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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  1. Gina, I love the Curiosity Shoppe! I have been studying your pictures for what seems like an eternity :-) There are so many details. I may use your idea myself. I have so many minis from swaps that are all different themes and I have been wondering how to display them. This seems like the perfect idea.
    What great finds on the other dollhouses! Once the mini addiction hits it takes over for sure. I love your posts and can't wait to see what else you create. Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. As usual you are busy with your little treasures. They are all so cute.
    How fun to start with the large doll house ,you will have it filled up in no time maybe tomorrow LOL
    Yes I went to Lucky's for first time today, got those 99 cent strawberries

  3. Haven't you been busy! Your collection is amazing. How fun to have another project to play with. Your flea market dollhouse has amazing potential. I can't wait to see what you come up.

  4. Oh Gina...LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the new house. That was a fabulous deal. Can't WAIT to see what you'll do with it.

    Oh, isn't this miniatures hobby the BEST? I just took down all the dollhouse Christmas decor tonight. Was thinking how I wish I had a bigger dollhouse ready to furnish. Of course, there's one up in the attic that needs refurbishing . But you give me inspiration! I've just got to DO it.

    Congratulations on everything. The hatbox is the bomb! Thanks for sharing. Susan

  5. Hi Gina--I'm visiting from A Delightsome Life's Home and Garden Thursday. Your houses are beautiful--you are so talented at decorating and refurbishing them! So glad I stopped by to enjoy them :) Diana

  6. What fun, love your charming little house!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY...

  7. Wow you hit the jackpot with that huge dollhouse for only $40! Your going to have so much fun! We once had a squirrel we rescued from a hurricane, your little squirrel made me think of him, awww... Thanks so much for linking this to the History & Home Link Party. Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

  8. Oh what do you mean that is all! Wow!!! This is so make me miss my doll house and want to be back home. RV-living means the water has all frozen this morning as it is so cold. Love, love love what you have done, creative the little mouse hole and the way that pesky squirrel has knocked over the basket and the train is spilled. You have done thought of everything right down to drawing the hard wood, btw looks better then the real stuff I agree with you. The other houses look so wonderful you have been busy. I look forward to seeing this house painted and all decorated, great purchase by the way. I'm on the scoot for minis for my house any tips. We are RV-living so we are on the road all over the EAst Coast. Would love to find smalls.

  9. what a deal on the new house. love the mini's and the chairs hanging on the wall so cute. You didn't miss a thing the way you placed items and little vignettes on the bed and such. I am going to take another look before I go to bed.

  10. Hello Gina, what a terrific find! So glad you were able to get it at a fantastic price - you have an amazing collection in miniature. I will be featuring you in this week's Home and Garden Thursday,

  11. Just all so beautiful! Love your new house too! That was a great deal. Enjoy decorating it.

  12. Hi Gina...Can't find your email. Can you send it to me again? I wanted to tell you about the tiny ruby vases. Susan p.s. LOVE your second (and first) floor!

  13. WOW! I don't even know where to start! I'm in miniature heaven Gina. The upstairs to your shop is fabulous as usual. I really like the activity you put into the scene with tiny critters and little people. My brain immediately wants to make up a story to go along with the scene.

    What a find at the flea market! I couldn't have passed it up either. That was such a bargain. I know you're going to create another incredible miniature world for us to enjoy. I love to look at your pics with my magnifying glass to see every tiny detail.

    Thank you for such a delightful time on this cold Monday morning!
    Blessings, Edie Marie

    PS your miniature hatbox is perfection!