Thursday, November 15, 2012

We Have Wheels!!

With my husband's help-I finally have the start of wheels on the Steampunk dollhouse!  I have been feeling under the weather and not spending a lot of time creating things- mostly just trying to keep the house clean!  One night my hubby decided that we should go for it and try to attach wheels to the Steampunk house and I was all for it!  I'm so happy to have this step over with because it was really intimidating me and maybe now I'll move forward with this house instead of avoiding it.  Here are the pictures so far- of course more aging needs to be done and the front wagon wheels are not totally attached yet. 

I really need to build a background board for my pictures so you don't see my creative mess in the background :)  In other news, we are having a garage built this fall and this morning the first truck came with the materials.  I was so excited I was dancing around the porch in my pj's.  Here is the semi truck getting ready to unload.  They have a little crane on that front cab and they just detach and unload the bed-so cool!
Before I go- I have a very, very late blogging award to pass on.  My friend ShellbyFay from http://anythingminiature.blogspot.com/ gave me this award- which was really sweet of her since I have been having a hard time being a consistent blogger.  It is the "I love to blog" award.  I want to pass this award along to anyone that is still reading my blog- thank you for sticking around with me while I try to make blogging a habit again.  I hope to be feeling better soon and back to creating more-- my brain has so many things it wants to work on right now but my body keeps saying it wants to take a nap!!




Monday, October 29, 2012

updates

I did not have a lot of time for myself this week-but I did manage to get a few things done.  I am feeling like working on the steampunk dollhouse again--I've got to face the construction of the wheels sooner or later!  I saved up the tins my hubby's almonds come in after he was finished and I finally have 6 of them.  I am going to make a track system around 3 of them on each side of the house- kind of like a tank.  Here is some of the tins in progress- still lots more to do on them.
 My Marie doll had some more work done on her wig.  I started to add flowers- I want to add much more but they take time to make, so not too far on this yet.
 Here is Marie and her friend lounging in the craft room with all their tables of treats.  Lots more treats to make too.
 I made some more macaroons and some heart shaped cookies.  The cake was made for me by my sweet friend Patricia from http://papillonbleuuk.blogspot.com/
 Susie Mae has a new addition to her room- a sweet folding Barbie house with Barbie doll!!  This is a Hallmark ornament that I found on ebay that I could not resist- isn't it cute??!
 I also glued her shelf to the wall and there is a fishtank on her nightstand that was a gift from a sweet childhood friend.
That is it for this week- I really hope to get more done on the wig soon and maybe start getting the wheels attached to the steampunk dollhouse.  If only I didn't have to go to work!  Have a super week :)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

thank goodness for warm fall days

My hubby and I are building a garage, so this last week has been spent clearing up the area that the cement slab will be laid. That progressed on to cleaning up the old garage (which is really just a big shed) so that the old garage can become part chicken coop and part snowmobile shed.  I am thankful the days have been pretty warm.  Here is the exciting picture of where our new garage will be-you have to use your imagination a lot in this picture.  I circled the four corner stakes of the building.
After we finished dinner each night I've worked a little on my craft projects.  I have painted all the siding on the Fisher Price house and started working on the brick foundation.  The original chimney is gone so I made a substitute out of chipboard and that will be bricked also.
I've added more curls to Marie Antionette's wig and one ribbon hairband.  I want to eventually have flowers, gems and ribbons all over this wig.
I made a trial macaroon for the dessert tables for Marie Antionette.  I think it turned out okay- now to make at least a dozen more.
One night last week I was thinking how horrible my cactus in my kitchen looked, so I repotted them and got rid of the pathetic looking ones.  That was my whole week!  I don't feel like I accomplished a lot this week, but we did spend a lot of time on arranging things for the garage, so real life stepped in a lot.  I'm hoping to have some goodies made to show you next week for Marie Antionette's tables.  I'm still feeling a little nervous about the dress, so I'm still sketching and planning on her costume.  See you next week!




Thursday, October 11, 2012

Checking In :)

What have I been up to this week?  Jumping around from project to project and only getting a little done on each one :)  I have been progressing on the old Fisher Price dollhouse that belonged to my sister when she was young.  The house was in bad shape so I ripped down the walls that were there and I will be repainting and wallpapering.  Here is a before shot
 This is where I am at right now
More painting on Christmas ornaments.  I'm hoping to have them done by the middle of November- I paint over 50 of them so they  take a little time.
With the advice of some great friends I tried making curls out of wool roving for the wig on my Marie Antoinette doll.  I wrapped the roving around bamboo skewers and then dipped them in hot water and laid them on a paper towel to dry.  When they were completely dry I sprayed them liberally with hair spray and let that dry.  I've only had time to add one curl to the wig, but I think it is going to work really well.

I ordered a little sign from my friend Katie's etsy shop Katie's Clay Corner and she sent me some extra goodies.  Among them was a couple of CandyLand game pieces.  I saved one to use for The Candy House dollhouse-but my hubby said I should make the other one into some sort of sign for my bakery dollhouse and I thought that was a great idea.  He cut the little man off his base for me and we made an hours sign for the bakery.  I think it turned out so cute- that man has great ideas!

I finished the bedspread and pillow for the little bed in Blythe Susie Mae's room and I am thinking of gluing this shelf in the picture to the wall.  The jar is there to hold it up while I decide whether or not to glue it permanently. 
Last- this next project was my favorite thing I worked on this week.  A really good friend of mine turned 50 years old this year.  She is a fun and vibrant person and I wanted to make her a special birthday crown to wear on her special day.  I started with a chipboard frame and added painting, paper flowers, candles and lots of rhinestones.  She loved it and I'm so thrilled I made her birthday a little more special.  Sorry about the poor pictures- I forgot to take some until I already had it tied up to the package and I took these with my I-pod :) 




See you next week!!!!




Wednesday, October 3, 2012

fall is here, winter is coming

Fall is here.  The temps are cooler-- especially at night-- and all the leaves are falling. My head turns to thoughts of indoor projects and more time for crafting.  I thought I would try my hardest to blog at least once a week for awhile and see how it goes.
  What have I been up to this week?  Well- for one thing- I have already raked up these leaves once and it seems I need to do it again!!  We are blessed to have a lot of trees in our backyard-but holy cow does that mean a lot of leaves in the fall.  I planted over 60 daffodil bulbs back here this fall -I'm really anxious to see if they come up next spring!
I've   been spending a lot of time with Miko.  Miko hurt his leg last week and it really freaked me out.  I was sure he was going to need surgery and thought of all the worse case scenarios, but after a trip to the vet and some medicine for his pain he is good as new again.  My hubby says he is a big baby dog and I need to remember how spoiled he is when he hurts himself.  In other words- don't freak out so bad next time :)
In the crafting world I have been jumping around from project to project.  I've worked a bit on my Christmas ornaments I mail out and some necklaces that will be gifts.

I did some more work on the closet and little bedroom I was making for my new Blythe doll Susie Mae.
A little bit of work on the Marie Antionette doll.  I added lace to all the tables that will be filled with sweets and I started trying to make Marie a wig.
Last, I finished adding the cardboard siding to the old fisher price dollhouse and started painting it blue.  I think I like the color, but I stopped to live with it for a few days and see how I felt for sure.
So, that's where I'm at.  I really want to get back to my blogging habit- so I'll see you next week with another report on what's new.  Have a great week!






Friday, September 14, 2012

Getting back at it?

I can't believe it's been over a month again since I have posted- I am really struggling to get back into the blogging habit.  So, what have I been up to?  I've been slowly working on my steampunk dollhouse project- right now I am thinking about the wheels for the house and so I've been stalled a bit.  I know I want wagon wheels for the front cab and track wheels like a tank for the back half.  Wagon wheels take patience to make!  Here's my pile of wheel work:
As you can see- I'm not too far along and since I really hate making these wheels I have been working on other things in between.
 My sister had a fisher price dollhouse when she was growing up and I had a Tomy dollhouse.  They are both in really bad shape from years of use, so I have been bashing them.  I'm starting with the Fisher Price.  The outside was horrible so I have been using upholstery tack strips to add siding and I'm going to do egg carton bricks on the bottom foundation.  I'm not sure what colors to paint this house after the siding is on-any suggestions?

I've also been plugging along on my craft room.  I have a long table that I can work on in the room.  Since the room is so small I am always looking for the best use of space.  One day I was looking at the table and I thought about how much space is wasted under each end of the table so my hubby built me some simple shelves for that area.  I love them!
I've been adding tags to my jars and suitcases so I can know what each contains at a glance.
I've also been working on some fun things in this room.  I have a LIV doll that I am going to eventually make into Marie Antionette so I have started to work on a scene for her.  The other doll is made by the incredibly talented Patricia from http://www.papillonbleuuk.com/index.html  I plan to add a footstool for the LIV doll here as well as some tables full of all kinds of cakes and other treats.  This project will take me awhile, but it's something I can work on off and on as the mood strikes.
Finally, I caved in and bought a Blythe doll.  The seller was someone I had purchased things from before and the price was so good for a custom Blythe that I jumped at the chance.  I'm still shocked that I won the auction.  I have named her Susie Mae and I am working on a closet for her on one of the bookshelves in my room.  I'll be adding a dowel for a curtain rod and making some hangers for the few dresses I already have for her. 

So....that's what I have been up to.  Hopefully I'll do a better job of trying to update this blog with progress on all my projects.  I miss blogging, but for some reason it's really hard to jump back into it once you stop for so long!  Before I end this post I'll add one last photo of the black eyed susans in my fall garden.  They are so beautiful!








Thursday, July 26, 2012

Steampunk House Progress

Progress still goes very slow on the Steampunk House.  I did add the very cool piece of pipe that Kathi from http://beautifulminiblessings.blogspot.com/ sent me  to the side of the tower that the shower is in.  I think it looks really cool- thank you again Kathi!
I'm getting close to being finished with the siding and I added some steampunk machinery to the front of one of the steampipes that will be above the cab.  I still need to add stairs down to the cab from the balcony, add a ladder going up the side of the house to the reading nook, finish the roof tiling, glue the cab to the front of the house, add wheels and lots and lots of aging.  Here's some more progress pictures:




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Steampunk House Progress and Mail Goodies

Progress on the Steampunk House continues to be slow.  I'm plugging along on the siding but I'm almost out of upholstery tack strip so I guess I'll have to order another roll.  Poor planning there- but now I know how far it stretches if I use it on another project.  Here is the side of the house- where the stained glass windows are is where the sink will be in the bathroom.  There is a shower in the tower.

 I started to age the siding on the front part of the house-but not too much.  It still makes me nervous-the aging is going to take me awhile as I work up my nerve and stop being so worried about ruining things.  I can always paint it over and start new, right?
 I added more paperclay to the last pipe above where the cab to drive will sit and I painted  the othere pipe copper.  I don't like the copper- I'm going to try to work on it with more paint, but I may have to paint it white and start over. 
 Here you can see how the front cab will sit on the house when we glue it on.  This will be where the driver sits to control and steer the house while it is traveling.  I should have put a sheet or something over my dollhouse in the back- it's kind of distracting in the pictures.
 Before I go, I wanted to show you the kit I won from Kathi at http://beautifulminiblessings.blogspot.com/ anniversary giveaway.  Here is the kit opened with it's contents.  The kit is in Chinese-so when Kathi said it was a little challenge she was not kidding-but it looks like it's going to be fun! It's a small coffee house.  I think I'm going to build it just like the picture and see how it turns out- thank you so much Kathi!!
 Kathi also sent a ton of goodies along to use in my steampunk house- I was soooo excited to see all of it and started digging through it to get inspiration right away.  I am using that piece of pipe somewhere for sure- it's so cool!!  If you have never visited Kathi you should take a look at her blog- it's so fun to watch her projects progress and she has the best imagination.  I've learned some good mini building tips from her blog.