Monday, January 31
I found his signature inside my sewing cabinet when I was dusting it. This makes it even more precious to me.
Here are all of the little parts of my sewing cabinet. I have to weigh them down until they dry and then I can start glueing the pieces together.
I think it would be fun and who knows? Maybe someday my grandchildren will appreciate my little signature?
Thanks Grandpa for your love, your great big hugs and your inspiration!
Sunday, January 30
I just used the Crayola paints I had. If you have tubes of watercolors it would be easier. I used brown, black, a bit of red and just mixed them up in some vinegar.
I tried my mixture on several different kinds of wood to see how it would look.
Then I dry brushed some black paint over the first coat of stain. The piece on the left below is closest to the color I want. It's still a little light but I'm thinking one more coat and it will be perfect?
I found that a sponge brush works best for applying the stain. I'm hoping that the wood won't warp. I'll let you know how it goes.
It's kind of like dyeing Easter eggs! :D
I'm wondering if I should stain the pieces before I glue them together? I want the cabinet to have a maple finish like the real one.
Once I get the frame made, I'll try to make the shelves and drawers inside.
I'll also need some tiny hinges to put it all together.
I bought a new sewing machine yesterday. :)
It was going to cost $88 to fix my old one so I traded it in on a new Janome portable machine. I am very blessed to have a store near me that only sells/repairs sewing machines. They have been in business for >35 years!
The owner was very helpful and informative. I had to put my new machine on lay-a-way. I might as well make some minis until there is enough money in the bank to pick it up.
I hope I can do this. It sure will be cute if it turns out.
Saturday, January 29
IF I ever learn to knit, I would love to make a little vest or sweater for one of my dolls. This book has mostly bear patterns but there are also patterns for knitted clothes. It can't be all that difficult, can it?
The dress pattern below is in one of the counted cross stitch books. I didn't even see this until I got the book home. I think it is adorable! The skirt is stitched on 32ct linen. There are lots of little motifs to stitch too. Perfect for pillows or wall hangings in miniature!
I recently purchased an Ott Lite with a magnifier. I got it at Michaels, 50% off and I used my Christmas gift cards. NOW I should be able to see to stitch! No more excuses, right?
I saw this little step stool on Ebay a long time ago. The listing expired for the green one while I was hesitating about buying it. Then all I could find were red ones. I wanted GREEN!
Well, guess what? The green one came up again and I snatched it right away! It's perfect for my kitchen. :D
I'm still thinking about what kind of tile I want to make for the floor and walls. The whole color scheme may change if I find something I like better. I may try to modern up the appliances a bit too? Not sure how I would do that. I may try some stainless steel paint on something and see if I like that? I'll need to build some cabinets and shelves too.
My first project today is taking Birgit's gifts to the post office. Congratulations again Birgit and thanks to everyone else who entered my give-a-way!
Hope you have a beautiful Saturday!
Friday, January 28
This award is for creativity, use of materials and membership in the blogging community. I think it wonderful how blogging has brought friends together from all over the world!
I would probably never meet Teitoja in "real" life. But here, I can travel the globe and meet hundreds of friends who share my love of miniatures!
I would love to pass this award to these inspiring bloggers! Just click on their name to visit their VERY creative blogs!
Here are the rules:
1. You must choose 5 blogs that you think deserves this award, the criteria for design, material use, and participation in the blog community, regardless of language.
2. Add each award recipient's name and a link to their blog.
3. Name and link to the person who gave you the award.
4. Add the link to "Arte y Pico" so that everyone can see who originated this award.
Thursday, January 27
Inside there are wooden embroidery hoops and lots of knitting needles in various sizes.
Maybe I should learn how to knit?!
I have a few wooden spools of thread too. I may make a tiny table with one of them?
Do you have any family treasures that are collecting dust? I would love to see them!
Wednesday, January 26
This kid really has a BIG head. Literally! I'm wondering if I should try to make him a new one? I bought him on Ebay because I liked his hair. I didn't notice what a big head he had.
I've never tried sculpting before. My track record with clay leaves a lot to be desired! I 'm going to be sanding and painting the final coat of paint on Birgit's chairs today. Then I'll think about more sewing and sculpting . . .
The grandson needs a name too. His sisters are Sandy and Shelly. Got any ideas?
Tuesday, January 25
Monday, January 24
I thought I would quickly prime Birgit's little chairs with spray primer. You know, to help speed up the painting processs. . .
I ran out, scooped up the chairs on the newspaper and brought them inside. I dropped one! It broke.
Then I saw the question on my Walgreen's receipt. "How are we doing?"
Not so good. The rest will be done by hand. I promise.
He is also sporting a new moustache. He thinks it makes him look more distinguished.
On second thought, perhaps we need to make this man some clothes!!?
Sunday, January 23
Grandpa had the number of each person who entered the give-a-way in a grocery bag. I think the birds were hoping there was more food in there!
When Grandpa finished his lunch, he shook the big bag, closed his eyes and drew the winning number.
Please email me with your address and let me know what color you would like your chairs painted? You may choose any color(s) that you like!
Congratulations Birgit! I will mail your gifts to you soon!
I want to thank EVERYONE who participated in this give-a-way! I really appreciate your visits and comments. YOU make blogging fun!
Saturday, January 22
Friday, January 21
They just need some steam pressing and then I'll install them in the living room. I will post a photo of that later when I have better light.
I decided not to do the grommet drapes. The fabric I used is an open weave and was too thin for eyelets. I figured that they would probably go "out of style" soon anyway. LOL
I'm going to work on the staircase next. I'll have to get the Dremel out again. I want to make posts that look like pilings for the landing.
Hope you have a beautiful day!
Thursday, January 20
I'm trying to make some grommet drapes for the beach house living room. I glued a small strip of my sofa and chair fabric to one edge of the first panel.
My kids gave me a cool tool set for Christmas that has a tiny eyelet tool. I've never set eyelets this small before so I hope I can do it? They are 1/4 inch wide.
Hope you have a good day!
Wednesday, January 19
The Adelaide Beachy is still not finished. She needs some exterior work, window treatments and the staircase completed. I haven't even started the kitchen. I have SO many kitchen miniatures to display once that's done!
I also have an idea for a Catnip Cottage and have made some little things for the inside. I have lots of cats who will live there and two "houses" that might work.
Then I bought this wonderful set of half scale furniture from Gina in November. Everything is so perfect and so cute!
So are the General Store and the Travel Trailer kits. If you haven't seen Casey's teeny tiny 1:144 travel trailer you really should go look! It is perfect!
Here are the two possible cat cottages and a great big project that has been sitting in my living room for months!
I will have to put up with some sawdust indoors if I start working on it now. What's a little more dust, right? What would you do next if you were me?
Hope you have a day filled with miniature dreams!