Dollhouse Reveal: The Boy’s Bedroom (#8)

Next up is the boys’ bedroom. Right next to the girl’s room, this was the room that lost floor space for a hallway. I plan to eventually place a clear “wall” that will reveal how the room would look if there was a wall there.

DSCN4918I place the age of the boys’ room as young boys, somewhere in the range of 4 through 6. And being a boys’ room, the toys have been left out after playing.DSCN4919The desk is piled high with books and toys and a coloring book and colored pencils.DSCN4920This room was the recipient of my first attempt at the mini-blinds… I initially made them to use in the home office but didn’t realize that the windows are shorter up there. So just using white spray paint, I changed the color and hung them. I also created much of the toys… the blocks were just the remainders of the balusters that had to be shortened.DSCN4921The bedspread matches the valance box and was much as was the real kid’s room.DSCN4922Behind the left cabinet is a space that has a short ladder, allowing access to the upper section. In the real bed, the space had a door in front of it – as well as the other side – to give the illusion that it was solid and thereby creating a “secret” access.DSCN4923The carpet is a thick upholstery fabric that when laid in the room really looks like carpet! This one of three rooms that have carpeting.

I have quite a few rooms left, I think I am going to bunch up a few of them and make this reveal go a little faster. Hope you come back for more!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Girl’s Bedroom & Nursery (#9)

Hello and welcome back to my dollhouse reveal. Today, I am showing off the little girl’s room and nursery. In case you don’t know, I only had one child – a boy (my pride and joy) – so I never got to do the whole “pink thing”. All the better that it translates into many of the craft things I do.DSCN4924The only downside to my dollhouse is that it is nearly impossible to get complete shots of the rooms. I did my darnedest to get the lighting all the way to the back, but I guess I need some tips and tricks for better lighting.DSCN4925I had so much fun with this room, all the little toys and details.  And as for all little princesses, a chandelier was installed.DSCN4926I made all the little books in the bookcase, many of my and The Kid’s favorites, including Dr. Seuss.DSCN4927The curtains don’t help with the lighting, and once I get the window treatments done, I really don’t like to mess with them. Many, in fact, are glued into place.

dscn4928.jpgI made the mobile over the crib and it was so exacting, but came out exactly as I planned. And I even made small diapers piled on the changing table and there is a box of kleenex right at hand.DSCN4929Cute little matching quilts for the bed and crib, complete with matching pillows. The same materials were used for the curtains and I found this wonderful little embroidered sheer material that looks like it was made for a little girl’s room.DSCN4930The lamp, sitting atop a white mid-century dresser with pink pulls has the cutest little lamp. This was made from purse sized bottle of perfume, I ran a small dowel down the center and the topped it off with a handmade shade. It sits on the dresser with the cutest little crocheted doily and has the cutest little ceramic puppy dog.

The floor is yet one more laminate sample. The pattern makes one think of linen and is just the most wonderful shade of pink that matches the entire room.

Thank you, once again, for taking a peek!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Home Office (#2)

This room is at the top of my ‘had the most fun’ room. It, of course, is modeled somewhat on my own dining-room-turned-into-my-home-office in my real house. The only downside is that the stairs leading up from the second floor to the attic take up a lot of room. 😦DSCN4908I went all out with this room and it was so much fun creating it. It does have three Macs, as they are my favorites in real life and I stumbled over someone who recreates the older Macs – making it in my scale was done especially for me and I love it!DSCN4985I even included empty boxes with packing material – again, just like my real home office!DSCN4917The cabinets are all customized for this room. I used another piece of laminate sample to make the countertops.DSCN4916The wood floors are real wood and I was able to patch together enough to just cover the floor. DSCN4915A shot down the staircase – you can see the front doors.

DSCN4914Both computers are setup with their own keyboards and mice,, made of modeling clay. The cabinet in between has a printer with a sheet of paper coming out of it and some extra reams of paper below it.DSCN4913Hard to see, but there is another set of mini blinds behind the computers. Made them myself.DSCN4912A closeup of some of the details… includes a power strip and cables plugged into it.DSCN4911The side cabinet shows the wastebasket and a jar of pens and pencils. Another shot of the office chair.DSCN4910I found a lot of vintage Apple posters and have adorned the walls. Here is a good shot of the original 1984 Mac. And what home office is complete without a plant?DSCN4907A nice shot of the staircase. I was really happy with how it – and the stairs – turned out. It sort of feels like the “usual” home office is usually crammed into a corner or unused space in the attic.

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Kitchen (#12)

Hi and welcome back. Today is the second room in the house to be revealed.

DSCN4933This room is my absolute favorite room of the house. If I ever do another dollhouse, the kitchen is going to be much, much bigger!

I started out with a pale yellow kitchen dining set and had originally thought I would start with that.IMG_4157I even found some mega cute laminate samples that would have been perfect… I like the checkerboard pattern, just seems like a natural for a kitchen.

My own kitchen is red and white and it didn’t take long for me to switch to that color palette. I think the first thing I bought was the kitchen, sink and stove combination. There was no going back after that.

There are literally thousands of details that can go into the kitchen. This room is like no other in the sheer number of options. Fun, fun, fun!

So, rather than put a bunch of words in here that you’re probably not interested in, I will just give you the photos.

DSCN4939DSCN4938DSCN4932DSCN4931DSCN4934DSCN4937DSCN4942DSCN4941DSCN4940If you have questions about where specific things came from or what was actually made or built by me and The Kid, please ask! Some of the things came to me when the house was delivered to me and some of the things I’ve had for some time. But what I can offer, I will.

Enjoy!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: The Sewing Room (#1)

I wasn’t going to necessarily write about the rooms in order, but this was actually the first room I worked on and the first to be finished.

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The key to any good sewing or craft room is lots and lots of storage space. I give the illusion of that in faux cabinets across the length of the room. I made it look like four doors covering, each with “hinges” which were the bottoms of very small Christmas bulbs glued to one edge and then the “knob” which is a sewing pin with a “pearlized” head (pushed all the way in).

When we first moved to Kansas City almost 13 years ago, my craft/sewing/quilting room was the first one I really set up as well. Of course we set up beds and filled the kitchen with food, but the first one to get extra attention and cabinets and details and “finished”. Made perfect sense to me!

DSCN4968Here is an overall photo of the room. It is a tad dark, and I had trouble with photographing all of the rooms even though I tried to bounce light off large white surfaces.

You can see that I’ve set the room much like my own, with two tables: one for the sewing machine and one taller for the cutting table.DSCN4969Many of the objects in this room are also in my sewing room. The sewing machine is set up with fabric and scissors and a pin cushion. Up against the back wall is a cabinet designed to hold lots of fabric, and a couple of antique irons on the floor (just like my real sewing room)!

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I have a cutting mat and a rotary cutter. Scissors are nearby as well as some patterns and buttons. There are stores of ribbons and patterns neatly lined up on the back cabinets and a dress form.

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The wall behind the cutting table has a cork board, on it some helpful instructions and patterns, and s small shelve  which boasts has a nice display of colorful buttons. On the other side of the door we have a calendar and a small chest filled to the top with ribbons, buttons, lace and other wonderful materials.DSCN4972A quick shot of the floor. This particular room is made up of sample tiles from Home Depot which were cut to make squares. I like the randomness of the stripes and colors.

Come back soon for more rooms to be revealed!

julie

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Dollhouse Reveal: More of the Exterior

One of the things I forgot to add to the first post of the dollhouse reveal was some of the original photographs.

I had asked my Dad for a dollhouse ever since I can remember. I was the seventh child and of the six before me, four were boys (and two more following). Lots of little boys in this house. It was kind of unusual for my Dad to have to do ‘girl’s toys’ but I kept asking. Finally, about the time I got married, my Dad finally got the time and energy to build a dollhouse. It took him quite a few years and I had moved away from my parents (in Iowa) all the way to California. When Dad finished the dollhouse, I guess he couldn’t figure a safe and affordable way to get the house to me, so instead, he gave it to my oldest sister (she is 11 years older than me) and who lived in the same town.

Well, fast forward about ten, maybe fifteen years and the dollhouse sat almost untouched – some of her children and grandchildren messed with it and broke a few things – and to my sister’s credit, she did buy a lot of stuff for the house. But then came the time my sister and her family decided to move to Colorado and no longer had a place for the house. Time for it come to me! Believe it or not, my folks drove the house out to me in their van!!

Let me show you some of the early pictures:

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Isn’t it grand? A few things that happened during this transition was the base of the of the house was lost along with the railings and stairs on the porch.

Another issue that I felt needed to be changed was the fact that the kitchen had its own staircase to a secluded room above it – which just happened to be the “servants quarters”. Now I know this is supposed to be one of those broad sweeping houses from the old south, but this layout didn’t settle well with me. And as with anyone who buys a house, they want to make it their own – well, I wanted to make some changes to make this house my own as well.

So, out went the kitchen stairs – and an old fashioned kitchen – replaced with a gleaming and sophisticated red and white kitchen (reveal later). I opened the wall between the kitchen and the dining room and placed double doors for easier access. Next, a hallway was opened up so that the former servants quarters could be accessed and it became a nursery.

I also had to open the attic floor to allow a staircase up, added a wall to create another space and doors between the rooms to allow passage from one to another. Since I was having to invest in doors for the new rooms, I opted to replace all the doors for a more cohesive look. This also went for the addition of the stairs and I had previously purchased a gentle curved staircase, so out went the originals including handrails. All of these additions and changes not only created extra cost, most of the time it also created more work in widening and heightened to accommodate the new doors. This was really tricky with the sloped ceilings in the attic.

Then both the exterior and interiors were painted white. Lots and lots of cans of white spray paint. Remind me to tell you the lesson I learned about using spray paint in the same space as your red sports car. 😦

The house was turned upside down and I used this “ceiling texture repair” to give all of the ceilings a nice finish. Now it was finally ready for decorating to begin:

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The house was moved up to the living room for easier access (no running up and down the stairs to the basement) and eventually all the supplies and tools were relocated to this area. I am so lucky that I live with people who are accommodating!

julie

Dare I Say It? The Dollhouse is… DONE!

I guess technically, I don’t see the dollhouse as ever really being “done”. I will be constantly adding or changing the house as I find small objects that will be added. And I still want to add clear plastic “doors” to keep the level of dust down and prevent any prying eyes and fingers from invading its interior.

But, I have gotten the dollhouse to the point where I feel that it is done. It has been renovated and painted. Its windows, doors and staircases have been replaced and updated. Flooring has been laid, built-ins completed and the house has been furnished and ready for someone to move in.

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When I first moved the house to the living room from the basement, I took this photo to use as a reference when describing or referring to specific rooms. I will include it in the posts over the next several days as I reveal the work that has been done.

Today, I want to show you the outside, or more apt, the front of the house.

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Here it is, in all of its simplicity. I’ve done only a minimum, as I’ve run across a shortage of funds right now. Three major things missing are the porch railings, the widow’s walk railings and shutters. Purchasing these particular items are going to cost somewhere in the realm of the three hundred dollar mark, so out of the budget right now (I actually have work to do on the real house I live in!).

They will be easily added when funds are available without impact to the interiors, so I am not concerned. I did make and install the flower boxes and seeing as it was ready for the fourth of July, I wanted to include a flag. I had enough leftover railings from the interior to fit the small balcony, I plan to match the railings on the porch. I also have a small working porch light that I have to figure out how to install.

So, this is the first in a series of posts to show you the house. I have taken a ton of photos and also created some tutorials on how I did a few things that I will also add as I write.

For now, I will just leave you with more photos of the front:

DSCN4994DSCN4993DSCN4992DSCN4991DSCN4990Please keep coming back! And if you have questions about anything you see, please let me know in the comments section.

julie

Trying Something Small 1:50 Scale

You know, I have no idea how I stumbled on to this little project. I ordered these little people from eBay.IMG_4224Then with a little gift from The Kid, I painted the figures. My eye sight seems to continue to improve, but this is some painstaking work and I need the magnification.

IMG_4223Then I simply built a little box – using paint stir sticks – to the size of all of them. I searched the internet for an appropriate photo, was looking for a 50’s era street scene, but I like the one I ended up using. I elongated it and then cherry picked the particular section of the photo:

Screen Shot 2017-06-05 at 10.20.53 PMCarefully scored the corners and folded it and glued it into place. Then I carefully glued the little people into place.

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Here are some close ups of my plastic citizens:

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Let me assure you, going smaller in scale is not for me! In fact the 1:12 dollhouse that is so close to be completed isn’t even the best scale for me, but rather the 1:3 or 1:4 which is the American Girl doll-type sized dolls. So much easier!

But it was a fun exercise and was something that I could work on while waiting on the final pieces of the 1:12 dollhouse to arrive.

Hope you found this interesting!

 

A Diversion to the Dollhouse

This CloseOkay, I am this close to finishing the dollhouse but I am having to wait on a few last items to come in the mail. The inside of the house is done, but just have a few details to add to the outside of the house, such as shutters on the windows, railing for the porch, door handles and a knocker. I may include a few other things, such as a mail box and an American flag. Oh and I have been working on a large semi-round welcome mat. I am almost done with the flower boxes, It is amazing how little in scale the items are for a dollhouse but what a large impact (including price) they can be!

So as to not waste time waiting, I launched into the next project on the list: the denim rag rug. Over the past year I have collected hundreds of old jeans, deconstructed them and then cut them into three inch strips. I completed about half of them and then I sort of got overwhelmed by the sheer amount.

So, as much of my projects go, I set it aside and planned to get back to it. At the beginning of this year, I decided that I really needed to get some of these long overlooked projects done and vowed not to start any new ones and complete the ones I had started. I would select one project and work on it until it was done. Such was the decision to start with my dollhouse and I have done really well so far.

So, having to wait for the last pieces to arrive for the dollhouse, I didn’t really want to start working on the next project, but I don’t really want to waste the days while I am waiting. But that is the trap… waiting for supplies and working on another projects and then never getting back to the original project.

So, I spent the better parts of three days cutting the remaining denim into three inch strips. (I didn’t take a photo before I started but there were three piles about two feet high. If I had to guess, I would put the number at somewhere between 100 and 150 pairs of jeans’ worth of fabric.)

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This is the end result. The next steps are to connect them to make about 15 foot sections and then to iron them and fold and sew them. The scraps left over are going to be given away, the last time I made them into scraps for quilts which, do I have to say it?, still are not assembled into the quilts they should be.

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So, rather than creating yet another project that has to be completed, I am going to give them away on Craigslist. Spread the joy, right?

Okay, The Kid and I are doing a binge watch of ‘The Office” and really not getting anything done. What a great day!

julie

Almost Done: The Dollhouse Project

Today, in the mail, the final piece that I had been waiting for came. The dining room table and four chairs. I spent last night gluing all of the pieces into place with the exception of the dining room. So, upon its delivery, the pieces were assembled and then glued into place as well.

This, officially, means that I have finished the interior of the house. I have to fix a few shingles on the roof and replace the “tar paper” on the roof and I am hoping to still purchase shutters and do some decorating on the front outside of the house. Been looking into how to craft a porch chandelier, something like the one that hangs in front of my real house.

Also, the plan is to take a bazillions of photos and I’d like to do it outside for really good lighting and access to all angles. I want to take pictures through windows and use a mirror to a good view to all of the rooms. So wouldn’t you know it that the day it is ready for photos of the interior, the heavens opened up with a thunderstorm!

IMG_4161So, rather than spoiling the surprise – you can see how dark it is in the house (the real one and the miniature one!), which doesn’t lend to good photos. Instead, I am going to work on the porch, primarily working on the porch light.

Come back soon for a myriad of photos… and send good thoughts about the weather!

julie

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