Outside View

Outside View
The Exterior View of New Orleans Townhouse

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Baby Bed made from Scratch

I made a little bed for one of my dolls. It's unpainted. I am working on the Victorian Farmhouse and I'm creating a small nursery. I used wooden ovals, porch and channel railings, small button caps, porch trim, dowels and craft wood. I later had to cut the legs off because it was too tall for my "mom" doll to reach over the top. I added wooden letters for his initials. I am wanting until I decided on my color scheme before I paint or stain it. Happy Easter!

Friday, March 15, 2019

Dance Studio Dollhouse

I bought this dollhouse in a bargain discount store. I could tell it originally came from Hobby Lobby. I could see there may be some damage. It looked like a few boxes may have gotten wet. I was willing to take a chance for the price.

The Allison Jr. Dollhouse. There is a flaw with the second floor having a slight bow from water damage, this box was on the bottom and had gotten wet. It was stuck to another box, thankfully this was the only issue.

My niece takes dance lessons and this was my inspiration behind the dance studio. I've had these little ballerinas for a while and even bought a few more recently. The wooded signs along with the ballerinas are Christmas ornaments, the rest are stickers. I made the dance class signs from mini chalkboards and stickers.

The color scheme and name came from the "Twinkle Toe"ornament sign. I was going for a "flipped" victorian with a modern color scheme and materials. I left out some of the more ornate details to give the house a sleeker look. I wanted to make the trim resemble tiaras and tuxedos.

The dance instructor doll in black, I had commissioned.

I made the barres and dressing room tables and stools. I made the reception desk from an acrylic box. I wanted to try something different with the stairs, so I made the railing and spray painted it with wrought iron textured paint. I removed interior walls to allow more space for my dancers. This was one of the easier dollhouses, I have done and I really enjoyed working on it.  I hope to start selling my dollhouses.

Friday, April 27, 2018

DIY Flower Peddler Cart

He is 6 months now.
It seems like forever since I last posted and a lot has happened. We put our house on the market, so I had to pack up my dollhouses and place them in storage and that process took a while and then we bought a house and moving in was another process. During this time my four-legged best friend of 17 yrs. and building monitor passed away. He never made it to our new house. But through it all GOD blessed us with the house of our desires and a brand new space of my own and even a new four-legged friend.

So it was worth it...

This is the future home of my dollhouse display/studio room.
My houses and supplies are still packed up. This room is very dark to me and these old eyes need lots of light. I will get an electrician to address the lighting in here before I can unpack.

The "mini" withdrawal was setting in bad yesterday, so I decided to create a small quick project. I saw the peddler cart on miniatures.com for $59.00 and I thought I challenge myself to make one for less.

I remembered the covered wagon kit in Hobby Lobby and I really liked the wheels and thought it would be a good base for the cart. I picked up a few other things and used some scraps from my wood bin.

I used the sides and extended the base of the wagon with a long wood plank.

I made two handles from small clothes pins.

I then cut off one side of the clothes pin and glued two to the base of the wheel.

I made a canopy top from another plank and added square dowels to the top. I glued on some left over trim around the edges.

I cut posts from the wood dowels and glued them to the wagon base and wood appliqu├ęs along the outside of the wagon.

I glued a dowel in-between the posts along the top, I plan to hang flowers underneath.

I wanted the wheels to turn so I used what I had from the my wood bin. (This is not the best way to do this but it worked). I used sticks and blocks with holes to make the axles for wheels and glued the middle block on a wooden square dowel to give the height I needed. I glued one block on the wheel, but not the stick inside the block in the middle to allow the stick to turn inside to rotate the wheel.

 I used these buttons in the center of the wheels for added dimension.


 I added a scrap which will serve as a counter to wrap flowers after a sale.
I covered the end with a scrap of wood, I will probably add numbers to it like a tag

I have not decided how I want to paint it yet. So update pictures to come later.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Mini Tribute to Mary Poppins

my birds fell over, not dead

 I love Mary Poppins! When I bought the Mary Poppins Doll, I immediately designed a room for her in the Painted Lady Dollhouse. Just like in the movie, I gave it the address "17 Cherry Tree Lane". I imagine this is where the wind blew her after she left Jane and Michael Banks. 

But it wasn't until I discovered the perfect "Bert" chimney sweep doll, that I was inspired to make the mini display of my favorite characters and scenes from the original movie. I thought that the wall outside the park would be a great backdrop for the dolls and scenes.
I love how his mouth is open like he is singing
I commissioned the same artist that made the "Chimney Sweep" doll, to make a "Bird Woman Doll". I purchased the pigeons on eBay.
The park bench and basket, I already had and I made the bags for the scene, Feed The Birds.

I made the "kites" from scrapbook paper, cloth covered floral wire and mini dowels, to represent the scene, Let's Go Fly A Kite.
The "chalk drawings", I drew with colored pencils to simulate the drawings on the pavement in that part of the movie.
The "landscape", I created using trees I purchased on sale from Michaels and a grass mat from HobbyLobby.

The "fenced wall", I used scraps of MDF, wood rectangles, doll bases and large finial caps. I had not planned to use the wall in front of the house and had made only half a wall to display on a small table but when I placed it there to dry, I liked how it looked in front of the house and create the extended wall.

I made a frame from wood strips to hold the plastic fence in place in the wall. Then I used black hammer texture spray paint on the fence and Venetian Gold metallic acrylic paint as accent. I sprayed the wall with a grey primer and stone texture spray paints.
scrap pieces for the base
rectangle, doll base, finial cap for the top
3 pieces: wall, pillar, sidewalk
rear view
side view
frame glued to fence
dry fit without glue
 black hammer texture spray paint and gold metallic acrylic