Outside View

Outside View
The Exterior View of New Orleans Townhouse

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Juanita's Dress Shop Room Box

I have still been working on miniatures but not posting. Lately, I have been doing more buying and mental designing rather than physically creating. I bought the room box from miniLand.ca this summer just because I liked it and put it away in the closet, until I was ready to do something with it. Over the past months, I discovered wonderful dresses at TheLittleHatter shop and I started to find other things I liked on eBay, Etsy, miniatures.com and I realized that I had the makings of a dress shop! Along with the hat shop I made, I can now completely outfit my miniature ladies!

My mom has a talent for sewing and I thought it would be nice to do a dress shop in her honor. She likes "bling" anything ornate is good with her, the more the better. She also loves jewelry and perfume. The color scheme and design details are inspired by my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc.
New Year's weekend, I was ready and this is the result..
Juanita's Dress Shop designs and makes custom one of a kind dresses for ladies and girls for all occasions (by appointment only) and she carries other exclusive items such as jewelry, perfumes, bath oils, purses, hair and beauty accessories for her upscale clientele.

I was going for a sophisticated shabby chic. I wanted age and wear but not country. I had not used the chalk paint before but I love it for miniature painting. The opaque coverage, I like the spread of the paint there is no build up like with regular acrylic, the finish is very smooth no brush strokes.
I decided to use the Michaels Craft Smart Multi Surface Premium Chalky Paint and Crackle Medium. I created the crackle texture using Multi Surface Premium Chalky Paint in ground cinnamon first layer, then Multi Surface Premium Acrylic in gold in final layer as a base. Then I used Multi Surface Premium Chalky Paint in "parchment" as the top coat over the crackle medium. I also used Art Deco's Dazzling Metallics "Venetian Gold" (Michaels), Folk Art's "Pearl White" and "Peridot" in metallic and Anita's "Princess Pink" and scrapbook paper by Recollections "Green Tiles" on the exterior with a gloss coat added to the exterior.

I painted used 3D stickers and wood appliqués to embellish the store's exterior and interior.

I already had the white glass front store counter and the mahogany display cabinet. But I customized mahogany cabinet by removing two doors in the middle and added a realistic plastic mirror sheet (JoAnn's) to the shelves.
I used the chalky white on the mirrored display cabinet and shelves I made for the shop.
I bought and made the dress pattern display and button display kits from miniatures.com. Fabric bolts from a kit (my mom is in the process of making those) will go the the area underneath the cabinet. I printed the other paper images from the internet and adjusted the sizes in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

I bought the bottles and jewelry in two bundles on eBay (I just didn't have the patience required to make them myself). I added backs for support and to make the stands made from small box latch parts.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Miniature Tea Set Jewelry Charms

I don't know if anyone else has seen these charms in the jewelry/charms section of Michaels but they are perfect for miniature. They are made of china. I found these two sets and they were on sale this week! There is are small holes left in the saucers from the jump ring but they can be easily covered by the cup.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Beignets Anyone????

Once again CuteinMiniature has done it again! I have wanted this beignet set for so long in my New Orleans dollhouse. She also made this lovely Easter set that I am saving for next year. I am on the count down to summer vacation. I'm healthy again and ready to get back to what I love.

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Painter Doll by Maria Narbon

Degas self-portrait photograph
I visited her shop on Etsy https://www.etsy.com/shop/marianarbon I saw her doll of the artist Monet in her catalogue. He is well made and his hair feels real and clothing is extremely detail. He came with the brush and towel. This doll is not Monet but I'm going to pretend that it is Edgar Degas. I love his work and he spent some time with his mother's family in New Orleans. A copy of his work also hangs in the hat shop and in the New Orleans dollhouse which makes him the perfect choice. I have always wanted to do an art studio. I had the easel and the table already. The house that will be his studio, I bought at Ernie's Attic sale in Atlanta a few years ago.
I knew he was home when he could stand in the attic

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

My New Piano

I bought this unfinished piano from my favorite brick and mortar store http://miniaturedesigns.com it will go in the bay window in the living room of the Painted Lady Dollhouse.

They are always very helpful in assisting me with hard to find furniture pieces to complete sets I have purchased and they also carry many unique pieces in their store and online. They are very friendly and helpful. The piano was out of stock at the time, so I had to wait a couple of weeks. I wish I lived in Atlanta so I could go more often.

I have never stained furniture before so I'm a little worried about messing up such a lovely piece. As an alternative I'm considering painting it an off white color and adding gold accents to tie into the furniture.
I'm not sure when that happened but it was an easy fix.

I am really concerned about finishing the inside. 

Any tips or suggestions how to finish????????????????????????????????