Posts made in November, 2011

Belle Ruffle Gloves

Posted by on Nov 17, 2011 in Blog, Feature | 0 comments

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I saw these gloves on Pinterest and simply had to make them. I went to my stash, found some Caron Simply Soft, and started knitting. They’re the first things I’ve knitted for myself in a long time, and I love them! They make me feel pretty, girly and cool all at the same time.  The author of the pattern, Victoria from VO Knits, calls them Neo-Victorian, and I agree. I’d even call them a bit Steampunk. :)

I also got to use some of the vintage buttons I bought while antiquing with my Memaw. I lucked out and got a nice sized box full of all sorts for only $5. Yes, I actually found six matching ones. :) Unfortunately the box of buttons was quite dirty. For all the plastic buttons I just soaked them in soapy water overnight.  However, the ones I used for these gloves are made of mother of pearl and were also pretty cruddy. I used this tutorial to learn how to clean them, but let me recap it for you here.

How to clean mother of pearl buttons

  • First, try removing any dirt with a soft cloth; if any is left, continue with the following steps
  • Add a small amount of mild soap (I used dish soap) to some warm water
  • Using a soft bristled toothbrush, apply the soapy water to the buttons, gently brushing the dirt away. Don’t leave the soapy water on very long (less than a minute) or you’ll see a white film develop.
  • Dry/polish with a soft cloth

It’s really simple, but you can’t soak them like the plastic ones because they’ll lose their shine. I don’t know if you can tell, but mine are also a bit discolored. I just found this tutorial on how to bleach them, but I like the patina. I think it gives them a little more character.

I got these done just in time– the weather is finally starting to cool down. Whenever I show them off, my husband says that I’m ridiculous. To which I reply “Ridiculously awesome!” Don’t you agree?

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Wee Spooky House {update}

Posted by on Nov 14, 2011 in Blog, Feature | 2 comments

Progress! I finally got some better photos of my work on my wee house.

Here’s the front! I still need to install the front door and add some detail to the porch railings, but it’s getting there! I also want to add some moss here and there.

 

 

And here’s the back! I’ve started working on the furniture for the study as you can see. The only thing left furniture wise is a chair and cushion for the window seat in the bay window. I used gesso to apply pages from a book to the furniture and then white wash it. I must say that I ♥ gesso! I just love the finish that it gives. It reminds me  of that chalk paint that’s all the rage right now. I also used it for the ceiling the the study and the inside of the gingerbread on the niche room. Here’s a detail.

The bookshelf still needs some touch-ups but I really like it so far! You can also see the a little of the stove in the kitchen. I’m not 100% sure that it’s going to stay. It’s a bit big for such a tiny kitchen.

Here’s the first story. I’m still deciding on the stripes in the kitchen because they’re a bit darker than I wanted. Maybe if I sand them they’ll look better?

You can also see that the stairs take up quite a bit of space in the parlor. I’ll still manage to fit in a bit of furniture, though, including at least one armchair, a table and a piano. I’m thinking of doing some stained glass in the parlor as well.

Here’s a detail the wee attic bedroom. I wish I could have gotten a brighter shot. I’ve got lots of ideas for it; I think it’s my favorite room.

 

 

And just for fun, a close-up of the pterodactyl. First I was thinking a little gargoyle would be great here, but I like Mr. Ptero.  He’ll look even better with some moss around him.

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Weekly Inspiration

Posted by on Nov 3, 2011 in Weekly Inspiration | 0 comments

I’ve still been plugging away on my wee house and am pleased to say that it’s almost ready for a wee person to move in! I put it mostly together again last night and it looks fabulous! This week I thought I’d share some things I’d like to make to put in the house.

 

Source: etsy.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

I think my little house definitely needs a gargoyle or two. I may have to break down and buy one since I have very little sculpting experience.

 

 

I imagine that the resident of my house lives in the Victorian era, and, while he is a man of science, he also likes to dabble in the occult. A miniature Ouija board is a must.

 

Source: etsy.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

I think my little guy definitely needs a specimen collection or two. These little butterflies are great! For only $9.00, I may just have to buy them. The source of this image has some splendid miniatures, many of which I would love to put in my house.

 

 

This has always been one of my favorite Dürer prints.  I want to put it in a miniature frame and hang in the second story hallway.

 

Source: etsy.com via Ashley on Pinterest

 

There are also going to be some miniature Tarot cards scattered about in the bedroom, as if the miniature resident were reading his fortune. I found a source for miniature Tarot card images and many, many others thanks to my Craftster friends.

 

 

And, of course, since we’re dealing with pseudo-science, why not throw in a phrenology map?

There are so many, many more things I would like to put inside but my wee house is so very, well, wee. Since I’m hooked, I’m sure I’ll have to make another, bigger haunted/spooky/occult house in the future with room for all my little bits and bobbles.

What’s been inspiring you this week?

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