(The three top cakes are from the NAME Valentine's Day swamp last year and I purchased the cookies from miniholiday on Etsy. The chocolate cake (hard to see, but it looks delicious) was an Ashdown Publishing subscriber gift. And some are Ebay purchases, and that little white cake with pink frosting was made by mom for my childhood dollhouse :) )
The children are crafting Valentine's Day cards in Waterside Way:
I made the little spice bottle. The "lid" is a Czech glass glass rondelle bead (from eBay). Then I used a straw, added a cardstock paper bottom and filled it with spice. I glued on the spice labels from the complimentary printables from American Miniaturist magazine.
I actually made a whole spice rack, but I can't find it since I packed up for the renovation. :(
The bowl with mix is from Kensington Miniatures and the open cookbook is from Little Things of Interest on eBay. The vanilla is from Sue's Little Things on eBay.
Of course the cookbook recipe is for making brownies and the bowl seems to contain cake mix, but it still looks yummy to me!
Still working on the floor. I printed out those tiles from the internet. I think I will glue them down (eliminating that current space) and then put on a gloss glaze.
I wish everyone a very happy 2018 and I hope it is a peaceful year with lots of love and creativity!
Here is a current shot of Waterside Way as I have started to find my furniture and put it back into Waterside Way. (This is not the final version as I have still some more boxes to unpack.)
And as I decorated it for Christmas.
On the top floor lives a single woman.
A retired couple live on the second floor. He is a doctor and she is a writer. They both like to cook, garden and travel.
On the bottom floor lives a family of four (in typical NYC style).
Here is the previous version of Waterside Way (or see via this link: http://penelopesdollhouses.blogspot.com/2014/03/waterside-way-current-interior.html)
And here is our new built-in bookcase after our renovation with three of my dollhouses proudly displayed. (My husband designed the bookcase.)
Really, you should see the "before" picture. I have to find it and frame it :)
Before this, we had IKEA open shelving, and it was completely filled with books and toys with a desk in front of the bookcases that was also usually piled high with stuff (nobody ever was able to use it as a desk.) So this is a huge improvement. Nobody can see our mess :) Now all the toys are in the bottom cabinets.
Thank you so much for all your support and comments.
Here are the white branches from the December #squintbox: I love these! I bought the December squintbox for the artwork (after it came out), so these were another happy surprise!
I also love my new kitty - I bought her on eBay from someone who was selling her collection. (The thought of which made me a little sad.) The kitty was made by Reve.
I was very busy during December making little Christmas things and trying to complete some projects I've had on my list for ages.
I made some Gingerbread houses (because of the miniature gingerbread house competition by Ann Vanture), although none turned out quite as I envisioned they would.
But I decided I should pull out all my dolls by Lana Hallas and show them making the Gingerbread houses. I think the little blonde one looks a bit like me as a child (messy hair).
Still I liked this one the best (so far):
Here's the family in Waterside Way getting ready for Christmas:
And I finally made a front plexiglass cover out of my stash for my Santa's Naughty/Nice List Office Scene in a Wreath (so the furniture can stop falling out when inadvertently knocked).
(Unfortunately, twice I tried to break the plexiglass after cutting it and it snapped wrong, so it's not perfect, but it does hold in the furniture. Although of course, this year, I haven't seen it knocked. Mysteries.).
And then I made Christmas cookies with molds and frosting by Ruth Stewart (I actually started them last year, but never finished them):
And I also made cookies with molds from the Mouse Market:
Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and New Year filled with peace, creativity, happiness, love and laughter!
I saw this tutorial that looked simple and fun for making stockings in Dolls House & Miniature Scene (October 2017 issue), so I decided to make some stockings.
My mini club (#BigAppleMiniaturists) has a gift exchange so I am extra inspired to try out some tutorials.
In the meantime, I have also been busy unpacking my minis and putting furniture back into my dollhouses. So fun! Very exciting! I love finding all my minis again, although I still have many boxes left to unpack. (At the end of the packing process in June, I completely stopped indexing and just put all my miniatures all in boxes, so I could get everything packed up before the renovation began.)
So I put together the above scene with my stocking. (Poang chais is from Etsy: Chelseamakes; Box of Blue Christmas decorations is from eBay: littledaydreams)
But here is a close-up of my stocking following the October tutorial:
Then I unpacked some more items and added some more items to the fireplace.
I made the frame this summer. It is one of my favorite makes this year. I made the angel many years ago. And the Christmas plate is from Ginger Landon Siegel.
And then I made more stockings with all different designs. It is really addictive. I particularly like my little angel.