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I've been into dollhouse miniatures since the early 1990's now and when I realized how much I've learned during that time, I thought I'd make a blog to share my knowledge with others. I'm mostly auto-deduct, but always found help on the Internet and in specific books. The mini-world starts and ends with your own imagination, so let there be no limit. And never say : I CAN'T .... because you can, you just need to try and have the necessary know-how. And that's the main reason why I started this blog, because I wanna share what I know with newbies in the miniature world or anybody else who might be interested in sharing what I've learned so far. So, hopefully, I'll be able to provide some useful hints, tips and tricks for those of you out there just starting with this wonderful hobby

June 27, 2017

The Lavender Shop : making a table out of scratch

Hi there

Well, after a good night sleep, I'm back to share pics of a cute little table I made
to display some more of the items I made for my Lavender Shop

This table is going to be standing outside the shop, right near the entrance ... I guess

Some time ago, I bought a picnic table, plain wood, not painted, but imagine my dissapointment when the package arrived : I opened it and found 4 pieces instead of 1 (it was supposed to be all glued and put together) and it really looked bad. When I saw the label 'Made in China', that's when I stopped wondering why it was in such a bad condition and why the material used was such a bad choice

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But I didn't trow it away, tried to use as many pieces of it as possible, but in the end, all that was left and usable were the pieces for the table top

So I removed all the old glue, sanded them neatly, glued them together and I had a brand new table top. I then made a little construction to hold the legs of the table (I do always have a little stash of spindels of all sorts, which are ideal to make table legs by the way)

Once the glue had dried, I just added some wood stain, a little golden acrylic color (with a piece of fabric), aged the corners using my mini distress ink pads and finished it with a coat of acrylic gloss

Here are a few pics just to give you an idea of how I did it

Enjoy


These were the 5 pieces left of the original table, gued together and sanded


After the glue had dried, I made sort of a construction underneath to
make it easier to hold the legs


Next step was giving the whole thing a coat of wood stain


Here's a little trick to paint your table legs/spindels :
take a piece of wood or cardboard, whatever you have at hand and put a strip of
double-sided adhesive tape on it. This will hold your spindels while you give color or stain them
Easy Peasy without getting your hand dirty
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Letting it all dry


Gluing the legs into place ..... and let dry at least 30 minutes, depending on the glue you're using


And there you have it : a cute little table that can be used for many purposes
..... and only 1 hour work, tops


I'm using mine to display some more items I made for my Lavender Shop

Come back soon, there's always more to come

See ya
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June 26, 2017

AWARD : my blog has been selected as one of the Top 100 Miniature Blogs on the web








WOW

Apparently, my blog has been selected as one of the Top 100 Miniature Blogs on the web

I'm speechless
and very honored of course

Thanks so much

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The Lavender Shop : the soap corner


Hello again

Before I'll show you the front of my shop .... almost finished .... let's take a quick
look at the soap corner

I made the main display table with mat board, same as the rest of the furniture and filled it
with all sorts of DIY items, like soaps made with fimo (and Kemper cutter for the different shapes), liquid soaps in bottles, I added a few towels and boxes (containing soaps of course)

There are even tiny little golden boxes (with my own labels, gosh, they are so tiny, I almost didn't see what I was doing while trying to glue them on, lol) each containing one soap




Enjoy and come back soon

You'll be seing the front of my shop
I'm soooo excited, it's almost finished

See ya

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The Lavender Shop : the perfume corner


Hi there

Just looked at my watch and realized it's almost 1 in the morning .... must be why I feel a bit tired
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But before going to bed, let me just share a few detailed pictures of the perfume corner for my Lavender Shop, with all the bottles I've made

Enjoy the tour

Good Night
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See ya soon
Bye
D.
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June 17, 2017

The Lavender Shop : bottles, soaps and more

Hi

As you can see in this picture below, everything is slowly coming together.

The shop itself was a gift from my husband for our wedding day in May πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

I'm not sure if all the shelves are in their right place, but we'll see.
There's not that much space anyway, so that doesn't leave me that many possibilities.

Anyway I've decided to take a few things outside, since the weather is always nice in Provence and there's no problem to move a few smaller desks outside, I'll probably do that



This is a quick view of the interior

I will post more picture of the empty shop so that you can see better how I painted the walls
... by the way, the lower part of the walls has been made with popsicle sticks, simulating wood.


See what I mean by moving a few things outside :-)


This is a box with all sorts of testers for my customers, already featured in a previous post
I made this table to display it either inside or outside my shop, but somehow, I think the legs are a tiny bitt oo high ..... hm, we'll see



I made jam out of hot glue gun sticks, the color is nail polish
But I'm not yet happy with the lids, I probably have to cut those with my machine, 
cutting them by hand, as you can see in the picture, leaves them a bit uneven and I hate that

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This is lavender syrup, filled in real tiny glass jars, with fresh fruit

I used my canes to add the fruit and although you don't really see them in this picture, 
believe me, the fruit is in there

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Sweets with lavender are very common in Provence, like chocolate or, like in this picture,
in "meringues" and "nougat"

yummie



A few bottles I made


I also made different shapes of gift boxes and they are all filled of course

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In the soap corner, these tiny little golden metal boxes are filled 
with homemade soaps (made with polymer clay and Kemper cutters)


Just one example of a shelf nicely filled


The perfume corner 
I will make a seperate post for this one with more detailed pics


Hand creme .... still gotta work on those 


Shopping bags


Scented bags


... and a few more bottles


I made different displays for my bottles etc., all made with cardboard, 
same as the one I used for the furniture


Another shelf nicely filled


Here are just a few examples of the boxes I made with my own design
This was quite some work on the computer
but it was worth it

Come back soon for more

See ya
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June 16, 2017

The Lavender Shop : The Candle Corner

Hello my friends
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Here I am again, back with a few new pics of my Lavender Shop.
Today I want to show you the Candle Corner. 

I made a few candles in different shapes and sizes, all with Lavender scent of course πŸ˜„

We also have a nice DIY shelf as well as a few cute displays to show off the different items
This is the first miniature project where I really make everything myself and it's sooooo much more fun than just buying things and put them inside a room, believe me

I also made candle holders, with a vintage look, made out of beads and all sorts of jewellery making bits and pieces

Enjoy
See ya
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This is the shelf that I made for the candle corner
As usual, when it came to fill it, I had to many items ... lol


Candles in different shapes, made of Fimo (polymer clay)


... all with lavender scent of course :-), well, at least in my imagination


... and they all have their own little display box


And here are the vintage candle holders


and last but not least, the most popular onces

Have fun





May 3, 2017

The Lavender Shop : this and that

Hello again

I just took this picture for fun, because when I saw everything standing there, I realized that I've already made quite a few items for my shop, which doesn't even exist yet, lol

Just felt like sharing
Enjoy


I made a few more candlesticks, bigger (higher) one's this time, as well as perfume bottles, vintage and other.

There are already 3 tiny displays (for the soaps, the perfumes and the ambiance fragrances)

In the front you can see a few plates I made with polymer clay and which I painted either lavender and/or gold for the occasion. The one one the right is filled with tiny lavender cakes  called "meringues" (these do really exist, taste a bit strange in the beginning but you get used to it after eating a few).

The gold plate on the left is filled with tiny little pieces of lavender "nougat" (don't know if there is another expression for that in english)

Both these plates will be on the counter at the entrance of the shop for my customers to try them before buying, lol

On the right in the back, you can see some sort of box/display for wrapping paper, all with the lavender theme and/or color of course, for the occasion

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Since I named this post "THIS AND THAT", the following pictures show many more items 
I made for my Lavender Shop


A basket filled with little bags of fresh lavender to put in your lingerie drawers πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰



A cute little vintage box with a perfume bottle inside
(Lid and Perfume bottle are removable of course)


Gift wrap paper in a box and another jug



YES YES, my gift bloxes are actually filled
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Meringues (is there a special word for those in english ???) 😎
which I filled into little cellophane bags
I designed 2 different labels for these, still don't know which one to chose


A basket with all sorts of testers (called "Γ©chantillons" in french)


I first made the basket (with a simple weaving technique and waxed thread) and
then I filled it with dried lavender. To make a bouquet, I filled tiny little bags made with satin paper


More jugs

Stay tuned for more

See ya soon
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