that is never boring and always changing. It has done well for me.

Come back soon for updates!

julie

A Few More Finished Quilts

I’ve been keeping busy but mostly doing what I said I wouldn’t do and that was to start any new projects until I finished a few that were almost done. :-/

I have finished three more quilts however. If you’re new to my blog, you should know that I love to make quilts, but am not quite so in love with the process of finishing them. So I send my quilts off to a wonderful new friend, Becky, who is quite talented in doing the top stitching. She has a longarm service called Collis Country Quilting. (If you’re interested in contacting Becky, you can reach here on her Facebook page: Collis Country Quilting). She can also be reached via email at: rebecca_collis@yahoo.com. Just let her know that I sent you!

She did some incredible work on a quilt that was so amazing! I am in awe at the work on this quilt:

DSCN5197IMG_4333IMG_4332IMG_4331IMG_4330IMG_4329Five different quilting styles were used to complete this quilt. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE the way she quilted this. Her attention to details is off the charts!DSCN5199DSCN5198My helper in trying to stay hidden when its windy and he doesn’t want to be in the pictures:DSCN5200The next couple of quilts are ideas that I get while looking at the already cut stash of fabrics. I’ve been trying to use up as much as I can.

DSCN5196DSCN5195DSCN5194DSCN5193And the final quilt for this post…

DSCN5190DSCN5189DSCN5188I used a blue background with white dots, which is the same as the border. A nice little finish. I did, however, not have enough for the backing, so there is an inset of red with white dots. Sometimes you gotta make do!

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Also, this week, The Kid and I were on a Studio Ghibli kick and watched four or five movies. The one I like is “Howl’s Moving Castle” which boasts a fire who is voiced by Billy Crystal -“Calcipher”. So as sort of a salute (and for something to do with my hands) I made this little bean-guy:

IMG_4328Took apart another forty pairs of jeans. We stumbled onto the best deal for salvaging denim from old jeans. Our local Red Racks (which is a thrift store that supports veterans’ needs) has what is called Last Chance, which is where clothing ends up that doesn’t sell. And on Sundays, it goes to a whopping twenty-five cents! So, I go through and grab all the best jeans – generally speaking those that have pockets and side seams for additional quilting. Voilá! I have something for my hands to do and it provides a lot of fabric for jeans quilts.

So, a couple more projects accomplished and this post done. Whew!

julie

Vintage Pyrex – Figuring Out How and Where to Sell (and a Quilt Update)

Sometimes I think I am this close to be classified a hoarder. 🙂 I am a collector of everything it seems, but really, I just love beautiful things.

For instance, my son and I love to, as we call it, go thrifting. And there is so much stuff that reminds me of my family, my mother’s kitchen, my grandmother’s kitchen as well as items that appeal to me. I just love finding treasure in someone else’s trash.

One example is the eclectic array of red and white dishware that I have. As you may (or may not) know, my kitchen is decorated in red and white. 99% of what is in there is red, white or red & white. So, I am always on the hunt for something that will work in my kitchen.

Well, this goes for many other things, and last but not least is my love of Pyrex. My grandmother had pieces and my mother had pieces – some of which are now in my kitchen and often used. So whenever we are out ‘thrifting’, we always make sure to check for Pyrex. And we’ve amassed a pretty good collection.

IMG_4318This afternoon, we collected it from the varying places in the house where we’ve kept it and then organized it by color/pattern in the kitchen. This picture (above) isn’t even all of it. I decided that since cash is a little tight these days, I wanted to try and sell most of this, with the exception of my previous inheritance and the pattern/color I collect.

This is my pattern, red and orange and white with a little bird, called Friendship. I want to take the wood panels out of the cupboard over the stove/microwave and replace with glass to display my Pyrex. I also have a couple of additional pieces that were my (maternal) grandmother that I use on an-almost-daily basis. Keeps me feeling close to my Grandma that meant so much to me growing up.

So, tomorrow, The Kid and I will go about photographing each piece and trying to identify the patterns and approximate date range for the pieces.

Today was a great day. I sat behind my sewing machine nearly the entire day sewing 52592761272__A89E08AA-9AB6-4CDB-80F0-5A5B774A9C93.JPGstrips of 2″ x 6″ together to create “French braid” pieces. For me, a day like this is pure joy. Its almost therapeutic. I really don’t have to think and I can watch old movies and I just feel great. And this is going to be an absolutely beautiful quilt. I love most of the quilts that I make, but only a handful are those that I seriously want to keep. This is one of those that I seriously want to keep.52592772594__D97DA56D-4DD6-42D1-83ED-CA5B040F9C3A.JPGI know that I wasn’t supposed to be starting anything new until I finished all of the existing projects under way. But I have put a large dent in that list and technically I had already started this project… I had two braids done and have been hanging over one of the doors of the cabinets in my sewing room for a long, long time.

Okay, its still early enough that I think I want to do a couple of more hours of sewing before I head to bed. Thanks for stopping by!

julie

 

Finally Getting Around to Finishing… Some

My “To Do” is an ever changing – and growing – myriad of chores. It seems that every time I cross one thing off the list, two more get added. But I don’t have to tell you, I’m sure its the same for every one of you.

So, since I recently finished up the dollhouse, successfully started my fund raising on IndieGoGo and finished the big cross stitch, I finally feel like I am getting things done. The bad side of that is I tend to get a little too confident… and I started a couple of new quilts. Sigh.

But on the upside, I did manage to get the binding on five of the quilts that I had quilted. Seems a million years ago, just because I can’t seem to stay focused, but I have a wonderful friend Becky, who does my longarm service, Collis Country Quilting. (If you’re interested in contacting Becky, you can reach here on her Facebook page: Collis Country Quilting. She can also be reached via email at: rebecca_collis@yahoo.com. Just let her know that I sent you!)

I goofed on this quilt, first in measuring and then in cutting the backing. So I usually do a fold-over type of binding, but since I measured wrong, I had to do the reliable method of separate binding. Believe it or not I had to look up instructions, I do this so little.

DSCN5093But this binding turned out pretty good, if I say so myself. I ended up making about three times too much, but I guess I can hang on to it in case I want to do this again sometime.IMG_4311The fabric came from a stash where there were a various number of colors in the same pattern. I think it would make for a man’s quilt, as the colors are pretty muted and far, far away from any pastels!DSCN5094The back was more of the same fabric, just to use it up. You can see the great quilting pattern here!DSCN5096This quilt is one of those little challenges that I dream up for myself. I did this one a while back, so not sure if this is a charm quilt or not. There are some really beautiful fabrics in this one and would make for a great baby quilt.IMG_4312The backing is a understated green with a darker green ivy type pattern. Like I said, understated.DSCN5097This next quilt is called ‘Fire and Lightning”. Another pattern that I saw somewhere – a magazine, Pinterest or somewhere else online. Of course, I had to try it!dscn5099.jpgAgain, this would be an extremely easy pattern to do in pastels or colors to match a nursery or an quick way to spice up a living room with some color.dscn5100.jpgFantastic quilting that really pops on these colors though. Becky takes one look at my quilts and just knows what to choose.IMG_4314Love the meandering of this pattern!DSCN5101Simple red backing to keep from stealing the thunder of the colors and style.dscn5103.jpgIts funny when as much time passes as it does for me from concept to binding. I actually forget many of the quilts that I make! It makes for a fun surprise when I unpack these quilts and get ready to bind them!DSCN5103I know this one was inspired by a pin I found on Pinterest. In fact when I looked back to the original pin, it was almost the same colors!dscn5104.jpgOver the years I keep a vigilant eye on the discount fabrics and pick up fabrics on bolts to use later as backing. That is where this fabric came from.IMG_4313I am especially in love with whites… and add to a large stash whenever I can. Just makes for more interesting quilts.dscn5105.jpgNow on to my absolute favorite of my quilts: orphans. You know the ones, the extra blocks you made or did to try a pattern. I put effort into these blocks and am determined to never let these go to waste. Hence, “orphan” quilts. This is my third in recent months, the first one went to The Kid and the second one is on my bed.DSCN5105IMG_4315The back is another of my bolt purchases and goes nicely with the colors in the quilt.DSCN5107So, there you have it. I have about another ten or so to finish with binding and then I’ve got about three new denim quilts that will need borders and backing. I have one that is especially unique and am excited about finishing it and showing it here.

Thanks for stopping by! And happy quilting!

julie

Whew! Finally Done with my Cross Stitch

I have been working on the project for, well, it seems forever! I did a rough estimate of what it would take to do a square inch and it was more than 30 minutes. And with more than 300 square inches. Figuring in the time it took to make the canvas, bind the four canvases together and the time in between to thread needles and choosing colors, I estimate that it took me around 200 hours!

So, to refresh your memory… in June of 2012 I set out to start this cross stitch project. (You can see it here.)

It was all based on this painting I saw in a magazine.

Over the years, I would pick it up from time to time and work on it. But too much time spent with it and I would get a little antsy, feeling like I would never finish it. But I kept at it and now these long five years later, it is done.

Here is the completed canvas:

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In all of this project, the single biggest issue – other than the sheer volume of canvas, was the difficulty of connecting the four canvases. In many areas, although it is difficult to see in this photos, there are rough areas where the cross stitch doesn’t quite look right or nice. But from a little distance, it looks okay and once I get it mounted and framed and behind glass, you’ll hardly be able to see it at all.

I am slowly but surely whittling down the project list. I actually have a little red notebook that I wrote down all of the projects that I have started (with the exception of quilts… it would take many notebooks to write them all down!), and am slowly making my way through it. But as I should soon be returning to a full time 9-to-5, I really want to finish some of these projects (like this one) that have been sitting unfinished for way too long!

julie

ClothesCaptioned.com

So, I finally took the plunge and created a crowdfunding site to try to make a go of a home based business. I have been thinking about this for some time and it just seemed like it has to be now or I will never do this.

It all started a few years ago with me and The Kid watching television, or rather, streaming and bingeing on Netflix and Prime, and all the other premium channels. We started watching lots of European series and we always had a tough time trying to understand those accents… and the further north you go in the UK the tougher the accents. So, we turned on Closed Captioning.

The first time we saw [SCOFFS], we both laughed. I am not sure to this day that The Kid knew that sound even had a name, let alone what it was. So, it became a familiar lexicon in our vocabularies and we both were quick to point it out whenever it came on screen.

Then it branched out. It was an interesting experiment to see which Closed Captioning writers were actually including in the CC, and often times, very funny! I made some off-hand comment about putting them on t-shirts.

I tried to make t-shirts from iron-on fabric, but it didn’t work well. I thought embroidering would be classier and longer lasting and I did make an effort to try to do this with my home embroidery machine, but it became an exercise in frustration. About that time, I had a tee made for a friend that had embroidered words, but it cost a fortune. (A different startup idea.) I remained in touch with the gentlemen who did the embroidery and he has been gracious enough to share with me some trade secrets. If the funding is successful, I will be purchasing the machine that he recommends. (Hi Steve!)

So, a few minutes ago, the IndieGoGo campaign went live. I hope it looks polished enough… after being in the computing business and looking at hundreds, if not thousands, of websites, I hope that it stands up to the test.

I am naming the company: ClothesCaptioned.com. We did get the domain registered. We had to base the name on what was still available. But I like it. Our icon is simple and will appear on the right sleeve edge.

ClothesCaptioned OriginalWe’re starting out with ten captions:

If these are successful, we hope to branch out and include additional captions. We’ve been collecting them ever since the idea to do this as a business was born. I think I have something like 250 or more of them in a Db, but some I think will be too long or will not appeal to many (any?) customers. Every single caption we do present, however, is required to actually come from a real Closed Caption session.

So, if you’re curious or would like to donate, go here: https://igg.me/at/cctees

I will keep everyone posted on progress here as well as the IGG campaign page.

Thank you for supporting my dream!

julie

Dollhouse Reveal: The Bathroom & Laundry (#3) and Attic Space (#4) and The Upper Hallway (#7)

Okay, just a few left and I’ve opted to smoosh them altogether into the dollhouse reveal. As bathroom goes, this one too was pretty fun. The room is large enough to accommodate a laundry area in addition to bathroom. Its the kind of space I’d envision when an attic makeover is done.

DSCN4983So, on the left wall is the bathroom. It comes with an awesome claw-foot tub, toilet and a pedestal sink complete with a medicine cabinet.DSCN4982Some great little accessories in this bath too… toothbrushes in a cup, an extra roll of toilet paper and soap in a holder in the tub. Oh and a plunger.DSCN4981It was tough trying to get everything on a shelf or something, but then thought I’d just set some of the bottles on the floor. Like what real people might do.DSCN4984So the right wall is the laundry area – complete with washer and dryer. A basket sits on the floor next to it with laundry and above are hangers for keeping the permanent press wrinkle free.DSCN4980There is a shelving unit with laundry supplies and extra bathroom supplies (cool large pack of TP, huh?). On this wall I used another laminate sample just to give the room a little pizazz. DSCN4979And as part of the laundry room, in the foreground is an ironing board with the iron and spray starch. The flooring is also the miniature tile… I wanted to just do one color green and white, but didn’t have enough of any of three shades of green, so to reflect the colors in the wall (laminate) I used ALL of the shades of green plus white. As I mentioned before, the mini-tile is a challenge to use and keep lined up, but regardless, I like the way it turned out.DSCN4978There are some fun little touches that I’ve done in some of the rooms that are just plain fun, and one of them is that the iron has a cord and is plugged into a tiny wall receptacle. Over time, I hope that I come back and add more of these little details.

Okay, the next room is just the extra space that is really an attic. In its truest sense.DSCN4986I just placed a few objects that one might actually find in the attic, but I think I want to pay just a little more attention and make some changes. This was the only room I didn’t glue down the objects for just such a reason.DSCN4987An old sewing machine towards the back, an unmatched dining room chair, and a trunk. You can’t see it but behind the trunk is the attic ladder mechanism that allows access from the room below.

The next reveal isn’t a room per sé, but the hallway and intersection of the staircases. The dollhouse originally didn’t have stairs to the attic, which logically didn’t make sense that you couldn’t. So, I added stairs and cut a hole in the floor above, which ended up being the home office and the railings just took up so much the room.

dscn4967.jpgThis is more of the Popsickle wood floor which turned out nicely in the end. There is a long wall which I want to cover with family photos and am actively collecting miniature photo frames (much like my real house).

And that folks, is the end of the official reveal. I hope to, in the future, show how some of the projects and how the were made and/or bought. If you have questions, PLEASE ask, I am hoping to help keep the next dollhouse enthusiast from making some of the mistakes I made or some of the inspiration that helped me get to this point.

The Kid and I are already knee deep in the next project finish and today I actually did some work on the humongous cross stitch project I started about a hundred years ago. I actually see a light at the end of that tunnel!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Master Bedroom (#5) and Master Bathroom (#6)

So, I thought I’d couple these two together since they really do go together! 🙂

This room ended up with an odd shape – which is also difficult to paint, decorate and photograph. There really wasn’t a plan for a master bath as bathrooms per sé in the original time frame that the house was built, but in remodeling it became necessary to add such a room.

Once past the bed, the room extends off to the right. At the end of this space is the main door to enter the bedroom. There is room for a nice little dressing table/vanity with the cutest little perfume bottles and hair brush and comb and a cute little lamp and vanity stool.

DSCN4950This room is one more of the rooms that has carpeting and I love the way it looks here too.DSCN4951This room is probably one of the more detailed rooms. The night stand has fresh cut flowers and a box of kleenex that sit on a cute little doily. There is a satiny duvet covering the black satin sheets as well as the dust ruffle.DSCN4952THe dresser back in the corner has a homemade lamp – which I am working on a tutorial for you to make – and a rose in a vase.DSCN4974On the dresser we have a cut little cactus, a bible and assorted fun stuff. The picture frame has a photo of “The Kid”.

The window treatment is similar to the others, with a valance covered with fabric the matches the duvet, with black curtains over an off-white sheers.

Accompanying the bedroom is the master bath. Doing this room was challenging, primarily using the real miniature tile. I ended up having to cut heavy card stock into the dimensions needed and then glued it. I then maneuvered the piece into place in the bathroom and adhered to the walls with mastic. DSCN4962I actually laid the floor tile into mastic, attempting to keep them lined up. Would you believe that they don’t make miniature tile spacers?!  Then it was time to grout.DSCN4966DSCN4965Like I said, this was challenging. But from a little ways off, it looks great. Ha!DSCN4964Lots of fun little details in the bathroom too! I’ve included a little stool so that the kids can reach the sink and brush their teeth; until they need to use it, there is a box of kleenex and a hair dryer. A cup on the sink  holds tiny toothbrushes and on the other side of the sink is a convenient waste basket. DSCN4963The shower curtain is a silky fabric that drapes so nicely and has shower rod with rings. Inside the shower, we have the knob and hand sprayer, soap on the soap dish, and a long handled shower brush. Right outside the shower, we have a shelf with all the hair and shower bottles.dscn4962.jpgOh, the shower basin is actually a soap dish with the base removed, so its all ceramic. Things are finished off with a nice little rug on the floor, a plunger and scale.

Okay, we’re closing in on the remaining rooms which should go quickly. I hope you keeping up with the reveal!

julie

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