Sunday, May 31, 2009

Dollhouse Miniature 1/12th Scale Bear Wall Hanging for Nursery or Child's room

This was a custom order for another etsy seller.

She saw the girl version of this in my shop, they are pink and yellow pillows with animals on them. Just perfect for the nursery or child's room.

As it happened, I hadn't made the boy version all into pillows yet, so I was able to make this custom bear wall hanging for her.

Isn't it sweet? :)

Hopefully, I'll get the boy version of the pillows in my shop soon. I just listed a series of fruit pillows that remind me of summer time fun.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

I'm in a treasury on Etsy. :) click here to see it.

The treasury was curated by one of my team mates MostlyArt, you can check out her store on etsy, She makes amazing pottery, I just bought a little asian inspired latern from her and it is divine!!! :)

Thanks for including me in the treasury, Mostly. ;)

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fourth of July Completed Projects!

Finally! Pictures of the completed projects for the custom order I have been working on. :)
And, I just got an email from my customer, she got her package today and is very excited to say the least.

Old fashioned 4th of July bunting for across the porch railings.

Some kitchen towels. I didn't know whether she wanted tea towels or regular towels, so I made both and gave her, her choice. She took two of each.

Notice both sets of towels are trimmed with fabric used on other items.

A complete miniature bib apron to hang in the kitchen from a hook.

A new cushion for the high chair so it is all coordinated.

Kitchen chair cushions.
Oh, when I get tired it comes out chicken care cushions, lol. :)
I made four of these.

Cushions for the rocker, along with an accent pillow.
I made four of these as well.

A custom table cloth, notice the white checked fabric ties in all of the other checks and plaids.
I ended up making this twice as the first one was just a hair too short and you could see the skirting under the table. The more I thought about it, the more it bugged me, so, I did it again and I think it's pretty cute, if I do say so myself. :)
My absolute favorite pieces of the whole project.
The porch swing.
Yes, that cushion is tufted, it really looks like it could be full scale, don't you think?
Originally, I had a different striped fabric, but ran across this one, that is much more to scale.

Okay, so sometimes my perfectionism drives me nuts, but it does pay off when it comes to making miniatures.

My customer is so happy! I have to keep her around, she is marvelous for my ego. Yup, she has more work for me to do. She is the best customer ever! I could not have asked for a better customer for my first custom order experience. :)

She promises to send pictures of it all, all in place, so you will have to wait to see it.
I didn't show any pictures of the swags and rosettes, as you really need to see them in their setting to fully appreciate them.

Next time, another little custom order I just did. :)
I'm liking this custom stuff. :)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Memorial Day Weekend

I hope everyone is enjoying it. :)

Next blog will be the finished products of my custom order, but, I will probably break it down into two postings, there is so much!

Enjoy the three day weekend everyone! :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Shopping! Finding the Perfect Fabrics for my order.

So, I have my inspiration.

Fourth of July Celebration.

I have my scope of work, provided by my client.

Now, on to one of my favorite parts of a new project.

Shopping for the supplies and in this case, it was fabric shopping.

My middle daughter came along with me, she's my supply shopping buddy. And, some times that means some supplies for her as well. :)

Above, you can see the final results.

But, a selection of fabrics like that, just doesn't happen willy nilly.

The reds were fairly easy, I took most of them right from the inspiration picture.
(You can scroll down to find it, it's in an earlier posting.)

The large check was for the swing cushion, just like in the photo and the small plaid was for two pillows on the swing, also, just like the inpiration photo.
Add on a red and white polka dot and a red and white floral.
That was easy!

Check off, first store on the list.

My next challenge was finding a blue fabric for the kitchen and rocker chair cushions.
Since the farm house is set in the 1930's I wanted a fabric that would be period appropriate.

This ended up being the most challenging aspect of the shopping expedition.
In my mind's eye, I could see what I wanted, but finding it, proved a bit difficult.

I went to the local quilt shop because I was certain I had seen some vintage inspired fabrics there in the past. Well, they might have been there the last time, but this time, nothing that I saw was fitting the bill. :(

Went to another fabric store, this one specialises in a large selection of novelty fabrics. I looked at every fabric in this warehouse type store, no go! But, I did find a red and white striped fabric which I added to my red selections.

Okay, so then we were hungry so we stopped at Wegman's take out and noshed to keep up our stamina. ;)

At our last store, I found the perfect blue fabric, in the picture above, it is the second fabric up from the bottom.

It's as if, I bee lined right over to that fabric. It was perfect for what I wanted, white/bluish back ground with the blue grid pattern gave it a vintage type look and the reddish flowers were the perfect compliment to all of the reds in the rest of the cushions and decorations.


And, right near that fabric was the blue fabric shown right above it in the picture.
Just the right punch of color and accent pattern for a unique pillow on the porch swing.

Oh, and almost forgot! Here's my fabric for the bunting. What a find, perfectly scaled for 1/12th scale Fourth of July bunting. Gotta love that!

Five hours and five stores (okay, one was for food) I had all of the fabrics I needed to begin this custom order.

More next time!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Fourth of July Custom Order

Here is the house I am doing the custom order for.
Isn't it just charming?

It is a turn of the century farm house set in the 1930's.

The left side of the wrap around porch.

And the right side of the wrap around porch.

Here's one of the rockers and the porch swing.

They are so cute, no wonder I love minis! :)

Custom orders can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. We went back and forth through email about what she wanted, things changed along the way, some things removed, other things added. You really have to go with the flow when you are doing a custom order. You are making your customer's vision into a reality. I have so enjoyed this process and loved that I was able to make another mini lover's dream come true. :)

Hoping everyone has had an enjoyable weekend, I love lazy days when I can get them. :)
More next time!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Dollhouse Miniatures Custom Order Fourth of July Celebration

For the last month, most of my "free" time has been consumed with a custom order.

This has been the most fun! Challenging at times, as all minis can be at times, but, for the most part, the most rewarding experience.

I found out about the request from Small Stuff Digest. If you are not familiar with it, it is an email that comes every few days or so and is like a forum. People post and others answer and it all comes to your email.

This was the picture that caught my eye.

The request was for some sewing help, specifically bunting, which the picture was necessary as not everyone knows what bunting is. (Bunting in other countries is also another thing, as I have found out along the way).

But, not just bunting, also chair cushions and pillows. This was right up my alley!

And, the picture was so inspiring. This, I can do, I thought to myself and hurriedly dashed off my reply, hoping I'd be one of the first to answer the request.

More next time,

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Monday, May 11, 2009

Well, I hope everyone had a nice a weekend and lovely Mother's day. I know I did. :)

I awoke to freshly made croissants by my middle child, she's the baker. The kids stayed home for the most part and I basically lazed about and did some work on my minis.

For dinner, hubby made his famous cheese steaks. (I even had him make me an extra one,which I had for lunch today, yummy!) Then, ice cream for dessert.

I got mom a big box of Whitman's chocolates, her favorites. I got chocolate from my oldest daughter, enough to last me til Christmas, well, maybe... and a pot of impatients from my son, which when I said, "Impatients?" he thought I was referring to him. Cute. ;)

And, guess what else I got?!

Something I've been wanting for a long time!

My very own
pink tool box!

Makes me want to build something!
Or hang a picture or something.

Each piece is perfectly scaled and weighted for a woman's hands.
How cool is that?

I really don't know what this handle and assorted stick like screwy things are.
They will stay nicely in their box. :)
Well, since today was spent on chores, tomorrow will be spent on mini making. :)
And, hopefully, I can get something new listed in my etsy shop and possibly finish my custom order. Details about that, forth coming!
until next time,
dale ;)

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mothers Day! :)

Hoping all of the Mothers have a lovely, peaceful day.

Friday, May 8, 2009



I've finally started to blog, I know, I'm so up with the times. ;)

About me, my name is dale. :) I am an artisan specialising in dollhouse miniatures, particularly 1/12th scale. I love home decor, so that is where I focus my interests in creating.

I have a shop on etsy
and also a gallery listing on CDHM

Things you can find in my shop; accent and decorative pillows, wall art, carpets and rugs, curtains and drapes, decorative items, mattresses and bed pillows, kitchen chair cushions, placemats and napkins and some supplies for dollhouses.