Saturday, August 19, 2017

Trash to Treasure Floor Fish Tank Remake and Wicker Redo

Trash to Treasure Fish tank Redo Finished .  Painted white and then sanded out for Shabby Chic look.  Inside was filled with items from swaps and shells from the beach.  The mini sand castle was a Name Swap item.  Goldfish are made of Fimo.  I did not put resin in this, with the blue screen in the back it gives the impression of water.   This was almost thrown away after attaching the metal paper to the glass with super glue.  Tickled pink with the final results I left it dry overnight.  The next day the glass was covered with a white haze, super glue must have fumed it up and reacted to the metal paper. I spent the next hour with a razor blade scrapping off the haze from the glass.

 I  took a Citizens Police Academy a few years ago and learned that they use superglue inside a case to lift the finger prints. This must have dropped from my memory banks.

Original Box used for the Fish Tank.  Looks pretty good like it is but looks are deceiving.  The glass was broke under the bamboo  that covered it up.  Bamboo looks like wood, it was paper that fell apart when I touched it. Everything is paper inside except the Styrofoam base.  This one probably should have accidentally dropped to the trash can.


The blue sheet of water and fish came from a Dollar Tree find.  I used it in the back and it covered the ragged edge of broken glass.  The finished picture does not show the blue background very well because it is a very dark and rainy day  out. It looks just as blue as this picture is.  Really finished it off.  The other items in this Dollar Store find I couldn't use they are too big.  The inside was smaller than I thought.

Close up of the Metal on the headband from Dollar Tree used to seal the edges since the Bamboo turned out to be paper.  I cut evenly down the middle between the two wires.  The metal paper can be cut with scissors but the wire needs wire cutters.  After cutting one section was folded in half over the wire, which became the center and I super glued that over each edge of raw glass to replace the Bamboo framing that fell apart.   

Princess headband from Dollar Tree used in the trim on the fish tank.

This is a remake of a wicker lounge chair and a wicker chair and table.  They looked good but needed something.  I repainted white.  The table has a little piece of wallpaper on it with tiny pink roses.  I made cushions and pillows for both that match the rest of materials on the bed. The table I never used because it appeared out of scale.  It had large turned legs on it.  I yanked them off.  Now it sits on a flat base and I like it better.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Trash to Treasure Dressing Screen and Dollar Tree Finds

This is the finished dressing screen  front


This is the back side of screen wall paper ribbon trim
This is the screen, cant really call it trash but can not be used as it is
The above pictured screens used to be sold in the Woolworth stores when I was a youngster. They always fascinated me particularly the ones that beautiful ladies in kimonos painted on them.  They were less than a $1.00.  I still see them on miniature sites, but they have left the inexpensive status.

I had several of these that were broken into individual screens.  The first thing I did was paint white.

Since it is plastic a plastic primer spray paint was used before painting with acrylic paint.  After dry I sanded where there was carving just to let a little of the black show through on the carved areas.  Wall paper in the rose stripe was cut to fit the opening and a very fine thin lace was glued over the entire paper square.  To cover the back another piece of paper was glued over the lace ends on the back and then the entire lip was glued and the lace covered card stock was set in, weighted down and allowed to dry.  After repeating this process on all 3 screens thin wire was cut and threaded into the wholes on either side of the screens top and bottom.  Give enough slack so you can position the screen.  I found a thin pink ribbon with a little white stripe on it to trim off the back side seams.  

The bead finds on the top of the screen are from the jewelry aisle.  The pink and green hand painted paper underneath  them are cup cake lacy surrounds.  Pictured below, I found these at Michael's, Joannes in the baking aisle with all the other paper lines.  These are fancy and paint absorbs very well. Inside you will find all kinds of combinations of designs that can be cut out and used for trim on furniture, pictures clothing, etc.  I cut out leaves and a ovaled type circle. Pink and green paint was used to color and then stiffened up with Modge-Podge.   There were also, black, silver and gold.

There are a lot of possibilities for this paper.  Cut out certain portions for on windows maybe, enhance pottery or chair backs, use on walls and panel it in.  I got a few years ago a Circuit cutter and got the architectural details software.  This had fences, windows, gates and it has never been used because a puppy chewed on the cord to make it work.  I have looked all over for a replacement.  The website for Circuit cutter  always says they are out of stock.  I will have to see if there is a generic one on line or find an electrician that can fix it for me.  They really are a great thing to have for miniatures.
Lace paper cupcake wrappers
Dollar Tree finds that will be beneficial for mini projects.  Tower game (next to box) has 36 pieces of wood all cut in the same size.  These could be used for planters, boxes, furniture.

The Wood shop item next to it is a mini bird feeder.  The lumber is already cut.  I see a sandbox that I had as a kid or the start of a tree house.  The brightly colored eraser in the front is about 6 inches long and 3 inches high.  I see a cake in the making without having to use Fimo.

This is a tiny crocheted doily found at the thrift store.  It has pink outside edges and each medallion is smaller than a nickle. This will work for the furniture and chairs in the Daisy Hill Remake.

The best find of all is the witch that is 6 inches with the hat.  Battery operated with flashing green face and hands and witch cackle  sounds for Halloween.  Would fit into a Halloween scene perfectly but I would put material clothes over the plastic ones.  The box of beads have all the components for nail polish  bottles and different color co-ordinated sizes in the same box for other bottles and jars..

A few sites this week on You Tube   Do a search for Petit Palm    There is no talking, very clear demonstrations, and captions were needed.  This site is amazing.  Great ideas to make your own molds out of silicon caulk,  mini working sunglasses.  Quite a few ideas to be found on this one.

Another you Tube search is DIY Miniatures will bring up dozens of  how to tutorials for appliances, modern tec toys, 

www.archives.org is an interesting site.  All kinds of information on this one.  I used it to find stained glass drawings and furniture.  Information site for researchers.

www.shepherdminiatures.com is a sale site in the UK for hand made miniatures.  Loads of items I have never saw before.

www.theminimice.blogspot.com   This site is Christel Jensen  who does miniatures for mini mice.  She has wrote books with the mini mice and miniature articles.  Delightful to read and look at the pictures.



Monday, August 14, 2017

Trash to Treasure-1950's pink Kitchen set redo



Trash to Treasure  Kitchen Set.  A remake of my much loved tin set from the 1950's.
Look in the archives for the blog on the pink kitchen set from Sears, that got thrown away when we moved.  I have never found another one like it.  1/12" scale.

Here is the trash  portion of the set.  What was someone thinking?  I got this at a NAME Convention garage sale. The top of the refrigerator was sanded  because it needs to be rounded.  I need to look on the Internet for Frigidaire emblem from that time for the fridge.
After painting, lots of painting, still needed something so out came the wallpaper again.  The handles are aluminum flat wire that I found in the garden area and the door hooks are drop earrings with a loop.  The aluminum on the back sides is a heavy corrugated metal with a wire strip going through it.  I found it in the party aisle at the Dollar Tree.  There are 4 headbands that say Princess in the children's area.  I already have found several uses for this metal and will be using it on the remake of the fish tanks.

The refrigerator with an ink pen handle.

The items that were used for this project.  Modge- podge in Matte finish was used on all surfaces, wood paint and paper.  It gives a finished look and protects the surface.  The color of paint used was Folk Art Enamel  #4003 Baby pink. 

Painting was definitely the first step. Then after the fact,  I saw on You Tube someones technique of using Embossing powder on appliances and it made them look like the real thing. So I found in the scrapbook Aisle Whispers Opaque Embossing Powder #28863.  Of course you need an embossing heater gun to do that.  The ink it up pad is a clear ink applied to the paper or wood to allow the Embossing Powder to adhere as you are heating it all up.

I am not one to admit a fail, and this one failed miserably.  I just mention it so you don't have to spend the rest of the week scraping and painting.  It did give a wonderful texture just like my current refrigerator, but then it started to bubble.
  
I found it was not the embossing power bubbling but the enamel paint underneath..  So it should have not have been  painted it first.  A lot of sanding and scraping followed and about 5 coats of enamel paint. 

This technique will be tried again on a glazed bathtub to see if it works on it.  The heat gun needs to be about 10 inches above the work.  When it starts to melt it really spreads fast.   I still think this would have worked had there not been paint on the surface.

Another item I tried but it is not shown here.   You Tube Tim Holtz(scrapbook items)  He had demonstrations on Alcohol Inks, impressed me and got the Mixative silver available at Michaels and Joanne Fabrics.  It comes in all colors.  This is the best one coat silver I have ever used.  It coats better than my Krylon ink pen.  Usually gold and silver leave streaks on other paints.  It comes in a .5ml by the drop container and a little goes a long way.   I look forward to getting other colors and trying them out.  His entire line is so creative and includes many miniatures, dolls, deer heads, keys, locks, mini casters, corner supports, that can be used in miniature settings.

As a whole this job was very rewarding despite the frustration.  Sometimes things don't go smooth but we learn from them and hopefully don't make that mistake again, unless you're me.  I would have to try it again to find out what went wrong and come up with a solution to make it right.
That pink tin Kitchen set from the 1950's has been erased  off my Bucket list.  This one will fill that void and be cheaper on my pocket book for sure.

Next time a trash to treasure from a plastic screen  made into a 3 panel dressing screen with roses and lace and paper cupcake trim.  

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Miniature Thrift Store finds-

Miniature chair found in thrift store bin marked Raine 1999.  One leg was broke off and missing.  I tore the bin apart and found it. Used super glue on it and is good as new.  This is resin but has very detailed texture.
  

While rooting for the broken leg, found another resin chair marked Raine 1999.  This one looks and feels and looks like real  leather but it is resin.  About 1999 I remember a whole series of these collectible chairs but they were quite expensive.

This glass cabinet is 1 inch wide, 3 inches high and long.  I love the stuff in it but it needs cleaned out.  I think it would make a perfect floor aquarium for the Daisy Hill Remake.

As luck would have it the Dollar Tree had this solar set today.  Notice the transparent sheet in the back.  It will be perfect for inside the Aquarium.  I will paint the divers helmet and maybe enhance the plants with real plant material.

This Resin is not marked, but with a coat of white paint it will be perfect for the front porch of the Daisy Hill Remake
With the  spoon portion cut off the handle will become a ladder for inside the Daisy Hill.

Today was a thrift shopping expedition to my favorite store.  Goodwill has started to open Goodwill outlets in close proximity to the other Goodwill's.  What the outlet sells is everything they don't sell in the stores in the shelf life time.  It goes to the outlet instead of throwing away and given another chance to live.  $1.79 a pound for all goods up to 29 pounds.  After 30 it is $1.49 a pound.  The above items cost $2.38 for all.  They put all items in long bin like tables and you can just root to your hearts content.  The materials, clothes, curtains and quilts are by the pound as well.  I have picked up some woven coverlets and handmade quilts for about $5.00. This is the ideal place to go for silks, laces and jean materials for doll cloths.   The stock changes frequently during the day.  Hardback books are .50 cents and paperback .25 cents.  I have picked up some very old books for projects and the rustic paper print inside is always handy to have on hand.  

A lot of play sets, doll furniture, miscellaneous miniatures and ornaments can be found.  I found a lot of steps and doors  from play sets for Fairy Houses.  It is a fantastic wonderland, you never know what will be there on any given day.  Treasure is in the eyes of the beholder.

The two chairs really are ready to use as they are.  The wicker will get a coat of white paint to spruce them up.  The spoon after reading the tag made me laugh out loud  and another customer  wanted to share in it.  After letting him read the tag, he said "Why didn't I pick that one up".  Too late I said, its a ladder now for a dollhouse.  Look at the picture of the spoon and here's what the tag says:

Gas less Bean Spoon
"Place spoon in pot while cooking beans.  Do not remove spoon.  Spoon will take gas out of the beans.  The little farts will climb the ladder to jump over the side."  Some one has just too much time on there hands.  The price at one time on that was $3.84.  Looks like a handmade spoon.  I just like the ladder portion.
I might hang linens or lace on it for the Daisy Hill.  The wood is pretty soft and I may try to carve something out  of the spoon part.

I have been doing some layouts on tutorials this morning and type this with pink paint on my fingers and hands.  I am finally getting my pink childhood kitchen set.  It won't be tin but it will be the next best thing.  It fits the theme of the Daisy Hill Shabby Redo, and would be perfect for the kitchen.    I am trying a technique with embossing power, pink of course.  If it works you will see it soon too.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Trash to Treasure Make over Bed-Shabby Chic

Shabby Chic makeover of Bed

Here is the before of the bed.  The basic bones are there.  This was a lot of work!


The bed after lots of gluing and painting
 
The bed after dressing

Side view of bed covers 

Close up of pillows

Back view of headboard

Side view of bed.  Notice the tiny tatting on the white sheet.  Click picture to enlarge

The bed is finally finished.  There was entirely too much Chocolate in the house for this one. Coffee was a staple as well.  I enjoyed doing this remake but it was  another futzey process.  I would find myself biting my nails while trying to decide on what to do next and find out how to do it.  Sometimes material has its own mind and in the process frustration sets in.  A lot of drawers and boxes got cleaned out as a diversion on this project.

The basic paint techniques were used as on my other tutorials.  Mint green, crackle medium, then white over top.  A coat of Matte Modge-Podge was applied to all.  Using a tiny brush the spindles were alternated with green and pink.  The roses on the foot and head board are jewel finds that I painted and glued on.  

All the materials are mini prints from www.schoolhousequilts.com  A local quilt shop and available on line.
The lace is from my stash and was used as a dust ruffle around the bottom, on the pillows and on the top of the sheet.

A few years ago I purchased a huge box of tatting in all colors of the rainbow for a few dollars.  It has set on the shelf since then.  This tatting was done about 1930.  I was really amazed that little did this lady know she was tatting for me, right now for all my miniature projects.  Click on the picture to enlarge and notice the variegated shades of pink and green on the sheets and also the pink and green pansy pillow fit perfectly on the bed.

For making the quilt  the green print and the pink print were chosen.  I wanted the turn down to be a different color.  A quilt batting was chosen from the closet and the right amount of puff was given to the whole thing.  Where everything went wrong was when it was decided that a little ironing was in order.  Not using a press cloth, the results were less than satisfactory, it was as flat and stiff as a board.  Must have been fusible batting.  

As the tearing, Oops, taring, begins, I felt like my Mother many years ago patiently ripping out the seams of an outfit made by me and threw in the corner.  Material is too expensive she said to discard.  Rip the seams out and start all over.  I did not want too, she made me, and  the compliments felt so good after I said that I made it myself. Patience is a learned virtue..... Thanks Mom for your example, it has finally sunk in.


After getting this right the thought of using 3 colors of thread and doing tiny knots  ties appealed to me to hold it all together.
It wasn't going anywhere but authenticity is the key here.  That was abandoned after the first row, it already looked to busy.
The sheets have a tiny white dot on them which can't be seen, but go really well with the green print.

After doing the last two projects I will be doing some look alike accessories from magazine pages that can be incorporated into any type decor.  There is a Fairy Garden planter Trash to Treasure using a plastic pot, Paper towels and Modge Podge that looks like a real tree trunk from a class recently taken.  I will be making  a miniature garage sale find log cabin into a realistic treasure and turning a Sylvan plastic house into a shelf or mantel piece.

I did not have a lot of computer and You tube time this week but I found Ron's Miniature shop in Orlando, Florida.  Type in Ron's Miniature shop and see in depth and detailed video of their shop.  They have everything you could ever want.....  It is definitely on my bucket list for the future.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Trash to Treasure- Victorian Dresser now Shabby ChicAn oldS

Shabby Chic dresser remake 

The back side of Dresser covered with paper

The before of Victorian 'Dresser from "Scientific kits about 1973.  I never knew the drawers opened on this but they do now.
The after of the bed to be redressed in a future tutorial

The before of the bed.  What a challenge this was !


Well,  this project was a whole lot more than I bargained for.  But it has been rewarding.  As stated above the dresser was from an old Scientific kit for 1973.  I don't know what I was thinking when originally making this then.  I certainly had a talk with that younger self doing this, but she did not have time to listen.  By doing this I reflected about how much growth has taken place in all areas of my life since then.  I really thought  my craftsmanship was great back then.  Glue all over the place,  Airplane glue maybe.   What a mess.  To refinish this, a lot of glue had to be removed, sanding, the marble tops were taken off, the mirror was in need of a replace.  I found at a local craft shop where the mirrors are sold a thin metal sheet that can be cut and that looks pretty good after the thin piece of plastic coating was removed.  My favorite Craft shop is called Pat Catan's.  They have quite a few stores and they have been bought out in the last year by Michael's Crafts, not to close them but to add to their portfolio. It saddens me that they got rid of their miniatures.  Yet another place not to get mini supplies.

As with the rest of the furniture it was painted mint green, allowed to dry and then a coat of crackle was applied, allow to dry.  Using a 1/2" brush white acrylic paint was applied all over.  One stroke and it starts to crackle.  You won't get another chance, so put enough paint on the first time.  After all was dry it seemed pretty plain to me, so I painted certain areas green and pink.  The paper seemed needed in spots and really improved the drawers.  The drawer pulls are the nail charms from the Dollar Tree as explained in another dresser tutorial.  The other items are jewel finds painted with paint and silver embellishment pen.  Paper and paint all have a thin coat of Matte Modge-Podge.

The bed  will be covered in the next blog.  Both of these items were all week getting them like I want them.  A lot of futzing on these and frustration.

This week I viewed some interesting You Tube videos and I hope you will enjoy them too.

Karen's minis on You tube.  Excellent tutorials and very well done.  She will show how to sculpt baby's and dolls,  Make boots-mini Uggs,make a tricycle, baby carriage, real looking disposable diapers.  She is from the UK.  All her videos are shown with music and self explanatory.  No talking.   Quite an evenings worth of viewing.  She makes everything look so easy.  Just go onto YouTube search and put in Karen's Minis.


ribbonwoodcottage.etsy.com  I enjoy this Etsy site.  It is county and Shabby chic all in one.  If you don't make, here is a maker that will have what you possible need.

This next one has nothing to do with miniatures but I enjoy watching on You Tube when I need a mini vacation.
Go to You Tube search and type in Exploring with Josh.  This young man travels all over the world and goes on adventures that I know I never will do.  Abandoned buildings and parks, Asylums,  He goes to places the average person would never find themselves.  I particularly love the Castles.  Check him out.  Go on vacation and never leave home.  Knowledge is increased  every time I watch , plus I don't have to go through the hassle of packing and traveling to get there.

The next one I found and am really saddened that I missed it..  In Florida there was a place called Magnificent China near Orlando.  The Promo for it as well as the closed state is on You Tube.  It would have been a place I would have loved.  There were gardens, miniature structures and the miniature Great wall of China.  It was only open for about 10 years and closed.  Too close to Disneyland attractions.

The next You Tube video that can still be enjoyed and this is still open.  Do a search of  The Miniature White House in Clermont, Florida and see this fabulous building housed in the Hall of Presidents.

Well that's all for today.  I will be concentrating on dressing the bed and  am having a hard time on choosing what prints to use.  They are all so beautiful.   







Monday, July 31, 2017

Trash to Treasure -Decons Bench using Pill cases from Dollar Tree

Deacons bench using 1 set of 3 pill cases from Dollar Tree for extra storage
This is the finished Deacons bench.  Flat wood furniture kits were popular in the 1970's.  I had a bunch of it but when children were concerned it turned out to be not play time fun.  The wood had a tendency to splinter and after a few episodes it was put away.  To finish this off to be safe a coat of gesso needs to be applied.  This was slot construction, so the slots show and stick out. The receding wood slots were cut off.   The gesso fills in all the rough wood.  In certain sections two coats were applied.  Next it needs lightly sanded.  It was  painted with mint green paint, and when dry applied a coat of crackle medium.  A coat of white acrylic paint was applied after that.  The crinkles do not show in the picture but they are there.  Lightly sand any stubble that kicked up as a result of paint and crackle. 

The three sections of the pill case have the lid and one side taken off.  These are left overs from another project that will be  posted soon.  The lids will become picture frames.  The 3 sections were super clued and clamped together with the open sides all facing the same way.  After dry I glued the 3 part section onto thin cardboard on the top and bottom and trimmed to fit.  This gives the plastic section extra support.  The glued assembly was superglued  onto the bottom of the deacons bench.  It fit in just perfectly.  One coat of matte Modge Podge was applied to the painted surfaces.

A paper pattern was cut for the bottom bench and a foamy craft sheet was used for the interior. These are the ones at the Dollar Tree in the craft department  that have a door knob  hole cut out of it and are thicker.  They can be hung on the door after decorating. Material was cut  out allowing 1/4" allowance and hand sewed inside out two sides and one front.  Bending the foam in half  it was  inserted into the completed pillowcase.  After fussing it to fit the raw edges on the last side were turned under and glued shut. The process was  repeated on the curved top for the back side.  After finishing, a pattern  was decided on for the tufts and using a needle and thread I went back and forth over the dot and pulled tightly  creating a tiny tuft on the chair.  Tiny white buttons were found from my doll clothes stash and were glued over the tuft.   The pillows are from a Name day table gift exchange.

Side view with jewel find and  a knotted hemp handle

The before of my next project.  This was in a bag of NAME Convention garage sale items. The basic items needed are there.    My biggest challenge these days are remembering where I put my glasses.  I take them off to see close now, and can't see to find them an arms length away. Most of the time they are on top of my head.  

The before of my next redo.  This is from a Scientific kit from the 1970's.  Victorian bedroom suite.  I thought it looked so cool when done.  Problem is, it looks the same today as it did then.  Not so cool looking anymore.

My material stash for Shabby Remake furniture, beds, and Daisy Hill Doll House.  All mini prints.  See below for source.  All mini prints and available on line.

Here is the little gem that is a flat wood furniture kit from the 1970's.  Notice the Harvest gold color. Three units from the pill cases were used  for the storage underneath.

Pill cases bought at Dollar Tree  7 cases with 3 compartments in each.

Here is the source for the mini prints in the picture above and will be used throughout my redo and remakes.  Judie Rothermel is the owner of our local quilt store where I purchased these. She has  authored many quilt books, more recent Civil War Quilts, and designed the material used in them.  She is the lady responsible for recreating and designing the material collections of the 1930's that are in the stores now.  Her website has a lot of mini prints.  Click here for her website  www.schoolhousequilts.com


http://teensyweensybaby.com  This web site has a typewriter tutorial made from cardboard that is just too cute.  A lot of other tutorials as well.  I enjoyed her work as well as the blog name.  Check it out.

http://www.dollhousekitchen.com  A lot of food, inspiration for sale from this web site.  Very creative

www.tinyterminiatures.com  Very talented miniaturist.  A translate button should pop up when the site loads.  Lots of food miniatures.  Teresa Martinez  She does the Chicago show.

www.kimsminiatures.blogspot.com  Its a Miniature Life-Kim Saulter.  Kim is the creator of 
Mini-ologie magazine, from a few years ago.  I loved that magazine.  She has had life chances and this blog is not current, but the posts from 2015 and before are beautiful.  The pictures posted are some from the magazines.  She had been published in many magazines are most are food, Shabby Chic.

I hope you enjoyed mini tutorial.  Now comes my biggest challenge of all that bed.  Have a great Sunshine day and may all your troubles be tiny ones!