Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dollhouse Room Decorating

Hello everyone, I know it has been a while since I shared with you how the dollhouse is coming along so I thought it was time to show what I've done (or not done)  to the rooms so far.
I finally moved it off the floor, added a board for its future yard, put it up on the desk and scoot it up against the wall for now.

Back at the beginning of March I went to the best garage sale EVER! It was St. Louis' Miniature Museum's annual garage sale! Oh it was wonderful! I got tons of stuff for a little bit of nothing. I laid it all out on the counter for you to get a little peek at...

As you can see, I got wallpapers, flooring, furniture and all kinds of great stuff. I really like the hall stand in the upper left hand corner (behind the chairs), isn't it cute?! Most of the bags were 50 cents to a dollar a bag! So exciting! I used a lot of it in the blue farmhouse and some on the 2nd floor of the Curiosity Shop. I'll show you the Curiosity shop real quick and then I'll get to the rooms. :)

If you want to see the first floor better, click here.

Okay, as for the house...we'll start out on the side porch with a little peek at the kitchen...

I just noticed that the door trim needs paint on the edges! I had not even noticed that before! You better believe I'll be down there painting that as soon as I'm off here! :)

Below is a straight on shot of the kitchen. I added the lace valances, made and put up the shelves, assembled the kitchen table and chairs from a Chrysnbon kit and added the wainscotting. I have two different fruit bowls on the table trying to decide which one I wanted to use for the centerpiece. The apples are a little off scale but I thought it added a cute touch being bigger.

It will be fun filling the shelves with just the right stuff!
I need your opinions on the door. Should I paint it blue to match the trim or leave it the wood color?

Notice the hanging kerosene lamp, I got it for one dollar and it was new in the package! Regular price $15!

I will be looking for just the right rug for under the table.

This middle room on the first floor was originally going to be the dining room but I decided in order to have an authentic farm house kitchen I needed to have the table and chairs in the kitchen and not in a dining room. So the Library got moved from the 2nd floor down to where the dining room would have been.
I will be replacing the wallpaper when I find "just the right paper". And the pretty vase on the floor will go on a stand when I find "just the right stand".

And then we have the parlor...

I added the wallpaper which I just love! And look at the portrait over the mantle, I got it at the sale in a bag of goodies for a dollar. It's an antique brooch! The brick fireplace will get moved up to the master bedroom as soon as I find "just the right mantle". The curtain is there temporarily, I will be adding deep red velvet drapes to the windows as soon as I get them finished.
As for the parlor set...I know it looks dreadful but I'm trying to find out if it is really antique and if it is do I still paint it or what? I could leave it as is and use it in a haunted house some day? Does anyone know anything about them?
In the photo below you can see the foyer. I added the tile (that I got from the garage sale), and there's that cute hall stand! And look at the matching corner chairs. Again the table is the black wrought iron that I should probably paint brown because I really like it there.

That's it for the first floor, now for the second floor. Above the kitchen is the girl's room. I made the curtains out of a vintage hankie. There's the youth brass bed that I got from the miniature garage sale. And the doll buggy too. I just got the dresser, desk and chair at a flea market here in town. I will be adding more stuff a little at a time.

We'll skip the middle room because it is empty at the moment (former Library) and move on to the master bedroom. I have shown you this room before and really have not changed it too much. The fireplace that is down in the parlor will go against the right hand wall as soon as I find a different one for the parlor. And I will be adding a sitting area when I find "just the right pieces" and replace the rug when I find "just the right rug". I have a lot of "just the right pieces" to find, don't I?

And now for the attic...
the room below is the boy's room, I just need some furniture for it, and wallpaper. Boys really only need toys anyway right? I got the rug for a dollar at the miniature sale.

The middle room is the sewing room...
I will need a rug to cover that seam in the flooring! And new wallpaper.

And to the right of the sewing room is a storage room. I will make it look like an unfinished room, no wallpaper here.

I want to make it look like my friend's room, which is the exact same farmhouse!
Here is her room, isn't it great?!

I'll leave you with a view of the whole thing...

Thank you so much for visiting and I hope I didn't bore you too much! Take care and have a wonderful weekend! I plan to, I am going to a Miniature Show in St. Louis on Saturday!

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Monday, February 24, 2014

Dollhouse Update

I've had a few blogger friends express their interest in seeing the progress of my dollhouse makeover. I usually don't like to show a project until I have it ALL done but this is going to take me a long time to find just the right stuff  and to decide what I want to do with the interior space. I want it to look like a late 1800 to early 1900 farm house. My inspiration is from the King Farm house and Rose Cottage from the Road to Avonlea series (a continuation of Anne of Green Gables) that aired on the Disney channel in the 1990's, it is a Canadian film. I have all 7 Seasons and my daughter and I watch them over and over. But anyway... back to the house!
Here is what I have done to it so far.
After some brightening up of the white trim, I added the gable brackets to all three gables, painted the shutters and a few rows of the fish scales beige and added a bay window.

Just in case you forgot what it looked like, here is the before photo. So as you can see, it isn't a lot different just a little different. I do plan on adding a base to it so I can buy some fun stuff for the yard.

 I added corner brackets to the porch.

I removed the lattice work from below the porch railing. Only this one side had been done that way anyway.
See the little washboard and soap laying by the door? I need to put it in a tub.

The glass in the windows had been broken out so I added the new glass (plastic actually) and did a little interior decorating.

On the inside I ripped out all the carpet and painted the ceilings white. I have decided to keep the wallpaper in these two rooms.

but I did remove the wallpaper in these other two rooms. And removed the stairs. Stairs can look nice but I feel like they take up too much room space so no stairs for this house. At least I don't think so.

Here is the house almost stripped bare with the stairs taken out...

and here it is with all hardwood floors and a little decorating. Still trying to decide what each room will be. I will divide the attic space into two spaces for sure, if not three.

So far my favorite room is the master bedroom. In the above photos this room is the one that had the duck wallpaper with green painted below the chair rail. I just love the new wallpaper, I think it gives the room a perfect Country Victorian look! The clock on the floor is waiting for a fireplace so it can grace its mantle. I'm not done with this room, there will still be more- a LOT more! :-)

This is the dresser that came with the house. I think it looks so good with the full tester bed.

This little room between the two bedrooms is the Library for now. Do farmhouses have Libraries? Hmmm....
But anyway, it will get new wallpaper. I assembled the little desk and chairs from a kit. Notice the cute little Yorkie under the chair. I guess Yorkie's aren't very "farmish" either are they? Hmmm...

For now I am using this bedroom as a sewing room/guest bedroom...

Downstairs is far from being completed but here is the kitchen. I made the little curtain rods and added the lace trim for the curtains. I do need to find a dry sink instead of that barrel. I really like the feel of a rocking chair in front of the fireplace but once I get more furniture for that room it may not work to keep it there, I'll just have to wait and see.

Pictured below is the parlor. I have big plans for it but I cannot find the right wallpaper. The parlor set is a set I bought at an antiques mall for $10, it is iron and looks to have some age to it but not sure how much. If I end up using it for this house I will paint it though.

The house is still right smack in the middle of the parlor but as you can see in the below photo, I did buy an antique desk to put it on once I get the house on its base with a turn table. I also will have to finish the desk, it had been stripped.

Well that is it for now. I will keep you updated on its progress as it goes. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a blessed day!

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Valentine Vignettes

We have been home for the past several days because of snow so it has been the perfect time to work on my new dollhouse and get out the Valentine decorations.

Before I get started I wanted to thank Kathy over at HOME AND GARDEN THURSDAY for featuring my dollhouse as the most viewed thrifting post of her party.

Here are the vignettes I created, I hope you enjoy them.

I used some vintage lace, ornaments that I added pretty embellishments to and some candy boxes. Hubby knows if it isn't a pretty box, don't buy it! When it comes to candy boxes, it's not what's on the inside that counts, but what's on the OUTSIDE! *winks*

The paper valentine, calling card and postcard are all antique.  The round tin had a rose scented candle in it once upon a time and the LOVE heart is a Longaberger basket tie on that has always been my favorite.

Another antique postcard...

Below is the piece of lace with cherubs pulling a cherub in a cart that I got at a garage sale over the Summer for $2. And I even got the handpainted cherub heart dish for $2 at an antiques mall.

The bon bon dish and tongs are antiques also.

So as you can see, I had fun creating Valentine vignettes but when all was said and done I decided to keep the below items on the dining room table.

Took the candy boxes to the parlor and put them on the parlor table,

 and a few of the other things were placed on the pier table in the parlor. I call it a parlor but it's really just our living room. ;-)

And then the dolls house got decorated for Valentine's Day just a little bit too. The dining room table is graced with a white pitcher and red roses from Hobby Lobby, a heart cake, a metal cupid, 2 presents and a teddy bear waiting patiently in the chair. Notice the little gold cherub pick in the roses, isn't it cute?

The table in the kitchen has been decorated with a couple of cakes, a ruby glass pitcher,  and a tea set.

Speaking of tea, what TIME is it?! It's tea time! Not really, I just wanted to show you a few of my miniature tea sets and tell you about the cakes and clocks. Marie from Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie, who by the way makes the most fabulous dolls you've ever seen, by creating a miniature theater scene in the dress part of the doll. Well she has "takin a liking" to my blog and my miniatures and because of that she sent me a box full of miniatures that she didn't need! I have never had anyone send me something like that free of charge, I have only ever received things like that because I buy them off of Ebay! So that was very exciting indeed and I felt very honored that she chose me to have these! The case clock was a kit and I just finished assembling it, it was a perfect snow day project! Thank you again Marie!

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Well that is it for now, thank you so much for visiting and have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 
Love never fails.
1 Corinthians 13:4-8

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

2nd Story Project Reveal and finds!

Hello everyone and welcome back for another project reveal and a few new finds! I'm telling you I have went mad over this miniature hobby of mine! On my last post I featured my main level of my Olde Curiosity Shoppe, and if you would like to see that you can visit Maria Elena at her TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME party, she featured this post as the most viewed post of her party. Thank you Maria Elena!

Well, I still had extra minis that needed to go some where so I made a second story to my Olde Curiosity Shoppe and here it is!!

Below is a close up of the right hand side. Since this is the second story I thought it would be cute to add this cute little squirrel as if it got in through the attic somewhere and into the shop. I like to add what I call "surprise details" to my pieces. Notice the teeny tiny mouse in front of the knocked over torn up basket that has a toy train spilling out.
There was a small hole in the floor so instead of trying to fix it I decided to make it into a mouse hole! And...instead of buying hardwood flooring like I did for the main level I just drew on the flooring with a fine point black sharpie. I liked the way it turned out better then the store bought.

And here is the left hand side. I assembled the chairs from a kit. The bed is a 1960's Petite Princess brand toy and the round lady piece on the cabinet is a brooch that I put on a little plate stand.

And then there's the cute Lincoln Logs in the cart and the log cabin on the bed. The dominoes and dice were actually my earrings from when I was in Junior High, I just took the posts off.

So that is it! But let me tell you, just when I think I have it all figured out and a place for everything, I go out and buy SOMETHING ELSE! Do you ever do that?

I went to a flea market yesterday and found this!

And as you can tell, I have no where to put it so it is sitting right in the middle of the parlor floor!

I just couldn't pass it up for the price. It started out at $100, and the dealer had a 50% sale going on but I still decided to make an offer of $30 and she came back with $40, so there you have it! I was just so excited but then it wouldn't fit in my car so I had to do what I didn't want to do and call dear hubby and see if he could come with the truck! Luckily he wasn't mad about it, even though he thinks I'm a little crazy!

I'm already making plans for the transformation of this house to make it look more Victorian, like paint the fish scales in the gables white, etc. etc.

Below is an inside view... (sorry a little dark)

And it even came with a few pieces of furniture!! They all had the old Michael's price stickers on them. The dresser top I painted to look like marble, I always do that with my Victorian pieces that would have had marble originally. It even matches the full tester bed that I have in my Olde Curiosity Shoppe! But you know what that means, now I have to take things out of the Shoppe to help fill up the house!! Can you believe that?

And I will probably end up taking a few things out of the below white house, that is a little bit too over crowded, to add to the other house as well.

I think I want to make this one look more like how this style of house would have originally looked in the 1800's, with the antique furniture. But then again, maybe not! It does look a little boring! So who knows!

AND THEN, there's this kit that I got for $10 at an estate sale before Christmas! I think I will eventually make this one into a haunted looking house.

Well that is it but as you can see I will be busy for a long time! 

I also want to show you a few things I have made lately, like this miniature hat box...

and this bakery is one I bought at a flea market over the Summer and redid it a bit by adding new lace for the curtains in the windows and door, adding the cat and the donuts to match the sign that was already there, and the gingerbread man. 

And that, my friend, is all for now! Thank you so much for taking the time to visit!
Have a great week!

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