Outside View

Outside View
The Exterior View of New Orleans Townhouse

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Just Something Cute I Picked Up

I found this cute little all wooden dollhouse in Tuesday Morning. It was the last one and the price, I just couldn't leave it. It comes with two dolls and four rooms of simple furniture. I will paint and decorate it, maybe battery operated lights. Its going to some lucky girl one day.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Making Cornbread

I bought this cute little set from CuteinMiniature on Esty. I asked about the set and if she was still making them. She told me she was making one within the week and notified me before listing it. She was really nice to reserve it for me. I love it and it reminds me of my grandmother' s kitchen. I love the in progress food preparations. I plan to create some sets for the townhouse with New Orleans inspired cuisine of my own. 

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Quick and Easy Hat Boxes from Wooden Mini Round Boxes

This is one of those times when you ask yourself ,"Why have I never seen these before". So I am in the craft wood section of Hobby Lobby, I look up and see these mini round boxes, I instantly think hat boxes and I have a hat shop! They are too small for my actual hats but I like the decorative value of them, so I will use them as props.

I covered them with scrapbook paper and thin ribbons.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

DIY Hanging Metal Pot Rack

I have always wanted a hanging pot rack in a dollhouse. I have been thinking of how to create one from scratch for a while now. Michaels has great stuff for mason jar projects and I came across this object used to created floral arrangements inside the jars. I thought it would be great as base for the rack. I considered using the hooks I used to hang the sign in my coffee shop but I decided on a chain from an old necklace, jump rings and a small hook. I sprayed the whole thing with black spray paint used for touching up a BBQ grills.


I connected all of the chains to one jump ring which I hung over the hook
Here it is spray painted black

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Dressed Beds in the Girls' Room

I bought the beds unfinished so I could design the space first and match the beds to the room. http://jocelynsdollhouse.blogspot.com/2013/02/new-custom-wrought-iron-twin-beds-by.html This room is unfinished and it's on the 4th floor of the New Orleans Townhouse. I wanted something that was both elegant and yet had a notalgic feel to the room. I wanted to dress the beds and the room like an elegant quilt with different textures and patterns in a unified color scheme.

I picked the bed fabrics and trims and drew sketches of what I wanted the bedding to look like and gave it to my mother to make. 
I used soft pink color scheme along with neutrals of white and beige and gold accent. I wanted the beds to match but not be identical. The bed for the older sister is muted pink and beige for sophistication of an older sister and the younger sister's bed still has a innocence cuteness of brighter pinks and white.

The striped pillow is from a 3D sticker

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Clean Up, Everybody Clean Up: DIY Hanging Mop and Rack

I have been working really hard but not posting, I kept thinking I had not made enough process to show from the last post. I ran into more mental blocks, challenges, untested ideas and indecisiveness with this dollhouse than any other. So I will back up and update from here forward to keep from not posting. (this room is unfinished by the way:)

This is the first mop I have made and I really like it, even though it was fairly simple to make. I used the following materials to make it and the rack: cotton garden twine, wooden dowel, wood scraps, and garment closures, acrylic paint and dark stain. The pails came from Hobby Lobby.

This was taken before I added the loop

I sharpened the end of the dowel using a pencil sharpener
I think they are called hook and eye closures from the sewing section
I looped the garden twine around the dowel, glued and cut loops, then tied a piece of twine across the top
I used a mini hand drill (smallest bit) and added the "eye" piece, I just bent the ends through the hole

I wanted to show the great cast shadow on the ceiling