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Wee Castle & Knights Play Set

Posted by on Apr 10, 2014 in Blog, Crochet, Feature | 0 comments

A couple of years ago, I saw this great wooden castle dollhouse type thing at Michaels in the same area where they carry the wooden dollhouse kits that I used for the spooky dollhouse and Ophelia’s fairy cottage. I immediately wanted to get one for Lex since it was like a dollhouse but for boys. :) It cost $20, which I thought was a bit pricey, but with a 40% off coupon, it wasn’t too bad. I started working on it and meant to get it done in time to give to Lex for Christmas 2012, but that did not happen.

On one of my regular trips to the thrift store down the road, I found another one just like it for only $7, so you know I snatched that baby up. It was mostly unpainted still, but it had been painted a bit. It just needed a facelift. I figured since I already had one, I would paint the other and put it in the upcoming silent auction that our province is having our next event this weekend. Plus I could finish Lex’s castle at the same time. I am so happy with how it came out. I almost don’t want to give it away!

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I also made some cork knights to protect the castle. The pattern for them can be found here. Here’s a closeup.

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To create the effect of bricks, I painted the whole thing black, inside and out, and then used a sponge cut into small rectangles and dipped into gray paint to paint each one. Protip: start with the windows and doors and then do the rest, working from the top down.

Now let’s look inside.

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I decoupaged some scraps of mulberry paper onto the walls. I thought it would be easier than trying to paint each room without getting anything on the floors or ceilings. Looking back, I’m not sure that it was easier. Either way would have been tricky, especially in the rooms with stairs. The stairs make everything difficult.

I like using the mulberry paper because the Mod Podge soaks through it easily and it doesn’t bubble and wrinkle like thicker paper. Plus the overlapping doesn’t look bad because it’s kind of hidden by the texture. It also looks really cool.

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The castle comes with a little box that fits into one of the rooms which is very handy for storing the soldiers when it’s time to pack up.

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Lex’s castle, unfortunately, is still in pieces, but I have made some progress. I really want to get it done soon because he keeps referring to this one as his castle.

This wee castle with its knights will be in the Southern Shores silent auction this Saturday at Newcomers, so if you’re in the Bay Area, please come and maybe place a bid. :)

 

 

 

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Wee Spooky House Update

Posted by on Sep 19, 2012 in Blog | 0 comments

So, it’s been a while, but maybe ya’ll remember the wee spooky house I was working on around this time last year? I got a bit burnt out after holiday crafting last year and my little house got set aside for a while. Then I got a bit un-inspired, I suppose, and hadn’t messed with it much since before Christmas. I’ve still been gathering little things that could potentially be used inside and storing up ideas but no real progress had been made.

Then I went to Michael’s and saw all of the Halloween stuff for sale and got excited about my spooky house again. I decided to make the time to work on it and gave myself a deadline of October 15th. Here are some pictures of my progress so far.

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I really like the dimension that the moss gives the outside. It could still use a bit of cleaning up, but I really like the direction it’s heading. What do you guys think of the pterodactyl fossil? The hubby says it’s too light-colored and I should paint it darker. I think I will to give it a more authentic look.

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That little book shelf is now filled with tiny books. I’m not sure that I like the black and white, though. I’ll probably do a little more tweaking this week and hopefully get the study mostly finished.

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How cute is the little brain in a jar? My friend Amber made that for me in our Science Craft Swap. It’s going to end up behind the book shelf in the study in that little alcove, sort of like a secret room. I think it’d look cool from the outside with some green LED lights incorporated somehow.

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To make the miniature books, I used this tutorial. They turned out really awesome and weren’t that hard to make. I will say that I like using decorative paper for the covers better than fabric, especially on the scale I’ve been making them. If I were doing bigger books, I’d also try faux leather. That’ll be a project for another time.

While I was at Michael’s I couldn’t resist using my 50% off coupon to get another little house. This time I got the Gothic one, and I want it to become a Victorian steampunk mansion. I’ve got some ideas percolating already but I will not do anything with it until this spooky house is finally done! Speaking of the Gothic house, check out this interpretation on it. It’s really great work, and it also made me laugh out loud.

I’m so happy to be working on my little house again. I love getting lost in imagining what I want it to look like and then making it become reality. It’s been the best kind of challenge where I’ve found out that I really am capable of making something amazing from scratch. It’s a great confidence boost.

If you want to make your own wee house, go for it! Check out the Craftster thread that got me inspired. All of the ladies there are super supportive and full of ideas. They’ve also listed a lot of links for tutorials and inspiration. I’d love to see what you guys come up with!

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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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My Newest Obsession

Posted by on Sep 12, 2011 in Blog | 0 comments

Don’t you just love that feeling of excitement and wonder you feel when you stumble upon something that you never knew existed and absolutely love? I’m basking in the glow of it right now because I have discovered the world of miniatures!

I have to admit, I’ve always been a bit of a craft snob. I would see things made by people that I thought were really tacky, and it would turn me off to the whole craft. It’s the reason I waited so long to try out crochet and why I’ve always sort of snubbed anything to do with dolls (except Barbie dolls, that is :) ). I have come to realize that I was being a bit close-minded and not seeing each craft’s potential.

Here is the dollhouse that first inspired me.

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Isn’t it amazing!? Someday I will do one as fancy as this, but I decided to start with something a bit simpler.  What really got me to take the leap from thinking to doing was this craftalong on Craftster. The creator, Knickertwist, does amazing “wee houses” and other whimsical miniature things. She uses the Creatology kits you can get at Michael’s for cheap and suggested we do the same. I got the “fantasy” dollhouse and am thrilled with it so far.(The link I used for Amazon lists it at $49.99, but it only cost $12.99 at Michael’s.)

Here is the front. I’m loving the light main color with the black accents.

This is the back. As you can see, there are four rooms including the attic.

And here is a good view of the porch and terrace. Isn’t she lovely?

Thanks to my fellow Craftsters, I have discovered a myriad of resources for both tutorials and ready-made pieces. I have been having a field day on Pinterest. Check out my board! I’m doing a sort of spooky, sort of Victorian style house. You can read my house’s back story on my board description.

There are so many times that I find a new craft and love it for a little while, but then my passion fizzles out.  With this one, I’ve been going strong for the last two weeks and have been overflowing with ideas. I can’t wait to start on the interior and start molding things with polymer clay. The possibilities are endless!

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