Sunday, August 28, 2011

The Candy House and Artsy Bloggers Sunday!!

I tried to get this post up earlier in the week, but I kept forgetting to get the pictures off my camera.  I have been working on the living room in The Candy House and it's almost done.  I think I just have some trim work to finish by the ceiling and a curtain for the window.  Of course, that can always change :)  I added a decorative wall treatment frame over the fireplace.  I made some molds from brass charms I had and made the top of the border with paperclay casts from those molds.  The sides are chipboard and I painted the entire frame cream to match the fireplace.  Then I made a couple of candle scones for beside the fireplace with 2 earrings, 2 more paperclay molds from jewelry pieces and a wooden bamboo skewer.

I made the two topiary trees with paperclay and small punched flowers.  Here is the tree before- I roll a paperclay ball and stick it into the twig in a clay pot.  I let that dry overnight and then paint it green.
Then I add the tiny flower punches to the paperclay ball.  After that dried I touched up the topiary with a little paint and added coffee grind dirt to the bottom of the topiary.
I painted a little chair for the corner and a cream basket to hold some firewood. There is a trio of picture frames hanging in the corner made for me by my friend Dale from Dale's Dreams and the birdhouse is made by Katie from Katie's Clay Corner.  Katie made the "candy" sign on the mantle and the sweet gold and orange candles on the coffee table.  They are real wax and can actually burn!  The little book on the coffee table was made for me by Maia from Maia's Twinkle Miniatures.  The needlepoint picture of the Eifel Tower was made by my friend Kibbygirl from The Frugal Dollhouse Addict.
 
Next I'll start working on the kitchen.  I already added a skirt to the kitchen sink and some wire to the cabinet doors.  I need to finish the grout in the kitchen floor before anything else in the kitchen, so that is my next project.


  Now that you've had a little peek at The Candy House's progress how about some Artsy Blogger Sunday links?  Each week a group of my friends share with each other what we have been up to- and post to our blogs to share with our readers too. If you have the time please check out what my friends have been doing this week :)
  
Creative Paperclay Necklace
Something new with paperclay!

Beading Arts
Want to add a bezel to a curved surface? Cyndi shows you one easy way to do it! 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Eileen tries her hand at 3D paper tole. It's not as difficult as it looks, but does require a bit of patience.

Creative Dreamer
June's red bird turned out so well, she's made a blue bird... a blue bird of happiness, of course! And she's giving it away... get entered by September 4th!


Blue and Teal Garden Glass Sculpture
Another glass sculpture! This one uses blue and teal glass.



 



Sunday, August 21, 2011


It has been a beautiful weekend here in Minnesota. I've been working on The Candy House dollhouse today and it sure feels great to have time to work on minis again. I needed a break so I decided to pop in and post for Artsy Bloggers Sunday. Each week a group of my friends share with each other what we have been up to- and post to our blogs to share with our readers too. If you have the time please check out what my friends have been doing this week :) We've been a busy group this week!

Beading Arts
The "Mostly Metal" challenge was a great success, many thanks to Michelle Mach! Come and see all the fun pieces that were made. 

Eileen - The Artful Crafter
Did you love finger painting as a child? Here’s a – sort of – grown-up version you might enjoy.

Hot Pepper Jam
A great way to use up all those extra peppers in your garden.

Creative Dreamer
From a journal page to a three dimensional piece of folk art, June shares her completed bird!

Glass Garden Sculpture
Cherie makes a glass totem with recyled items for the garden.

I've been working on The Candy House dollhouse a little bit today- it sure feels good to work on miniatures again.  I'll be back later in the week to show you the progress :)