Wednesday, 30 November 2011

A luscious little surprise.

I was fiddling around with my doll house the other day and I found a real little treat. I opened the little blue chest and saw a folded scarp of paper sitting inside it. (I nice wee piece of treasure.) Frowning slightly (as I didn't recall putting it there - and usually I have a very good memory), I tweaked it out and unfolded the crisp paper. On it was a sweet acrostic poem of my name. I realised that my lovely friend Alex who now lives in Australia but came to visit me the other week had secretly stashed it there some time while she was staying with me. 

Thanks Alex! It was a delightful surprise and made my day!

Saturday, 19 November 2011

Miniature roof.

Yay, I am back in blog land! I haven't blogged for ages, I have been busy building my doll house and writing school reports. (It takes a very VERY long time! - We worked out that for 25 reports you have to write about 14, 700 words!!!) Anyhow, they are nearly all done now - just the final proof read (4th person to check them including myself) and then any more editing and then done hooray!!! And only 4 more weeks to go until the Christmas holidays and I am so excited 'cause I LOVE Christmas and also next year I have taken a years leave from school to go traveling. No work for a year = super exciting! And we are not leaving till March so I will have time to make mini's and work on my novel (which so far has less words than my reports do by about 4000! ) 

But to get back on track - I have made progress on my mini house. The floors look fantastic! I am so happy that I took the time to do them that way because I am very pleased with the results. 

Here is a not-so-mini visitor in the doll house. She decided to come and 'help' me.

You can see in these pictures what the ice block sticks look like when they have been glued down but not stained.

Bethell even decided to take a tour around the stairs when I went to work on the other side of the house.

And here she is sitting outside it - I can't believe how big it is! Real life is always so much bigger than what you think things will be from just measurements!

Here are some cat-free views of the flooring; this is the down stairs lounge (left) and dining room (right).

This is the master bedroom (left) and bathroom (right) .

And the attic rooms.

And the tower.

This is in the hall stair on the second floor.

This is looking down the stairwell from the top floor (this view is later covered by roof so you can't see it.) 

The whole house.

And here is the whole house once the floors have all been stained.

After completing the floors I began assembling the roof. This is the deck roof ceiling. (It is painted white on the underside.)

As you can see it extends down the side of the house as well.

This is the little balcony extension which I will have to put flooring on and stain as well. I think I might do the decks white though so I'm wondering if I should sand the other two balconies back and paint them white as well or just leave them as they are...

I began putting to roof on the main part of the house.

But I got so in to it that I forgot to keep taking photos. (If you enjoy smashing things with a hammer you would probably have enjoyed it too :) )

So here is the result that I am up to so far. I still have some more bits to add on but I stopped here so I could add the skirting boards to all the tricky to reach parts and so I could seal the gaps with no-more-gaps, which I did yesterday.

It looks more and more like a house all the time. It is so fun seeing the progress. I am addicted to Etsy at the moment too looking at all the goodies it could later contain.

Bye bye for now. xoxo

Friday, 16 September 2011

The first inhabitiants of the doll house.

I was very excited the other day when I recieved another lovely parcel in the post. (Don't you just love shopping on the internett?!) This one came from Ruta - all the way from Lithuania! And inside were two adorable little cats for my doll house. I asked Ruta to make me a mini Bethell and she did such a great job. And I bought a friend for Bethell too as I fell in love with this other brown cat from Ruta's Etsy shop - RutaFelt.

Here they are in the second story bedroom.

Aren't they the cute!

I've made some more progress on the house too but I'll do a seperate blog on that later.

Love Amy.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Other lovely things delivered to my door.

I got another exciting parcel today. Not wrapped in brown paper but rather in one of those yellow bubble bags. Still just as exciting. This one was another Etsy buy. It really is addictive buying things from Etsy! There are so many incredibly clever people selling lovely things. 
I bought this cute wee doll to be a toy doll in my doll house. She is 1/4 inch size.
She is much much smaller than in this photo.

I bought her from PamelaJunksMinis and she even came with a free little doll house kit too.
I only just opened her when I got home from work tonight so I haven't made up the tiny doll house yet. I'll post a picture when I do.
Hope everyone is having a lovely week. 
Love Amy.

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Brown paper packages.

One of my favorite movies as a kid was The Sound Of Music and I have to admit that raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, and brown paper packages tied up with string are still among my favorite things. So I was quite excited when this package I had ordered from Etsy arrived today all the way from Milan Italy! 

And when I unwrapped all that scrumptious brown paper I found all these cute as a button boxes inside tied up with ribbons. Such a nice touch!

Aren't they sweet?

I love opening parcels! 

And they each have a little logo on them.

Here's what was inside the wee boxes. I bought them from viliaminiature's shop on Etsy. These are all unfinished except for the trays. 

A pretty little table and two adorable shabby trays.

A nice little hutch. It even has glass in the top cupboards.

And all the doors and draws open too. 

A charming display cabinet. With a real glass window too.

And yes, the door opens.

Of course when I was trying to take the pictures for this blog entry Bethell remembered that brown paper is also one of her favorite things as well. (Whether it's on a package or not.)

After several removals from my piece of paper I managed to relocate her to another piece. (Then as soon as I finished taking the pictures and went over to use the computer she moved as well to sleep next to me on the window seat!)

Here is the lovely bookshelf.

And the mini set of draws.

And the tiny trays up close.

Aren't they all so beautiful! I haven't decided how I will decorate them yet. You will have to wait and see!
 Thank you Alma and Lia for the wonderful service and the outstanding miniatures.

Here's a funny picture of Bethell to finish off with. I caught her mid-yawn...


Okay, I couldn't really finish with that. Here she is looking normal (she is sitting in the box that my doll house kit came in.)

Ciao. Love Amy.