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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 27, 2017

THE WINE CELLAR : A gift for my beloved husband

Hello everybody

Even though this is an older project from a few years back, I thought it was about time to publish a post about it : THE WINE CELLAR

The idea came up when we moved into our new house back in December 2005. The room where my husband's wine cellar was supposed to be was there ..... but we knew that we had to wait at least a couple of years before we'd be able to install it for good.

So, in order to bridge the gap of time, I thought : why not make him one in miniature ?

And you can drink as many bottles of wine as you like, you won't get drunk 


This is a picture I took this morning (January 27th, 2017), this is how it looks now.
I added a glass front and a glass top, because the dust problem had become impossible to manage .... imagine the size of 1 bottle of wine is about 2 cm top 🙀🙀🙀

This picture shows the finished project, but without the glass.
I will of course add a few pictures of the work in progress, because all the furniture, except the two armchairs and the barrels, are made out of scratch.
I took me almost a year to complete

So let's have a look

Since this was supposed to be a cellar, I did not plan to insert any windows, just a staircase that leads to the house of course. So I first assembled the 4 pieces of MDF wood (about 1 cm thick)
I wanted this project to be sort of "open" so no roof or front here, for easy access while working on it and of course better view

I made the walls and the floor with the dollhouse magic masonry system, available as stones in different shapes, bricks etc. This system easily transforms any smooth surface into a miniature brick, stone, slate or cement floor or wall. And it is not expensive at all.

Here's a description of the product from one of the online stores selling it

 Each Magic Systems kit contains dry powder mix, adhesive-backed "stencil" tape with the specific pattern cut into it, and complete application instructions.  All you add is water.  You can also mix it directly with paint.   Available in red or white powder kits that cover 1,2,4,8, or 9 square feet, all others cover specified square inches.  Extra STUCCO powder and stencil TAPE are sold seperately.  All are 1" scale except as noted.

The same technique with the Magic brick system

and another one for the stone walls

A few pictures of the painting job 

as I said ..... Work in Progress

My own magic box .... with leftovers that are always useful
that's why I never throw these away

starting with the wine shelves

this is what the parts where the bottles are actually going to be lying look like before assembling

it took me many hours to make all these "holes" for my mini bottles

still not finished

a trick to easlily sand round openings

there you go

slowly starting to look like a wine rack, wine shelf

and here's n° 1 finished, yeah 

here's the second one and the one in the back is a little different

As you can see, you don't need much to make a little table
I added tiles to the top, but you can of course make your own design

Starting with the bar

Before starting with a piece of furniture, you'll need to draw sort of a draft onto paper first, with all the exact measurements of course and then you can begin to cut out the pieces of wood

Just checking the available space

Giving it a coat of wood dye

Adding details, like f.ex. these floor tiles .... they give a nice personal touch to my bar

And this is what it looks once I was done ..... I added some red color and some leftover wallpaper

This is the front part of the bar, made in just the same way

A good friend of my Daddy made this "machine" to cut out wood stripes, in order to get them all the exact same size
Fantastic !!

More work in progress

I could post a few hundred pics about how this project came to life, but don't be afraid ..... 
I won't do that


Just a last one : I bought 1 bottle of wine with real wine and even a certificate
Don't ask what I paid ..... I prefer not to remember

Stay tuned for more

See ya

GARDEN COTTAGE : Let's take a tour of the finished project

Hi guys

I've been quite busy over the last few months, unfortunately not only with my miniatures, but I always try to find time to work on them

I have finished my Garden Cottage, I've already posted lots of pics about it, but here's the finished version ... since it's a birthday gift for my good friend Evelyne, it's gonna leave the house on April 14th, which is very very soon, so I thought I'd make some more pics

I didn't want to bore you with adding text to each pic, thought maybe you just wanted to browse through them and enjoy finding as much details as possible

Front View

Flowers I made, Pots I painted

Lavender made with Flower Soft, Roses made with Paper

Table is ready, let's have a glass of wine or a cup of coffee

I always add a few personal details to the furniture once I've finished painting

One side of the garden and the flowers I made, some from a kit, 
others with dried flowers and flower soft

Since my friend Evelyne loves to spend time outside in the garden, I thought this little flower paradise is just perfect for her

The palm tree was made from a kit
I made these little bird houses 

Oh, a visitor

More flowers I made .... also tried to make a watering can

For someone who loves flowers and gardening, t
his is just the right spot to spend time outside the house

A few closeup pictures

I worked really hard on these flowers to make them look as good as possible

Another view of the entire project

The side door, welcoming guests of course

I made this little welcome sign myself

A fern in an old water fountaine

I made the basket, then the flowers

Cute little details all ov

I also made this beaded curtain, to keep out flying insects 😺😺

The back door with nice flower boxes, filled with geraniums

Now that I look at the finished project, I'm pretty sure Evelyne will love this present

More flowers I made (these were made from a kit)

A closer view

My geraniums

I also made the curtains

.... and the sofa, as well as the round stool

I added a few pillows and a magazine

After I finished painting this table, I added some lace and flower decals and
decorated it with lots of my DIY items

She loves cats, has 3 of them, so I really needed to add some to this projects
Their pillow is made from the same fabric I used for the curtains

A nicely filled wall shelf

I love that shabby chic look with lots of rose patterns
so I made these to hang over the door

I especially love this little corner, with this red and pink table
I added pieces of paper with a rose pattern, made a shopping bag, with one of the baguettes
I made for my bakery, I also made the 2 jugs, the bottle and the little pot on top, as well as
the 2 boxes on the floor
The carpet has been printed on special fabric paper.

This little chest was perfect to be used as a bar with all the bottles inside
I made the houseplant (from a kit) and another shopping bag, to which I added a few new tablecloths

I tried to give this furniture an aged look by using the crackeling technique, then I added my lovely DIY items and it looks just perfect

The china was purchases of course, but I made the bowls on top

Oh hello there .... good morning to you

A birds-eye view of the interior, again very colorful

I made that little table in front of the sofa and used very very tiny square beads 
to make it look like a mosaic

just a few more pics

and a very personal detail : the picture on the wall shows Evelyne, my hubby and myself during a 
holiday in Italy we spent together

My watering can doesn't look bad, does it ?

Flowers, Flowers, Flowers

A little parasol to give some shade

I really hope you liked the tour of my little garden cottage, it's a lovely projects and I surely enjoyed working on it. I even loved it so much that I bought the same kit twice, but up until now, I don't know what the second one will be

Stay tuned, there's more to come

See ya

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