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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Dollhouse Miniature Sled

It seems like forever since I recorded a video!! The area where I live has had some horrid winter weather- snow, ice, flooding, slides and power outages. Since Christmas I have been snowed in off and on for about 2 weeks, I am soooo tired of winter and snow and cold weather. However, before we leave the season I thought maybe the kids that live in the dollhouse might want to go sledding on their snow days home from school. So the project this week is a fun and easy sled.

The materials list is really small for this one- 2 regular size craft sticks, 3 skinny sticks, a short piece of light string (I used embroidery floss)

You will also need glue, something to cut the wood pieces with, a ruler, a pencil and scissors.

I cut the skinny sticks for the top of the sled at 2” and the little cross pieces at 1”.

For the runners mark at 2 ¾” and using this mark as your long edge cut at a 45 degree angle.

For the rope cut the string at 5 ¼”

How you finish this sled is up to you. I am going to leave mine plain this time but I have painted many of them as decorative sleds over the years. They look cute no matter how you use them. 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Tools for making Dollhouse Miniatures- The Easy Cutter

This is the first installment on a new series of Thursday videos where I talk about some of my favorite tools for making Dollhouse miniatures. Since this is the first in the series I wanted to share my very favorite tool this time.

I have been using my Easy Cutter from Midwest Products. I have to say it is probably the most used tool in my craft room. If you have been watching my videos for any length of time you already know that though.

Here is a link to the manufacturer's website to each version of the tool so you can get a better look at the features.

Here's a link for the replacement blade that I found also.  This website seems to sell the Easy Cutters at a slightly lower price than the above links. 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Trash to Treasure Thursday- Dollhouse Miniature Coffee Can

I know a lot of you have missed my Trash to Treasure series. I am bringing it back in the new year but not every week. Right now my plan is that on the first and third Thursdays of each month there will be a Trash to Treasure project. I will be announcing the details of the schedule on both a blog post and on the Facebook group so keep an eye out for that.

This week we are creating a can of coffee for the dollhouse. This looks so cute sitting on the kitchen counter or in a mini store. I am sure you will find a lot of places to use it.

The label I cut was ½” wide by 2” long, you will need to measure your canister in case the sizing is different. Most of mine seem to be the same size but I usually buy the same brands of stuff so other brands might use a different size.

I used some matte sticker paper that I had a scrap of on my desk, you could certainly use any paper that is handy. I used a Sharpie marker to make my design because I knew once it got dry it was less apt to smear. If you are using a plain paper and glue to attach your label be sure to test the glue with whatever you are planning to color your label with.

This could easily become another type of can too. I have seen some wonderful paint cans made of these. I think it would also work for a can of shortening in the kitchen. I bet if you look around your house you will be inspired with all kinds of things you can make using this same method.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Q&A Time

Happy New Year everyone!!!

First I want to thank all of you for watching my videos and reading the blog. I have some really cool things planned for the new year. More details on those will be coming during the year.

Also something I forgot to mention in the video. I added a widget to the blog page so you can search for blog posts on this blog. I hope that makes finding the projects you want to reference easier in the future. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

I had planned to have a Q&A video ready to go up tomorrow but I ran out of time to get it done. So sorry. But on the bright side this gives all of you a few more days to send me questions to answer.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season and looking forward to a new year. I have some new things planned for my mini channel in the new year and I hope to announce at least some of them next week on the Q&A,

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Dollhouse Miniature Gifts for Under the Christmas Tree

This week we are going to create some gifts to under our Christmas trees. After all what's a Christmas tree without gifts under it?

I had planned to do a couple of different things for this project so I will talk about the others here. The reason they didn't get included was I forgot to pick up a couple of things when I went to town on Monday then we got snowed in. I still haven't gotten out.

Anyway another really simple way to make some cute gifts is to take pieces of craft wood and wrap them with some scrapbook paper that has tiny designs. Cut the wood in various sizes anywhere from ½” to an inch or two. And wrap like you would a real present. These are really nice, can be made quickly and fill out under the tree. Then use the gifts like we made today to act as accents.

To get the printables I used today just visit Paper Minis and sign up for Ann's newsletter. When you receive the newsletter the link to the free printables is toward the bottom of every issue. The newsletter comes once a week (on Fridays) and is free.

The projects I used today were:

Lidded Winter Holiday Gift Box

English Garden Gift Boxes

Christmas Holly Gift Bag

Here are a few close up pictures of the gifts under the tree.

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Dollhouse Miniature Tree Top Star

This week we are adding a star to the top of our Christmas tree. This is a really simple and easy project but I think it turned out looking so pretty at the top of the tree.

I started with two stars that I cut out of a gold card stock. I glued these to the green pony bead and then just added glitter. Really in a nutshell that is the project, I mean really it is that easy.

I spent a lot of time waiting for glue to dry this week. I think the house is just too cold for my glues to dry a decent rate of speed.

Since I wanted even more sparkle than the gold paper gave and also since I had a small glue accident I added more glue and covered the outside of the star with some gold glitter. I think it really does make the star look fantastic.

I hope you enjoyed the project and remember I would love to see your projects.

And since the Q&A video was so much fun last year on Christmas weekend I am going to do it again this year. So be sure to get your questions to me so I can answer them. Feel free to either post them as comments to this blog, the video or over on the Facebook page.