Made some more progress on the Half Scale Country House I've been working on. (See first set of photos.) I can't wait until I have a decent pic of some progress on the outside to show!
It's a great feeling when you can plug in the transformer for a test - and Let there be light!
The kitchen has a cute little hanging lamp and a wall light (I have to put the shade back on.) Put some tile on the wall where the sink will go also. The floor is scrapbook paper.
There's a hanging lamp and a little old-fashioned bulb in the living room ceiling. I may add a lit candle on the fireplace yet since there are holes for one. (I also put some new brick paper in the fireplace as the old stuff was faded and added a brick insert to the floor in front.)
(Okay a funny admission - first time I bought lights that had the replaceable, push-in bulbs included in a tiny bag attached to the plug cord. Well, I cut off the plug in the living room lamp, not realizing this, and had the light soldered in. Hmmm, no light. Oops! Luckily, I didn't throw the plug out with the light bulbs still attached!)
This boring pic is the wall light above the door that will be inside the shed. I put a small globe from one of those Christmas post light sets over a bulb. Next I have to stucco this wall before I glue the shed walls on.
Now that the first floor lights are soldered onto the floor, I can paper the second floor and do the flooring. I have to enclose the staircase opening and add a fake door in back leading to the third floor. With the problems I had building (and rebuilding and rebuilding) the staircase, I don't want to do it again!
Neat thing I found at Michael's- these metal findings look like shades! I'm going to add them on the two side walls in the attic and on the back wall as sconces...
Today's special post is by Camille Minichino, who writes several series, including my favorite, the Miniatures Mysteries (under the name Margaret Grace.). Believe it or not, MADNESS IN MINIATURE (Perserverance Press) is her 7th book in the series -- the 8th, MANHATTAN IN MINIATURE, comes out next summer.
Besides writing, Camille also is a miniatures collector and is known for making fun little mini scenes that she raffles off for charity. She also decorates dollhouses (annually yet!) that she donates for school fundraisers.
In MADNESS IN MINIATURE: The Miniature Series, the grand opening of a giant crafts store comes is accompanied by an earthuquake--and murder. Gerry and her computer-gifted granddaughter Maddie help police investigate and wonder whether something is up with the disposessed small business owners? The clues aren't so easy to follow when it comes to her own relationship, however, with Henry Baker...
Today, Camille wanted to share some of her organizing tips she's learned along the way doing miniatures.
(To which I ask, organizing? Is there such a thing?)
Be sure to keep reading to the end for a special contest!!!
MANAGING A CRAFTS ADDICTION
by Camille Minichino
Thanks to Christine
Verstraete for lending me her blogspace today! Chris is an amazing, prolific
writer and artist and I'm grateful that she lets me into her life now and then!
This blog is about a week late --- I should have written it
for April 1. Because the follow up to Managing a Crafts Addiction is: You can't!
But I do have some tips on how to use up those supplies that
accumulate and seem to take over your crafts corner, no matter how big or
1. Scrapbooking supplies—not just for scrapbooks. I promised
myself that I wouldn't buy a greeting card until I had no more paper left in my
house. I'm not very good at those professional-looking cards some of my friends
make—the ones with several layers of paper, cutouts, brads, and stamped
messages placed exactly in the center where they belong. But expertise is not
necessary to make a personalized card by simply arranging a collage of stickers
or stamp images on a piece of stiff paper.
Use the kitchen-themed stickers for
a friend who's a good cook, flag stickers for a vet, or cut the shape of a boat
from a scrap for the friend who sails. The large scrapbooking sheets that have
a design on them can be folded twice, into card size and often used as is. Most
people prefer something hand-made, even if it looks a little like a day care
2. Donate. Every year I donate a furnished dollhouse to a
local school. I work on it through the summer and have it ready for their
holiday raffle. Instead of furnishing the house completely, I include a bag of
materials—odds and ends of wood, plastic, fabric, paint—with ideas on how the
lucky winner of the house can make her own accessories.
I also prepare small scenes for auctions. The one shown above just went for nearly $300 at a silent auction to benefit a library literacy
program. Donating not only helps a worthy cause, but it allows me to Buy More Stuff. (I warned you this might
not help trim down your inventory!)
3. Fabric scraps. Besides dressing up and giving texture to
greeting cards, fabric can be used as wrapping paper and to make small items
like pouches for travel and luggage tags. (For these, just fold and press the
fabric into a sturdy block; stick around the edges, leaving an opening to
insert a business card. At the tip of the opening, thread yarn to make a loop
for attaching to luggage.)
4. Out of the box. Sometimes it's fun to pick a piece from a
crafts drawer at random and make something from it. Today, I found a partially
used page of red glittery sticker letters. I took the H, B, and J, and made a Happy
Birthday gift tag for Joel using an odd piece of gold cardstock.
I think of my crafts "corner" as my playground—and
everyone knows playgrounds are usually overstocked and a bit messy, and always
a lot of fun. I hope you have fun playing with your crafts!
More miniature scenes are on display in Camille's website gallery at minichino.com.
** Now here's a great tip ---
** Add a tip in a comment and win a chance for a copy of the
newest Miniature Mystery, MADNESS IN MINIATURE by Margaret Grace!
* Camille thanks again for stopping by and for the great tips! It's always a pleasure! Btw, I really like #2. Any idea to make room for more is always a GREAT idea!
Get your copy of the free Artisans in Miniature (AIM) Magazine. It's the 50th issue! I have some photos in here too. (I have half scale flowers on pg. 63; Gold items - gold party dress pg. 82 and my great lipstick stand pg. 84; my tea stand pg. 85)
* Make some great "golden" roses (and how to scale them down to half scale)
* Make chrysanthemums
* Golden printies
* Landscape a Brambly Hedge scene
* Printable spring dishes
I've been remiss on doing updates lately, though I have been posting pix on my Facebook page. Come friend me if you're on there! Or check out other minis on my website.
So... a little update on a few things I've made lately for the Half Scale Country House. I guess maybe I haven't shared this house here yet. I'd bought it half-finished, it sat for a while and slowly the idea formed. I painted the interior dark paneling ivory and recently made a staircase for it. Here are a few other things I've been making also. It's going to be a country house for a little old lady, so kind of lived in and comfortable, nothing fancy.
I filled in windows and centered the top two as I wanted wall space. It's going be stucco and stone outside.
I'm adding on a pantry/shed/bathroom. This is the front wall.
Side wall of shed/pantry/bath.
Old-fashioned sink kit -Kit from Petite Properties. UK (Love their kits made of hard card like mat board. I have several to make for this kitchen. I have to figure out an old monitor-style fridge since no one has a kit with an opening door.
Haven't done this in a while, so thought I'd share a few other miniatures I just made. Yes, the ladies shops are still ongoing. And.... since I bought a partly-constructed Brimble's General Store, I am thinking of going even bigger and making a shabby ladies shop - mostly dresses and things.... I haven't lost the bug yet...
Cabinet with perfume and other boxes.
New jewelry chest I got for Christmas.
Perfume display. This bookcase was an ugly gold color before I painted and papered it. Hooked on shabby chic!
Tried out a new dress style which is easy to make and turns out well. I have a red one too and wait'll you see the matching sandals!