Dec 20, 2008

Wintery Witch

Don't get excited lol no new pictures of the dollhouses yet...there coming I promise!
Just wanted to show everyone my new painting listed on ebay this week "In the Meadow"
I had to take a break and started a series of winter witches. Here is my first in the series.

I hope everyone has a very bright and blessed Yule and a happy holiday season!

Sorry....She is ***SOLD***

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Dec 3, 2008

Sissy's Dollhouse Part 2

Day 3, no survivors lol.

Just kidding, today I finished up the wallpapering and added some borders to some of the rooms. I had to do a really girly bedroom, which of course is pink stripes and flowered carpeting. I added a girl power poster, and some pictures to that room as well. I think the pink pony "pinkie pie" will like that one best.
The attic posed some tricky problems with the gable roof, but I pieced it in pretty well, a mish mash of paisley papers on the ceilings and back wall. This one has wainscoting, a gray and whitewashed paper that looks like wood and went around the edges of the bottom.

The biggest room is really retro, the paper is wild in there in swirls of purple, green, pink and cream. I did the side walls in matching green and tiny polka dots. I also trimmed the border with the same wild paper. There is a pictue on the wall in that one that says "princess". The tiffany lamp doesn't actually match but it still looks cute on the ceiling, that one isn't lighted.

The dining room has red vintage looking flooring, and a blue flowered wallpaper. Ok, now I promised to tell you what I was using for the wallpaper. I decided against contact paper or real wallpaper because it is just too expensive the small amounts I need. Plus I want to sink the bulk of the money for this project into the furniture, accessories and pony's so being an avid scrapbooker it dawned on me to use scrapbook papers. I have about a million of them, don't need to buy anything and already know how to cut & apply it. Scrapbook paper comes in millions probably billions of patterns and designs and is really pretty anyway. I cut the pieces to fit, and coated the back with a water based adhesive. It is workable so when I get it glued I can move it around a bit if I need to. The borders were fun to do, I found a matching color cut it to scale and I used some scalloped scissors to give it a nice edge. Some of the borders like the one I used in the bathroom was a printed design and I just cut it out of the paper. Windows and frames for pictures can be done easily as well. You clip the photograph or a picture from a magazine and they glue it to a frame cut from cardstock paper. Instant painting on the wall. I also added some stickers that look like pictures or posters in the girly bedroom. These were all scrap booking embellishments as well.

I have yet to start shingling the roof! I am thinking Popsicle sticks cut into fish scale patterns, unless I can find something that looks a little better. Dollhouse shingle are essentially Popsicle sticks anyway, packaged and sold as shingles lol. I still have to look into the lighting as well and how I am going to run that into the mix. I still have it hidden in the laundry room, but at least on top of the dryer I can work on it as long as I can keep them out. I eventually may have to answer the question "mom why is your bathrobe shaped like a dollhouse?"


Dec 2, 2008

Sissy's Dollhouse

So here I am with a great idea, well at least I thought it was great until I realized how much time I had to complete this project by Christmas Eve! I know you guys have been asking for pictures so I made a slideshow of the work in progress. For those of you that don't know, my little girl who is now almost 4 collects mini my little pony's. She wants a dollhouse for them. I thought it was a wonderful idea until I found out they don't really have full size dollhouses for the pony's, the big ones or the little ones.

Well there I go thinking again, I priced dollhouses and wow, I am not paying 200 bucks for a cheap piece of plastic that is not really even big. So that brings me to my next thought. My 2 yr. old daughter also collects the larger pony's, I grew up around construction and did it most of my adult life so why would I not build one myself? Something exactly that they would want. So there the idea grew.... and grew....and grew. I am now being referred to as "Tim Taylor" from the show tool time. Bigger / Better / More only I am not blowing anything up...yet. I am talking lighting fixtures and such but lets see how far I get. That doesn't even cover the huge pony palace I am making out of an old dresser...yes I said dresser.

Ok so here are your "Work In Progress" Pictures that you wanted, I will take more as I go. I did a little slideshow to start out with and I think I got a good head start on 3 rooms. The bathroom has now become my favorite...the wallpaper looks all seaweedy, in aqua and purple and grey. I added a aqua colored flooring and even a matching border to the top. (Don't look at the ceilings yet they aren't done.) I will tell you next time what I used for the wallpaper and why...

Sunday...we begin the shingles on the roof. 25 Days and counting until Christmas Eve, wish me luck.

Blessings to you all