May 15, 2020

#Miniatures Project Update: Cabinet and Kitchen

Figured I'd give a "little" update as to the projects progress...

Getting there. It's close to the end!!

Yes, I'm very-slowly doing some things for the planned Raggedy Ann house, but also trying to get the lady's shoppe cabinet and the shadow box kitchen finished. Getting there! (Click photos for full size.)

The Kitchen:

I have only a few things left to add. That open space under the kitchen cabinet will have a filled garbage container. 

I put in the faucet, added some food and finished the side counter.  The side support was cut from one of those wood fans. I glued two pieces together for strength. Plus, I added a shelf underneath to the wall with some extra dishes and a broom on the edge. 

I put some sliding "doors" (painted corrugated paper with metal findings) on the front of the sink cabinet instead of having it all open. Yes, the drain pipe is glued under there, too. I added a small bowl on the shelf as well, in case the sink leaks. (Don't trust that plumber! ha!)

I'll be adding a pizza to the oven...  looking for my ingredients! And I'm putting a stack of newspapers on the top of the fridge. 

I know, it's a really busy kitchen! It would be less busy with wall cabinets instead, but I liked the idea of using a shelf for a change. And it's like real life! I like how it's come out.

The Lady's Shoppe Cabinet

Not real big progress, but it's something I've been putting off and I'm close to finishing now. I did finish filling the shelves before. Finally, the inside is papered and the floor added. The floor paper was glued to a piece of mat board and glued on top of the cabinet drawer.  I ended up taking out the small ledges as this makes the cabinet fit inside better.  Next, have to put acrylic in doors, then add some lights on the ceiling. Updated photo of part of inside.  Cabinet photos. (Have to add more.)

Here's a dress form I had and repainted it white. I need to finish painting the bottom, a bamboo skewer set into a wood heart shape for a stand.  The dress is actually all glued in layers, except I did do a gathering stitch to pull the waist of the dress in. 

Stay tuned! More to come!

May 01, 2020

Planning my next #dollhouse project, Raggedy Ann

Or should I say likely...

Yes I bought a dollhouse kit when Hobby Builder's Supply's had the  40% off sale....

I got the 1/2" scale farmhouse by Real Good Toys. Here's a pic from the site. 
I mentioned some of this on the last post in the #AtoZ Blog Challenge - Z end and recap...

But... I decided I do want to make this into a Raggedy Ann house. My fascination with the doll began years ago. I had a couple dolls. Used to have a huge one I won in a costume contest as a teenager at church. I don't have them anymore, but it's nice to do miniature scenes since they take up less room. Well, kind of. When you have a lot of houses, you run out of room. Half scale at least takes up less space. ha!

* Here's some history and all kinds of Raggedy stuff at RaggedyLand. (Waaah, they had some cute miniatures but they're discontinued so I'll make some.) Cute ideas, I'll have to make a lunch box and love that thermos! It has to be tinier, though, as it's half scale!


This is the cutest book cover for wall art. I'll be making small books for a shelf, plus game and doll boxes.

These are adorable, Barbie Kelly doll set. How cute!

So thinking how to do this.The planning is the best part, I think: 

Some ideas:

* Raggedy lover Sheila on Raggedy Kingdom has an adorable Raggedy bedroom and a red kitchen in a 1/4" scale Victorian dome! (Scroll down on that page for pix.) I was thinking of a red kitchen, too. I like that idea.

* Here's another smaller scale house  she did with the patriotic color scheme.

I was thinking of doing the outside yellow with red and blue trim.... not sure yet.

Here's a Colorforms kit that shows a yellow house: I love yellow but for this, I'd change the green...

I might have some small scraps of Raggedy print fabric left from the other projects, but holy cow, checking Ebay, minimal choices and $$$. If we can ever leave the house soon!!! I'll have to go on a fabric hunt. 

Yeah I have a ton of fabric but not any other RA print. Figures right? haaa! Luckily this is half scale. I don't need much!

Fabric I have on hand.. just some of the reds... Will ask my friend Gigi (who's also a quilter) what she has!

Looking into the scrapbook paper inventory:

Yes, the roses are bit big... but sometimes a bigger pattern works... I kind of like that blue and rose paper, though...  Bigger patterns can be broken up with wainscoting, too. 

Kitchen: I like that retro style with the black leaves for the walls. The dots are cute as a back splash? It doesn't all have to be the dark blue with the red... but the colors can be mixed in.

I like mixing prints. It's all subject to change, until I can go out, of course. 

Stay tuned. We'll see what I figure out! I'll have to dig out the kitchen kits and see what I have.