Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A Book Store in Progress for the HBS/Miniatures Contest

I'm making a bookstore for the #HBS/Miniatures Creating Contest. After I made the my writer friend's book talk scene and the library for my son's school last spring, I really wanted a book store for myself. Especially since I quit my job to be a writer. So I thought if I like the HBS/Miniatures contest kit, then I'll use that. 

Instead of working on the structure, though, I keep re-arranging the books.

And posing my new cats. Above is my new fat cat from wolvi64 on eBay.

And below is my new orange cat from JMDS Miniatures on eBay. 

The books then fall down because I don't want to glue them in.
 I like using them in scenes. Some of them are from #LittleThingsofInterest and have text/illustrations on the pages. I can't glue those in! I will build little boxes for them, I think.

I did make a little bookmark box. Free bookmarks when you buy a book! I cut up little pictures from a Paper Source catalogue and put them in some left-over wood scraps from a Betterley book kit.

I love The Big Book of A Miniature House, but I can't fit another dollhouse in our apartment, so I thought I'd try to make this in the French style. Sort of.  I would like to put a second floor roof on top following her instructions, but I think my husband will notice if a two-story structure appears. Lol. Anyway, I doubt I have time, so I'll work on the current kit and the landscaping and then see if I have time. 

I put spackle paste on both side walls, as per her instructions of how to do the walls. And there you can see the blue of the window.

I want the front to look like these inspirational photos, but I realized I've already used that blue in other buildings (my bakery and Malibu dollhouse - yes, I clearly have my favorite colors), so I will use the royal blue above. 

I like the way they put the books on shelves on the side of the wall in the above picture.

Have a great week!


  1. What a fun idea for the contest kit and a great opportunity to play and redecorate again and again in the future! I love the creamy white shelving unit against the green wall, and I can't wait to see how you incorporate all the neat exterior ideas you've saved into it! I also love the free bookmarks and it sounds like it was a fun project to do!

    1. Yes, I am really enjoying making copies of all my favorite books and I can't wait to have mini-book readings! Lol.

  2. It already looks great. I too noticed the lovely bookmarks, a great idea! I love the cats.
    Good luck with contest!
    Hugs, Drora

    1. Thank you! I love that you noticed the bookmarks. I view the contest more as a deadline and as an opportunity to be in great company. I always love seeing what other people do - the creativity and skill is amazing.

  3. It's so cute! And I love the cats. Every bookstore needs a cat. Thanks for reminding me!

    1. Yes, you definitely need a cat or two in your bookstore!