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Test Furniture Arrangments for Miniature Scenes

Monday April 21, 2014

As you may have seen via the miniature photo galleries, the best arrangements in a model or roombox may not be to place everything flat on the back wall. I've written an article on testing furniture arrangements for a shop box to discuss some of the things you may need to think about, and how to maximize views into a scene. Experiment with items you may have, or use post it notes to mark the heights and widths for particular views. You want visitors to be able to get the best look possible at your wonderful miniature collection.

A Groom for the Clothespin Bride

Friday April 18, 2014

The loving couple are now complete with the well dressed clothespin groom in his tuxedo. I used scraps of black satin ribbon for his outfit. You could use felt or seam binding as well. Just be careful not to add too much glue!

Bride and groom dolls made from clothespegs with ribbon and lace clothes.You can make an entire range of dressed bodies, then just switch heads to set your clothespin character in different settings. You can see the groom on vacation in casual shirt and shorts, same head, different body. If you prefer a full head of hair, see the instructions for adding hair in the instructions for the kilted clothespin doll.

These little dolls make a great project for a child's party. Prepare some basic bodies with arms (or use pipe cleaners) and set out scraps of fabric and ribbon for clothing. Colored pens make it easy to add simple facial features. For younger children you might want to prepare the doll heads with various hair styles ready for finishing.

Photo 2014 Lesley Shepherd

Miniature Gardens From the 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Show

Thursday April 17, 2014

Dish Garden with Polyanthus exhibited by Janit Calvo at the Spring 2014 Seattle Dollhouse ShowIf you love plants and gardens you need to check out the miniature garden photos from the Spring 2014 Seattle Dollhouse Show. This year there were enough to deserve a gallery on their own. Janit Calvo, writer of Gardening in Miniature presented a number of very simple living miniature gardens, ideas anyone with a green or brown thumb could easily imitate. Janet M. Oliver presented a Shabby Chic Garden retreat which has lovely weathering while Barbara Tynon set up a delightful scene in a garden lantern and a Dolly Wyttenberg turned a small Wardian case into a garden shed.

Photo 2014 Lesley Shepherd

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Summertime Miniatures To Make

Monday April 14, 2014

doll carrying air mattress made from drinking strawsIs it summer yet? Some of the summertime miniature projects might make you feel that way. Get started now on

Many of these make cute decorations for summer and retirement cakes as well.

Photo 2011 Lesley Shepherd

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