Re-exploring Key West

Monday, December 5, 2011


As you know, I love snowmen.   I got this little framed box at a silent auction recently and it came on Friday.   I loved it and thought it would make a cute room box ... someday.   It sat on the dining room table for the weekend and yesterday I decided to put it in my workspace and then I would find a spot for it until I could work on it.   Just sitting there, I thought I would try a few things.   Wham-bam - it was nearly done.   I still need another piece or two for the walls, but so far, so good.   It is not on my unfinished project list - didn't even make it there.   Enjoy. 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tea Shop

Recently I participated in a tea shop swap and acquired so many lovely things for a tea shop.   I could not, however, find a teapot that I wanted to use to make the shop.   Finally after looking at this little yard sale find of a  display case, I figured it would make a great shop.   My little shop owner lives upstairs.   She has just moved in and hasn't finished decorating the walls yet, but it coming along nicely.

I got so many lovely things in the swap that several will have to wait until my next project to find a home.  

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Does anyone like Snowmen????

I love snowmen and always have.   Being in Key West, you don't get any chance to build a real one, so my collection is the next best thing.    I do hope you enjoy them. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Raggedies are getting ready for Christmas

My poor little raggedies have had a tough fall.  Our roof sprang a leak and many of them got wet from all the rain we've had this fall.   That didn't help any of them and they were really dusty.   This week they had their day of attention.   They need to be ready for Christmas and they really like to look their best.   Roof is fixed and they are ready for the company we are having during the Holidays.

Tomorrow's Thanksgiving and I'm very thankful for my life.  

Monday, November 14, 2011

Quarter Connection On-line Convention

A miniature group that I belong to is having their 7th Convention - Online.    It is so much fun.   One of their projects was the souvenir porch and I've finished mine in a 4th of July scene.   The scene is 1/4 scale.   Group is Quarter Connection

Monday, October 31, 2011

National Dollhouse Miniature Month - Day 31

I love doing these daily posts during October.   Some times I don't have a clue what I will post, but it generally comes together.   I try to learn something in the process.   My first try at doing a video for YouTube is following.   I'd love to hear your comments about my first attempt.    The video is of my mini creations during this year to date.   Enjoy

Sunday, October 30, 2011

National Dollhouse Miniature Month - Day 30 - Upstairs Work Room

Another quarter scale project is in the finished column.   Some of these little projects have been taunting me and finally I am knocking some out.   This is a cute little project, easily built by Luci Hanson.

I really loved the shelf space at the top so I could display a lot of items.   I added the little tool kit.     However, I had a work bench that didn't get to be used.   I could have left out some of the cabinets, but decided against that.   What to do?  
Build another little scene.

This little frame is about 4 inch square.   Gives me a chance to use the workbench and display some little doll houses.   

Saturday, October 29, 2011

National Dollhouse Miniature Month - Day 29 - Diner in Quarter Scale

I have to say, this little project has been stalled for while.   I got the diner food kit and made some 'jumbo' cheeseburgers.    I've still not gotten the whole routine of quarter scale food down, but I am trying.   Anyway, after finally getting some workable cheeseburgers and fries and drinks, I decided it was time to do the diner.  Got started and make the counter and then the project stalled again.   The booths seems to stall me.   After doing the NAME Day project, I figured I was dragging my feet and I just need to DO IT NOW.   Last weekend, I finished my little diner.    My husband says it's going to go broke because it only has two customers.   I will need to rectify that.  

Since these pictures were taken I decided it needed a door to a kitchen and I've added it in the far left corner with a sign that says 'staff only' and I did the ketchup and mustard containers.   One won't be displayed because it is hiding on my floor.   That's the way with quarter scale; when it hits the floor, it generally is gone forever.     The food kit and the diner kit are by Janet Smith from   The little dolls are by Janet Stockwell.

Friday, October 28, 2011

National Dollhouse Miniature Month - Day 28 - Candy Container.

I'm sure you've seen or purchased those Ferrero Rocher candy containers.  They are great candy.   When I see something like that my first thought is 'what can I do with the container'.   Well this is one example.   It holds a picnic scene.   

Potato Chips, potato salad, hot dogs, candy make for a great picnic.  Then a little kite flying.   Sounds like fun for the little bears.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

National Dollhouse Miniature Month - Day 27 - Gift Bags

I love gift bags.   They are great for giving gifts, of course, but they also make very nice miniature settings.   You don't have to paint the exterior.   I line my bags with foam core on the inside and make a Plexiglas insert or the front.     I've featured these items before, but they are worth repeating.   My next big scene in a gift bag will be a child's birthday party.   Stay tuned for that.

Candle Shop

You can see the whole post Here.

Halloween Scene

You can see the whole post Here

Dinner at 8
This one is a bit different.   The gift bag was cut up and put inside the clear plastic paint can.   I loved the scene and it turned out really cute.

You can see the whole post Here

Toy Shop

Apparently I haven't posted this site before and if I did, I can't find it.   The pictures are terrible because of back flash from the plastic.   Anyway, it was  a gift bag that I used as the interior wall.

I love using gift bags - I hope you like my use of them.  

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

National Dollhouse Miniature Month - Day 26 - Cigar Boxes

The first cigar box I used was done many years ago (at least 20).   I had this great little table and chairs and some ice cream parlor signs that my husband had gotten me one year for Christmas.   Way too many expenses to allow me to buy a wooden box.   Added a sheet of Plexiglas to keep it dust proof.     Added some writing on the Plexiglas.

Don't these little girls look happy.   I know I would be too.

In case you missed my toy shop in cigar box.   I am featuring it again.  You can see the total post Here.

Cigar boxes are your friend! 

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

National Dollhouse Miniature Month - Day 25, Laundry Container

This week I am going to point out interesting containers for  miniatures.   We all have those laundry containers in our laundry area.   Just taking one and not throwing in the trash will net you a very neat container.   Might even make you think pleasant thoughts about laundry.

Oh no - I don't think this will make me think happy thoughts about laundry - just laundry rooms done in miniature.