Friday, February 17, 2017

More progress

Hello, Dear Ones! I hope you are enjoying seeing my little house. Well, it's actually not a real house but shelves. On the top of each set of shelves I've added two foam board rooms. I'm taking full advantage of having lots of rooms. I needed a front entrance so I made one. Now you can't actually enter the door but Lola and Tang can have lots of fun on the porch. So let me show you what I've done.
 Here is it! Do you like it? Now, like I said this is made of foam board with the front porch on the right side and I'll show you later the laundry room on the left as they are connected with a wall in between. Now if you are a true miniaturist, you might want to leave now as I am not and I'm just learning but having so much fun. In other words, it ain't perfect, y'all!
 Here is my tiled porch and steps. The steps are made from foam board and covered with gray paper to look like cement. Did I fool you? Probably not! :) The same thing on the floor of the porch. Then I made a little railing for the porch. Oh, I didn't want to have a roof overhang because it would make the space too dark so I made an arbor like overhang. We can grown vines across it this summer and hang up some plants. Now the front door is a real dollhouse door but I can't open it because it opens to the inside and it's glued to the foam board. Oh, well, it's just for looks. I wanted a yellow front door and I like the way it turned out. The window is a dollhouse window too that I sawed off the sunshine top and painted it. Lola thought the white trim of the window looked too white so she grabbed some pink paint and painted on a little cuteness.
 Then I made a little mail box! It's so cute. I made it from mat board and glued on the 'Post' to make it look more official.
Then the laundry room! I took the pictures with my phone so...I guess that's why the white chair looks rather ghost like!
I made the shelves with mat board and painted them this pretty blue. I need to get some more laundry room items to poke on the little shelves. Those boxes are printies and you just cut them out, fold and glue together. Oh, Lola shops at Costco so her boxes of laundry detergent are huge!
 Here's the sewing area. I need to make a wall shelf to hang over the sewing table, paint the table, you know - on and on. I found a pretty wallpaper for the walls and a cute little black and white tiled floor. All are paper printed from the computer. The window is also from the internet and printed out. I made the cute little balloon shade curtain topper.
I need to add a table to fold the laundry on under the window and a few other things - art and things. Oh, I did crochet some little baskets to add to the very top of the shelves but I'll have to show them to you later. And where there is laundry, there's has to be a place to iron a bit. So the ironing board and iron. Now I'm thinking this ironing board is just too plain for Lola's liking so I think a little spiffing is in it's future. 
There you have my front porch and laundry room for my doll house, um shelves. I don't have any more room for rooms unless I go up. I think I'm done with rooms but still have lots of decorating to do.

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~ 

She Works Hard For The Money

 She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
Onetta there in the corner stands
And she wonders where she is.
And the rain still hurts,
Some people seem to have everything.
Nine a.m. on the hour hand
And she's waiting for the bell.
And she's looking real pretty.
She's waiting for her clientele.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
Twenty-eight years have come and gone.
And she's seen a lot of tears
Of the ones who come in.
They really seem to need her there.
It's a sacrifice working day to day.
For little money just tips for pay.
But it's worth it all just to hear them say that they care.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
Already knows she's seen her bad times.
Already knows these are the good times.
She'll never sell out, she never will, not for a dollar bill.
She works hard
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
Works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
She works hard for the money.
So hard for it, honey.
She works hard for the money.
So you better treat her right.
~ sung by Donna Summer

Monday, February 13, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day

Hello, Dear Ones and Happy Valentine's Day! Well, Tang has made so many friends in her new neighborhood that she wanted to host a special Valentin's Day party for them! Lola wasn't really sure at first because she isn't finished decorating the dining room. She hasn't even hung curtains or pictures yet! Oh, well.
 The dining room is absolutely packed with little animals!
 Before the guests arrived, Tang went to town decorating. She hung up a heart banner she made. Oops, I see she knocked a couple of plates down in the china cabinet. We'll have to fix that.
 She wanted to display all of her Valentines she'd received in the mail. She is so popular, you know!
 Since I had made all of the clay food she asked if she could share it with her friends and of course I said she could. So Lola and she brought out all of the food and placed it around the dining room for her guests.
 Look at all of the dogs! There are mostly dogs in the neighborhood but Tang gets along with them fabulously. As each dog guest entered the house, they were given a Valentine and ushered into the dining room.



They were also given a cinnamon roll but I don't think these dogs like cinnamon rolls because you can see they have all ended up on the floor with their Valentines!
 There is one little kitten who lives in the neighborhood but she was a little scared of all of the dogs and mostly stayed on top of the buffet. I think she ate a few of the cookies too.
 Oh, this little doggy got all tuckered out and found a quiet corner to nap a little nap.
 Tang thought of everything and even invited Barky Manilow to entertain her guests. Right now he's singing "I Can't Smile Without You' and accompanying himself.
 I do believe the dogs are smelling the turkey because I can see they are all eyeing it and licking their chops! This snap is fuzzy because a couple of dogs kept bumping into my leg!
 There will be sweets after they all get some turkey. Too bad they don't like cinnamon rolls.


Oh, hear comes Lola with some fresh baked bread and more dogs. Barky Manilow promises to sing 'Copacabana' especially for her!
 Sit back, relax and grab a biscuit or a cookie and listen to Barky Manilow as he entertains us.
Thanks for coming to Tang's party and we all want to wish you a happy Valentine's Day!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Copacabana

 Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl
With yellow feathers in her hair and a dress cut down to there
She would merengue and do the cha-cha
And while she tried to be a star, Tony always tended bar
Across a crowded floor, they worked from 8 till 4
They were young and they had each other
Who could ask for more?

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....they fell in love

(Copa Copacabana)

His name was Rico, he wore a diamond
He was escorted to his chair, he saw Lola dancin' there
And when she finished, he called her over
But Rico went a bit too far, Tony sailed across the bar
And then the punches flew and chairs were smashed in two
There was blood and a single gun shot
But just who shot who?

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....she lost her love

(Copa. . Copacabana)
(Copa Copacabana) (Copacabana, ahh ahh ahh ahh)
(Ahh ahh ahh ahh Copa Copacabana)
(Talking Havana have a banana)
(Music and passion...always the fash--shun)

Her name is Lola, she was a showgirl
But that was 30 years ago, when they used to have a show
Now it's a disco, but not for Lola
Still in the dress she used to wear, faded feathers in her hair
She sits there so refined, and drinks herself half-blind
She lost her youth and she lost her Tony
Now she's lost her mind!

At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana (Copacabana)
The hottest spot north of Havana (here)
At the Copa (CO!), Copacabana
Music and passion were always the fashion
At the Copa....don't fall in love
~ sung by Barky Manilow, um I mean Barry Manilow



Saturday, February 11, 2017

I've Discovered Clay!!

Hello, Dear Ones! Well, guess what? I've discovered clay - air dry clay and polymer clay. I've been looking at all of the cutest little polymer clay things for mini houses on Pinterest. That place can really get you into trouble. Well, I went and bought some air dry clay from Hobby Lobby and just looked at the clay for a couple of months thinking maybe today I'll try to make something. Well, I'm not getting any younger so I thought I'd just jump in and go to town. I have to tell you - I've gone crazy! Really, crazy! Like, cray cray!
 Look at all of the little tiny things I've made! I've had so much fun. Now my little things are certainly not perfect but it's okay because I'm just learning. There are all kinds of tutorials on Pinterest and I really appreciate all of the gifted folks so willing to share how to make things.
Well, sometimes I think I'm a smarty pants so I tried my most dainty fingers at making some plates. They didn't turn out too well. They are wonky and wavy but I sanded the edges a little bit and painted them so they'll do. I used the polymer clay for these. You make your design and then it's baked in a 275' oven for about 20 minutes.
 Well, I decided next to try the air dry clay and wanted to try my hand at making a swan to use as a decoration in my mini house. I just made this up in my head, well, I had a picture to look at. The air dry clay is kinda sticky but I carried on with my swan, let it dry for a day and then painted her up! I was pleased at how she turned out! I was on a roll.
 I collect Staffordshire dogs so I thought I would try to make a pair for my dollhouse. I did order a little pair for Christmas and I thought, pftt, I can make some dogs. I used the air dry clay for these too and just made them up as I went along looking at my dogs. They aren't completely twins but that's okay. I like how they turned out too. The air dry clay looks like wet cardboard even though it's color is supposed to be white. I thought when they dried they would be white but no no, Nannette, they were still the gray color so everything has to be painted, of course. Now these are really very tiny! Maybe an inch high. Do you think they're cute? One little dog is chilled out and the other is sitting tall and very alert!



Then I grabbed a sample pack of polymer clay that had all kinds of colors! This is the way to go as you just grab the color you want. So...I decided to make fruit!
 Look at my bananas! Aren't they darling? Now don't you look at my wrinkly fingers. They're kinda old and are always busy so lots of washing goes on. Anyway, I used a tutorial I found on Pinterest to make my bananas. I learned to use chalk for the shading and how clever that is! I already had chalk I used to use when I was scrap booking and it seemed to work just fine!
 On with the fruit. As you can see I made grapes, apples, lemons, limes and peaches! They are just so tiny! The peaches and apples were a tutorial and the others I just made because they are basically little balls of clay with a little pulling and poking. You can see I tried to make some bowls. Now they didn't turn out very well either, but heck, I slapped some paint on them and they'll do for now.
 Then, then, then...I saw a tutorial for making a Christmas turkey and knew I had to try it! Oh, my Lord! This was so easy and I think it turned out so cute and it's sitting on some lettuce too! The shading really makes a big difference. I made a pan of biscuits and little little stick of butter(sitting on one of my little wobbly plates). I guess I should have made some veggies to complete our meal. Oh, well, tomorrow is another day!
 See how little this is?


So since we had an entree we needed some sweets so I went to town making some.
 I made some special cookies with a tutorial, aren't they cute? See the little heart cookies with jam in the center( it's just red paint) and they are sprinkled with pretend powdered sugar (white chalk). I lined my baking dish with some cute little scrap book paper. Do you know what my baking pan is? Guess! Give up? Eye shadow holders! I saw that somewhere on Pinterest. I had kept some eye shadows that I really didn't use any more and I just took the eye shadow out of the little tins, popped out the tins and cleaned them up and now I have lots of little baking tins to use. I'm glad so many folks are so smart!
 Then I made cinnamon rolls, a chocolate cake with a cherry on top, little donuts and chocolate cupcakes with pink frosting.
 Then I saw a very pretty little decorated cake on Pinterest and I think you could buy it for $25 so I tried to copy it. Is that legal? Well, mine is certainly not as pretty as my inspiration but it's kinda cute too! It's two layers - the bottom layer is pink and the top layer is a lighter pink. Then I make little leaves and roses and some round bon bons to encircle the bottom.
 Oh, with all of that baking I  had to have some rolling pins so I took a little wooden stick and sawed it into three pieces and then I made some little handles from polymer clay, baked them and glued them on. They aren't really very good looking as I think little beads would have looked better, but heck, it's all good! :)
 So I gathered all of my handy work for you to see! I guess you've figured it out what a blast I'm having living in mini-ville. Shoot! Do I really need to wash clothes and cook dinner?
Thank you all for letting me share my new little hobby with you. I wonder if I'll keep this up or I'll be doing something else next month? Only time will tell, but for now...all I can say is fun, fun, fun!
Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Fun, Fun, Fun

Well she got her daddy's car
And she's cruisin' through the hamburger stand now
Seems she forgot all about the library
Like she told her old man now
And with the radio blasting
Goes cruising just as fast as she can now

And she'll have fun fun fun
'Til her daddy takes the T-Bird away
(Fun fun fun 'til her daddy takes the T-Bird away)

Well the girls can't stand her
'Cause she walks looks and drives like an ace now
(You walk like an ace now you walk like an ace)
She makes the Indy 500 look like a Roman chariot race now
(You look like an ace now you look like an ace)
A lotta guys try to catch her
But she leads them on a wild goose chase now
(You drive like an ace now you drive like an ace)

And she'll have fun fun fun
'Til her daddy takes the T-Bird away
(Fun fun fun 'til her daddy takes the T-Bird away)

Well you knew all along
That your dad was gettin' wise to you now
(You shouldn't have lied now you shouldn't have lied)
And since he took your set of keys
You've been thinking that your fun is all through now
(You shouldn't have lied now you shouldn't have lied)

But you can come along with me
'Cause we gotta a lot of things to do now
(You shouldn't have lied now you shouldn't have lied)

And we'll have fun fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away
(Fun fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
And we'll have fun fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away
(Fun fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)
(fun fun now that daddy took the T-Bird away)  
~ sung by The Beach Boys

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Working On the Mini Kitchen

Hello, Dear Ones. I hope you are enjoying seeing what I'm doing in my mini world. I'll get back to normal sized decorating in due time. I have some more new things to show you in the mini kitchen.

 I've decided to spiff up my little kitchen.
 I bought the sink, stove and fridge. Although they're cute as buttons, they are kinda boring. Let the spiffing begin!
 I started to work on the stove. I added a wall with a back splash which I've not glossed up yet. I got brave and decided to use mat board. I tried mat board earlier but I just couldn't cut it so I used foam board instead. Well, you can cut mat board. I marked my lines to be cut,used a sharp bladed xacto knife and made about three cuts and it worked! I think I'm impatient and tried to cut through it with one swipe. Anyway I covered the mat board with a little tile looking paper for the back splash.
 Every stove needs a vent hood so I made one using mat board. I painted it yellow and modge podged a little Rooster image on it! Cute!



I wanted to show you these precious little cooking utensils I bought! I hung them up with poster sticky stuff so I can take them off when I want to.
 Y'all can come on over for dinner as I have a pot of beans cooking and the coffee pot is always on. The little doors of the oven open up so I'll make some corn bread too! I just love this stuff.
 The bottom cabinets you see are the boxes I used in the kitchen of my first little foam board house. I used mat board again for the back part and then made some shelves for the top cabinets. The thingy you see sticky out on the right is a little paper towel holder.
 The yellow counter tops - mat board again. Look at the cute little scale I bought. Somehow my most dainty fingers poked twice when I ordered it and I was sent two scales! So I painted the second one red and will show it to you later. These little scales come all in pieces and have to be glued together. I did okay with this one but not so good with the painted red one. Oh, well! :) I bought the little toaster too. It came with two slices of bread and as soon as I got it I poked the slices into the toaster and dog gone it, one slice of bread got stuck! I can't even get it out. Sometimes I mess up! I'll bet you thought I never messed up, didn't you?  :)
 Have to put pretty stuff in open shelves you know.
 Working our way around the kitchen to the corner ~ I made a corner cabinet. I used the box bottom cabinet again and added the mat board back splash. I put a little shelf up to put more thingys on.
 I know the backs don't touch each other, but I made each section separately so I could move around the arrangement when I wanted to. I need to make some new canisters to match my new kitchen.
 Okay, I've put everything in place so you can see how it all looks. Tang thinks that toast is for her.
There you have it, my entire mini kitchen all fixed up. Well, I'm really not finished as I plan to put a window over the sink and hang some things on the walls, maybe get a rug for under the table, cook some food, get more dishes...does it ever stop? :)


Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia :)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

Nothings Gonna Stop Us


Looking in your eyes I see a paradise
This world that I've found
Is too good to be true
Standing here beside you
Want so much to give you
This love in my heart that I'm feeling for you
Let 'em say we're crazy, I don't care about that
Put your hand in my hand baby
Don't ever look back
Let the world around us just fall apart
Baby we can make it if we're heart to heart
And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing's gonna stop us now
And if this world runs out of lovers
We'll still have each other
Nothing's gonna stop us, nothing's gonna stop us now
I'm so glad I found you
I'm not gonna lose you
Whatever it takes I will stay here with you
Take it to the good times
See it through the bad times
Whatever it takes is what I'm gonna do
Let 'em say we're crazy, what do they know
Put your arms around me baby
Don't ever let go
Let the world around us just fall apart
Baby we can make it if we're heart to heart
And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing's gonna stop us now
And if this world runs out of lovers
We'll still have each other
Nothing's gonna stop us, nothing's gonna stop us
Ooh, all that I need is you
All that I ever need
And all that I want to do
Is hold you forever, ever and ever, hey
And we can build this dream together
Standing strong forever
Nothing's gonna stop us now
And if this world runs out of lovers
We'll still have each other
Nothing's gonna stop us
Nothing's gonna stop us, who
~ sung by Starship