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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

December 8, 2012

My French Bakery : Painting the Shelves


Hi there

Now that I know that all the yummie things I'm gonna sell in my bakery, it's time to paint the shelves, don't you think πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘


This is what I started with : a naked, unfinished piece of furniture

  

Here's what it lookes like after painting ... I stayed with a very light mix of yellow and ochre, because the walls in my shop are already very colorful and because I want the customers to concentrate on what's gonna be IN the shelves, not their color

haha


This is what it looks like after adding a few details, gold trims, etc


 

and here's more or less the final result .... I painted a few plain white corner stones with gold and I'm gonna add the lace to all the compartments of course



Another idea I had was to use small pieces of the reddish wallpaper I used in the room, to give the shelves a really personal note. What do you think ?


Here's the completed and nicely filles shelf
ME BE HAPPY AGAIN πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜‹πŸ˜


And finally, these are the 2 smaller shelves I finished today
YEAH


Come back soon
See ya ...
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December 6, 2012

DIY : Holding the Tablecloth


Hello my mini friends

You've probably all come along this particular problem that I'd like to talk about today :
using a piece of fabric as a tablecloth, you cut it nicely, even put some weight on it, and once it's on the table, it looks like a flying saucer ready to take off, it just doesn't stay down, does it ?

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Well, here's a trick that will most certainly help you out


All you need is some starch and a few clamps to hold it together ... 
and of course something to put it on top of 

In this case I used a round piece of fabric (already cut to the right size of course, sprayed it with starch and in order to let it dry I put it on top of the bottle of starch, upside down. 

Then I put the clamps all around, as you can see in the picture and let it dry. 
Once it has dried, all you need to do is maybe add a little trim (which I will do of course ...... this was just a try) and put the entire thing on a round table or any other support that might fit.


And as you can see, it stays there .... and no longer wants to take off

See ya
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BLOOPERS πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


SHIT HAPPENS !!!

This is the counter I made for my shop, filled with all sorts of cakes, tarts, cupcakes and other little sweet treats. Unfortunately, when I put it inside the shop, I realized it was far too high, a mistake that should not happen after so many years, but as you can see, it does happen and there's only one thing to do here : LAUGH πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


So I had to cut the bottom off, which had to be done as accurately as possible, but as you can see in the next picture, it looks OK now and the counter finally has the correct height.

So don't just throw things away when you realize you made a little mistake, because in the miniature world, many mistakes can be "undone" so to say 


See ya soon
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December 2, 2012

My French Bakery : Filling Glas Jars


I recently ordered these tiny glass jars (about 2 cm high) and filled them with my own fimo creations.

I think I'm gonna order some more, because they are a beautiful addition to my bakery, since it has a chocolate department :-)

I do remember when I was a child, there was this little shop just around the corner from where we lived back then and I just loved to go there, because they had these glass jars too, filled with all sorts of yummie things and I always ended up tasting at least one of them







As you can see, I added a few more of these beautiful glass jars


These jars with a removable lid are also just perfect.
I found these on Amazon, but you can also look for NailArt stuff, 
they often come in these tiny jars too

Have fun and stay tuned
See ya
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My French Bakery : DIY Furniture / Shop Counters


Hi ✋✋

I've been trying for some time now to find a counter for my cakes, but none of them did fit. 
In fact, the size of the one I bought was ok, but the cakes did not fit πŸ˜–πŸ˜«


So I had to make one myself, one where all my cakes that I wanted to display in there would fit nicely. Here's a first glimpse, but so far, there's just the base coat, meaning it's not the color I have in mind for it when it's finished. 


An this is what it looks like in the finished project ... lalala

ME BE HAPPY πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„πŸ˜ƒπŸ‘‹πŸ‘‹

By the way, have you spotted the difference between the 2 pictures above ????
Go have a look at the post with the name BLOOPERS and you'll see what I mean, lol



The picture above show another I made, especially for the shop window.
I found these self adhesive mirrors in a hobby shop not far from where I live here in Germany. They have a good size, are easy to cut and are self-adhesive

I thought it would be a nice touch to display these items on a mirror, since the customers will see this from the outside


Here another counter I made for the tearoom upstairs

Work in progress .... I used balsa wood for the counter itself, and some of that wooden trimming (you usually find that in a dollhouse shop under Mouldings or so)

I kept the sink from an old piece of furniture that I had to throw away some time ago .... very good that I did that, so I had one for my project here. I mean, I need a sink in the tearoom in order to wash a few plates and cups


I just love that coffee maker ..... just couldn't resist πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—πŸ’—


I added some faux glass to the counter, so that the customers on the other side have some privacy



And here's what it looks like in the finished room

There's more to come .... check out the post about interior decoration 

A good reason to keep coming back

See ya
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My French Bakery : Filling the Shelves


My regular followers know that I have been making a lot of items for my bakery before I even started the project. In fact, I wanted to give it a try (working with polymer clay) 
and once I was into it, I just couldn't stop :-)


Since I knew even before I started with this project, that it would be some kind of shop, I bought these shelves and now I'm very happy about that because they really come in handy here.
This kind of unpainted, naked furniture is available at most dollhouse shops. 

So I started to fill the shelves (still unpainted at this stage) just to see if I had enough ...... and I do !! Definitely !! I have more than enough, the only thing I might need to make some more of is bread. But cakes, fruit tarts and other sweet stuff, believe me, I could feed an entire village with what I've made, hihi

Just take a closer look at the pictures below and you'll see what I mean




Guess you got it  πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

See ya ...
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My French Bakery : DIY Tearoom Chairs


OK .... I just couldn't seem to find chairs to fit my tearoom
I mean, there are so many out there, but either I didn't like them, or they didn't have the quantity I need or they were simply too expensive (you can imagine that I'll need a few for my tearoom)

So I decided to make my own .... I used thin leather here, made a seat with some fabric with a floral design and added some trimming and voilΓ  : a chair

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Those of you who follow my blog may recognize it .... because I already used this model, only with a different fabric, in my Grosvenor Hall. I just like the style and this very light yellow leather fits perfectly in style and color with the interior. So I guess I'm up for making more, since (hopefully) I will have more than just one customer :-))) And I wanted to use as much DIY items as possible in this project, so chairs and tables will be "home-made"

See ya soon 
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