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Teeny Tiny Weekend Hijinks


I had a lovely weekend, but I am very painful today as I fell on Saturday.  I tripped because I was rushing with the camera because Bob saw the copperhead again.  It got away, but it left a complete shed skin that I boxed up for Isaac to take home, so it wasn't all bad.  We'll catch it eventually.

I spent the weekend in a doll house haze - I re-did the entire kitchen dresser/hutch with the labels I downloaded (real can label images saved and  shrunk to doll size), put together a toy box, painted something that's a secret project (not telling yet), and made fimo food.  Along with this, Isaac and Emmie helped and made things of their own, while cathgrace  and anselmatthews  and Bob finished the drywall and mostly mudded and taped the garage.  I think I got the better end of the deal, even if there were toys all over the floor for most of the day.

Water-based paint is very easy to clean up, thank goodness.

So - pictures, because typing hurts.  First, the new cans on the dresser:


This also includes some special ones that I got from a dollhouse supplier that has vintage English foods - the biscuit and humbug (a type of candy) tins on the top and the box of Jacob's crackers are among the things I got.

I forgot to take a picture of the insides of the lower cabinets - I did pet supplies in one, random beverages in the middle one, and cleaning supplies in the third.  I'm very pleased with how it turned out; my printer printed out the labels much more crisply than the old labels that were on the cans.  I took all those off and put on mine.

Then, I put down new flooring in the kitchen (I forgot to get a picture of the kitchen) and the bathroom, and put up trim:
 
I also put up a little tiny shelf over the bathroom sink, to hold a couple of printies - denture adhesive (the dentures are on the sink) and Bromo Seltzer.

The dining room also got the trim replaced with more attractive wallpaper trim, and I got a better picture of the liquor cabinet:
 
These printies were all done on full sheet sticker sheets and cut out.  It works very well, I think.

Then, I put in a new desk set I bought - it's Reutter Porzellan:
 
On the mantel, I put a tiny box of cigars - I painted every individual cigar in the box.  While I was doing that, Isaac and Emmie painted furniture that I gave them to take home.  They got very creative, and I'm rather sorry I didn't get a picture.

I put little tiny printies I modified in the sewing baskets, and I got the cutest bunny toy for the baby:
 
I wrapped very fine silk thread around the thread cards, and stuck tiny adhesive half beads to the button cards.

And I made the toys for the toy box: 

I even stuck little tiny pictures to each side of the alphabet blocks - with tweezers.

The last doll house thing all three of us did was make fimo clay food.  I was quite pleased with my first attempts at a cherry pie, potatoes boiling in a pot, candies for the jar, cookies for the biscuit tin, and green beans on a serving plate:

(The large pie was something I got in a random bag of dollhouse bits - it's made in a bottle cap, and is there for contrast.)

Isaac made the vegetables for a bowl of soup - I tinted glaze for the broth, and we added a spoon, making sure Isaac's mushroom was on top:

He also made cake and tarts, and a hot dog that looked like the bun was a taco, so we called it a taco dog.

Emmie made a brilliant baked potato and some... breadsticks:

The brown triangles are apple pies, the red bits are Jolly Ranchers, and the big thing is a cake with a teeny tiny strawberry on top.

On Sunday, before we left, I took the kids to see if the Vulture egg had hatched yet, and we got a really lovely surprise.  The Mother Vulture was still with her eggs - two of them (I thought she had left, but it was the other Vulture that flew out - they both spend the night in the chicken coop).  We stayed back so we didn't scare her too much, but both the kids took turns to see her in her nest, guarding her eggs.


I'm sorry it's so dark - I've adjusted the exposure a little, but it was very dim in there, and I didn't want to scare her with the flash.  But two eggs!  I'm so excited!

It was a lovely weekend (except for falling), and I had a great time.  I hope everyone else did, too.


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orlacarey
May. 18th, 2010 12:14 am (UTC)
I was just wondering the other day - what scale is your dollhouse?
attack_laurel
May. 18th, 2010 01:13 am (UTC)
1:12
elasait
May. 18th, 2010 12:18 am (UTC)
Oh oh oh oh oh oh OHHHHH! So wonderful! Love, love, love the bathroom. (wipes drool off keyboard)
attack_laurel
May. 18th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Thank you! I loved the tiles in the kitchen too - I must get a photo of them. I ran the kitchen tiles up the wall behind the sink, and the bathroom has a line of tiles ust above the wainscotting all around the room. It was great fun, and I can experiment with the small house before working on the big one. :)
elasait
May. 18th, 2010 02:14 am (UTC)
If you are ever in St. Louis, you absolutely must visit the Miniatures Museum. It's in this dingy little store-front building in a commercial district in south St. Louis, and it is absolutely *fabulous*. Had so much fun there...must go back sometime.
lorihalia
May. 18th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
Lovely! I've been much more interested lately in what you've done with your doll house (not that I wasn't interested before!). My MIL sent our daughter one fairly recently, and I've been trying to find inexpensive ways to do everything that needs to be done - before we notify our daughter that it's here.

LOVED the printies links, do you have other related links and or ideas you'd be willing to share?
attack_laurel
May. 18th, 2010 02:03 am (UTC)
I'll see what I can pull together. :)
lorihalia
May. 18th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Oh thank you!

She'd sent the Harrison by Greenleaf - it's much bigger than the one I had as a girl, and I'd love to be able to do it up pretty (and classy!) for our girl. =D
attack_laurel
May. 18th, 2010 01:00 pm (UTC)
That's funny - this small house I have (that I got from the thrift store) is an old version of a Greenleaf model that is now slightly modified - I found it in one of my miniatures catalogues. It must have been put together several years ago, and was stored in a garage somewhere - there is bird poop on the roof that I can't get out, so I syuck three little birds on the roof and blamed them. :)
lorihalia
May. 19th, 2010 01:36 am (UTC)
That's an excellent solution, and definitely better than I'd have done. Pretty sure my OCD would have kicked in trying to get it out - images of midnight sanding & painting (and then more sanding and painting because it doesn't match..) are all too clear in my mind.
barelyproper
May. 18th, 2010 01:48 am (UTC)
Lovely, just lovely.

and Mama Vulture and her eggs, so awesome.
attack_laurel
May. 18th, 2010 02:05 am (UTC)
I am so excited about the eggs - and that she let us see her and didn't try to fly away. She hissed at us (to be expected), and pulled the eggs in close to her with her beak - I don't think she was going to leave them at all!

Actually, I think both Vultures are with the eggs full time, with one or the other leaving occasionally for food.
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attack_laurel
May. 18th, 2010 01:01 pm (UTC)
I love the vultures - they've been in residence since the beginning, but they're starting to get really comfortable with us around, which is delightful.
cathgrace
May. 18th, 2010 02:07 pm (UTC)
We all had a lovely time! I wish we could have gotten more done, but I guess that just means there will have to be a next time.

(I did think Emmie was going to die when we found a tick on her though)
attack_laurel
May. 19th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
Hee! You can even come down when there isn't anything to be done but hang out and play with things. :)

I got a few more clay tools so we can do more creating next time. I bet Isaac and Emmie could put together a banquet between them!
wulfsdottir
May. 18th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I'm very impressed with the dollhouse additions. Also, proto-vultures!
attack_laurel
May. 19th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you! And vultures make me happy. :)
jillwheezul
May. 18th, 2010 11:36 pm (UTC)
Be still my heart. It is utter coolness and you have a great eye and precision.

My latest toy craze is a landsknecht barbie doll (Barbara Dahl). I just found her a cart! I would love to blog her story.
attack_laurel
May. 19th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
Thank you!

And yes, you totally should blog her. :)
betsyhoneyvenom
May. 19th, 2010 04:01 am (UTC)
Sounds like you had an awesome weekend apart from the fall.
Have you seen these excellent polymer clay miniature food tutorials?
http://www.youtube.com/user/GentlemanBunny

You tempt me into the darkness that is 12th scale! There is tooo much cute stuff for sale at that scale, and I know these incredible tiny elf dolls that would fit.... gah! Must resist and finish my 1/4 and 1/6 scale projects.
attack_laurel
May. 19th, 2010 01:30 pm (UTC)
I had not! Very cool, thank you! In respose to a commenter up above, I was going to do a post with a links round-up and my own helpful hints for doll houses, so I'll add that to the list. :)
fiberferret
May. 20th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
Every time you post I am surprised that it can get yet more beautiful. I don't have the urge to do a dollhouse, so I love living vicariously :)
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