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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 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


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

😀😀😀


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


I also made bouquets of dried lavender.
To make the lavender, I used Flower Soft and I put them in little bags made of tissue paper


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 ..... not yet finished
I will make a seperate post for it once it'll be finished completely


Hand creme .... still gotta work on those 


Shopping bags


Gift paper and Jugs


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 :-)


... 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

😊😊😊

Stay tuned
See ya soon
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The Lavender Shop : 2nd piece of furniture made with cardboard

Hello and good morning everyone

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Since I kinda re-discovered cardboard, I'm making more furniture for my new Lavender Shop instead of buying it and it's not just cheaper, but also a lot more fun, believe me

I need a couple of shelves for my Shop and so I gave it a try after the 1st little one turned out quite nicely.

If you need measurements or so, please feel free to ask

I did use chalk paint (from Rayher, available at Amazon, but also in many craft and hobby shops). The first coat is plain lavender and with this cardboard, you usually only need 1 coat anyway to cover it all up nicely.

Once dry (which is really quick), I sanded everything to make the surface smooth before Step 2.
Then I took a piece of sponge and added some beige (also chalk paint), but I did not cover the entire surface.

To make it look "aged" or "distressed" I always use my little Distress Ink Pads, but when these are new, you gotta be careful not to use too much on the borders

Other than that, believe me, it's a piece of cake ..... 1 hour tops and you're done with the painting part. The real work here (which takes up most of the time of course) is planning the piece of furniture you wanna make.

Before you start cutting, make sure to draw some sort of plan on a piece of paper with the exact measurements and think everything through very thoroughly in order to make all the pieces fit once you start cutting out and gluying. You need to have an exact image in your head of what your shelf or any other piece of furniture you wanna make is gonna look like.

So here are a few pictures of my shelf
Enjoy

and come back soon, I'll try to make an armchair next



This is just one coat of chalk paint ..... as you can see, it's more than enough,
 you really don't need to add more coats.


I added some pieces of cardboard on the sides, just for fun

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This is the chalk paint from Rayher I used




In these pictures, you can probably see what I meant with using a piece of sponge and not covering the entire surface with the second coat of beige paint

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And the borders are aged with the Distress


I just decorated with a few items I've already made to see what it looks like



This cute little display on top is also made with cardboard

There's more to come, so stay tuned

See ya
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April 23, 2017

The Lavender Shop : vintage candle holders


Hello everyone

Allthough they aren't entirely finished, I just wanted to allow you a little glimpse at the
vintage candle holders I made

I still need to make the candles and add a finishing touch, but they start to look good already

They are made of all sorts of jewellery findings, caps, metal beads, etc.

I'm using these long head pins to keep everything together and once the glue has set, I simply add some color (acrylic paint does the job, no problem)

That's why I leave the top of the pin at that stage, in order to have something to hold it while painting. This can be cut off once you're done of course.

I always leave a few mm, because it's a good way to hold the candle 
(which I make with Polymer Clay)

I used ecru, putting one just 1 layer of color, so that the metal still looks through at least a bit.

Once it is dry, I just add a tiny little bit of wood stain and here's the result

Hope you like 'em


they will look much better of course once the candles are added
so stay tuned, there's more to come

See ya
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The Lavender Shop : making all sorts of bottles (Part 1)


Hi there

In order to fill my Lavender Shop, I do not only need to make items that fit into boxes, but also bottles with all sorts of "liquids"

For now I've tried to make a few bottles with beads and other jewellery findings

The one's in the picture contain Lavender Scented laundry liquid, called "Eau de Linge", 
something you simply add into your washing machine when doing your laundry.
And there is another one called "Adoucissant", to make the laundry soft
and of course with Lavender Scent too.

I also added the labels to the bottles containing bath salt (Sel de Bain) and made a jug and some lavender to embellish the scene a little bit


The picture below gives you an idea of the size, just look at the pencil

😎😎😎


Next up will be soap bottles made with resin and empty gel capsules, this is gonna take some time, to be patient please

See ya
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The Lavender Shop : 1st piece of furniture made with card (or mat board)


Good Morning to you all

I hope you're all enjoying your sunday, doing whatever you love to do, hopefully with your loved ones round you

As usual, I work on my minis and there's no Sunday to stop me πŸ˜„πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

In my last post, I showed you the little shelf I made with card board (or is it mat board ? ..... puh, I just never know the difference)

Since the last pictures you've seen here, it has changed quite a bit and I'd like to say it is ready to find a place in the shop ..... haha, that does not yet exist πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

I gave it a 1st layer of paint with wood stain, but only very little, because I was afraid the card might suck up to much of the liquid and maybe would no longer hold together or so.
But I was lucky, no such thing happened

After that coat was dry (it does dry very quickly), I applied a bit of lavender acrylic paint, but not with a brush, but a piece of cloth (and gloves of course) and once that was dry, another layer (again with a piece of cloth) of egg shell acrylic paint

I wanted to make this shelf look really old, vintage, with a touch of shabby chic.
Once the result looked good (to me at least), I took out my distress ink mini pads and started to give it the old aged look. When everything was dry, I just sanded it again, but only very slightly, and gave it a coat of matt finishing spray. This does not make it look shiny, because I didn't want that on such an od vintage piece, but it helps to fix the colors 

So here's the result, let's see what you think :


After the 1st coat of wood stain (dilluted with a little water)
and remember not to apply too much


Then the second coat of acrylic color (lavender of course)




And the 3rd coat of egg shell acrylic color
(always applied with an old piece of cloth)


After the "aging" treatment with the Distress Ink Pad
(you can of course achive the same result by appliying Wood Stain again, but you should be 
careful doing that, if you apply too much, it will cover up all you color applied previously)


Doesn't look t bad, huh ??




Of course, I needed to add something with my new designed logo on it
... as you can see, this little shelf is gonna be "Le coin des savons", which literally means
"The Soap Corner"


Adding a few little details and voilΓ  .... aahhhh, me happy

😍😍😍😍😍

See ya
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April 21, 2017

The Lavender Shop : making furniture with cardboard (or mat board)

Hello everybody

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I recently re-discovered cardstock ... a very useful item to make dollhouse furniture. It's not too thick, 
(the one I'm using is about 1,5 - 2 mm) but still has enough thickness for that size of furniture (1:12th scale in my case). It can be sanded easily, cut with a simple craft knife and painted or stained in whichever way you like

So I decided to give it a try and designed one little piece, some sort of cupboard to display items in my future Lavender Shop. You know, it's not really difficult to think of a piece of furniture and make a plan with the pattern, the only thing is that the size and the measurements need to be correct.

So what I do is quite simple, after browsing a little bit through the Internet to get a more clear idea of what my piece should look like in the end (try to keep it easy in the beginning πŸ˜‹)

You might wanna check out video tutorials on Youtube, it can be easier if you see for yourself how it's done before starting to make your own, but that's only a suggestion of course.

1) I make a plan on the computer, where I indicate the exact measurements for each piece, as well as the name of it (meaning where it goes when I assemble everything, lol). If you're not sure about the hight or width or so, just take a finished piece from one of your dollhouses or other miniature projects and measure that, it should give you an idea.

Most of the pieces can be drawn on your computer, this helps to get exact measurements. 
The one's that need a little "drawing by hand" are added later (I just make a copy on my printer, that's the easiest way to do that)

All this takes up a little time of course, but believe me, it's worth it

(see Pic 1 below)



2) I'm cutting out all the pieces (don't forget either to make a few extra copies or at least save the documents as a PDF on your computer before starting to cut out) and I'm transferring everything onto the cardstock. Then I cut out all the pieces of cardstock and sand everything. For the top of this little cupboard, I glued two pieces together, in order to get more thickness.
Sand everything a little and lay out all your pieces in front of you

(see Pic 2 below)



(see Pic 2 below)

3) I start to glue the cardstock pieces together (I will make a more precise tutorial for this later)
Cardstock has the advantage that it sticks very fast and very easily together, I'm using simple white glue from Elmer's or Aleene's Tacky Glue (whatever you have at hand).

Although I suggest to avoid Superglue, I tried that and there was a lot of it on my fingers and I don't even begin to tell you                                                                                           where else it ended up πŸ˜„πŸ˜„, but it doesn't work very well with cardstock, cardboard, paper, etc. ..... that's my experience and just a personal opinion of course.

Starting to look like something already ... yeah 😍

(see Pics below)






And that's about it ..... of course in this stage, the piece hasn't been sanded and painted yet, but it's just to give you an idea of what you can do if you're willing to invest a little time and patience and only very little money

Here are just a couple of pics of the decorated piece ...... I just couldn't resist, lol



Stay tuned, I'll be posting the finished piece soon

See ya
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