Saturday, August 9, 2014

Tree Stump House Part Six Adding Vines


Oh my little tree stump, I do love thee so!

Part six of the video diary is now on youtube. In this part I explain how I made the door and talk a little bit more about paper towels and fake tree bark.
And I also show the beginning stages of how awesome the exterior is looking and how I added the mossy vines. Click here to see the video

Scroll down and enjoy the photos before you leave! Also a couple days ago  I had posted here on blogger about the door itself so I could separate that from this post. You can read that post and see

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Homemade Dollhouse Door


Come on in, the door's open!

I'm so excited to show you all the door, the doorknob and little keyhole, lol I don't have a video for this week. I want to add another part to the video before I upload it. So this update is just pictures.

I used 8 jumbo craft sticks, 4 per side and 2 coffee stir sticks to make the door itself. I used old fancy but used hinges that I've had for a couple years now. They were all beat up and bent but I fix them up and painted them black and I was happy to finally use them for something!

I carefully carved out a little hole for the keyhole. I say carefully because this wood easily splits so I went as slow as possible!  I cut

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Dollhouse Reno Part Five Egg Carton Stones


Part five dollhouse to tree stump ~ egg carton stones,

Video is here ( it's also linked at the bottom of this post so keep reading!)

I'm absolutely in love with the stone chimney. I think it turned out really great even though I had no plans to start with.
I pieced the chimney together using tinfoil covered with paper and glue again, building it up in 3 separate pieces. The top section of the chimney is hollow so it got stones on the inside as well. I wanted to

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Miniature Paddington Bear Thrifty Find

Miniature Paddington,

My son and I went for a walk today and about 15 minutes after we started out the sun came out in full force and wow, it got super hot! We were not dressed for that kind of weather so we ducked into a thrift store to escape the heat. As I was wondering about I spotted this bear laying at the bottom of an empty sorting cart. Whoever was

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Tree Stump House Part Four


Paint, Windows and Baseboards,

Part four has been wrapped up and in now on youtube! Since I posted the last time I had many delays, mostly it was me having troubles laying the wooden shingles and also getting the bark color just right. I think I'm there with the color, although there might be a slight color change yet.. I haven't decided yet.. but for

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Dollhouse Reno Part Three Paper Towel Tree Bark


Looks like a skeleton house doesn't it?

Here is the final stage of the tree bark before it's painted. I've done fake tree bark before. I actually have a tutorial on youtube right here  and I remember at that time wondering what it would be like if I had paper towel on hand to use. On my last project I used mulberry paper (a softer recycled paper used for writing on). I tried newspaper first but it wouldn't drape or wrinkle the way I wanted. But had I known how awesomely paper towel would

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tree Stump House Part Two



Gut & Flip update!

If you missed last week's post, I've been turning an old wooden dollhouse into a tree stump house. I'm  following along the progress with video clips, like a daily diary of sorts.

Part 2 of the diary is full of big changes!

1)  a substantial overhang on each side.
2)  a base
3)  roots
4) added a wall on the top floor (closed off the slope)
5) painted interior walls
6) stained the floors


I changed my mind a couple times after doing the first overhang on the sides of the roof and decided to build it out even more which looks awesome and I think because I never planned it and I built it out in stages it worked in my favor and the roof is solid and sturdy even though there's about 4 extra inches added on each

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Video Dollhouse Reno Gut and Flip Part One



Hello friends!

It's been 5 months since I posted anything new here.  I haven't been completely out of the blogosphere though, I've been very busy with my other blog Amigurumi To Go and posting crochet toy patterns with video tutorials like crazy!
And some of you might of noticed that this blog, Homemade Obsessions got a new look with some updates too. So I've been here on this blog too, just behind the scenes :)

Anyway, I've got news ~>  I've been building a dollhouse again, yahooo! I tell you, once the building bug hits me I just get all consumed!  That means every spare moment, when I'm not

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Sea of Hearts Crochet Earrings



Crochet thread earrings! I've never made earrings before and I never wear earrings but  thought I'd give it a try and maybe one day when my little girl gets her ears pierced she'll wear them. I made the hearts using my very own