Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Little Old Mushroom Man In The Works

Mushroom Face,

I was working on more mushrooms for my Gnome house and I got the urge to make one into it's own creature. I actually got the idea from a book I own called "How To See Fairies".
Anyway, it was spur of the moment so you'll never believe what I used to make this face... tissue paper soaked in glue and water!
So I just started with goo... 

It took about an hour or three to get it just the way I wanted.. or I should say, as good as I could get it, then when I was happy I put

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Mushrooms For The Gnome House

paper mache mushroom cluster

Papier Mache Mushrooms,

I've been working on these mushrooms for about 3 days trying out different paint techniques and today I finally got the look I wanted. And they look awesome all in a cluster.. I'm so pleased!

I constructed them from tin foil covered in masking tape then I added newspaper strips dipped in glue and water. I dried them in the oven for 20 minutes at 275 degrees.
Using acrylic paints the base coat is white and yellow mixed together. The 2nd coat was a mixture of  yellow, white and brown. Once that was dry I used a dry brush with just a tiny bit of  watered down brown and also painted the edges with a mix of watered down brown and

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Miniature Boots A Thrifty Finnish Find

Hello Friends!

I just returned from a 2 week trip to Finland and what an amazing time I had! You can read a little bit about why I went on this trip on my other blog and at a later date I will write up a post here with more pictures but today this is just about my search for miniatures.

I really, really wanted to find some Finnish dollhouse furniture so my cousin and I set out one day to do just that but with no luck. We did come across a shop that sold some miniatures but there was no Finnish furniture to be found there, none! What a disappointment, there was only Swedish made or China made, all stuff I can get online in Canada. The  store owner told us that a neighboring town did have

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Update Miniature Fire In The Fireplace

Quick update,

Hello Friends.. I'm off on a trip so this is just a quicky. I realized I hadn't updated the house since August 9th! Today is September 3rd and I'm leaving in a couple hours.. hopping a plane and flying away but I'll return on the 18th :)

I didn't get to do much on the house for most of August as I had relatives visiting me but I add some flowers and also more moss which hides a thousand sins on my roof, lol

and I made a fire in the fireplace.. it looks really cool with the lights off but I'll show more of that in the next update. I do give a brief rundown

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