A Little Storage Idea

Just a little post about a little storage idea:

I have been trying to help my niece figure out how to organize my great-niece’s toys and books. Tatiana has a ton of stuffed animals that are her favorite toys. She also has a lot of little books. (I’m happy to say that she is a book-nut like her Auntie.)

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It was in Marshall’s that I spotted these inexpensive, little mail organizers. I thought that they made perfect holders since Tati’s youth-books are so thin and small. Tucked  alongside her bookcase, there is now breathing room for all of those animals. Eeek! Maybe room for even MORE stuffed animals.

Debbie Gill’s Miniature Room-boxes

Since the pain of the long, hot drive to Tucson a couple months ago had faded, we decided that we needed to drive down to take another look at the Mini Time Machine. The special exhibit featuring Debbie Gill’s miniatures is what really interested us this time. Absolutely everything that she uses to make her mini masterworks are from items that are slated for the trash bin (or was found already in the trash bin). Recycled and up-cycled art is one of our favorites- both to do and to view.

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So lets step into a cool (as in air conditioned and out of this Tucson summer heat) amazing world of miniatures.

 

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Debbie makes everything herself – no store bought minis for her. If you look closely you will see what I mean. For instance, those aren’t store-bought mini scissors. Those are tiny bits of wire and paint crafted to look like the real thing. I love the crumpled up candy wrappers in the trash bin. I can sure relate to that!

 

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The shabby chic rooms were adorable. Especially since Debbie decorated them for Christmas- it’s one of my favorite holidays. Check out her floral arrangements too  They’re so CUTE!

 

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I could live in this little living room. The relaxing colors are right in with my decorating style. And the dried cotton ball stalks in the glass vase! How cute are they?! I can’t wait for my dollhouse build to be done so that I can start decorating. In the meantime, I’m collecting a ton of ideas and knowledge.
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The shabby bedroom had so many cool little details like jewelry and cosmetics. Notice the tiny bill-fold next to the purse. Too cute!

There were a lot of other rooms created by Debbie too. She had 60s, a BoHo room, a man-cave, a music rehearsal space in a garage- just on and on. The skill, detail and variety was so fun to see. If you want to check out more of Debbie’s work click here.  This link will take you to Debbie’s Facebook page. Debbie does not seem to have a regular web site, but her Facebook page shows a lot of posts with her techniques detailed out in photos.

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The photo above is from the Mini Time Machine’s web site. You can click on the photo and it will take you to the museum’s site telling you about the special exhibits as well as the regular exhibits.

museum-purchases.jpgFinally, here are my purchases for the weekend. The hand blown glass vases were from the museum store and the tiny little bag is what they packed them in. I love it! The framed miniature painting is from an e-bay auction that was waiting in our mailbox when we got back from Tucson.

We also went to two different Bookman’s while in town. That yielded a big haul of new/old books to peruse. So much fun.

Thanks for joining me on our Tucson miniature adventure. 😎

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Dusting my Craft Room

DUST! “Dusting and how to tackle it.” Man, I wish that could be the title of this post. The real title should read, “Constant dusting and what to do about it. Beats me! Anybody got any clues?”

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This is what I had to tackle this morning. DUST! And lots of it. Not to mention a craft room that has gotten out of control again. Argh!

I have so many little treasures and art supplies that collect dust like you can’t imagine. Of course, it does not help that we live on a very long dirt road, and on top of a hill where the dust devils just love to come roust us out of our reverie. Seriously, those things RUMBLE around here. As soon as I hear one coming,  I run to close all of the windows, but it is no help. So, dusting has become part of my life- an evil part, but necessary none the less.

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Got up at 4:00 this morning to paint the long, bottom cabinet grey and then sand it to take it from dirty, plain wood (Les found it at a barn sale) to shabby chic wood.         10:58 am. Half way there. All of the toys and things on the shelves above the long cabinet have been removed and thoroughly dusted. Whew!  Time for a coffee break.

I know, I should do like my sister and live the minimalist life. But she has no hobbies and she LOVES sleeping. No kidding- she says that sleep is her hobby and that she doesn’t want to bother with anything else.  I love sleeping too, but I also love making things, collecting things and looking at my little treasures.

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I attached the craft paint holder to the side of the wall and moved the green painting over to the other side by the Christmas collectibles. Les made the rustic paint holder for me and I LOVE it. It’s another one of my favorite things that I cannot get rid of.

You’ve probably guessed that I have a LOT of hobbies!  And I HAVE to have all of my art supplies. And I HAVE to live with the windows open all day. Having fresh air and seeing far off into the valley below and the mountains past that is one of my greatest pleasures. And so it goes, round and round…

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Putting the now dusted ornaments back onto my little Christmas feather tree. Santa is another favorite. Nope- he can’t go to the charity bin either. LOL, I really am making an effort to let go as I work. The “donate” box is filling up this morning.
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Love my little Bethany witch doll. She’s so cute.
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Since I have self diagnosed ADD, I also started a new painting this morning. I dust a little, rearrange a little, drink more coffee, and paint a little. I can never go from point A to point B without many detours in between. 😋

Anyway, don’t judge the floral- this is just the under-painting.

Seriously, I know that many of you are artists, crafters, collectors and sellers. I’m curious- How do YOU deal with the constant dusting of supplies?sandy-signature

 

Painted Glass Vials

Painting glass vials to make miniature vases is a snap and oh, so much fun!clear-dollhouse-vases

You know those little clear vials that you find in the hobby shops? The ones that are for jewelry making and can even be found in the scrapbook section of the craft stores? Well, you can paint them for an endless variety of dollhouse vases. They are perfect for 1:12 projects.

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To keep the outside pretty and glassy, you will paint the insides of the vials only.  To do that, pour acrylic craft paint into the vase and swirl the paint around so that it covers the entire insides. Pour out excess paint and let dry.three-painted-vases-for-dol

You’re all done. Now you can add an adorable floral arrangement if you like. They come out so cute! (This works for full sized vases as well although I usually resort to spray paint on the outside of the vase for those.)

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Sculptures on the Tips of Lead Pencils

This past weekend Les and I went to Tucson to visit the Miniature Museum. Or more accurately, we went to The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures. OMG! The museum exceeded all of our expectations. The main reason for our visit was to Oooh and Ahh over the dollhouse miniatures, but there was more, MUCH more than just that. I’m going to do another post on what else we saw, but first, I want to share the special exhibit with you.

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Dollhouse Closet,Fabric and RUGS!

Victoria’s Farmhouse is moving along, although it’s been a little on the slow side. I keep getting distracted by other things. In this case, making rugs! First; progress on the dollhouse… Since there will be an access panel on the side of the house I decided to add a walk in closet to part of the master bedroom.closet-addition I WAS going to put in a small bathroom, but I REALLY want to try to make tiny little shoes and luggage. I dreamed about the most perfect pair of tiny brocade pumps so a closet is needed to house them. I know me and I cannot just make one of anything so a closet it will be. The other half of the back of the room will be a reading nook. As usual, I installed scrapbook paper for the wallpaper in the master. It took a lot of pouring over scrap paper books, but I’m happy with the final selection. Continue reading “Dollhouse Closet,Fabric and RUGS!”

Painting big bold flowers

Bold flower paintings are all around us these days, so I decided to jump on the fun wagon. It all started with my niece wanting a large painting above her bed. We searched all of the stores in her area and could find nothing that she could afford. The search wasn’t wasted on me since I developed a good idea of what kinds of paintings that she gravitated toward. Expensive ones, LOL, but based on what she liked, I decided to try my hand at a bold, riotous floral to surprise her.

Of course, with anything that is “in” at the moment, you know that it will be “out” soon, not to mention that this art is highly derivative. Still, I figure that it’s for a private home – no sales involved- and it was fun slapping colors onto a canvas just because I wanted to paint some “sofa art”.20180315_173702

Sometimes I like to paint with absolutely no pressure as to the outcome. It clears up my confusion about too many things piled up and makes me able to focus on just a few things at a time again.

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You can see, by her bedding, that my niece favors colorful prints. So that was my direction – a large, loud floral painting. I told her that she did not have to use or keep the painting. However, I’m thankful that she loved it and hung it right away.

Painting like this was so enjoyable that I already have five other canvases primed for more stylized floral paintings. Yes, it was that fun! The next set of canvases will be less a conglomeration of paintings that I saw while shopping and more “me”. But, I swear that they will be just as loose and crazy flowers because that was the fun of it. I can picture masterpieces now… hmmm…Did I just pile up even more stuff to do? LMAO…ah well, the lies we tell ourselves…

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Homemade Healing Salve

I tried this balm without the tree oil -only because I don’t care for the smell of it. I needed it within days of the making and LOVE it! This is definitely something that I HAD to share. I hope it helps you too. ❤

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I’ve recently been researching the healing benefits of calendula oil, specifically in salves and creams.

“One of the best reasons to keep calendula handy is due to its healing abilities. If you apply this flower oil to your cuts, scrapes, bruises, and insect bites, you can quickly speed the healing process, partially due to the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil, in addition to the unique antioxidant compounds found in this miraculous plant. By protecting against infections, it keeps wounds and scrapes safe, allowing them to heal rapidly.” – Source http://www.organicfacts.net

While I’m thankful that no one in our family suffers from any skin conditions. I think a healing cream is nice to have on hand. I’ve been checking different recipes on Pinterest and decided to base my recipe off of different ones I’ve seen on Pinterest. Thankfully, minus the calendula oil I had all of the ingredients I needed on hand. With a quick trip…

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