Monday, July 12, 2010

Productive Weekend

Well, I had a really productive weekend again!  First I got down to business and really cleaned up the house so I won't have to feel guilty for playing when I should be doing the housework. Then I was even more well behaved and I went out and weeded my hubby's tomatoes and green beans!  Now I had earned my play time for sure!  I worked a bit on the candy house- I put some of the siding up and finally went for it and glued down the porch posts and attached the balcony.  Next, we put up the largest of the dormer windows- when it is dry I'll be able to add posts to the balcony that will help hold up the dormer.  Thank goodness for masking tape!  After we applied all the glue and I had to wait for things to dry I decided to work on Bernard the Bear's house- his poor house has been neglected for a bit!  I made him a coffee table and a side table, and glued some printie tile to his counters in the kitchen.  I need to finish more of the kitchen, but it's a start at least!

Here's a weird little picture of the rug I've been working on for Bernard's living room.  I am so impatient, so once I had the general shape done I had to take it off the hoop and fold it under and just stick it in the dollhouse to see if I liked the way it looked.  I think Bernard likes it, but he reserves final judgment for when it is done.
Last, I'm doing a swap with Ira from http://merryjingle.blogspot.com   Ira, if you want to be surprised don't read further.  I am pretty new to flower making, but I love working on them.  I'm trading some blood red and white lillies for some flowers - or whatever she wants to make really, I love surprises!  I am hoping that they look okay- still not totally confident in the flower making department, but I think they look pretty realistic.  The white ones are from a kit and the red ones I cut by hand-they are the ones I am worried about.  I still have some more to make, but this was a pretty good start!  What do you think- are they okay for a swap or should I keep practicing?  Oh, how bummed I am to go back to work today and not stay home to play!

28 comments:

Wendy Luane Barber said...

Bernard looks very cozy and I love his rug. Your candy house is looking yummy and your flowers are great! Beautiful. Any thoughts of minis have been put on hold again. Taking the ax to the manuscript and finally getting back to dolls. Have a good week!

Liberty Biberty said...

Ooooh, that candy house is looking so good! There's a little girl here that is taking great interest in your house!
Mercedes

Julia said...

You must have the most advanced fine motor skills of anyone anywhere! You are truly amazing!

Merry Jingle said...

Oh, you've been a good girl - I'm just making a mess around the house and really don't feel like cleaning - have to do it anyways on Friday as we will have a party to 30 people on Saturday - and clean the house again on Sunday after the mess all the drunken people have done... :D

And the candy house looks great as does the bear house, I love that carpet :)

And of course I read on, those lilies are fabulous! The blood red will be so perfect to my vampire house and those white ones will go to Toscana house or Kara's Indian room :)

I'm doing a couple of swaps ready and then start with yours - see what I'll make up :D Hope you don't mind waiting a bit :)

Kim said...

Wendy- I'm so glad that creativity is coming back to you! You are always such an inspiration-you truly keep me moving forward at the times I am struggling! You have a good week too!!!! I can't wait till you do get to the minis because I am positive you will work magic!

Mercedes- I wish I was closer and Liberty could visit in person! I am so happy she likes the house- I am open to ideas if she has some :) Little girls have the best ideas!

Julia- you are the sweetest friend around! Thank you dear- but alas, I cannot sew and create beauty out of cloth like you can! You constantly amaze me- especially with the smocking- which I think is soooo beautiful!

Ira! I am so happy you like them!!! If I was having a party on Saturday I would wait till friday to clean too- why waste the effort twice, eh? I hope you have a fabulous time at your party! Do not worry about the time.....I only started the flowers because I had to wait for glue to dry on other projects and I was curious if I could pull the red ones off or not- having to cut the petals myself I did not know if I was skilled enough to do it! I'm not quite done either- this is just where I had to quit as my hubby kindly reminded me that I did have to work my job in the morning whether I wanted to or not so I better get to bed soon!

Fiver said...

Ooooh, you've been very productive! And this post just reminds me what a lazy person I am, LOL.
Both houses are looking so good! And I'm no flower expert, but I think your white ones (that you're worried about) are just as good as the red ones! Great job!

Zlatica said...

I smiled reading about well-behaved Kim... :D
You have been really productive!
Bernard should be more than happy!

Jill said...

The rug and the flowers are looking great! I haven't yet tried to attempt either of those projects.
Sounds like your garden is thriving! I just harvested my first tomato the other day-- and there's lots more on the way!
Hugs,
Jill

Claudia said...

I think your flowers look wonderful, Kim! Pretty amazing, in fact. Love all you accomplished this weekend!

xo
Claudia

Wanda said...

Kim, if you are interested in doing more swaps, I would also be interested. You can have a look at the flowers on my blog. Hopefully we can swap!! Love the lilies!!

Susan said...

You are on a roll! Great stuff. Love the flowers, they look very real.

Sketching Girl said...

Wow, you have such productive weekends! I am the complete opposite! For some reason I've done lots today! I work Monday afternoons, and somehow knowing that I have limited time on the Monday morning, and only a little time in the evening, actually kickstarts me into action! I got housework and tidying done this morning (more than I managed to get done all weekend!). And this evening I managed to do my sketching! Somehow I couldn't get any of this done at the weekend!

I love Bernard the Bear's house, and how you're getting his space together! I have a room box I've been meaning to finish for ages, and this show's me that it can be done, even if it's bit by bit! He seems a patient bear! lol! Thanks for giving me the enthusiasm to have a crack at mine! :)

Amazing Flowers, I've not tried to make anything so dainty, they look great even with close-up photography! I'm sure your friend Ira wil love them! Best of Luck with your candy house too, that is going to be delicious once you've done! :)

kibbygirl said...

I can't wait to see the candy house all made up! Your flowers turned out great, and I love the picture of Bernard relaxing by his new table. :) You have been a very busy girl!

Cinderella Moments said...

Oooh! Can't wait to see the progress on this one! Glad you like the shabby chic house!

Caroline

kimsminiatures said...

Ohhh wonderful work. You sound like me I always have to do real clean up around my house so that I don't have to feel guilty when working on my minis. Can't wait to see the progress of this adorable little house. Hugs~ Kim

De said...

The candy house looks like it's going to be awesome and I think Bernard's additions look great. Beautiful job on the lilies too. You certainly did have a productive weekend!

Ascension said...

Kim, la casita esta quedando preciosa y todos lo detalles que le vas poniendo eme encantan!!!
Las flores son una maravilla, enhorabuena!!
besitos ascension

Maia's Twinkle Miniatures said...

Isn't it fun to have several projects to work on at the same time? I like all of them and am really enjoying the construction of the candy house. :) With your talent for painting, it's looking wonderful!
Maia

Peach Blossom Hill said...

This is inspiring me to finish the wallpaper in Joanna's house! I hope Bernard is happy with the progress! This summer has been so busy-I can't believe it. I posted a pix of Jerry and me in the hay fields last week. I am not getting much done at all on the mini front. But how good of you to be disciplined and get your housework done first! Good on you, Kim!

Jody

sunshine said...

I think that Bernard loves his new rug. He seems quite impressed with all of his new things!

The candy house is coming along nicely!
Yay! So exciting!!!! :)

((Hugs))
Laura

Sans! said...

Kim, your flowers are very pretty ! :) Lilies have the best smells , maybe you can drop a little "Lily of the Valley" essential oil for even more realism :):). Do keep some for your candy house :).

The rug matches Bernard's scarf! No wonder he loves it! :) Your stitching is very good!!

Eileen Bergen said...

The houses are so cute. They are really coming along nicely. I admire your patience. All the waiting for glue to dry would drive me crazy!

Cindy Gimbrone said...

Well, that's quite a bit of work you've done in order to play! I'm sure your hubby is very happy about the weeding!

I like the carpet - it'll look terrific once it's completed.

Heather said...

Wow, you got a lot done. The Candy house is looking fabulous. What a great idea!

I feel so guilty working on minis when my real house is such a mess. Sounds like you took the right approach!

Minnie Kitchen said...

your bear sitting on that couch is too cute!!

Maia's Twinkle Miniatures said...

Thank you for your comment about my pictures Kim! Yes, nature is wonderful and I love to be able to go out and enjoy it. Always different and special!
Maia

miniaturist59 said...

Kim, fabulous work on those flowers, my God!!!! LOVE the candy house!!!

Laura Pallatin said...

thank you for visiting my blog and I'm really happy to have you as a follower, I'm following you, too! Making little things is fun, isn't it? I used overn bake clay to make the peices for my day of the dead peice. And, my birdies are out of paper clay (they're 2 inches tall)

Aren't we so lucky to have so much fun making lovely things and sharing them? Yipppeeee!