I won two of them. What was I thinking?
Or when I see the Creatin' Contest and decide I want to enter that this year.
Yeah. They and my husband...supportive, encouraging, wonderful enablers.
My husband sees the dollhouses all the time. He's patient and always warns me when it looks like a cat is about to become the building inspector and when I'm eyeing the 'building' room (otherwise known as the dining room) speculatively for more space for my miniature projects he doesn't comment on the five cats, small house, madness that I've wrought.
Seriously, he really is patient. And he's always amazed at the detail and what a miniaturist can do with time and imagination.
The ladies at work though, Linda and Rita respectively, don't really get to see much of my hobby (obsession?) unless its through this blog or on my phone. So I wanted to do something special for Christmas for them.
For Rita, I found a little birdhouse. I got the idea from Otterine's blog, (she nuked a contest piece to take it apart.) And so I put it in the microwave, which warmed up the glue, and I pulled the pieces apart. Sadly I did not take pictures because my brain was completely immersed in the project and not in my blog.
But I made a little chair, and ottoman, and a little bed. Painted the outside and shingled the roof. I put up wallpaper, laid floors and put up trim, all carefully varnished and shiny. And a little cardinal with a TV and a Christmas tree in the corner with a few presents. It was very cute.
But for Linda's my blogger's brain kicked in and even if I couldn't blog about it until after I gave her the gift, I remembered to take pictures.
Instead of a birdhouse I started with a fancy box. It was Christmas themed with a snowman on the front. Which was fortuitous as Linda loves snowmen and has some that stay out year round.
|Back of the box|
|Front of the box.|
You see, I cut the corners to make the box open and close like a door, glued the two edges together and stablized the whole shebang with hinges. The hinges are pretty cool, got them from JoAnn's when their paper craft stuff was on sale.
|They'd stand out more on a plain box but hey, no one is perfect.|
And then I had to decide on the colors inside the box. I wanted them to be elegant but still Christmasy. So I decided on these two for wallpapers.
|The scrollwork is for the parlor and the diamonds are for the bedroom.|
|It's a bit garish with the walls at the moment but it pops out nicely later on.|
|This is the same flooring I used in Rita's birdhouse.|
|Not polished/varnished yet. And obviously, not on the walls.|
I didn't have convenient cutouts for windows so in order to get some light inside the house I stuck mirrors one of the 'walls'.
I made a little door out of some spare pine flooring I had. After all, we have to be able to get into the house right? The door knob is a bead with a pin through it and bent to hold the knob in place.
|So far so good right?|
|The trim will help finish off the whole effect.|
Second floor wallpaper and the 'window'
|Don't mind that blank spot on the first floor. There's a reason for that.|
So...I made a fireplace.
|In its raw, cardboar with brick paper inside, state.|
|Much more like a fireplace right?|
|And a base to the fireplace...what's that called? Hearth? Yeah let's go with hearth.|
And of course, every fireplace needs a chimney. Cardboard was my friend on this build. Everything is cardboard based unless its really thin wood. Swear to God.
|Not too bad.|
|Not too bad I think.|
|I really wanted to make the windows look more real, and hold them to the wall better.|
|I ended up gluing like crazy and useing nail polish bottles to hold everything in place.|
|And it'll give enough light for the lower floor too.|
Furniture! And of course...
|A small tree from Houseworks and acrylic beads stuck into the branches with Sticky Tacky glue.|
Then I started on the furniture for the ground floor. A loveseat. In a nice neutral tan/taupe corduroy. I got the idea from http://1inchminisbykris.blogspot.com/
|This is my second try, the first was too large.|
|Fake leathery goodness.|
|Teeny tiny stockings!|
|I couldn't help myself. It needed the rose.|
There's got to be a bed. And since Linda is crafty and sews really well, her house needs a sewing machine.
|I wanted something neutral to counteract the nearly pink walls.|
And then of course I couldn't just leave the bed plain like that. This is an homage to my grandmothers house where she had the windows onto the porch behind her bed. The curtain rod is a Q-tip stripped of cotton with wooden beads on the ends.
|I deliberately used the selvage for the bottom so the curtains had fringe. Love!|
Things for the mantel...
|Taken before I fixed the little elves totally in place.|
|A really good shot of the paneling and floor too.|
And a little table with a bowl of shells. Since Linda helped me go through a bag of shells I'd bought for good miniature ones. And some throw pillows for the love seat. Very important right?
|I made the little table myself out of woodsies. Painted with nailpolish for a nice gleam. Christmasy!|
And some frou frou pillows.
|You can still see the glue I used to stick it down. And you can barely see the bed 'feet'.|
Here's a good shot where you can see the wreath on the chimney with the ribbons hanging down.
|Another bent pin to make it go into the cardboard and stay.|
|Something is missing though... Hmm...|
And then upstairs...the lovely wife is wrapping gifts of her own.
|She's a pretty thing isn't she?|