Monday, February 28, 2011

Please Bear With Me!

My computer is trying to flake out on me.   I hope to be back up and running in the next couple of weeks.  I will try when I can to upload new projects for Victoria's Farmhouse.  Thank you!


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Victoria's Farmhouse Floors

Today, I changed my mind about where all the rooms were going to be located....I wanted to change them around before I lay the floors down. 

Now, the living room is the formal dining room.
You can see where the front door will be located.  I added the stairs, haven't painted them yet.  I picked out a gray designed wallpaper for the walls...I'm not sure that I like it.  But, it matches the floor.

I took the tile out of the kitchen and added wood tile.  It is not up to the wall.  I need to cut more, to get it to fit all the way across.  I did find this really cute wallpaper that had chickens and roosters on it.  I fell in love with it.  It screamed that it wanted to be in Victoria's Farmhouse Kitchen...LOL!

I added the tile from the kitchen to the bathroom on the second floor.  Now, I need to find a sink,tub,and toilet that match the floor.  I also added the washer and dryer in the bathroom. Does it look funny?  The room was large enough since this was to be the second floor bedroom. 
I found this really pretty red carpet. I found a really pretty wallpaper that has blue and red flowers that set the furniture off really good.   Now, the living room is in the attic.  I add the second bedroom the attic too. 
I will update as soon as I find flooring for the other two rooms.   Have a great day!  Tell me what you think.  Do you like the colors?  Would you change anything?  Colors, flooring, furniture?


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blinds for Victoria's Farmhouse

Today, I wanted to make window treatments for the windows of Victoria's Farmhouse.  I thought maybe curtins....then I thought about blinds.   I gathered some things together to see what I could make.

I used medium weight tracing paper. I know you can also use vellum.  I couldn't find any at my local hobby store.  A window from the Victoria's Farmhouse, Nail Art, and Skinny Craft Sticks.  Also, used Aleene's Tacky Glue. 
I traced around the window and doubled the lengh of the it.  By the time you fold it back and forth it will be the same size of your window.  When folding your blind make sure to try to fold it small enough to match a real blind.  As you get to the end of folding it will try to go a little lopsided.  Just try to hold it straight.
It is surprising how much spring the tracing paper has.  When finished folding, you can measure it to your window to make sure you like the fit.  This way you can make any adjustments that are needed before you move on.
Here is the nail art sticker I choose for the blinds.  I know, that they don't stand out.  I used themon the blind here and there.  Kind of spread out.  It is really up to you.  You can also use a gold paint pen or any other colors you would like. 

This is what it looks like with the nail art is added.  

Don't worry about the blind looking smaller then the window.  It will work!  Now, to place the wood at the top and bottom.
I added two pieces of wood to the top and bottom of the blind.  The top for support of the blind and the bottom to pull down the blind with weight.  The skinny craft sticks seem to work pretty well.  You can paint them or cover with small ribbon.
Here is a view of the blind behind the window.  I will try to get a better picture once I get the blind in place. 
With the light behind the blind.  There are so many things you can do with your blinds.  You could use them behind the fabric curtains.  Or you could make really pretty blinds with scrapbook paper.

Tell me what you think.  Do you like the effect?  Or you may have some ideas on how to decorate your blind.  Thank you for looking!


Monday, February 21, 2011

Welcome! Sorry for the delay on updates.

Welcome! I hope you have fun following my blog.  Please share with me your dollhouse or miniature stories.  I love hearing your feedback.  I have fallen in love with the world of miniatures and dollhouses. 
I can't see myself doing anything else.  It is like, I have found my place in life.

I have more to share with you on building Victoria's Farmhouse.  But, the flu bug hit me.  It may be a couple of days before I get back on my feet.  I haven't been this hard hit in years.  What a hard way to lost 10 pounds...LOL!  Please bare with me.   Thank you!


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Victoria's Farmhouse Bed (part 2)

Sorry for the delay....Camera battery died on me yesterday. 

I wanted to show you the rest of the steps I took to re-cover the bed.  I found the fabric at Wal-mart for 77 cents. 

I used a file folder because it was stiff enough for me to use on the fabric.   I used a gel pen to trace around the old piece of fabric onto the file folder.  You could use card stock too.
Lay the old piece of fabric out on the paper.  Then trace around it.  You may want to give it a light touch with an iron to get it to lay as flat as possible. 
Here you can see the pattern on the paper.  Then cut around the outline.  And it should look just like the piece of fabric you traced. 
Now, you have the paper pattern and the fabric piece.  Save the old fabric.  You never know when you might need it again...LOL! 

Taaadaaa! What do you think?  I really fell in love with this pattern and color.  It is much brighter in the light.   It gave me the feeling of being on vacation.   I think, I'm ready for warmer days and summer to be here! 
When tracing on darker fabric...I think a white chalk pencil would work great.   Make sure to lay your pattern on top of the best part of the fabric.  Where you get a better layout of the design.   I had to move mine around until I had a really good spot.  
The I layed the fabric of the mattress and covered it back the way it was when I took it apart.  But, this time I didn't glue it.  I used tape instead.  This way I could take it off and use different ones.   I would like to add some little pillows too!

Tell me what you think?  Do you like the color and pattern choice?   Thanks for looking! Hope to hear from you.  Drop a line in the comments section. 


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Victoria's Farmhouse ~ Bed (part one)

I hope everyone had a great Valentines day! 

I found a really pretty bed for Victoria's Farmhouse.  The only thing that I didn't like was the bedspread that was on the bed when I bought it.

Not that it is a bad color or pattern....I just wanted something a little bit more rich in color.  Something that would stand out a little better.  So, I started to look at how to take it off.   By looking under the bed, it was glued to the bracing boards.  I worked gently all the way around until I could lift the board from the wood. If you are going to try this be real gentle so not to break the wood frame. 
As you can see from the picture above, there was some cardboard left on the wood from the glue that was used to hold the mattress in place.  There is not much you can do to take it off either.  The other no one will see it once you replace the mattress. 
Then, I flipped the mattress over and pulled the fabric from the board.   There are three parts to the doll mattress.  The fabric, foam, board.    The only thing that I'm replacing is the fabric.  There is a pillow for the bed it is a large piece of fabric covering a long piece of foam.  I'm going to re wrap a piece of fabric around the pillow that will match the new bedspread.
So, here is the fabric completely removed from the mattress.  I'm sure many of you have done the same thing I have done to this bed.  I will be posting part 2 later today. 

I would love to hear if you have done this to your dollhouse bed.  How did it turn out? Would you do it again?  Drop me a line in the comments section below.  


Sunday, February 13, 2011

Victoria's Farmhouse Kitchen

The other day...I was going to post pictures of the kitchen.  But, when I went back to find my pictures they had all disappeared. Now, They are back.   Strange! 

 I wanted to show you more of the tile floors in the kitchen.  I like the tiles and the colors.  I know they are kind of dark.  I thought about putting up a very light wallpaper in browns to match the floor tiles.

Sorry.  I can't seem to get a really good picture of the wallpaper and tiles together.  I think this wallpaper may still be a little dark for the kitchen.  I like the hint of gold.

 I have dark, light, and metallic tiles. In brown tones or cream. 

 It is hard to find that right match for tiles and walls.  I really want wallpaper and not painted walls.  The room above will be two rooms, I haven't put the walls up yet. There will be the kitchen and dining room.  The dining set that I posted pictures of from the previous blog on the "Great Deal".  Is the set, I was thinking about putting in the dining room.  I would also like to put up cabinets.  And a back splash above the stove. 

I guess just roll with it and see what happens...LOL!  So, tell me what you think.  Would you stick to this color of tiles or go with something completely different....Maybe wood floors?  Would you go with wallpaper or paint the walls?  Would you keep this one big room or two?    Drop a line in the comments section.  I would love to hear from you!


Saturday, February 12, 2011

Found A Great Deal!

Today, I wanted to run into the hobby store to see if I could find any good deals on Valentine's stuff that I might can use for Victoria's Farmhouse. 

I found a really pretty dining room set marked more then half off.   Now, the bad....the table had a leg broke off.   I thought it was missing completely.  But, when I go home.  Opened the package, I found the broken leg. I was really happy. 

I grabbed the glue and started to work repairing it.   Once, I got the leg glued back on and set up the whole dining room set.  
Excuse the wallpaper.  I just have them standing up on it's own.  I had a china set that I have been wanting to see what it would like.  And a rug that I found at Goodwill for fifty cents.  The Buddha is from Forbidden Gardens. 

Drop me a line in the comments section and tell me what you think.  Do you like the set?  I would love to hear from you.  Until next time.


Happy Valentine's Day

Wishing everyone a Happy Valentine's Day! 


Friday, February 11, 2011

A Day Of Goofing Off!

I wanted to goof off a little bit today. I started to play around with some of the furniture that I have found for Victoria's Farmhouse.  I found a really cute vintage bathroom set minus the sink.   I got it from a resale market.  I paid a dollar. 

I think the color is going to be a little hard to find stuff to match.  The picute shows the tub as light blue but, it really more like a green aqua color. 

Trying out different types of wallpaper.  I also bought some really pretty tiny tiles (blue,green, light aqua) that I was thinking about either put them on the walls or the floor. 
Found this really pretty fireplace at a dollhouse seller.  I got it for less then half price. The reason was that the base had come unglued from the fireplace.  The fireplace is made of wood and the front with the fire is made of metal.  So, I glued it back together.  And it is like new! 
Sorry about the bad color of this picture.  My camera keeps acting bad.  The base on the table is the same Hunter Green as the house.  I haven't found any chairs that I like yet.  I like the size of this table.  But, I think later down the road I would like to get a long table.  I think it will fit better in the house. 
Here are some tiles that I found the other day at the local lumber store.   They are small and fit really well on the floor.  I have not glued or grouted them in yet.  I just wanted to see what they looked like.

Thank you for looking.  Drop me a line and tell me what you think.  I would love to hear your input and and ideas. 


Thursday, February 10, 2011

More work on Victoria's Farmhouse

I have been working on Victoria's Farmhouse like crazy.   I have the second floor walls up now and working on the roof.

Trying to paint as I go along.  I know, it looks like I have been jumping around from room to room with the is because, I have.   The reason.  I have tried different brushes and rollers.  Trying to see which one works better. 
I have put a few of the windows in so that you can see what they look like in.  The windows that don't have frames in them are the ones that I had to order.  They were missing from the kit. 
A view of the side opening.  I haven't been brave enough to try yet. I hope to start the shingles soon.  And go back and work on the front gable. 

So, drop me a line in the comments section and tell me what you think of Victoria's Farmhouse.  Let me know if you have this dollhouse, would like to build this dollhouse or just to say hello! I would love to hear from you.


New Followers!

Hi! I'm so happy to see your here!  It is a great feeling to have people say that they will come back to share a common interest with you.  I have had a wonderful time looking and reading everyone's blogs, each different and amazing.  I hope as I go along, I will learn more about how to do blogs and be more creative online and in miniature life to share with each of you.   Thank you! 


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Victoria's Farmhouse (2) Progress

It is a great feeling when you get over the fear of messing something up.  How could I mess it up more then the person before me...LOL!  

Things are starting to fit in place and floors are starting lay right.  Walls are standing.  What more could I ask for.

Here is where she is standing so far.
I didn't know it was going to turn out as big as it is.  But, I love the fact that I have all kinds of room to add furniture.  
I really love this color.  I don't know why but I have always been drawn to Hunter Green.  By looking at the picture I can see I may have to put another coat of paint on.  I can see dark and light spot here and there.

Here is the other side.  I'm thinking about adding wood on the first and second floor on the outside.  To give it more of the rustic look. 

This is not a very good picture.  But, it kind of gives you the idea of what the front door will look like.  The lighter trim is called soft apple. The door is burgundy, and the inserts is latte.   I will try to get a better picture during the day when there is better light. 

Thank you for looking and please drop me a line in the comment section and tell me what you think.


Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Progress on Victoria's Farmhouse

After the mistake that I made on the foundation, I figured I would just keep going on the build.   I love this dollhouse.  The one thing, I wished for this house is that I had known about the damage that was done to it before I bought it. 

So working around the all that was done to it before I bought it.  I have had to make a few adjustments here and there.    Working around bad floors that had been glued and nailed.  Then ripped apart and thown back into the box.  But, I'm still happy that I'm the owner of this dollhouse. 

The problem that I ran into today, was that what should have been the second floor they tried to make it the first floor.  I had to sand and sand to make it look some what ok.  Then, I painted to hide the rest of the damage. 

Then everything started to fall into place. 
I really like the colors.  I have picked out 5 different colors for this dollhouse.   I'm hoping what I see in my mind will go together on the house.  Hope to how more progress soon. 


A Small Poll

My MIL is very talented at crocheting and I was telling her about some of the pretty things that I have seen in other people dollhouse.  I like crochet afghans, doilies, table runners.  I love all of them.   I think that they add that real feel to a dollhouse or miniature setting.

Well, the other day.  She showed me this really pretty crocheted doilie she made for my dollhouse. It is about the size of a quarter.  I think she did a fabulous job.  

Here is the poll.....Do you think she should make and sell them to other people for their dollhouse or miniatures.  Just drop me a line in the comment section and let me know what you think. She would love to hear to.  She would like to make all kinds of pretty crocheted items if they would sell.   Thank you!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Today, I learned to pay attention....

Got the foundation done...Hooray!  Now comes the....Boo!  I noticed that I didn't pay attention to what I was doing and I put the rock foundation all the way around.  I didn't leave an area open on the foundation for the front gable wood to fit...Darn it!   Now, I have to go back and fix it. Oh well, live and learn...LOL! 

But, I have been havig fun today!  That is what it is all about.