vrijdag 25 maart 2011

Welcome, giveaway, finished a kit

Welcome to my new followers:

Judith Smith
Valbuena Miniaturas
Beatriz Martin
Lula Miniland
Sherry Raines

I won a giveaway by Peiwen. I chose the square plate mold. Peiwen gave me some useful hints and I hope to try it someday :-)
Her plates are looking great, so if I can manage to let mine look a little bit like hers they will be fine.

I love all the kits Sylvia is selling. I have already ordered a lot of them, but have just finished one of them :-(  Time is scarce.
Below is a picture of three shabby stools made out of a kit she recently put up for sale. I have put a very small Dala horse (1,1 cm tall) on top of them, so you can see that the stools are not very big!

Have a nice day!

donderdag 17 maart 2011

Welcome and giveaway

A warm welcome for my new followers:

Marina (la belle cuisine)
Monica Roberts (cuisle west)
Pamela (1OakArts)
Penni (MrsPitStop)
Gadea (Yolanda)

I hope you like my blog :-)

The giveaway is ready! I made a small House of Miniatures kit and turned it into a ´swedish´ chest of drawers. It is grey with a `marble´ top and the drawers are covered with floral paper.

All you have to do is:
1. be a follower (make sure you are)
2. comment on this post
3. I would love it if you would put a link to my giveaway on your blog, but it is not required :-)

You can enter until April 9th 12.00 (a.m.) and the draw will be made the same day.

dinsdag 8 maart 2011

Window screen tutorial

In July 2010 I showed you the windowscreen I made for my Thirties House. Catherine asked me if I could write a tutorial about how it is made. It has taken a (long) while, but here it is :-)

You need:
* scoubidou string
* iron wire (about 0,4 mm)
* superglue
* fabric (net)
* woodstain or paint in any colour you like
* gesso
* pattern for making the shape of your windowscreen

First you make a pattern of the shape you like.
I searched the internet for a photo of a windowscreen I liked and made it 1:12th scale.
Like this one:

I made a drawing of the shape on the paper:

Put the iron wire in the scoubidou string:

and start making the shape:

When you are satisfied glue the ends together. Then make some short pieces for the ´legs´ of the screen:

After it has dried you can paint it with gesso (I use 2 layers to cover the string):

When the gesso is dry you can give your screen a coat of woodstain (that´s what I did), but you can also use any colour of paint you wish:

Cut some (net) fabric and glue onto the screen:

When the glue has dried cut along the lines of the screen:

and stain or paint the ends (of the fabric) again:

And you will have a windowscreen ;-)

What is scoubidou?

I quote from wikipedia: scoubidou threads are supple, round and hollow plasticized PVC tubes usually about 80 centimetres in length. They are sold in various colours, sizes and types, and are used to make various items by binding them together with special knots. On account of their elasticity and hollow cross-section — which allow them to collapse and deform when pulled — they can easily form extremely tight and stable knots. Key chains, friendship bands and other trinkets are most commonly woven, although more complicated shapes and figures can also be created.

Other names are (again according to wiki):
Gimp, Scoubi, Scoobie, Boondoggle, or Lanyard

I hope the tutorial was clear enough. If you have any questions feel free to ask.
And once you have tried scoubidou I think you will see more possibilities to use them.

maandag 7 maart 2011

Bottles and swap with Caterina

Last week I have bought some bottles from Hanneke. She makes the most beautiful bottles, so I couldn´t resist to add a few more to my bottle collection :-)

I received my package from Caterina last Saturday. She has spoiled me!!!

She gave me groceries for my kitchen;

a beautiful atlas;

and a basket with 7 old maps. I showed 2 in the pictures but believe me the other 5 are perfect too!
Caterina, many thanks :-) :-) :-)