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Friday, April 6, 2012

Cottage updates

Here is my finished shabby chic cottage.  I still need to clean it up a little and rearrange some of the furnishings, but this is what I've done so far.  I hope you all love it! 

Here's the downstairs.

Bedroom upstairs.

I had so much fun with this dollhouse that I've started a new one!  It's going to be the Orchid from Greenleaf.  I've already started sanding all the parts.

I also wanted to share with you all that I found out I am pregnant with my 2nd today!  I haven't really told anyone and don't plan to till my first trimester is over.  It's so hard to keep it a secret, so I've decided to share it with you all!   Have a wonderful Easter holiday to you and yours and may your lives be filled with happiness everyday!


Friday, March 23, 2012

Pink Cottage

Here's a small dollhouse I made for a close friend of mine.  She loved my new hobby and admired my collection of miniatures, so I decided to give her a home to start her own collection. 

I made the table and curtains.  I also painted the little hutch with soft pinks, green, and white.  I added some crackle to it as well to soften the colors a bit more.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

Big Hugs,

Monday, March 19, 2012

Rustic Cabinet

Recently I've fell in love with the shabby rustic country look.  I saw some cabinets with the use of miniature chicken wire and thought it was a creative idea.  I shopped around to find one and noticed that it's not easy to find and if I do, it's a bit pricey.  So I did some brain storming and decided to decorate my own rustic cabinet for my shabby chic dollhouses.  On this piece I stained it in a cherry finish, added some antiquing glaze to age, sanded it and then covered it with clear varnish.  Gluing the aluminum caging was a bit tricky but not too hard.  This is my first time to do this so excuse the imperfections. 

It's not completely finished.  I still need to wallpaper the back and add some shelves, but so far this is what I have.  It's been really fun making this piece and I've decided to work on another one.  Updates and new cabinet photos to come.

Thank you for stopping by!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Shabby Chic Cottage Update

Happy spring everyone!  Fabulous weather here Texas.  All the flowers are blooming and the cool air feels refreshing.  My cottage reminds me of all the feelings that embody spring.  Here is my latest update to my blue cottage dollhouse.  Hope you all enjoy!

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Kitchen and dining area

Thursday, March 1, 2012

March is here!

Ahhh...March has arrived!  I'm honestly more of a fall/winter person, but for 2012 I will make an exception.  This month "The Hunger Games" the movie will open.  I have been a big fan of the trilogy since fall of last year.  Reading is one of my other hobbies.  I love books.  They take me to another world.

I'm currently reading the trilogy again and it's as good as the first time!  As a fan and  a miniature addict, I had to find "The Hunger Game" trilogy books down to scale.  I successfully found someone that sells them as charms.  I contacted the seller to asked if she could make them without the charm attachments.  She kindly accommodated and here they are!

Aren't they just adorable!

Have a wonderful spring everyone and happy Hunger Games!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Shabby Chic Cottage in the works!

Sorry, but I've been lazy about posting on my blog.  I'm currently working on two dollhouses both are cottages.  One is a "Greenleaf" brand and the other Real Good Toys.  I decided to venture off to the "Real Good Toys" brand because I found so many reviews that stated it was sturdier and easier to build.  It does cost a bit more.  I purchased the least expensive in their line.  It is called the "The Keeper's House."  This one I've been slowly working on, adding small structural details in the house.  I decided to put wallpaper, wood floors, and floor borders.  I'm also planning on adding castings to the window and door.  Here's some pictures of it.

This is the front of the cottage.  I got the color scheme one day when I was wearing light blue and white.  I accidentally dropped some ketchup on on my cloths and viola the idea came about.  I know that's a bit odd but I thought it was a pretty combination.

I added some shabby chic wallpaper.  There are soft blues, pinks, and greens.  I heart shabby chic.  It never gets old.

Dark brown wood flooring for the upstairs!     

   Here's pictures of the down stair white wood flooring.  I tried to stagger the flooring to give it a more authentic look.  It wasn't easy, so I only did a portion of it that way.        

I will post more picture of the progress on this one.  I'm still working on the "Greenleaf" one and will soon post on that one as well. 

Thank you so much for stopping by and letting me share my fun hobby!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hello World!

So to start off, this is my very FIRST blog!  I know I'm a bit behind but I've recently discovered a new hobby that I would love to share with the world, miniature dollhouse collecting.  Ever since I was young I've always had an obsession with miniatures.  Something about the way having everyday items shrunk down to a tiny scale just puts a smile to my face.  Maybe it's the cute factor or the thought of being able to create my own world. 

It all started a week before Christmas 2011, I decided to get something for myself.  Surfing through the web thinking of something creative and worthwhile to award myself with I stumbled upon dollhouses.  The rush of excitement ran through me like a kid.  I've always wanted a real dollhouse, but my family couldn't afford it.  Well lucky me I found a dollhouse kit for just $29!  From that click of purchase there on I've been obsessing and collecting miniatures/dollhouses.  Here's my very first dollhouse I made.

It took a lot of elbow grease to get it finished but the journey was fun!  I learned a lot about tools I've never used before.  I also learned about patience.  This project takes time even for a small house.  Here is what the house looks like without all the paint and glitz.



Looks bare but boy can you make it look beautiful.  It's like makeup.  ;o)  Here is the inside of the house now.

Isn't it just the cutest!  The best part was decorating the house and furnishing it.  Goodness the things you can find on the Internet.  The pink cabinet I painted myself.  It only cost $1 at Micheal's.  What a dealThis is a Greenleaf brand dollhouse.  It was a bit hard to put together because you had to sand almost all the edges and some parts didn't fit.  But it was all worth it!  I've already got two more dollhouses in the works.  One is for my friend's daughter who is 3 and one for myself.  I got myself the "Real Good Toys"  brand because I heard that it's much more sturdy and easier to assemble.  It does cost a bit more and doesn't look as cute but maybe a little paint and pizazz will bring it to life.  I'm surely going to blog as I build this time!  The small world I've created is fun indeed.