Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Another New Project

I started a new project! I now have 6 unfinished projects! I just couldn't resist anymore and had to start this farmhouse. Only thing is....its HUGE! Not sure where I am going to put it.

Monday, August 3, 2009

Back at it! FINALLY



I feel like summer has gotten ahold of me and won't let me go! Our weekends have been full of parties, home projects, weekend visitors, etc. and I haven't been able to sit down and work on my minis. Its been killing me! Tonight I finally made time for myself and finished a great deal on my grandparent's kitchen. In one picture I shot a photograph of the real thing so that you may see what it looked like. I am really happy with my progress but I have a lot more to do until I can call it done.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

HELP

I am wondering what everyone uses to glue down paper items, such as paper wallpaper, paper flooring, etc. I use spray adhesive and it always bubbles after it dries. HELP! 


Thursday, June 25, 2009

Switching Gears



I decided to put my country store aside and work on the mini version of my grandparents kitchen. If only I could finish one before starting another, I wouldn't have five unfinished projects! 
I gave the tablecloth a good glue and water bath and this technique seems to work very well. I will also try this technique with the curtains as soon as I can find the right material. Apples are hard to find! 
I also set the table with some dumplings and gravy! Grandma's specialty! 
I found a great wood pattern for the walls that looks just like the real thing! It was a hard find and I am very happy with the end results. 
Still a lot to get done, so off I go!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Great Website

I stumbled across this great website when searching for brick wallpaper for my Grandparents 'mimi' kitchen! It has tons of different textures and the best thing....they are higher resolution! Check it out at http://www.cgtextures.com/

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Deadline fast approaching




With the deadline only a couple days away I don't think I am going to make it and I don't want to rush the project along only to be unhappy with it in the end. Here are a few recent photos of the fence and trim pieces I put up. I am very pleased with the fence but it took a long time. 
I still haven't thought up a name yet!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

more progress





I have been working hard on trying to meet the GreenLeaf Spring Contest but its going to be tough. I have completed the outside with the exception of a few trim pieces. 

Landscaping




My first attempt at landscaping is going well. Only a few hang ups but ones that can easily be fixed. One being I used foam core for the bottom and it warped after all the grass and soil was put on. I might have to glue it on a piece of wood but haven't decided what I want to do. 
I find myself wanting to add more and more, but don't want it to be too much. 
Next I have to work on my door. I still don't know how to make it look "country" like. OH...and I need a name for my store. Anyone have any good name for a Scandinavian country store???
Only two more weeks...I hope I can get it done by the deadline but it isn't looking hopeful.  

Here are some pictures of the soil and grass being put in place. It was tough finding grass that I liked but I am pleased with the end results. Then came the flowers. They were my favorite! Let me know what you think so far. 


Thursday, April 30, 2009

Dream!



I was browsing the Green Leaf website today and dreaming! I would love to have the East Side Townhouse as part of my collection. Maybe someday!? 

Monday, April 27, 2009

Brick, Brick and more Brick!





It took me awhile to decide on what to do with the exterior of my Scandinavian Country Store. After researching the architecture of the area I choose to make brick walls out of egg cartons. I discovered this is a very slow process and requires a lot of patience. I don't know if me being a perfectionist was the problem or if I was doing it wrong, but I'm not happy with the final results. I found that making the actual rocks was easy. It was the smoothing of the grout around the bricks that I found difficult and frustrating. After hours and hours of trying to perfect it, and not ruin more than I already did, I decided to be done. I'm not 100% happy with it, but if I want to make the deadline for the Greenleaf Spring Contest I need to move on. 

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I WON....again!!!


Maybe I should buy a lottery ticket because I won several things over the last few months! This week I won a $30 gift certificate from intotheglue.com just for posting photos of my mini creations! Thank you to the creators of this great forum! 

Monday, April 13, 2009

I WON!!












I want to say "THANK YOU" to De at delightfulminis.blogspot.com for the beautiful bench I won. I didn't even have to do anything! Thanks!! I can't wait to receive it in the mail. 

Friday, April 10, 2009

I've been busy



I got a lot done today! I have been working back and forth between my grandparents kitchen and my country store. 

Spring Fling Contest




Thought I'd try Greenleaf's Spring Contest. I don't know if I will have enough time to finish the project but I am going to try my hardest. I am too much of a perfectionist, so two months isn't a lot of time for me. 
I decided to make a Scandinavian Country Store (with the help from the ladies at work!) Its been fun researching. I learned a lot about the culture. As far as rosemaling.....I don't think I could paint that way on life size objects so making miniatures objects with rosemaling on it is out of the question. I will have to be creative and think of different ways to bring the beautiful artwork into my piece. 
After wallpapering the second floor I was a little upset to find the roof piece isn't long enough! GRRR!! I wonder if all of them were made short of just mine??  I posted a picture of the extra piece I had to cut and put in. The wallpaper won't be perfect as I don't have any more, but it will have to do. 
Off to work on the floors and ceilings. 

Grandma's Kitchen is open.....almost



Grandma's kitchen is coming along. I was a little stumped on how to finish the outside walls, but then someone gave me the great idea of a collage!! I love doing collages and should have thought of that right away. All the pictures are of family and friends at my Grandparents house throughout the years. It brings back so many memories every time I look at it. 
The one cabinet is in place and the one piece of wallpaper is hung. Off to finish the floor! Next I will post pictures of the actual kitchen is comparison to my mini version. 

Monday, March 9, 2009

Making Progress













































I started the roombox of my Grandparents kitchen. I am trying to make it exact so its been challenging and I have a long ways to go! I am really happy on how the cabinets turned out because I haven't built a lot of things out of illustration board. My next challenge is trying to find their flooring and wood paneling for the walls. I'll keep you posted on the progress. 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

New Forum

I was invited to a new forum for miniatures and really enjoy it so far! Take a look. 
www.intotheglue.com

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Website I got lost in!

I found a website of Fayzer Zerbolio's and got lost in it! She does great work. If only I had more time to create my minis! 
http://fayzerplace.homestead.com

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

The PLANS!



I created a sketch of the layout for my Grandparents room box. Next step... figuring out all the dimensions, which is my least favorite thing to do.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

New Website

I found this awesome website thanks to yahoo groups. Its a great site filled with mini printables. Check it out! http://www.mysmallobsession.com/miniatureprintables.html

Friday, January 2, 2009

Resolutions for 2009!!!!


PROJECTS THAT NEED TO BE COMPLETED:
-My one-room Schoolhouse. I need to finish the roof, stove and door. Create a bookcase and fill with books, align the top shelf with items (unknown at this time), put pictures up on the walls, hang a sign outside and do a little more to the landscaping (which I also am not sure what that entails right now).

-Japanese Restaurant. I need to make a refrigerator, sink, chairs, fish tank and sushi bar. Hang pictures, secure light fixtures and finish the exteriore. I am still unsure what I want to do to the outside.

-Victoria's Farmhouse. My mother-in-law bought this (unopened) house for me at rummage sale for $10!!! What a steal!!! I wanted to rip it open and get started the day I received it but the house is very large. I hope to start it this year sometime but that's only if my husband will give up some of his precious garage space and I really don't think that's going to happen.

IDEAS IN MY HEAD THAT I WOULD LIKE TO TURN INTO REALITY!
-My Grandparents kitchen. I would love to make a room box that resembles my Grandparents kitchen. My Grandpa passed away a few years back and my grandma recently moved out of her house and into a assisted living apartment. I spend countless hours visiting with my grandparents and family in that kitchen. Before my grandma moved I took a picture looking out of the large window where my grandpa spent time watching his birds. I know that if I finish this project not only will I enjoy it but I know my family will also.

-My Bedroom growing up. My friends and family always tell me I had the most unique bedroom growing up. This is probably because my mom let me decorate it however I wanted to. I would love to recreate my room but I know its going to be more difficult than I think. Finding just the right accessories will be hard!!

Well that's it! I think I'll have a hard time fitting everything in, but I am going to try my hardest and have fun doing it!!!