Tuesday, January 31

Bidding on Ebay

I'm bidding on this little table on Ebay. If I get it, I think it will look great next to the stove?

Troy asked if I was going to "pickle" my bar table? I didn't do that to the table but the cabinets accidently turned out way. Show you soon.

Have a great day!

Monday, January 30

Kitchen Floor Tile

I found this pretty tile design at Villa Lagoon Tile. They make beautiful real cement tile! Go see all of their gorgeous tiles!

I emailed them last year to ask permission to copy this Savona tile design for my dollhouse. They graciously agreed and here it is! I like this tile so much that I've tried to design my entire little kitchen around it. I love the colors!

The real tile comes in several sizes. I think I will use one inch tiles and not try to cut them up so small. I can't cut a straight line to save my life!

I'm still planning and measuring but this is how they might look in the kitchen.

Casey and Sylvia have done lots of tile work with great success! I'm off to see how they do it. :D

Hope you have a beautiful day!

"All tile designs of Villa Lagoon Tile and tile color combinations in these and in historical tile designs are exclusive to Villa Lagoon Tile and it is strictly prohibited for others to copy them."

Thanks Lundy for allowing me to use your beautiful tile in my dollhouse! :D

Sunday, January 29

Look What Just Happened!

Let me interrupt your day with something that just happened to me! Could it ONLY happen to ME?

I took all of the little parts for my cabinets out to the utility room to spray them with primer. I always do this when I can. After some careful sanding the paint goes on more smoothly with primer.

I got a nice light coat on one side of things. When I was ready to stop spraying, the paint can would NOT stop spraying! It just kept on going even after I took my finger off the top!

I jiggled and fiddled and turned the can upside down but the paint kept coming out. It's STILL coming out!

I'll have to go buy another can of primer. You can be SURE it won't be this brand! Hopefully, it will spray itself out soon?

Guess I will have to go do something else for a while. Sigh....

What's Cookin'

Here's what's cookin' in the kitchen today. It's much more fun to start new projects than do prep work!

I may try to make a white microwave? Jim's dollhouse pages has a printable one...

Every kitchen needs a clock, right? Love this one!

Hope you have a beautiful day!

Saturday, January 28

Very Busy Here!

My table is almost finished. I used Mod Podge Multi-Dimensional Magic on the table top. It sealed the shells nicely and is smooth and level. The wooden top warped a bit but I think I can weigh it down for a while to fix that...

As you can see, I've taken everything else out of the kitchen. I realize that I need to do more prep work before I continue. There is paint to touch up, baseboard to install and an unfinished ceiling to work on.

I found a piece of textured scrapbook paper that matches the wall color perfectly. I'm planning to use it on the kitchen ceiling. Pay no attention to the mess in the living room. There is work to be done there too!

Since there is no wiring in the house I'm looking for the perfect battery operated light.I like this one by Houseworks. I also like this one.
I feel like I'm starting over here. Maybe it's more like taking three steps forward and two steps back?

Hope you have a good day. I'm going to be very busy here!

Image by Eruna on Deviant Art
Love it!

Friday, January 27

Do you ever get the feeling that you are being watched?

I found another way to glue the table legs together. I'm using my Creative Memories paper cutter to line things up and get them square. It has the 1/4" grid I was looking for.

It's great for cutting tiles too. That will be a project for another day...

Hope you have a good one!

Thursday, January 26

Table Legs

This is how I'm building the table legs for the kitchen table. I haven't glued them together yet. I want to be sure they are the right size and square first.

One thing I wish is that Micro-Mark's magnetic gluing jig had a 1/4 inch square grid on the surface. That would make this so much easier. Micro-Mark, are you listening???

I sent my Miter Master Easy Cutter back to them yesterday. When I tried to change the blade I couldn't get the tool back together. Hopefully, they will repair or replace it. Right now I'm using bandage scissors to cut the wood!

I got some ModPodge Multi-Dimensional Magic and Americana Triple Thick glaze at Michaels yesterday. I'm trying them out now. They both went on smoothly and didn't run over the edge of the test wood. We'll see which one looks best when dry?

Time for me to get ready for work. Real life work. Wish I could stay home and work on my table!

Wednesday, January 25

Overnight Test

Last night I tried several things to see what might work to seal the shells on my table top.

Last night.

I realized that the Quick Water resin I had used in making my ponds is still a bit tacky to the touch so I didn't try that again. Sorry girls...

Since I don't have any other resin, I tried what I already have. As you can see, the Mod Podge is still cloudy. The Tacky Glue didn't level out overnight.

The clear nail polish is nice and shiny. There are lots of bubbles on the surface but that may not be a problem with what I'm doing. It didn't cover the shells with one coat so I may try adding more?

Alleen's Jewel-It dried clear but is also not level. I may try thinning it and the Tacky Glue with water and try again?

This morning.

There is a new product out called "Mod Podge Dimenional Magic." Has anyone used it? I really don't want to spend anymore money on products I may never use again...

I did a similar technique for the bathroom floor. I painted clear tacky glue on cardstock and then added the beads and shells. I'm not happy with the finished look because it is not smooth or level. It is rough for little feet to walk on. LOL

I'll keep trying different things and let you know what works...

Tuesday, January 24

Sprinkled Sand

I sprinkled some sand and tiny glass seed beads onto the breakfast bar table top. I'm going to look at this for a while before I get the glue out again...

I think it needs something special in the center?

Hope you have a happy day!

Monday, January 23

Breakfast Bar Table

I cut all of the pieces of wood for the table. The top is sealed with MinWax varnish and ready for the tile.

I'm building a mission style table. I love the simple lines of that furniture style. This is my inspiration photo from Vision Decor.

I used the measurements of this real table and Jim's Dollhouse Calculator to measure and cut the wood to scale. It's really pretty easy to make your own furniture this way.

Now it's on to the tile top. That will be the fun part!?

More later! Hope you have a good day!

Sunday, January 22

Ebay Watch Alert!!!!!

This adorable House That Jack Built Dollhouse by Melissa and Doug is on Ebay right now. You only have three more hours to bid! Shipping is FREE.

Me, I'm just looking! LOL

Three Projects

I have three projects on my work table this morning. I finally got the hinges installed on the sink cabinet doors. They just need to be attached. The dishwasher is going through a make over and is almost done.

I started a new table for the kitchen. I've had these tiny tiles for a while and thought maybe I would use them here? I'd like to try pouring a resin top once I get the border done and fill in the center.

I read somewhere that you need to seal the wood with polyurethane varnish first to seal it. Then you glue whatever you want to the surface. The resin is not supposed to react with the varnish. We'll see if this works? I hope I don't make a huge mess!

I found these "Pandora" beads at Michaels in a bracelet kit. They are a bit large, but I might try to make legs for the table with them? Then again, I may just build a wooden frame and legs?

What's on your work table today? I seem to be always starting something new instead of finishing what I started...

Saturday, January 21

Decisions, decisions...

I took everything out of the kitchen this morning to see if there might be a spot for a small table?

I made this little table a long time ago. I was going to use it in the living room area but there is just no room there. I may build an L-shaped bar for this area instead of using the table?

For the right side wall, I bashed a couple of Michael's hutches and used blue painter's tape to hang them on the wall to see how they might look.

The cabinet next to the stove is the original sink cabinet that I had purchased for the kitchen. The microwave is hiding the hole where the sink was.

Before I get bogged down in more details and accessories I need to decide on the floor plan!

I've been going about this helter skelter. I need to make a decision and then get back to work.

Will you help me decide? I think I like this plan. Do you?

Thursday, January 19

1 Inch Mini Blind

Now I have to admit it. I am certifiably, card carrying, CRAZY!

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New Found Blog - New Ideas!

I was looking for instructions on how to make mini blinds this morning. I found this photo on a new blog and just had to laugh!

The blog I found is "Minding the Manor." Go see all of the wonderful decorating ideas Ms. Manor shares!

She also has a dollhouse. I'm wondering if it ever escaped from her garage? :D

Wednesday, January 18

Bamboo Blind

Thanks to New England Miniatures for reprinting their tutorial for making Venetian blinds!

Today I used a bamboo placemat to make one of these blinds. It's really not as hard as it looks. :D

Here is my finished blind. It's not quite perfect, but then, what is?

This is what it looks like from the side. This one won't be going in my dollhouse. It is a gift for someone else. Can't tell... :D

I hope you will try the tutorial and visit New England Miniatures. They have lots of great things there!

Hope you have a good day making minis!

Sunday, January 15

No, I'm not going to buy it!

Sometimes I visit Ebay and don't buy anything. Really!
Sometimes I just drool...

I saw this house today. It's WAY out of my price range, but I love it. If you'd like to bid on it, here's the link.

My compliments to the builder who is also the seller. This is a wonderful house!

"You've got to have a dream. If you don't have a dream. How you gonna have a dream come true?"

Just pause the playlist to listen. :D

South Pacific - Happy Talk

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Saturday, January 14

Kitchen Window Shade

I wanted something simple for the kitchen window. I liked this shade by Martha Stewart. It is sheer and classic. It looked easy enough to make in miniature?

Sometimes looks are deceiving! When you are working on something small, sheer and fiddly it doesn't always turn out the way you planned.

Glue goes where you don't want it to, ribbon gets stiff and edges fray.

Martha has three folds. I only have two. I still like it. It adds a nice bit of color to the window.

Now it's back to the cabinet doors. I have two more hinges to install. UGH.

I haven't decided on the counter top. I like what Martha did with the black in her kitchen but I'm not sure it would look that great in mine?

I'll have to think about that for a while...

Hope you have a nice day!

Thursday, January 12

Grandma's Tea Set

Yesterday, Marisa from Steinworks suggested Grandma should have tea with her toast instead of a wine cooler. She is probably right. We don't want a tipsy Grandma!

I looked in my box of kitchen accessories and found the tea set I bought a LONG time ago.

I really need to get back to work so I can display more of my kitchen minis!

Hope you have good day!

Eat Breakfast!

Grandma came down to the kitchen this morning.

She wanted to make coffee but couldn't find her coffee maker.

Guess she will just have to have a wine cooler and some toast with butter?

I used to tell my kids, "Be good, don't fight, eat breakfast."

Same goes for you! :D