Friday, December 27, 2013

Dollhouse Miniatures: Import and Tea Shop in 1:12 Scale


This isn't your typical tea shop! The inspiration came from a combination of an herb and incense stores in the Pike Place Market, called Tenzing Momo,  a tea shop on Capital Hill in Seattle called, Travelers and various other import shops we have here filled with rich colors and fragrances.


dollhouse tea shop


1:12 scale tea shop


dollhouse tea


dollhouse import shop


dollhouse tea set


dollhouse statues


1:12 scale import shop


dollhouse shrine


dollhouse tea shop


dollhouse masks


dollhouse teas


dollhouse tea shop



See more Victorian and other dollhouse miniatures:

Pt. 1:  Greenleaf Beacon Hill Dollhouse


Pt. 3:  Victorian Dollhouse Kitchen and Dining Room

Pt. 4:  Dollhouse Master Bedroom and Bath

Pt. 5:  Dollhouse Study and Hallway

Dollhouse Miniature Conservatory and Garden


Dollhouse Flower Shop

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

DIY Mini Wreath Christmas Ornament Tutorial


DIY Mini Wreath Ornament Tutorial

Social Media can be a great place to connect with all sorts of creative people and find inspiration. In November CheyAnneSexton sent me some little pine cones she found. I used to find these alder cones in my old neighborhood but haven't seen any yet in North Seattle.  I thought they would be perfect to use for Christmas ornaments!  I found this great twine at Jo-Anns; it has wire in it so it can bend and hold its shape:

christmas crafts


I started with a loop the size I wanted then wrapped more of the twine around it:

ornament tutorial


I kept wrapping more and hot glued the pine cones randomly:


DIY ornament

wreath ornaments


I  spray painted a couple gold:


The rest I left plain; tied a gold cord for hanging and glued on a red ribbon bow. I attached some to gifts also!  This is the first year in a long time I actually had time before Christmas to make decorations! See my paper ornament tutorial for more Christmas craft ideas.



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Easy Christmas Crafts: Ornaments Made with Scalloped Paper Punch


recycled Christmas cards

These are simple DIY paper ornaments made with  Fiskar's 2" scalloped paper punch.  I like to upcycle old Christmas cards, catalogs and sheet music.  You can use a regular glue stick but I use Yes glue and you will need a cord to hang them with:

paper crafts


Start by punching out eight scalloped circles; I like to use four sheet music or lighter colors and four contrasting or darker colors but you can do any combination or solid colors. You can do this with only four paper punches and up to about 12-16! Try this with other shaped punches; get creative!

christmas crafts

Fold them in half with the good side on the inside:

DIY ornaments


 Fold them all and cut a 16" piece of cord. Tie a knot at the end leaving a couple inches:

upcycled ornaments

Start gluing; my punch has an odd number of scallops so just make sure to line them up and alternate colors:

upcycled ornaments


When you get to the last one,  add the cord with the knot at the bottom, then glue the last punch (a bead would look cute at the bottom too!) :


handmade ornaments


paper punch ornaments


handmade ornament



recycled paper ornament

 paper ornaments

gift wrap ideas


I just love the look of paper ornaments. Get creative with your gift wrapping; add a couple to your box with a ribbon. You can also make garlands like this for any occasion!

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Dollhouse Miniatures: Garden and Flower Shop in 1:12 Scale

dollhouse miniatures

This 1:12 scale dollhouse garden and flower shop room box was super fun to make. The flowers are made from Fimo clay and paper.  A lot of the greens are real but the ferns are laser cut paper. The eucalyptus are paper circles glued on a wire.   I hate gnomes but they came out really cute in miniature! I think the cart I made years ago from a pattern in a miniature magazine and bought the wheels. The clunky hutch I had was perfect;  just gave it a shabby chic finish.  I got lucky with the table when doing the crackle finish because the crackle came out to scale!



hanging flower baskets


dollhouse flower shop



dollhouse flower cart



dollhouse gnome


1:12 scale garden shop


dollhouse flowers


miniature garden shop


dollhouse hat



See more Victorian and other dollhouse miniatures:

Pt. 1:  Greenleaf Beacon Hill Dollhouse


Pt. 3:  Victorian Dollhouse Kitchen and Dining Room

Pt. 4:  Dollhouse Master Bedroom and Bath

Pt. 5:  Dollhouse Study and Hallway

Dollhouse Miniature Conservatory and Garden



Saturday, December 7, 2013

Dollhouse Miniatures: Antique Shop in 1:12 Scale


dollhouse antique shop


My 1:12 scale dollhouse miniature room box of an antique shop. This room box is always changing; adding new items or taking out things for other projects.  Right now everything is boxed up! It is a fun way of using furniture that doesn't have a "home" or storing "extras".  I painted the ship and winter scene, my aunt painted the landscape with the house (below) and the other paintings are magazine cutouts.


dollhouse paintings


miniature antuque shop



dollhouse antiques



dollhouse antiques


1:12 scale miniatures


1:12 scale antique shop


1:12 scale dollhouse antiques



See more Victorian and other dollhouse miniatures:

Pt. 1:  Greenleaf Beacon Hill Dollhouse


Pt. 3:  Victorian Dollhouse Kitchen and Dining Room

Pt. 4:  Dollhouse Master Bedroom and Bath

Pt. 5:  Dollhouse Study and Hallway

Dollhouse Miniature Conservatory and Garden


Dollhouse 1:12 scale Christmas roombox

Sunday, December 1, 2013

1:12 scale Christmas Gingerbread Dollhouse


1:12 scale  "gingerbread" dollhouse.  Every few years I would make a real gingerbread house with all sorts of candy and goodies. From a traditional Tudor to a Southwest style adobe; my favorite was a Russian church. Since I like making Fimo clay food, I thought it would be fun to make a dollhouse gingerbread house! All of the candy is made from Fimo; the candy corn and glass "sugar" coated gumdrops were super fun to make. The roof is made from painted wood shingles. I am not really happy yet with the interior, it is supposed to have a cartoon like feel with a candy theme.


dollhouse miniatures



Christmas miniatures



Christmas dollhouse


gingerbread dollhouse




1:12 scale dollhouse


See more Victorian and other dollhouse miniatures:

Pt. 1:  Greenleaf Beacon Hill Dollhouse


Pt. 3:  Victorian Dollhouse Kitchen and Dining Room

Pt. 4:  Dollhouse Master Bedroom and Bath

Pt. 5:  Dollhouse Study and Hallway

Dollhouse Miniature Conservatory and Garden


Dollhouse 1:12 scale Christmas room box