Saturday, March 28, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
However, all that changed last Saturday when I bought a couple of items -- a miniature cup and saucer (with a leetle teensy spoon on the saucer) and a fireplace. I bought them to help market my rugs -- I thought staging the rugs with some props would be a smart move. You wouldn't think this could become an obsession, but ... my goodness ... there's a whole MINIATURE world out there. I've had a great time exploring it over the last few days and I thought I'd share with you.
In this picture I made almost everything you see. The hatboxes, the trunk, the books, the quilts, the bottles .... and, of course, the rug.
The hatboxes, the trunk and some of the books came from Jim's Printable Minis. There's a variety of things like "leather" books, money, antique trunks, hat boxes, labels for teeny cans of food, posters, cards, shopping bags, etc. You just print them, cut them out, glue them together and voila -- a paper miniature! The picture below is the bottom of the hatbox -- easy peasy!!
Another helpful site is Jennifer's printables. http://www.jennifersprintables.com/ She has a lot of miniature wallpapers, bags, boxes, labels, toys & games, etc. She also has tutorials and pictures of her own dollhouses and the crafty way in which she decorated her houses. I found a lot of inspiring ideas there.
At MySmallObsession.com, I found something called Trash to Mini Treasure which was really interesting. http://www.mysmallobsession.com/minitreasures.html That's where I learned how to make the little perfume bottles that you see just in front of the trunk in my picture. Going through their suggestions makes you look at household objects differently -- an earring back could be a knob on a stove, tiny cubes cut from a clear suction cup make great ice cubes for teensy glasses.
I found a site with miniture hat tutorial http://www.cynthiahoweminiatures.com/tutorialindex.htm and another site just makes me ooh and aaaah and wish for something that beautiful. http://www.brooketucker.com/15.htm If I ever get a dollhouse and it ever "grows up" I want it to look just like Brooke Tucker's design. Isn't that gorgeous!!!!
Anyway, I've only got one more picture to show you (before I bore you to death with my newest love). Those books on the rug in the first picture -- here's a close-up. They're books written by my sisters, Billie, Nancy and Betty Jean!!!! I reduced them and put them together this afternoon.
I love MINIATURES!!!
Saturday, March 14, 2009
This half apron has an interesting shape and I love the fabrics. (Fancyboutique at etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5731966)
And I really like this one. It has martini's in the fabric and the colors are so much fun! You know I love that VW green color there! (pinkies place at etsy http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6588776)
I really like the design of this one -- especially the little rounded pockets with ties at the top.
This is the one I decided to try. I thought it looked pretty easy and rates pretty high on the cute scale. It's a 1951 pattern called Ripply Apron. http://tipnut.com/ripply-apron-pattern-vintage-1951/
I'm thinking about doing seasonal aprons with matching potholders and towels. Sounds like fun and how very June Cleaver is that! Think I'll go bake some cupcakes!
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
And I've already started using it.
Monday, March 2, 2009
TOO MANY REMOTES!
They fall down between the sofa and the wall. Or they wind up in another part of the house --- must be my olds-heimer -- and then I can't find them. And where is the VCR remote that we rarely use???
I've had enough of looking for the remote. And I'm way-doggies tired of fishing it out of the space between the loveseat and the end table.
Soooooo, yesterday I sat down with a little muslin, a little polar fleece, the bottom half of a plastic juice jug and a little rice and -- with just a touch from my trusty glue gun --- this is what I came up with.
I didn't use my embroidery machine. I wanted to know if I could just use some freehand zig-zag for a monogram and a little freehand stitching for the quilting and I think the result was pretty good.
I made the quilted portion a little longer than the juice container so I could wrap it (and hot glue it) to the inside top and around to the bottom of the container for a neater look. When I made the wrap-around-the-chair-arm thingy I stitched two smaller pockets on either side. Then I added some grosgrain ribbon just to pretty it up, filled them with rice and hand stitched them closed. I hot-glued the covered plastic container to the flat thing and VOILA! Remote holder!!
Okay, I know not everyone wants a remote thingy sticking up on the sofa, but for me, THIS WORKS!! And I love it!