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If you enjoy finding a lot of different outlets for your creativity, then we may just be kindred spirits.
This blog is an outlet for my interest in miniatures, crochet, plastic canvas, and many other various arts and crafts.

I also love walking, taking digital photos, and most recently, have rediscovered an old love...bike riding! I purchased an amazing new bike, a comfy Townie by Electra this summer, and have been having a grand time exploring the area as though for the first time. It's like being a kid again!

If you enjoy any of these things too, pour a cup of coffee and tea, sit down, and join me.

Take care!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Doll houses

I' ve always wanted a dollhouse, ever since I was a little girl.  My best friend had a little tin one that was cute, but I always wanted a wooden one.

Lately I've been making plastic canvas doll houses.  I did a small carry and play house called "Bear Cottage" which I blogged about earlier.  Then I did the Haunted Dollhouse.  That's a bigger one, 6 rooms/3 floors.  Now  I'm working on the  "My Pink Dollhouse" pattern.
My Pink Dollhouse

I have all of the interior finished except for the attic floor, which I'm working on now.  I took a break from stitching the house last week and started on the furniture.  I did the toilet first, just because it was so cute, lol.  Then I did the couch, fridge, and crib.  They're also cute:
Furniture for My Pink Dollhouse, with needle felted doll and bear.

The fridge doors open and close, to show 3 little shelves.  I liked it, but thought the fridge looked bare, so I googled "how to make miniature food".  I was amazed by the world of miniatures.  I discovered "printies", small printable decorative items for miniatures.  You just print them out, fold them into whatever shape is needed,  and glue them.  I tried it; easier said than done, lol.  First,  they said to spray the prints with sealant before use.  I didn't have sealant. Plus, my printer needs a new color cartridge so the prints weren't great...I figured I'd just use them as a practice run.  I discovered that none of the 5 types of glue that I have work at gluing photo paper.  So I ended up taping the little boxes together.  I ordered the right glue online.

Then I found a little tutorial on how to make a tiny clothes hanger out of a paperclip.  Of course, I couldn't find my paperclips, lol.  So I used a Christmas decoration hook thingie.  It's not pretty, but it works.

I wanted to also try to make canned goods, but I can't find my dowels (where did I put them?).

Here's what I have so far; they're not great, but you'll get the general idea of what I'm trying to do:

Now the baby feltie has some Cheerios to munch on in her crib.  Her dress is hanging on the little hanger.

When I get the proper materials, I'm going to try this again.  It's a lot of fun.

In the meantime, I took the plunge and ordered a "real" (read, non plastic canvas) doll house kit online last night.  Actually, two kits.  The  main kit is a 5 room, 3 story farmhouse with a wrap around porch.  It's called the Laurel. The second kit, the Primrose, is a two room addition to the Laurel.  Here's a link that shows both:
Laurel and Primrose doll house kits

I am so excited.  I can't wait to see them.

Last week I purchased several plastic canvas books, mostly dollhouses and dollhouse furniture, from a lady who was selling her stash.  She said she put some extras in the box, so I can't wait to see that, either.  So now I'll be watching for the mail carrier like a kid waiting for Santa, lol.

Take care,

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