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fireplace continued

  • Posted on December 11, 2015 at 8:21 am

the rock front is painted and drying so i can varnish it. it may take quite a while to dry since my first try ended up looking way too colorful and didn’t go with whitewashed wood of the picture frame. i covered over all each brick with a combo of blue-gray and white so only hints of the colors show through and i like the effect much better. i didn’t have time to take a picture of the first try since i had to keep working while the paint was wet so all the colors would blend.
Rock painted
note to self, next time paint the rock before cutting it out. it would be much easier to get the variability in each rock!

1/4 scale fireplace

  • Posted on December 10, 2015 at 8:53 am

leaving the beds for a bit, just cause i want to get the woodworking done while i have no kids at home, and since christmas is coming, i’m going to tackle another project that has been on my list for ages…. a fireplace. i’m starting with a photo box using the lid only) a picture frame and a vague idea in my head of where i’m going….
Building a fireplace
i cut the frame down to make the front of the fire place. for the back i turned the lid over – it already was black inside which is a bonus since i may be able to leave that as is – then filled it in with a piece of packing foam. this is the same foam i used for my couch ages ago. i still have a bunch of it left over. it wasn’t quite deep enough so i put scrap pieces foam board on the back. i could have put the foam core on top but it wasn’t cutting as smoothly on the edges.
i’ve always wanted to try doing egg carton bricks and this seemed to be the perfect place for them. unfortunately my first calculations were off and the 1/2″ x 1″ bricks i cut were just slightly too small. i ended up with either too much gapping or uneven rows and and asymmetrical pattern. so i recut them all at 1-1/8″ X 5/16″. that worked out perfectly and i got hem all cut out and glued down. however cutting two sets of bricks took all my time, and i’m out at drs again tomorrow so this gets put on hold for a couple of days most likely.
Brick "layed" and ready for painting

bed for a 15cm prince(ss) number 2 part 2

  • Posted on December 9, 2015 at 11:09 am

Possible legs?
i dug through my supply box for possible legs and came up with these. they were the ones i had enough of that looked like they might fit. after trying each set out, the spools ended up being the best for both scale and size.
Glue the chosen ones on
so i glued one to each corner
Another bed ready for bedding
flip it over and the bed is ready to go. or at east ready for bedding…

bed for a 15cm prince(ss) number 2

  • Posted on December 8, 2015 at 7:07 am

Toddler bed 2
using the oval ornament from the previous post, i chose this time to cut it in half since it wouldn’t stand alone. i made the base the same way as the first bed, except i cut the dowels the full width of the 4 craft sticks.
Glue to base
glue the head and foot boards to the base lining up the bottom edges and clamp till dry. the clothespins would make funky legs but they are just temporary 😉

bed for a 15 cm prince(ss) part 2

  • Posted on December 7, 2015 at 7:15 am

once the glue has set, line up the base with one set of curls to make sure it is straight and glue it on. clamp in place till glue dries. proper clamps would be ideal but clothes pins work in a pinch ;0)
Glue base to head board
you can leave the bed like that or paint it as desired.
Not very springy
not very springy, it needs a mattress!
But just my size
but it’s just the right size. 🙂

bed for a 15 cm prince(ss)

  • Posted on December 6, 2015 at 12:48 pm

while we were waiting for paint to dry on the previous project, liya started hauling out wood and asking me to build her a princess bed that was just her size. feeling bad that every one thinks the poor girl is a boy since she is still bald i complied since it would be a fairly quick build anyway.
Building a bed for my prince(ss)
we gathered up a bunch of odds and ends to see what would work. the “frilly” ones are christmas ornaments i got on sale at michaels. we have jumbo craft sticks, odds and ends of square dowels left over from other projects, a bag of balsa scraps, my miter box, saws, pencil and glue. after some testing we decided to start with the rectangular ornaments for the head/footboard, the dowels for supports and 4 craft sticks for slats as the balsa wood was just a smidge too short and narrow.
Mark the supports
next we figured out how high the bed should be and marked the dowel supports against the end boards at that point
And the jumbo craft stick slats
and marked the ends of the craft sticks so they would be square not curved
Taped together I can cut them exactly even
i wrapped some scotch tape around the craft sticks so that i could cut them all at once. then laid the bundle flat in my miter box and zipped off the ends. it is turned this way just to show how even it came out. (the miter box is really handy for people like me who don’t really know how to do wood work, and if you use your 40% off coupon at michaels it is less than $10… even in canada!. go on a separate day and use the coupon to get the matching saw that cheap as well ;))
Glue supports across end of slats
center the trimmed supports across the very ends of the slats making sure everything is square and even, and glue down using weld bond, or wood glue.
Place heavy weight on top and wait for glue to dry
and placed a heavy weight on top and wait for the glue to dry

a rug completed

  • Posted on June 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm

i chose to complete the rug by trimming the edge back to about 5 rows past the stitching line, cutting a wedge out of the corner to cut down the bulk, then folding it back and satin stitching around the edge with a very narrow stitch in the pink.. after that i used a loose whip stitch and stitched the edging down flat to the back, catching only a stitch or two at a time so it wouldn’t show through on the front. now it looks just like the full sized rugs i have in my house, and the little girls are thrilled. crystal is showing it off here
The finished rug
after i was done someone pointed me to a great tutorial on how to finish rugs, so rather than re-inventing the wheel, i’ll just link to it here

dollhouse rug

  • Posted on June 12, 2015 at 2:44 pm

i haven’t been doing a lot of crafting this year, i’m on a cleaning/purging binge instead trying to get my house, craft room and library in order after several years of neglect. but every now and then i take some time out to finish up a project or two.

once i have enough space cleared out i’m planning to make up room boxes for my dolls. hopefully at least one per size. i’ve been collecting stuff to decorate them with for quite a while and adding new things as i find times or the right supplies.
this little project is one i had marked on pinterest for quite a while. it will become a rug for the little girls room. i loved the colors in the chart, the actual colors not so much. since i have a huge box of thread (most of it 25 years old or older) it was easy to find the colors i wanted… or at least reasonably easy. the first sample was close to the chart, but just didn’t look right, so after completing the leaves i pulled new colors from my box and started over. the second try was much better so this time i finished it up. it is stitched on 22 count even weave with 2 strands of floss.
Dollhouse rug
and here it is with crystalorn, one of my pukifees so you can get an idea of the scale.Pukifee sized rug
now i just have to figure out how to finish the edges to make it look like a real rug instead of a piece of cross stitched fabric 😆

suggestions i have recieved on how to finsih it

-fold under the edges leaving one or two rows exposed and do a stitch around it so it would be enclosed like the real rugs. Either a whip stitch or buttonhole stitch close together.
-turn it under as close to your stitching as possible
-backing with felt and then binding the edges
-give it a border with a coordinating ribbon. either a nice sturdy solid-color grosgrain, or a brocade trim.
-trim the edges back a couple of rows from the stitching, turn them under and one row from the stitching and loop embroidery threads through at the very edge of the stitching to create a thread fringe If you think the white will show through between fringe treads, buttonhole stitch closely around the edge in the same colour as the fringe before adding the fringe.

next post will (hopefully) show which i chose and the finished rug!

etsy pre-christmas sale

  • Posted on September 30, 2013 at 5:43 pm

i’ve really been neglecting things lately, the kids went back to school and i just seemed to crash. but i’m trying to get back going again and thought a good way to start was with a pre-christmas sale at my etsy store. i have a bunch of thread crocheted dresses in the pukifee/ latiyellow /tiny delf size ready to go and thought it would be a great time to put them up so people could get them delivered before christmas. so here’s the deal…
from now til november 15th buy any thread crochet pukifee dress and get another dress free! (while supplies last,) the free dress is random, but you can request pinks, earth tones, brights, pastels in note to seller.

pre christmas promo on now
a sample dress
and here‘s a link to my store again

peek a boo

  • Posted on August 13, 2013 at 4:54 pm

the tinies turned the roots of an old sun bleached tree into a jungle gym
peek a boo