Friday, October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Trick or Treat! 

Happy Halloween!

......and may you have a terror filled and spooky day.

....and this is a sneak peak at the exterior of my room box.....

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Spooky Tea For You?

I picked up a Halloween table setting at the Miniature Enthusiasts of Toronto (MET) sale this month.  The setting is By Barb, but purchased from Small Scale Showcase.  It included the cookie/plate stand, plates, placemats, napkins and cups.  The lantern and chairs are from Grandpa's Dollhouse.  The spider cake is from Ebay. The table is from The Little Dollhouse Company.  And finally, the doiley under the cookie stand is from Stewart Dollhouse Creations, but I grabbed them from Grandpa's Dollhouse at the show.  Phew! Lots of bits in these pics!

I tried a few "spooky" filters on the pics....not as spooky as my graveyard pic though. One more set of Halloween pics to post. But that's for Saturday!

Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Half Scale Saga Pt 4. - The Bathroom

The bathroom was the first room to be completed! It was the smallest room with the least amount of furniture. That seemed like an easy choice.  It was very difficult to restrain myself from adding too many cute items, but many of my ideas met with a high likelihood of toddler destruction.

The bathtub is 1:25, purchased from SFC on eBay. I am the proud owner of 5, well, now 4 of them since it was a lot purchase. The scale was fine and the price was great. I used Testors gloss white on the plain grey tub, and gloss silver to mark the "taps."


The 1:24 toilet and the sink are 3D printed by Tisch (who makes awesome 1:24 scale items) in plain white plastic from Shapeways. I was hesitant to sand it, but looking back I could have with no issue. Both were also painted with Testors gloss white and gloss silver.  

I purposely whacked them a few times with Missy Kitty's dolls in a durability test. Better I find out now if they hold up then when I get a call in 6 months to find a solution to a broken sink.  Surprise! They really are durable!  And made more so after I glued them in with several glue contact points.

The Bits And Bobs

The little cabinet is made of balsa, with the handle made of metal scraps I bought in bulk from Qualityhobbyguy on eBay. The trash can is a plastic cap painted gloss silver.  I made a wee toilet paper roll with real toilet paper. I will admit a few attempts.....they kept getting glued to my fingers and tearing.

I made the light fixtures from 2 common jewelry findings and a long metal post with a flat end you use to make dangly earrings. I used lots of glue.  Lots and lots.

The candles on the tub are actually little wood dowel slices I painted, drilled a small hole into and used thread as a wick.

The mirror is a Rocco kit from Melissa's Miniwereld. I also painted it gloss silver.

Other Details

The "tile" walls are paper, purchased many months ago on the sale table at The Little Dollhouse Company.  The baseboards are simple strip wood.  The trim around the door is a thick card stock.  

It's only after you take pictures that you see the areas of a room that look a bit rough. Please ignore the area behind the toilet. This is not an accurate representation of my housekeeping skills. Lol

I've been chugging along in the background each night working away on my super hero playhouse.  It turns out its close to 1:12 scale too.....which makes me want to fill it with all kinds of cuteness.  However, I didn't think those saving or destroying the universe care about cute.  When this bad boy is finished I can turn to all the house chores I've neglected.  Not to mention making the mini Halloween items I have failed to make for this Halloween...oh well :(  Next year I will be well prepared.  

And thank you for all the recent kind comments! I will respond soon!  But, tonight I will be making Halloween candy bags with stickers, rings, etc.  All 150-ish of them for my trick-or-treat-ers.  Eeek.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Getting Ready For Halloween!

Halloween is fast approaching.  The house is decorated.  Costumes purchased.  Mini scenes.....not so ready.  Ooops.  But on the bright side I finished the half scale house and wrapped it up yesterday.  Only took 3 hours of box making, wrapping and a roll and a half of packing tape.

Miss Kitty will be a doctor.  I will be a nurse.  Daddy will be....daddy.

I went to the Miniature Enthusiasts of Toronto (MET) show this past weekend.  So, along with making these scenes with a few items, I actually took pictures of my haul (and edited) them.  I also edited all the half scale house photos.  More posts will be coming soon!       

PS I will also post pictures of my Halloween yard.  Miss Kitty is in LOVE with the ghouls and ghost and witches out there....dodged a bullet!

Where To Find 

Friday, October 09, 2015

The Half Scale Saga - Pt. 3 - The Exterior

We're almost there! The deadline looms and the interior work continues, but I can finally see the finish line. It's good there is a finish date or I would never stop adding and tinkering or designing.

I did the photo shoot for the exterior, bathroom and kitchen in one session. I used a white sheet background because the best light in my backyard didn't translate into the nicest part of my yard to use as a backdrop. And I didn't feel like attracting the neighbours by shooting in my front yard =;)

Voila! The exterior is complete and is child friendly(ish). Lots of construction adhesive and No More Nails were used, along with satin finish polyurethane. I ended up putting a raised edge along the grass perimeter to help ensure little fingers wouldn't have an exposed loose grass edge to pick at (and glued it in place with construction adhesive).

The Nosy Neighbour

The Left Side View

The Right Side View

Roof Details

Porch Details

The Grass

Where To Find - Where To Buy

Micro grass - ebay (bigtreeonline)
Bushes - ebay (sfc direct)
Beehive, Pagoda, Trellis - Michaels
Grey urn planter - Sheridan Nurseries 

Next post......The Bathroom!

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Realife Miniatures Love Seat - Got Instructions?

I got a great deal on this kit. But with every deal comes a hiccup.  No instructions. I figured out most of it, but I'm left staring at a few long pieces of wood that I'm not quite sure what to do with. I thought this would have saved me some time cutting wood and fiddling around. I was wrong. Sigh.


Anyone have instructions they would be so kind as to photograph with their phone and email me? My email is under the contact tab.

I would be eternally greatful!