Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I'm itching to sew...

And I've got a 3-day weekend. Size 5.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

This is how we gather

1 boys Barbapapa shirt from H&M Berlin plus 1 bottom hem of orange t-shirt from thrift store.

Pin the two sides of the orange panel to the seams of the blue shirt. Find the middle and pin. Find the middle and pin. Find the middle and pin. Find the middle and pin. Find the middle and pin. Find the middle and pin. Find the middle and pin. Find the middle and pin. Find the middle and pin. Find the middle and pin. Find the middle and pin. Find the middle and pin. (I don't like pulling a thread to gather knits).

Stitch. Instant dress for a Barbapapa fan.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Fab challenge with Call of the Small

Before my little blog break, I saw some cool earrings on and thought they would make the perfect accessory in a scene. Being too cheap to buy a whole pair just for myself, I asked the amazing mini designer behind Call of the Small if she would go halvsies with me and do a challenge. I don't think we set any rules: just use the earring in a scene. Here's my result.

I assumed she would do something much cooler with the earring than hang it on the wall as art so I took the safe route by doing just that. I made the frame myself (a first!) with dollhouse moulding. I used seed beads to shadow it away from the backing paper. The fireplace is actually a vintage Fisher Price couch that I turned upside-down and sideways. I printed out the brick paper and stuck it in.

The rug was actually my first idea. I don't know if it's cheating but it came to me shortly after I bought the earrings. I had the pattern printed from one of the artist's other designs before the package even arrived.

I used the roombox I designed (have I talked about that yet?) to stage the scene. My favorite part is the coral. I found the orange faux coral at Michaels and hot glued it into a bottle lid.

I bought the abstract expressionist stamps at the Post Office months ago specifically to use in scenes and finally Rothko made it.

Time: I must confess that I have been working on this scene all week! I've been playing with it bit by bit when I could get in a minute.

The goods: sparkly chairs are Petite Princess; coffee table is a glass tealight holder with a piece of paper glued on; dishes are re-ment, Ocara, Playmobil, and random eBay finds; orange chair is Reac; side table is a vintage Fisher Price chair, possibly a booster seat (?); the credenza is a dollar store table that I chopped the legs off, sanded, and washed with orange paint to be the right color and size; record player and other stuff is Tomy. I totally forget who made the earrings but hopefully Call of the Small will post a credit.

This was really fun for me. Thanks so much to Christine of Call of the Small for taking me up on this challenge. I can't wait to go see what she's done!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Handmade Wardrobe Mini Find

My mom bought a huge box of mostly trashed dollhouse furniture at a flea market a few weeks ago. Everything is pretty beat up and really old; I'm thinking 1930s but I haven't done much research yet. Among the rubble was this gem. It's a handmade wardrobe by Verna Ulrich from 1981.

Check out the leather hinges. Such fine detail!

I have the third drawer. The front has come off and I'll reattach it.

I'd like to replace the missing bunch of grapes with another if you have any idea of where to find something like it.

If anyone knows anything about this artist, I would love to know. A quick google search did not turn up any information. This is very well crafted and was obviously made with care. I feel lucky to have this piece in my collection. I wonder why it was with all that other stuff. The best word to describe it all is "primitive." I'll be photographing it soon.