Since my last blog update I've been working a little more on my dollshouse project. For the living room I've made a trolley style mini bar complete with kitsch flamingo and swizzle sticks.
Most of the bar items I bought in the local craft shop which has a great dolls house section, the mini glasses are so tiny! I've nearly lost them a couple of times!!
To make the bar I cut out two oval shapes from a cardboard box, pierced a hole in each corner, covered the cardboard in sticky back lining stuff that I bought in the decorating shop, four cocktail sticks coloured in with black marker for the legs, push those through the holes, glue in position, then to finish off I made a rim for the bar by folding the sticky lining and glued it on, oh and four tiny beads to cover the tops of the cocktail sticks!
The mess that is my creative space! One day it's tidy the next day it's a mess! A bit like my head! Just to give a idea of the size here's the set up on my table, the bar is only a few inches tall.
Cute Mollie Makes paper makes the perfect back drop and everything is better with a garland!
I made the lemons and limes and the bowl, all from plasticine, the bowl I painted with some nail polish to give it a glossy finish.
The swizzle sticks are pins with the sharp end cut off. The glass pineapple was a charity shop find a couple of years ago and the mini flamingo I bought in Amsterdam.
Tux likes it! Hope you're all having a great weekend x
My recent dolls house purchase has opened up a whole new world interior design love for me, this time in miniature. I'm trying to make as much a possible for the house it's all very Blue Peter style make it out of cardboard and matchboxes but it's a lot of fun! I've been posting a ton of pictures of my house project on Instagram using the hashtags #dollshouse and #miniaturestylist and I've found so many other dollshouse enthusiasts to follow. So far I've been working on the downstairs, here's some of the living room progress!
Every Thursday I pass a local auction, every Thursday I pop in to have a nosy at what's selling. A couple of weeks ago I found a fabulous dolls house was up for auction, I fell in love, this one was perfect, in need of a good clean but otherwise the 1970s style and the colours of the house were perfect. I went to the gym, had a think about it and decided to go back and bid on it. In my head the highest I was going to go was £20, as lot 76 got closer my heart was beating faster! The starting bid was five pounds I waved my number and then....the hammer went down! Eeeekkkk I couldn't believe it! Five pounds plus the commission meant a total outlay of £6.25!!!!
I've since found out through an Instagram friend that the house was made in England during the 1970s by a company called Toyworks. I've given the house a clean and the floors came up shiny and like new! Just look at those rugs!
I've always loved mini things so I couldn't wait to get started making things to fill my lovely new house. I cleared a space on top of some drawers for the house but every time I want to use the drawers everything in the house was only to shake and fall all over the place and if the house is always turned I wouldn't get to appreciate the house front so the solution was a craft room rejig. Shelves were cleared, painted, the shelves will become the new rooms, I will eventually have wallings dividing the rooms. The rooms we be filled with handmade furniture! Every tiny bit if rubbish is being looked at in a different light and match boxes are featuring heavily! I'm having lots of fun already! In keeping with the age of the house and my own personal favourites the decor will have a retro look, can't wait to share more!
I'm a sucker for packaging! That's why I like to make a special effort when it comes to wrapping presents, who says it's what on the inside that counts? I'm all about what's on the outside! When it comes to wrapping I like to keep costs down I'll buy a big roll of paper that I use again and again and I'll change the look by adding fabric, pom poms, and other bits and bobs I have hanging around. Here's a few presents I've recently wrapped, same stripy paper, but all very different.
Stripy paper and a sample of Cath Kidson wallpaper to prettify mums birthday present, with matching tag and card.
For my niece who turned 10 this year! My favourite rainbow themed wrapping, a rainbow badge and some yellow bias binding as a ribbon and a few colourful buttons.
For my sister, a cute carrot, a wool bow and a tag made from a magazine page.
For my photographer friend, a camera stamp, some brown parcel tape and some red wool.
After the winter our garden is always a complete mess, spring comes and the tidy up starts to make it summer ready. The fence has been given a lick of grey paint I had left over from painting the floor, floor paint works as fence paint surely (I hope). The flower beds and garden bench were painted too in paint I had lying around. To add some all year round colour I made a flower stencil so that when summer goes we'll still have something colourful to look at. This week I made some bunting for the strawberry patch and planted some flowers in the palette flower beds. The garden is ready but I'm still waiting for the weather to catch up!
In my head I've been repeating I must sort through my fabric stash, I must not buy any more fabric, let's not be silly here, the first is doable the second is NOT! I'm a vintage fabricoholic! With the words I will not buy any more fabric until I sort my stash in my head I make the mistake of rerouting my gym walk home knowingly passing the danger zone that is the vintage shop, I walk inside. My heart skips a beat, fabrics!!!!!! And I can't say no! Those fabrics were the icing on the cake and the catalyst to a fabric sort out! Big enough pieces of fabric will be made into cushion covers and I've made craft packs with the rest of the smaller bits, the really small pieces will be kept for rainy day projects. I feel a lot more organised and happy that my Etsy shop is looking a little brighter!
Fabrics in the sewing pile, soon to become cushion covers.
I've been feeling a burst if creativity recently and I've been enjoying making again. It all started when my Instagram page got 1000 followers, I wanted to say thanks so I did a giveaway of handmade things. That got the creative juices flowing, inspired a major craft room tidy up and I've been making ever since!
I'm currently going through my fabric stash.
And I've put my obsession with rainbows to use my making a bag of handmade goodies! I've added it to my etsy shop, which I plan to update soon with lots of stuff that I'm making.