Friday, August 31, 2012

Lots of Things Today

Today was a busy one.  I first fixed Kate's cheering vest.  That took the better part of an hour.

Then I worked on the dress I am preparing for a Sewing Couture Challenge that is being sponsored as a result of being in the Couture Dress Shops.  It's taking quite a bit of time since I have to design an outfit, create the pattern, sew up the outfit and then submit it.  The outfit and the pattern needs to be submitted to the judges.  I'm not good at making paper patterns, though, so this should be interesting.  I can't show anyone my design until it's finished but I'll put it on my blog as soon as I can.

I am finishing up my craft room.  There are a few projects that will need to be done as a part of this revamping.  Everything takes time.  And I want to play.

However, since I can't play today, I thought I would share some of my previous work.  Here are some peppers and macaroons and bread that I worked on.  They are from Joanne's Minis tutorials.

I also made a golf bag for
Rowena.  It was fun but really detailed.

Until tomorrow!


P.S.  For some reason, this program doesn't let me have control of the pix so they are either left, center or right, which doesn't help.  So bear with me!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Craftroom Day

Hi there!  Busy day.  I'm rearranging my craft room.  I won't bore you with the details because you'll doze off.  Needless to say, I'm exhausted.  I took everything out of the room and put it on flat spots in the living room, kitchen and dining room.  Then I put everything back.  However, it sure seems that the room was smaller when I began returning things to the room.

I did, however, stop for about an hour to make some produce baskets.  I had made a few of them about a month ago and want a bunch made because my plans are to have a mini garden center.  I took pictures of them so you could feast your eyes.  They aren't difficult to make because Joanne of Joanne's Minis makes the process relatively easy.  They are, though, time consuming.  I only made 6 because I didn't want to spend the entire afternoon making baskets instead of cleaning the craft room.

So here are the pictures.  Next time I plan to make them extremely symmetrical.  This was only my second try at them.

Back to the craftroom grind.  See you later.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Roomboxes, hangers and fireplaces!

Today was really busy.  The granddaughters were over and a lot was completed on their roomboxes.  They both have very distinctive styles and it's fun to see them design.  Today they put the floor tile on their floors and learned how to use spray adhesive to apply the wallpaper.  Here are some pix.  The blues are Sydney's and the browns and flowers are Kate's. 

It will be fun to see these rooms develop.

On the doll front, Bill made some hangers for my doll's clothes and I'm beginning to fill up the closet Bill made for the doll clothes.  Cool, huh?   Here are the pictures.

And then there is the fireplace I completed for Rowena's living room.  It was a plain old wood fireplace that I stained and varnished.  And then I put on the "aged bricks," which are pieces of cardboard from an egg carton.  Then tinted with chalk and embedded in tinted glue for the grouting.  I think it turned out great.  It took awhile to finish it.  Here's a picture.

And that's all I did today in the line of crafts. 

Bye for now.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Welcome to my blog!

Hi. I'm Pat.  I live in New Jersey. This is a new blog and hopefully it  will follow what I've been up to!  I'm into all things miniature and love dollhouses and roomboxes.  There is a single retired career woman, Rowena Bromley Reitenbach, who lives in my dollhouse so that's interesting in itself.  Her adventures are just beginning.  She loves her new Vespa.  I made her briefcase.

I'm also into dolls and have a few of them.  As the blog goes on, I'll be telling you about them all and what they get into on a regular basis.

I also like to work with clay (Primo, Sculpey, etc.) and I'm working on several projects now.

My goal is to blog daily.  We shall see.  Sometimes life gets in the way.  I will try to keep the blog subjects to miniatures and dolls.  But I may also share things I'm doing in my life, such as teaching my two granddaughters to create their own roomboxes.  I'll be posting pictures of their progress regularly.  They start school next week so it'll be sporadic, at best.

Personally, I'm married to a man named Bill, who is a retired letter carrier.  He has two children and they, in turn, have two children.  His daughter has two boys, now teenagers.  His son has two girls and they are being taught about minis.

The youngest of the two girls, Kate, 8, is designing a two-story boutique.  Since she's into anything bling and pink, that's where we've started our journey.  She wants a pink hand chair for the downstairs room.  I'm working on it now.  I'll post pictures tomorrow.

The older girl, Sydney, 10, is designing a two-story bakery.  The chairs for her upstairs cafe are going to be challenging but we'll be working on them, too.  Stay posted.

Until then,