First of all, thank you to everyone who has commented. I appreciate your feedback and it makes all the hard work (and blood, sweat and tears!) pay off. 🙂
Today, I came back to share more about each of the rooms, as well as the exterior, and explain how I managed to create everything you saw in my contest picture submissions.
Starting with the exterior;
The trees were made from MBS kits, and I talked about them here in the first part of my landscaping posts. The stones underneath the tree on the right, are actual stones that Nia had collected on walks and I had stashed away since they seemed useful, and they really were. I love how realistic they are — obviously, because they are 🙂
The stone driveway, is made from the infamous egg carton stone technique. The same for the front steps.
The planters at the bottom of the steps were made from the metal jewelry clasps I bought from the dollar store, which you can see in the package in this post.
All of the flowers were made from foliage sprinkled on…foliage. lol. It’s a simple procedure. Up close (like the above picture) you can really tell that it is just a spongey-like material, but from a distance I am always surprised at how much the bushes look as though they are bursting with colour! I wish I had added more white and pink now that I am looking at it, but, oh well. Primary colour flowers FTW. LOL (my logic was yellow- matches door, as nothing else really does, blue- matches siding, and red – flowers are like roses? — I don’t know, I was rushed ok?!).
The front porch was super hard to get a picture of! But above you can see the a little topiary bench and some potted plants. The bench came with one of the furniture sets I bought recently at MBS.
The inside planters are tucked away in the corners and are the yellow version of the bead used at the topiary at the front door. The topiary is one of my favourite things. It appeared in my Undersized Urbanite: Sneak Peek, so I managed to get a picture before I glued it in. (As I am sure most miniaturists with a digital camera do, I take on average 200-400 pictures when I am making or building something, not necessarily to share my work in progress, but for my own sake to make sure that it looks ok up close and will not be super-wonk-festival when I am finished and taking my final pictures. :))
I am quite happy with how the beads turned into planters, and I can tell you now, I will be on a super hunt for more beads that have similar potential! The dirt is tea leaves and the leaves are made from fine MBS landscaping foliage.
The little doormat is just a screen clipping from my computer of a welcome mat I found online and enjoyed. It seemed welcoming and definitely helped to tie in the green of the landscape and plants (without me really knowing it too ;))
I obviously would have rather had real working lights, but had to settle for just this little jewelry finding as a mock light on the front porch. It reminded me of those wrought iron type lights you might see. It’s original purpose is a bead cover.
Front entryway. The planters are all made from various beads/jewelry findings except for the one planter on the table which I made from paper. They all have just one simple piece of foliage glued in. There is a mirror next to the entry bench, and I love how the front porch light peeks through the top of the door, (if only it would light up! lol).
I am really glad I ended up dividing these two areas with the half wall. Also love how somehow all the colours magically came together with the rug and the couch. This room is soooo me. Love.
The T.V. looks perfect in this spot! I wanted to change the screen to a better show, so I never glued it in place, thinking maybe one day I might. ha.
“Good Manners And Kindness Are Always In Fashion” 🙂
I highlighted the making of the kitchen in this post. From there, I added the items to create a baking type scene.
Obviously very hard to get my camera in there to take a picture. The cookies, bowl and mixer were all made from clay. The bag of flour and apron are paper. The Soap dispenser is made from a bead and wire, but still doesn’t compare to my first one I made which I broke 😦
Oh well, everything happens for a reason, I just wasn’t meant to have that beautiful pump….
Closer look at the stove and cookies.
The Oreos are a printable for 1″ scale, scaled down. Just needed a little filler on the other side of the counter. I would have preferred canisters for flour and etc, but time was an issue.
“Today’s Special” Chalkboard on the side of fridge was made from a paper printable.
I love the above picture. That is the archway in the kitchen looking into the dining room table, which has beautiful sun shining in on it. 🙂
The table, chairs and china cabinet were made from laser cut kits from By Sharon Miniatures.
The table runner is a piece of lace fabric, the tiniest piece I’ve ever seen. lol. The plants in the centre are again beads and foliage.
Big planter in the corner. Can you guess? Bead and foliage. 🙂
I originally wanted these retro apron/cooking pictures to be in the kitchen, but there was nowhere they would have been visible. I ended up throwing them in here since I hadn’t planned any art yet. They worked out nicely.
It’s hard to see inside the China cabinet, but let me tell you, I definitely spent time placing itty bitty beads in there just in case you might be able to see in. Which it turns out, you sort of can in this picture.
Mostly beads are in there. The antique gold stuff is clay that I didn’t even bake. Just glued in — turns out those are the ones you can’t see, so I’m very glad I didn’t waste anytime trying to make anything more detailed.
The bedroom was one of the fastest rooms to come together. The bed I had already made and highlighted in this post.
The dresser is another one of my favourite items in the house. It is from the package of furniture I bought from my recent trip to MBS. The planters and perfume bottles are made from beads. The stoppers on the perfume bottles are leftover gold clay I had baked for the kitchen (rolled a tiny snake and cut bits off with an exacto knife). The hamper is made from 28 count cross stitch cloth.
The dresser even has a little necklace and earrings, which are just barely visible in the above picture. They are in fact two specs of craft glitter. 🙂
This is probably one of my favourite images in the whole house; “I love pretty things and clever words”. I need one of those for my big house. 🙂
The little magazines on the side table are vintage dollhouse printables, scaled down. You can see them better if you look through the front window.
The sewing machine is from Model Builders Supply, I bought it on my first trip this build. I painted the machine black. The chair is another kit from By Sharon Miniatures.
I love the summer meadow picture, and this is the second vintage map that is hanging in the house. The maps are common dollhouse printables I come across often, and the summer meadow picture is another screen shot I downsized. 😉
The laptop is a printable from Jim’s Printable Mini’s, I just downsized the images.
I left the bed sheet pulled back so that you would be able to see the side of the pillow. I used to spend hours in my bed just like this in my early University days, (pre children of course — they just break and mash my computer if it is even in sight -_-).
That’s all I can really think to share! If there is anything you saw you’d like me to mention, let me know, but I think I’ve covered it all 🙂
Thanks again to everyone for all of your kind comments. When I first posted the UUDC submission I was a little weary, but hearing feedback has made me feel better. 🙂
Don’t forget to go to Little Victorian to vote before Sunday the May the 12th!