Monday, January 30, 2017

New Beginnings

Hello, Dear Ones. I've been very busy as of late. My tiny dainty talented fingers have been going to town making little miniature sofas.
 This was my first set and I fell in love with my little sofa but that love melted away very soon because it's just a little too large! Didn't I measure? 'Course I did but it's too large for my mini dollhouse shelf living room. But before I realized it I made the little matching winged back chair - too large! What an idiot I am! I worked on these little suckers all day and that's the thanks I get - too large! Oh, well, you live and learn. So...
I made another set using a pattern from a mini book I found at a thrift store. I didn't have any more of the red and white check because it was a tea towel, I'm so talented like that  you know! :) So I measured really well this time and used some ho hum fabric for the sofa just in case it didn't turn out. 
 Well, it's not perfect but that's okay because it's so little. Doesn't it look like a 1940s style sofa? The trim really doesn't match very well but I had to cover up some boo boos so there it is!



Well, I decided to make a pair of little chairs using the same pattern. I think they turned out just darling! You're really supposed to use fabric with small prints for your upholstered pieces but I wanted to be a little daring so I used a larger print and centered the large roses on the seats and backs.
 I added trim too! I found this little cording at the dollar store. There are three colors in each pack and they're just perfect for mini-ing.
 Added some more trim around the base of the front and now it almost looks like a recliner! I'm just so smart! Please know I'm just teasin'...
Now I'm going to show you my fireplace. I bought this at Hobby Lobby and it was just natural wood ready to be painted. Well, I painted it white and it just looked like something was missing. So, being the most talented one I am, I've told you that already :), I printed out some little red brick paper and modge podged in inside the fireplace and around the opening. I think the brick makes it look so much more realistic. Speaking of realistic...the burning fire is not!


Oh, well, I'll have to work on that fire. Then...
 I made some lamps! This is really not finished as I'm going to put a gloss coat on the base. I glued together two wooded thingys, then painted with a metallic gold paint and it just didn't look right. So out with the red and black paint. I left a little of the gold showing at certain places. I took some red and white checked card stock and made my shade and added a little trim.
 Then while walking around in Walmart I spied these little wooden thingys that are pulls for your chains on ceiling fans and thought "lamp bases"! So another little lamp was born.
 I've gathered all of my newly made pieces to show you.
I have poked them into the living room of my dollhouse shelf so you can see how they look. Lola loves her new living room furniture and that is as close to the fire that little Tang is gonna get. She is a little afraid of singeing her most gorgeous orange fur!

Be a bunch of sweeties,
Shelia ;)

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~

We've Only Just Begun

We've only just begun to live

White lace and promises
A kiss for luck and we're on our way
(We've only begun)
Before the risin' sun, we fly
So many roads to choose
We'll start out walkin' and learn to run
(And yes, we've just begun)
Sharing horizons that are new to us
Watching the signs along the way
Talkin' it over, just the two of us
Workin' together day to day
Together
And when the evening comes, we smile
So much of life ahead
We'll find a place where there's room to grow
(And yes, we've just begun)
Sharing horizons that are new to us
Watching the signs along the way
Talkin' it over, just the two of us
Workin' together day to day
Together
Together
And when the evening comes, we smile
So much of life ahead
We'll find a place where there's room to grow
And yes, we've just begun
~ sung by The Carpenters


24 comments:

  1. I think you're smart! Very clever using the pulls for the table lamps. How cute are the chairs and I love the fabric too. Lovely living room for Lola and Tang:).
    Kathleen in Az

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  2. That is so very cute!! Nice job, you are so smart and clever too......Lola and Tang look so happy!!!

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  3. Impressive, you certainly have a talent as a furniture maker.

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  4. You are one very clever gal!

    I absolutely must blog about my dollhouses one of these days - I have never once showed you all. Tsk, Tsk, keep forgetting. Gotta do that!

    LOVE your beautiful diy cleverness. And you've only just begun............♫ ♪ ♫

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  5. So cute Shelia! Love that you are making your own furniture.

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  6. I'm so glad that Tang has found a home with Lola. The new house looks warm and cozy. And that furniture is just scrumptious. You are very talented. I don't think my fingers could work with things that small.

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  7. Those are beautiful. You must have a lot of patience.

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  8. Only one solution, get another dollhouse! :)


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  9. How perfectly precious! Love the red and white check. If you can't find a place for it....just kidding! What FUN! I'll be singing along with you today! Hugs!

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  10. Love, love everything you have made! You really have a talent and have developed a "mini eye" for turning ordinary things into minis! May I ask where you found the little green Jadite pieces on your mantle, Sheila?

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    1. Hi Sharon! Thank you for your comment and I found the little Jadite on Amazon. I just typed in miniature dollhouse Jadite and this came up. Hope that helps.

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  11. While you are across the U.S. from me --- you are busy making mini doll furniture and I'm making doll clothes. Guess we've never grown up, but that isn't a bad thing. Is it????

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  12. Your little furniture is darling! I think the trim on the second sofa looks a bit like wicker. Everything is just right. You did a great job, dear friend.
    ~Adrienne~

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  13. All so darn cute! The furniture is adorable- love the fabrics. Too bad about the red checked set not working. I Iove the lamp pulls that you converted to lamps! So smart!

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  14. You are having more fun than anyone and it is so cute! Very nice work indeed, Shelia and fun to see.

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  15. Actually, I think you are most talented!! You do such a great job on your minis!! It's such a neat hobby!!

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  16. Such a cute drawing room set Shelia.

    Diana

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  17. Shelia, I'm so amazed at how real your mini furniture looks. I would love to have either set in my real living room! The fireplace also looks great. You are really thinking and creating like a miniature artist-oh wait, I think you already are.

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  18. Geez- I came here and looked at this yesterday then was thinking about it as I was scrolling down tonight and wondered if I had commented to tell you what a wonderful job you did. Absolutely Gorgeous work, Shelia. You did an amazing job and you get better and better at it. Love it!!! xo Diana

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  19. Sheila, you are amazing! What skills you have. I cannot imagine the tedious work you are doing, but it is fabulous. Thanks for sharing your sweet talents.

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  20. Shelia, you are so talented! Beautiful little pieces for the living room. Love the way it all came together. Enjoy your weekend! Maria

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  21. Shelia you are just amazing with a very creative talent. These mini furniture treasures are incredible. I can relate to working in miniatures since I designed for a company in Ohio styling and creating mini cottages. It is more work then larger pieces. You have done an beautiful job. Love it all!! xo

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I'm so pleased you would come to see me and so please leave me a comment and I'll do my very best to respond back to you. Be a sweetie...Shelia :)