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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

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January 14, 2017

The MOUNTFIELD Dollhouse Interior .... 7) The Kitchen


Hi, so nice of you to be back ..... so, you've seen almost every room of my Mountfield Dollhouse, and today, least but not last, let's enter the kitchen.

The room was very small and it was quite a challenge to make it a kitchen. First I wanted to tear down the wall leading to the Dining Room and make it one big room. Then I wanted to leave out the door that leads to the hall, but since I had already made up my mind that I would leave the structure of the house as it was and not change anything, I just went for it .... and after moving around the furniture for several weeks, here's what it has become

Enjoy the tour πŸ‘»πŸ‘»


When I look at the end result here, I must say that many people probably have an even smaller kitchen and would probably be happy if they could have one like this.
OK, I do admit that I prefer a big spacious kitchen too, but nevertheless, I tried to get the best out of so little space and it didn't turn out so bad, didn't it ?


Well, doesn't this corner look a little messy ?? Hm Hm .... yep, I think it does
But everything you need is there, so let's not complain ... lol

Oh, take a look at the wine rack on the right ... I made the wine bottles and I'm really proud of myself, because that wasn't an easy job at all


This side looks a little less messy and after I painted the wall shelves and filled them,
everything just fell in place and suddenly the lack of space wasn't that important anymore.


These boxes are printables, which you can easily find around the Internet .... just print them on matt photo paper, that way they are much easier to handle when you start to fiddle with glue and scissors

So that was the tour of my Mountfield Dollhouse, I hope you enjoyed it and I hope to see you around again soon for my next projects

I will mostly post in the DIY section over the next few weeks and share a few tricks on how to make stuff for your dollhouses and miniature projects yourself.

Stay tuned ....

See ya 

bye for now
Dany

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The MOUNTFIELD Dollhouse Interior .... 6) The Hall

Hi there .... and here we are again, continuing my tour of the Mountfield Dollhouse

When I first got the house and opened all the packages (my favorite part, haha), I did put everything together, just holding it with tape, something I always do because it's the best way to see if no pieces are missing or maybe even damaged.

And of course it's allows you to really look at the structure of the house, to check the size of the rooms and to decide which room will be the kitchen, the dining room, etc.

I noticed that some rooms were a very good size in this house, other were quite small, especially the space for the kitchen. So I spend several weeks moving furniture around, trying to decide if maybe I should leave out a wall or two, maybe use another, bigger room as the kitchen, etc.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves, this post is supposed to be about the hall and I must say it is a very spacious room and it turned out exactly the way I imagined it :-)

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Ups, I just noticed that little stain on the ceiling when uploading the photo ..... hm, just don't look or at least pretend that you don't see it  πŸ˜ŠπŸ˜Š just look at the other side, where the cornice is still missing ..... again ..... ppfffff πŸ˜‡

This is the spacious entrance hall of the Mountfield Dollhouse. I think I changed the flooring at least 5 or 6 times, didn't glue it to the floor right away, because I know myself and I couldn't really decide if I should go with wooden flooring or tiles. I had several ideas of black and white tiling and when I had finally made up my mind, I chose the ones that I wanted right from the beginning. But now that I see the finished room, I'm really really happy with my choice. These tiles are elegant and many many styles of furniture can be mixed with them

The idea of putting a non-working fireplace in the hall, well, that one came from one of the many magazines I real about interior architecte and interior decoration (not miniature magazines). The fireplace is used strictly as decoration.


This sis another sofa I had made by Jill Lucas, a really fine miniature artist and on top of that, a really very nice lady. Found her on FB by the way. 

I think this sofa really adds a great touch of elegance to my hall. 
And I soooo love the animal print pattern.


Here's a better view at the decorational fireplace, which is non working (I know, I repeat myself sometimes, sorry) πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
I made these 2 candle holders and the candles of course, with just a few pieces of jewellry findings, bead caps and some color.
Oh, and don't you just love that striped wallpaper ..... gold and black
Once I had choses that wallpaper, I decided to paint the fireplace, which was initially white, because the white didn't look good at all on that wallpaper. So there it is : BLACK beauty.


On the opposite side, I used another wallpaper, but kept the color scheme of gold and black.
I painted the small table with gold and black too and just added a few things to it and voilΓ  :
another cute corner of my hall was finished


And to finish this post, a closer look at my "home-made" candle holders

NEXT UP ........ The Kitchen, so stay tuned

See ya  πŸ‘πŸ‘


















January 13, 2017

The MOUNTFIELD Dollhouse Interior .... 5) The 2 Bathrooms


 Hi there .... I'm back πŸ‘§πŸ‘§ ..... so, shall we have a look at the 2 bathrooms in my Mountfield Dollhouse ?

OK, let's go ..... and in case you wonder why there are 2 bathrooms in this house, well, simply because I thought : Why Not ? πŸ˜€ and come on, the second one is not really a bathroom, it's more like a second toilet with a sink, for guests f.ex.

And our lady of the house .... her name is Yolanda by the way .... is being a tiny little bit spoiled by her husband, so the poor guy mostly uses this 2nd bathroom, unless he want's to take a bath of course.



So, this is the main bathroom of the house, with a wonderful shabby style bathtub. Just like in the other rooms, there are just a few details missing, like the cornice .... yeah yeah, I know, but what can I say : I just hate cutting those damn things. I always end up with 2 left or 2 right sides pieces but they never fit and in the end, they are too short because I keep cutting and cutting .....

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This is Yolande by the way, she's getting ready for bed I think. 
I made many many items for this room, like all the bottles that you see on and on top of the shelves, the little chest in the right corner etc. It was really fun to create all these things and that way, I have my accessories the way I want them.


Again I used just a piece of floral wallpaper with a rose pattern just for this wall where the sink stands, but I left the other walls blank, just painted. 
I had this table in my stock of unfinished furniture (you can find those at the Dollshouse Emporium, look for "Bare Essentials" under Furniture), so I just bought the sink and after painting the table and adding a few details, I simply glued the sink to it and voilà 😊


Once I had installed the tub, I somehow thought that this wall looked a little "empty" so I wanted to make a little wall rack or a simple shelf. I started from there and painted a piece of wood, added some lace around it and made a few items to put on it, once it was glued to the wall.

But it still looked empty and so I went through my many many boxes with all sorts of mini stuff and I found those two beautiful brackets. They are made of plaster and were plain white, so I added a little color and put 2 of my DIY canisters on top and there you go : no longer an empty wall


This picture gives a better look at the shelf and all the items I made.
Some time ago, I looked for a way to make these bath soap bottles. There can be soap in them, shower gel, shampoo, bath salt, all sorts of liquids you might need in your bathroom.
When I make them myself, I can choose the color I want, which is really great.
I admit, it is a fiddling job and not as easy as I first thought, 
but I managed to make a lot once I got going.


Here's a closer look at the little chest I made. The red one ended up in another room of course.
I made these out of empty matchboxes, with just a little colored paper (which you can easily do and print yourself .... and it's really unexpensive), some lace, acrylic color and a few jewellry findings.


This cute little basket is made of thin cardboard, dotted paper I printed myself, a little trimming and you're done. The towels are made out of old washcloths.


Here we are in our second bathroom, or as I said before, the guest toilet.
I used the same technique to make the sink, using a nice table (in fact, this one here is the same than the one's I used as bedside tables, just painted differently) and gluying the sink onto it.
Needless to say that the shelf has been filled with lots of DIY things ..... ah I just love that.
Maybe I should make more of those and sell them, what do you think .


This photo gives a better view of the sink. I found that beautiful mirror in an online shop and I just had to buy it. It just goes so well with the sink. I had some doubts in the beginning that it wouldn't look good on the floral pattern of the wallpaper, but once I tried it out (always do that before I glue anything on, trying around with all the accessories to say which way I like them) I was very happy with the end result. I just made the little wall shelf and glued it right underneath the mirror.


This is a very simple way to make a little side table : the bottom is made with an old chess piece (had to cut it in two f course) and the table top is a simple round piece of wood which is available at many stores. I found these on Amazon and they are very useful to a miniaturist, believe me. They come in packages of 50 or 100 I think.

The bowl is another DIY item ..... I'll give out my secret on how I made those later 
in the DIY section. 


Simply filled the bowl with tiny tiny little sea shells .... a friend once brought those back from a beach where she spend quite some time, I guess, picking those up.


Here's a closer look at the shelf. It always gives a nice touch to add pieces of wallpaper (what else can you do with leftover pieces, haha) to the shelf, as you can see here. The items inside ..... what can I say .... just love making those.

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I hope you like my little bathrooms and enjoyed the tour.
Please feel free to get in touch should you have any questions.
Sometimes I make too many of my DIY items, so just ask .... maybe I have a few left to give away

Next up ..... the hall

so stay tuned
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See ya ......















The MOUNTFIELD Dollhouse Interior .... 4) The Dining Room


Well, hello there ..... so nice you stopped by once again. Shall we continue our Tour of my Mountfield Dollhouse ? Yep ..... OK πŸ‘ŒπŸ‘

Today, I'll be showing you the Dining Room. Let's get started with a picture of the entire room before going into more details.



I tried to remain in the same scheme all through the house, so here again, the walls are mainly painted in the same color than the rest of the house but one wall get's either some color or wallpaper. I thought, since this room is adjacent to the living room (there is an open passage between those 2 rooms, no door, seen on the right side in this pic), why not use the rose pattern again. It's not the same wallpaper, but the same style so to say. You might notice that I don't want to stuff/overfill my rooms. I hate that, in real life and in my miniature world. I'm not the modern minimalistic type, but enough is enough. There should always be enough room left for my mini people to move around in their homes, don't you think ?


I painted this beautiful dresser in a dark red color and added some nice knobs instead of the simple wooden ones. I had these beautiful glasses left from a previous project and thought they might add quite an elegant touch to this dresser. The plates are real porcelaine, they were plain white when I bought them, but I added some flowers with decals, because I really am NO painter, neither in miniature, nor in real life size, lol

Oh and take a look at the fridge ..... it's bright ORANGE πŸ˜€
A very good friend of mine has one juste like it in her kitchen and when I saw her's 
(life-size of course), I just had to paint mine the same color.


Well, tonight it's pizza time, yeah.
I made those some time ago, when I made all the Fimo items for my bakery.
At some point, I was so into making Fimo food, just couldn't stop, haha

The little deserts in the middle of the table are also DIY items, as well as the place settnigs.


I painted this dresser in a very light eggshell color and gave it this aged look again. 
You know, one piece of furniture in a brighter color (talking about the dark red dresser you've seen before), is enough for 1 room, because one piece in a different color will always be the eye-catcher in the room.

As you can see, deserts are ready .... I had lots of leftovers after I finished my french bakery, so you'll probably find my home-made desserts, cakes, tarts, etc. all over my other miniature projects

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I had some little space left on the wall so I decided I could use this little shelf for some , beer glasses and tablecloths. 

Hope you enjoyed the tour 

NEXT UP ...... the 2 bathrooms with tons of DIY items, so stay tunes

I really have to update my DIY section here on my blog ..... puh 

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See ya .........



January 12, 2017

The MOUNTFIELD Dollhouse Interior .... 3) The Living Room


Hi, nice to "see" you again ..... let's continue our tour of my MOUNTFIELD Dollhouse with the Living Room, one of the main rooms in the house


As usual, I made de wooden flooring myself. I have a special cutting tool in order to get all the pieces the same size and I'm using balsa wood, which is very easy to cut.

A little tip for your dollhouse floorings : don't glue anything directly to the floor of the dollhouse, because if you make a mistake, and depending on the glue you're using, it might get difficult and even messy to "repair" it. I always cut a piece of cardboard (not too thick, maybe 2 mm) to the exact measures of my floor. Do not forget the doors, you'll probably need to make cuts where the doors will be. I then glue my floorung (wood, tiles, whatever you chose) to the cardboard. When you make a dark wooden floor, you even might wanna give the cardboard a coat of the same color or varnish before applying the actual wood. And to glue the finished floor into your dollhouse, it's best to used double sided tape, because if you decide to change your flooring one day, it'll be a lot easier to get rid of the old one.


It is a cozy room, my little living room here ..... just love the rose pattern on the sofa and armchairs. 
It was a little risky to also use a wallpaper with a different rose pattern in this room, but since the wallpaper has ony be applied to one wall, it's not too "heavy" after all ..... I mean I didn't want to give the impression that you're sitting in a rose garden or something like that πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚


Another DIY item .... a cute wall clock, shabby or vintage look, made with an item I found in an online scrapbook shop. If you're looking for items like that, you might wanna look for jewellry findings too


I really love this little cupboard/shelf. I painted it in a dark violett color, adding some gold touches and a little lace and once it was filled, it was just perfect for my living room


This little DIY wall decoration is really simple to make.
These round wooden pieces can be bought in packages of 10, 50 or more and really are cheap. Just give it a coat of the color of your choice and add a little trimming around it and you can glue whatever comes to mind onto it
I made this rose myself out of plaster and with a simple mold 
(you can find a lot of these molds on ETSY)


NEXT UP ........ The Dining room, so stay tuned

See ya πŸ˜ƒ

The MOUNTFIELD Dollhouse Interior .... 2) The Bedroom


Let's continue our tour of my MOUNTFIELD with the Master Bedroom

For the flooring I chose these spanish tiles, which I also really really love in real life.
And since the dominant color in these is blue, I also added blue dotted wallpaper to one wall.



It is a cozy room and since we have a seperate dressing room, no need for a wardrobe here, which left me some space to add other pieces of furniture. Again I made a lot of items myself .... I'll be posting more details about those soon in the DIY section of this blog.


While going through my stash, I found a pair of shutters. I bought those as unfinished (not painted, naked) pieces and I decided to give them an aged shabby look .... I think this worked out quite well, didn't it ? 😊 On the old trunk, which I handpainted too, you can see some other of my DIY items, like the bowl, the neclace, the 2 little pots, and even the mirror .... my first try at making a mould and then using plaster to make the mirror. Didn't turn out so bad either.


Just a quick look at another corner of the room


... and a closer look at my DIY items


I found these wonderful side tables in an Internet Dollhouse shop, just added some gold color and use them as bedside tables in my bedrom


I bought a couple of new table lamps, thought these might look better on those nice tables


Hm, sorry, just realized that this picture isn't very good .... sorry, I'll make a better one soon

I buy almost all my furniture unfinished, so I can paint and decorate them just the way I want.
I chose a light green for this one, since it fits well with the light blue on the wall as well as with the flooring in this room.


Some more necklaces I made 



NEXT UP ....... the Living Room, so stay tuned

See ya  πŸ˜˜



The MOUNTFIELD Dollhouse Interior .... 1) Dressing Room


As promised, let's go on with my MOUNTFIELD Dollhouse. I tried to give it kind of a shabby chic look. I always had my own style when it came to furnish and decorate my dollhouses, just take a look at my Grosvenor Hall and you know what you mean.

I'm not afraid of colors and you see that not only in real life but also in my miniature world.

For this house, I made a lot of items myself, details about those may be found in my DIY section here on my blog.

Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions about how I make my DIY items, I'll be happy to share

So let's go and start with the dressing room, the dream of every woman, isn't it ? I mean, there are only 2 people living in this house, so no need for 2 bedrooms, therefore I decided to make the second one a dressing room where the lady of the house can store all her treasures, mostly shoe boxes of ocurse  :) :)



Once we'll go further with the interior of my Mountfield, you'll see that I used the same color to paint the walls all through the house. It's a mix of white and taupe (I'm not sure that this is the correct word, looked it up on google translator). Anyway, this color allows to set accents with pieces of wall paper or any other wall decoration and use any color I like, from light to dark, very bright, whatever comes to mind.


I made these shoe boxes myself, because I wanted something special. More detailed pictures will be posted soon in the DIY section.


Here's a nice example of what I meant by playing with colors. I used a piece of striped wallpaper and glued this part of the wall. Since the wallpaper stirpes are pink and grey, I painted the furniture to match. I made a little basket (bottom right in the picture) and also the soap bottles and the towels. 

Please don't look at the part above the door, as I said, the house isn't completely finished and the cornice hasn't been glued yet. I'm in the painting process right now and then comes the fun part : cutting the cornice pieces, which is really fun when it comes to the corners πŸ˜•πŸ˜•


I always make all my paintings myself ..... which doesn't mean I paint them 😊😊 no no no no .... 
I just look for pictures I like on the Internet (a good source is "Allposters.com"), downsize them on my computer and print them. I used Paris motives here, since the lady of the house loves that City and buys all her shoes there 😍😎  

To print them, I use matt or glossy photo paper, which is easier to handle than simple white paper, especially when you glue the picture onto a piece of cardboard or wood, the glue wouldn't show through when you use a thicker paper. The frames are made of wood. Again, cutting corners, lol .... but these are a little easier to handle than the cornice


I made another round box which has been placed on top of the wardrobe ..... always useful to store "things" in a lady's dressing room


NEXT UP ....... the bedroom, so stay tuned

see ya






THE MOUNTFIELD DOLLHOUSE



This beauty is the MOUNTFIELD Dollhouse from the DHE (Dollshouse Emporium)


I mean, come on, don't you just fall in love when you see it ???
I did, that's for sure and since the only way to get me to stop whining about it was to buy it, well that's what my hubby did

YESSS YESSS YESSS

So before we go into too much talk, let's have a look at the pictures of MY Mountfield
Today's January 11th, 2017 and I've been working on it for almost a year now ..... not non-stop of course .....

and I also made a board about it on my PINTEREST Page if you're interested
allthough the pictures are mostly the same than the one's I'll show you here


So let's get started .... 


I decided to go for that dark red, brownish color for the outside, with a combinatin of grey and white for the windows and doors

I haven't finished it completely, as usual, the roof is not done yet ... :-) I just hate doing the shingles, but I know sooner or later I'll have to get to it

Check the next posts for detailed pictures of the interior

See ya





January 11, 2017

DORFPUPPENHAUS ... Update January 2017


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 it's been such a long time since I've been here last, but there are several reasons for that, but I'll explain those in a seperate post

Those of you who used to follow my blog (I hope you're all still out there somewhere and forgive me for not being here for such a long time) and/or know more about the german "Dorfpuppenhaus", already know that this house comes in parts, meaning I get 4 issues once a month and this explains why it takes sooooo damn long to finish that house :-)

I decided to make a garden to go with the house, and guess what : as soon as I had this garden finished, suddenly I became informed by the publisher that they also had decided to add a garden to the house. OK, for now, I will leave everything as it is and once I'll have all the parts of the garden that come with the magazine, I can always decide if I'd prefer to add that one or keep mine.

Wait and see !!!

Here are a few pics I took today, I think it is about time to show you this beautiful house
It has taken me long enough to finish it (just a few little details are still to be done, but other than that it is finished .... on the other hand, is a miniature project ever really finished) ??


This picture shows the house with both additions on the side, the conservatory on the right 
and my garden on the left
The BBQ station is part of what the magazine provided, the rest of the garden are my own creations and leftover items I had from other projects


The entrance door is on the right, unfortunately you don't see it here and the lights have not been fixes to the roof yet


The inside of the conservatory has become quite cosy, don't you think 
The champagne bottle is one I made myself, wasn't such an easy project. Many many bottles didn't have a very long life and ended up in the trash before I finally made some I was happy with.


The garden I added, there's a big party going on there, not all guests have arrived yet


I'd say that the interior is as good as finished, the only changes I do sometimes is moving things around, but other than that, it is a really nice and cozy home. The sofa wasn't included in the issues, it's a special item I had made by Jill Lucas, a wonderful miniature artist

Check out her FB page, it's worth it :



The kitchen had a little addition since the picture I last posted .... the cute little side table you see in the front with the deserts on it. In fact, when the front is on the house, this table sits right under a window with a good few to the street


The Living/Dining room is not a very large room, but nevertheless, it has everything one needs to be happy, even a fireplace with a rocking chair to chill and enjoy long winter evenings


The bedroom hasn't changed very much either, I finally got the wardrobe and I also added a chair




The bathroom with some of my DIY items, like the soap bottles f.ex. and the fern in the back


The small space in the attic is used to display the memories of when their son Henry was just a small child. You know how mothers are, they simply can't seperate themselves from all this
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The shingles ..... oooohhhhh, this is something I really hate doing ..... there, I said it !!

Guess that's why the roof still isn't finished, but I'll get to it



the BBQ station, looks good so far, but I'm pretty sure I will make a few more changes here soon

So I hope you enjoyed this little tour of my almost finished farm house
Have fun and come back soon

See ya
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