Monday, February 22, 2010

New Baby Girl

Today's the day for packages to arrive!  This darling little baby girl, just under 2 inches tall, came today.  She will be needing some clothes, since the outfit I have won't fit over her head or legs.  I'll have to wrap her in a blanket for now.  I do have a cradle for her if I can find it....  She was made by Alicia Singleton of AllieBeanDolls.  She's beautiful in pictures, but even seeing her in person, I can't believe how delicate and perfect she is!

Dick Van Dyke Dollhouse

I just got some new minis in the mail from Grandma Holly's House.  What lightening fast service she provides!!!  She had only 2 of these chairs, but she's ordered 2 more for me.  They are made by Reac and are absolutely perfectly scaled for 1:12.  Since there's no table to go with the chairs, I'll have to figure out how to make one.
This is a 1:12 scale replica of the Dick Van Dyke Show set which I started building about 10 years ago.  Since then, I've moved twice, so not much has been done.  I was also given some color pictures of the kitchen and living room since this decorating was done, so I'll be re-decorating in more authentic colors.  I've also become a little better in the woodworking dept since I built this, so most of this will be re-done.  This will give you an idea of what I'm working for though....
The actual colors in the kitchen were grey, aqua, and pink, with a green rug on the floor. I have some full size wallpaper from the 1960s that I reduced to miniature. It actually has all those colors in it, and I'm going to use it on the wall to the right of the table and chairs.
Above is a temporary display in which I used the kitchen wallpaper - just so you can see what it will look like.  The cannisters and percolater will eventually go in the Dick Van Dyke house.  The counter will go in the other dollhouse shown in earlier posts.

George the Miniguy: S-c-r-o-o-g-e!!

This is one of the neatest mini rooms I've seen! Check out the glowing ghost! Lots of wonderful detail.

George the Miniguy: S-c-r-o-o-g-e!!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rug Stitching Progress

I've made a new start on some petitpoint, and have gotten lots of stitching done during the Olympics.  The odd thing is that I haven't made any mistakes during the Olympics, but when the late news comes on, I'm doomed!  The colors aren't showing up very well in the photo, but at least it gives a general idea.  This is done on 48 ct silk gauze using Hand Dyed Fibers

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Back wall almost finished!

I spent today cutting tiny pieces of wood.  Not as relaxing as tiny stitches, but more visible progress.  :-)  There are just a few more pieces to cut, and I'll be ready to start the side walls.  I'll also have to see if I can get the basement stairs out of the first house without damaging them.  Fingers crossed that they'll fit with this new wall.  With luck, the stair landing will be the right height for the door.  (I did measure, but my measurements have been known to be wrong, as you can see by the original placement of the door, and the patch in the wall.)

Of course the real basement was poured concrete.  I'll cover the studs in the basement and make it look like concrete.  The door shown here is not the one that will be used - I'm just using this one for sizing purposes.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Petitpoint Pillow from Elizabeth Bradley designs

A fellow miniaturist asked about Elizabeth Bradley designs that would work for stitching in miniature, so I thought I'd put up a picture of one of her designs that I stitched.  It was one of my first petitpoint pieces that I stitched before I started designing my own.  It's done on 48 ct silk gauze and has been made into a cushion suitable for placing on a dollhouse sofa or chair.  The design is 50 X 50 stitches, and the pillow measures approximately 1 inch square, floral on the front and geometric on the back.  I don't know why the second picture looks green!