Thursday, January 28, 2010

Project of the week of January 25th

I actually finished my project of the week early this week.  Usually by now I have chosen a project for next week, but I am unsure what I want to do next week.  I have some swaps I need to finish up so I am thinking about a mini tutorial again- I can finish that up quickly and hopefully finish my swaps on time too!  Anyhow, my project of the week this week is from the book "Fleece Dog:  A Little Bit of Magic Created With Raw Wool and a Special Needle"  I bought this book quite awhile ago but for some reason have always felt a little intimidated by it.  The little dogs are just so cute and I didn't think my attempt would turn out anywhere close to the book- after all....you start with a wisp of wool, a chenile stem armature, a piece of hard foam and a needle!  How can those things possibly result in a cute little dog.  After I made this project I rushed out to the store to try to find more wool roving- I LOVE needle felting.  It is kind of relaxing to stab, stab, stab at the wool and kind of challenging to create a recognizable form out of pieces of wool. I didn't have the glass eyes that the book said to use for his eyes so I used stick pins cut down.  I think next time I may try to make some eyes out of polymer clay- his eyes seem a bit big to me.  I really had fun with this project- I think I will be making more wool creatures in my future! 

I made a version of a lab/retriever mix.  His name is Biscuit and he is the new best friend of my sweet dollie Amelie.  After I finished him I decided he needed a collar- made from ribbon, a jump ring and a bit of silver paper for the tag :)   I'm off to choose a project for next week- have a great day!!!



 

 

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Project of the Week

This week I choose a tutorial from Casey's blog http://caseymini.blogspot.com .  Casey made a miniature sewing basket modeled after a life size basket she had recently purchased.  You can find Casey's post here:  http://caseymini.blogspot.com/2010/01/tessies-sewing-box-two.html  and while you are there you should take a look around- Casey is very generous and has lots of tutorials on how she has made her creations.  I am not perfectly happy with this one, but I like it enough for my first try and I think with practice I can get better.  I forgot to add the little beads on the lids- but I remembered to put a little sewing project in progress in one side




Thank you Casey for the instructions!  Next week I am doing a project from the book "Fleece Dog-A Little Bit of Magic Created With Raw Wool and a Special Needle".    I've had the book for awhile and just now decided to stop thinking it was too hard, buy some wool and go for it.  I'm going to try to make a doggy friend for my Amelie doll :)

Friday, January 22, 2010

Superior Scribbler Award!!!

My wonderful friend Laura at Love At Home has given me an award!  Thank you so much Laura--and let me say that it is great friends like you that make me love blogging sooo much!  You make me laugh at least once every single week and you always understand when I email you privately to vent on my life- I could not ask for a better friend, I just really, really wish you lived closer to me!!




I am supposed to list 7 things about myself that you might not know.  This is getting harder because I have had to do this before for other awards so now I starting to be forced to think!  Let's see....

1.  I cannot sleep without noise.  Usually it is the air conditioner or the humidifier.  If it is silent I CANNOT fall asleep- even if I am exhausted.

2.  I am a total cat person.  I love dogs too- but cats just speak to me- I think I may have been a cat in a previous life :)

3.  I worry.  A lot.  I worry if my family is mad at me or not. I worry if my comment on a blog is ok or if I have said something hurtful or stupid.  I worry about my husband when he is on the delivery truck.  I worry about if our furnace will keep working and if the well will dry up.  I worry about too much and every single day of my life I have to mentally tell myself to not worry so much- I struggle with it every single day- even after counseling.

4.  One of my favorite places to be in the entire world is sitting in my garden pulling weeds and watching the birds feed their babies in the birdhouses like they could care less that I was there.  (OK- you might already know that one)

5.  When I was a little girl I had to put my finger in my belly button when I sucked my thumb--even if I had a snowsuit on!  Now I cannot stand to even have my belly button touched!

6.  I love a cheese, onion and mustard sandwich.  My husband thinks it is the most disgusting thing in the world :)

7.  I wanted to be a teacher "when I grew up" but life steered my path in a different direction.  Looking back now I am not so sure I would have made a good teacher- I am painfully shy in real life.

Whew- that took some thought!  Now I am to give this award to 7 bloggers I think deserve this award.  I think this is hard because everyone I follow has wonderful blogs- how do we limit the number?  I am desperately late in posting this award so I am giving this award to all of my followers- because....honestly- if I follow your blog I am reading your blog and I think you are awesome!

I'll be back tomorrow with the project of the week.  I am finished with it, but I wanted to add a bit more, so no picture until tomorrow :)

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Look Waaaay Back Challenge and a new follower!!


I have a new follower to welcome today, but first I wanted to participate in the challenge going around that I saw over at Doreen's blog http://doreensminiatures.blogspot.com .  Here are Doreen's instrucitons- I LOVE this- how fun to see what we looked like as children!

I challenge you to find a picture of yourself as a child and post it on your blog.
There are no rules to follow or a required number of people to pass it on to. Just have fun and "pass it on"!

I have 2 pictures to share.  Here I am on my Mom's lap as a child.  I blacked out Mom's face because I think she would be horrified if she saw me put her pic up on the internet- even if she was pretty good looking :)



Here is my second picture.  This is a  year I decided I wanted pigtails for my school pictures and I was going to do them myself.  My Mom could not talk me out of it and she still gives me a hard time to this day about this picture- possibly the worst school picture ever.  This is a birthday card she sent to me- I think for my 38 or 39th birthday---see, she's still giving me a hard time about it after all these years.  She pasted my picture over the face of the cute little girl with the cute pigtails on the front of the card :)  I'm smiling- so maybe pigtails really are just about as much fun as your hair can have :)  The green strap in the picture is from my groovy handmade polyester jumper.  My Mom made all my clothes when I was a child.  I loved them too.

 

I also have a new follower to welcome today.  I would like to welcome Cia from http://briarwoodminiatures.blogspot.com/ .  I found Cia from the All Things Mini website forums.  Cia is a dollhouse miniaturist and makes some amazing minis!  You can see some furniture and paintings she has done if you pop over to her blog.  Cia is also a children's author and a web designer.  You can find her artfire store here:  http://www.artfire.com/users/BriarwoodMiniatures  There are some amazing dollhouse miniature items and also some graphics she has for sale for your mini website.  Thank you for visiting me Cia- it is so great to meet you!! 





Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What is France to You?

My wonderful friend Patricia at http://papillonbleuuk.blogspot.com has reached 100 followers and her 100th follower is French- just like Patricia!  In honor of this Patricia asks us in her blog.....What is France to You?

I had to sit and think about this question for awhile.  I have not traveled many places and I have never been to France.  I have never even left the United States except one trip to Canada that I don't remember when I was 3 years old!   .  France makes my mind think of beauty and breath taking architecture and bold vibrant colors and food and art!  France makes me think of beautiful clothes- dripping with exquisite detail. Rolling green countrysides, cute little cottages with sweet wooden doors and little knot herb gardens.   I think of food that has more to do with quality and taste than it does with quantity.  I  have no idea if any of the things that pop into my head are close to being accurate- but the question was what is France to you- and when I really take the time to think about  it- those are the things I wrote down.
However.....after writing this down and feeling quite silly because I am writing down things that pop into my head about a place I have never been to ---I suddenly had the most important thought of all.  France- to me- is a sweet, kind friend that I had the good fortune to meet through blogging.  France is adorable little dolls, sweet little cakes and pastries lovingly hand made for the dolls and magical stories that bring you into the dolls world.  France- to me- is my dear sweet friend Patricia from Papillon Bleu and her magical world she shares with all of us- so France now has a special place in my heart because of her.  Thank you Patricia :)  I'm sure you will soon have 100 more followers because everyone needs some magic in their life ♥


Monday, January 18, 2010

LAMC Valentine Swap!!!




I'm popping in real quick today to tell you about the Valentines swap being held by Melayne over at LAMC.  I've copied the info right from Melayne's blog:

THE DETAILS:

 ♥ This is a HANDMADE card swap! No store bought cards allowed ;) No one cares if you aren't the best at making stuff! This isn't a contest, it's just a fun swap and a great way to connect with other people in the blogosphere! You can send more than a card if you like, but you must send at least ONE handmade card, k?

US RESIDENTS ONLY (Sorry to my international friends :( It just makes things a little easier on me this go round. Don't fret though, I have more swaps planned for the future and a giveaway coming soon that will be open to everyone! Don't be mad at me *batting eyelashes*)

THE LOW DOWN: This swap is going to be done secret-santa style! In other words, you won't be sending to the person who is sending you a valentine. You will be sending to Susie and Susie will be sending to Jane and Jane will be sending to Rita and Rita will be sending to Melly Kay and Melly Kay will be sending to you. Get it? Got it? Gravy.If we don't have the right amount of people for it to work out evenly, I will be sending to the rest! Everyone is getting a Valentine no matter what, YAY!!

SIGN UP ENDS Friday January 22 @ 10:00 AM cst - Don't miss out!! 



I LOVE to get mail and this is a great way to get a special Valentine handmade with love.  If you are interested please pop over to Less Apathy More Cake to read more and sign up.  Click here to go right to the post to read more!  You can also click the link on the side there by my picture too. 

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Project of the Week

The project for this week was a lot easier- which allowed me to work on spring cleaning the real house some also.  My project this week is dollhouse miniature quilted tea cozies.  They are from the book "Dollshouse Needlecrafts" by Venus A. Dodge  This is a fantastic book- tons of projects to try out in this book.  I highly recommend it.   Here's a picture of the tea cozies by themselves and then sitting on the shelves in the still unfinished tea shoppe roombox.  I'm off to stain some more shingles for Bernard's house.  Have a terrific weekend!



 

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Welcome New Followers and a small project

 I have to show you a little project I did real quick last weekend.  I was inspired after seeing a picture Claudia at http://mockingbirdhillcottage.blogspot.com posted of a bench in her kitchen (you can take a peek at hers here- http://mockingbirdhillcottage.blogspot.com/2009/11/kitchen-part-one.html  )  I just adore the 3 separate cushions with 3 separate fabric patterns, so I borrowed her idea for the bench in my porch.  I had to crop the picture to show just the bench because I didn't want all of you to see the mess of tools on the floor and on top of the cabinet that my hubby has going on right now!  My porch is pretty rustic- it needs some TLC still.  I have it decorated in red, white and blue so I did the same feeling in the cushions.  Thanks for the great inspiration Claudia!!



I also have new followers to welcome today- hoo ray!!



I have four new followers to welcome today- Bernard the Bear and I are so excited to see you all!  Thank you all for stopping by- I LOVE meeting new friends!!

Marit is from http://blackcatcottage.blogspot.com/     I came across Marit's blog while blog hopping and it is wonderful.  Her most recent post has her working on a miniature conservatory- I love the weather vane she made to add to it!  Hop over and say hello to her!  PS- Love your precious kitty Marit :)

LA from http://elrincondebaldu.blogspot.com/ has also visited me.  She loves dollhouse miniatures- and lots of other crafts also!  If you go backwards a bit on her blog you will see some beautiful pastel pictures she has done- but Bernard was especially excited to see that she has a bear dollhouse.  He knew there were other bears out there!!  I look forward to following your blog- looks like we share a lot of similar interests!

Next is http://cottagesweetbythesea.blogspot.com/  What a beautiful blog!  She is from Grenada- the flowers in her yard- wonderful!!  She's starting a new project in her yard I believe and I am very curious- will it involve more beautiful flowers?  will it involve building a structure?  Now I must follow along to see!  Thank you for visiting me !!!

The fourth new follower is Karina from http://the-mouse-mansion.blogspot.com  What a magical blog this is!  Karina is a writer and she has a constructed a miniature mansion for mice that illustrates her childrens book about the mansion.  You could look at the pictures for hours and I still don't think you would take in every detail- what a large labor of love and a magical little world she has created.  Even if you are not a dollhouse miniaturist- you have to take a look at her blog- it will speak to the child inside of you and melt your heart.

Thank you new followers for visiting!!!

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I am blessed!!

Since I have started writing in this blog I have met so many wonderful people.  I feel truly blessed- even though I might not have met any of you in person I feel like you are my friends♥

I think about the time I started blogging regularly I also started being an email penpal with Minna from http://minnasdollhouses.blogspot.com

Minna does the most wonderful crochet work for her dollhouses.  I don't know how to crochet and I always admire her work when she posts it.  Minna surprised me and sent me the most wonderful crocheted blanket for a New Year's gift!!  When you look at the pictures of crocheted miniature items you just have no idea how delicate and intricate they are.  I cannot even think of words to tell you how fabulous this little piece of artwork is!  It drapes across my hand like a life size blanket would drape- it's light as a feather- the little stitches are amazing!  Thank you so much Minna for your wonderful gift- I love it so much!!!  I cannot decide if I want to use it in my flower shop apartment house or if I will use it in Bernard's house.  Bernard is winning right now- he says it matches his bedroom perfectly and I have to agree.  What do you think? 



 

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Lester gets an outfit



 
Popping in quick today to tell you that true to my nature, I am avoiding this week's project.  It's such a simple one too- this is part of why I wanted to try to do the project  a week.  I am sooo easily distracted and flit from thing to thing like a butterfly!  Anyhow, I was looking at Bernard and Lester the bears sitting together and I decided that Lester needed an outfit too.  I was going to give him a tie, like Bernard.  Then I decided that if Lester lives in a bus ( I am still thinking I need to buy him a bus!) then he probably would not be a "tie" kind of guy.  I made Lester a TIGHT pair of blue jeans and a belt with a big silver belt buckle.  Then my hubby decided he needed suspenders too.  Lester is a man's man, er...I mean a bear's bear.  He is outdoorsy and rustic and NOT into ties at all.  Guess I better get back to this week's project or I will be scurrying to finish it on Saturday again.  Have a great week!!

Monday, January 11, 2010

where did the weekend go?

Well, my Sunday did not go quite as planned.  My hubby had to go to work unexpectedly and this shifted everything in our schedule.  I did manage to clean out the fridge yesterday, trudge the boxes of christmas decorations up to the attic, finish the laundry and even put some shingles on Bernard's house.  I had to stop when I ran out of stained shingles.  Of course I was too impatient to stain all the shingles and THEN glue them to the roof-I only stained half of them before I could stand it no more and started gluing!  So, now I am on hold on Bernard's house again while I stain some more shingles.  I think I am doing a pretty decent job so far though- Bernard loves them- soon he won't have to worry anymore about leaks in his roof :)  I also cut a little front yard out of foam core and covered it with some green felt and a piece of linoleum I cut into a slate sidewalk.  I just put a few plants there to see how they would look- still quite a lot of work to do on the yard!  For starters- I think the green felt is way too bright and I cannot decide if I should paint it darker or if I should try to find something else. My project for this week is quite a bit easier than last week in the hopes that I can clean out my kitchen cupboards this week.  It's been awhile since I've done this and they are looking a bit dingy and unorganized :)  Hope your week is great!


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Yep, it's winter :)

Yesterday while I was catching up on blogs I had to laugh because Amy from Ponder and Stitch had posted about her kitties loving each other when no one was looking.  Earlier last week I had taken this picture and it was still sitting on my camera.  I just had to post it today:



This is how you know it is winter and it's cold in my house.  Usually all 3 of my cats will all be in separate corners or rooms of the house.  When it's cold they finally give in and sleep next to each other- or if they are having a really good day you can find all 3 of them snuggled around me :)

Welcome!!!





I have new followers to welcome!!

First, I would like to say a big welcome to Jenny from http://jennymatlock.blogspot.com/

I found Jenny's blog from someone else's blog- I cannot even remember who now.  I find so many wonderful people by hopping around to blogs like that :)  Jenny is a wonderful writer- her blog posts will make you laugh and make you cry- I enjoy her blog so much!  If you are a gardener, you should pop over to read her story about peonies a few posts down in her blog- you will have tears in your eyes.  Thanks for visiting me Jenny!

Next is Maria from http://manualidadesmariadelcarmen.blogspot.com/

Maria is an artist and her blog is filled with beautiful things she has created.  She has the most wonderful idea a little backwards in her blog to make a glittery christmas mobile with glitter, hot glue and a clothes hanger- I think it is beautiful!!  There are so many beautiful projects on Maria's blog- I saw a few things I would like to try out!  Thank you for visiting Maria- very nice to meet you!!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Project of the Week

I finished my project for the week.  When I started this project I never thought it would take so long- it looked simple enough.  I worked on it a little each night after work and then I had to spend part of my Saturday to finish it up.  This is from a book by Kelly Rae Roberts : "Taking Flight:  Inspiration and Techniques To Give Your Creative Spirit Wings" .  The project I decided to tackle was the first project in the book.  I'm not going to give a tutorial since I am following instructions from the artist's book and I encourage you to buy the book if you find the project interesting.  So, instead here are some pictures of my project--made from  two pages from the thick children's books you can get at the dollar store and scraps of fabric for the tags.

Here are the befores with the book covers and tags:

 

Here are pictures of each side of the pages and the tags after I had followed her instructions:

 
 

 

 

Finally.....Here is my finished project for the week, both pages tied together with the tags attached.  I have no idea what I am going to do with it- but I learned some good techniques and it was a fun project.




I also decided to amend my project of the week goal to include choices from tutorials from the internet I have bookmarked.  I have a ton of mini projects I have saved to try out  too.
Tomorrow I choose a new project, clean the fridge(ugh), and start to shingle the dollhouse roof for Bernard the Bear.  I am horrible at shingling, but I have been paying attention to all of the more experienced miniature artist's blogs, and I am determined to do an excellent job.  I'll have some pics tomorrow so you can see how I'm doing- as well as some new followers to welcome- running a little late on that!  See you tomorrow!!




Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year to all my blogging friends!!!  As usual, I was asleep way before the clock hit the New Year :)  I look forward to spending the day thinking about my goals and resolutions for 2010.  More excercise, less fast food- those are a given of course.  I'm toying with an idea I have played with before.  I have a TON of craft books that are full of projects I have not tried.  I am thinking I might try to do a different project out of one of the books for each week of 2010.  I have tried each day before and could not stick to it- so I am thinking a week would be a better time frame to attempt.  I'm going to spend part of today picking out a project for the first week of 2010!

In other news, I have a new friend to share with all of you today.  As Christmas grew closer I succumbed to the little devil on my shoulder and bought a new doll from Patricia at http://papillonbleuuk.blogspot.com to add to my little family!  I kept checking Papillon Bleu's etsy shop to see if she had sold every day- finally I could stand it no more!  I am pleased to introduce you to Amelie!!  I am so in love with her! She is only about 5 inches tall!  Patricia sent her flying across the waters in her very own suitcase and lots of sweet treats to keep up her strength while traveling, and share with her new friends too!  Bernard and Lester are already wondering what kind of house she will be getting!  I guess I have more than enough projects to keep me busy now :)  I'm off to do something with my hair and do a quick vacuum- my Mother-In-Law is coming for the day and I doubt she wants to see me in my p.j.'s.  Have a wonderful day!!

PS- If you have time you should really click on over to Patricia's blog and take a look at her new video- it is so wonderful and is sure to make you smile :)