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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.

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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. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Dollhouse Miniature Christmas Garlands


This week we are continuing our series of dollhouse holiday d├ęcor items with two simple garlands.



The first is a simple glitter garland for the tree (or anywhere you want to use it) made with just a few simple materials you probably already have on hand. The string you use can be anything of about the same weight as the one I used. I like the Cro-Sheen string/thread because it is easy to find, cheap, comes in a ton of colors and comes in a fairly large quantity. I have several colors, I just used the first one I grabbed since the color doesn't really matter since you are covering it up with the glitter.

Pick a fairly thin glue for this project since you need to cover the string thoroughly and you only have one shot at it. Also just like any other other glitter project you are going to have glitter everywhere.

After the glue dries the garland will be stiff just gently move it around to soften it just be careful you don't knock off too much glitter.

For the paper chain I like to use quilling paper, it is already cut to 1/8” wide so I only have to cut it into ¾” lengths. This part of the video took me all day to film because gluing all those little rings of paper takes a lot of time and you really need to let the glue at least set up a bit between steps. In the end the chain is shorter than I wanted but I ran out of time. I think it is still really cute and I am happy with it.




So these are just two options for garlands, what can you come up with??