Shy Spirit

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  1. What's everyone working on?

    Beautiful work, Grazhina.  Yes, the cottager/builder should take great pride in her work!!  
  2. What's everyone working on?

    That is going to be a gorgeous (albeit aged) screen - well done!  I haven't come across the hinge technique before - that I recall - but it sounds like an interesting idea.  I'm enjoying anticipating the finished product.   
  3. What's everyone working on?

    It's looking authentic already!  The linen is perfect for the backing.   Your finishing techniques are very well done - I expect you have a lot of great tips to share, and this is the place to do it.  This community is full of members eager to learn - and also share their knowledge. I especially like the paving stones, and doorstep in your outdoor vignette - very gritty and atmospheric.
  4. What's everyone working on?

    I'm no expert, but I would dampen both sides at the same time, to reduce warpage.
  5. What's everyone working on?

    I love wood - so many variations in colours, grains, shapes.  (I've been known to hug a tree or two in my time!)  Looking forward to seeing the finished screen.   
  6. What's everyone working on?

    Silk ties are always handy, and I have a few of my dad's stashed away.  ;) I would go with a plainer backing, if it were my choice.  The red with stars is a strong pattern and colour, so I would save it for another project where it might be showcased.  I think I'd paint or gesso the back of the panels to smooth and even out the surface, and then use a solid coloured, finely woven cotton or linen look fabric to cover it.  Finish with a satin varnish to seal.  That's just my opinion, of course ... but you asked for our thoughts. The screens are all gorgeous!  Did you achieve the burled effect yourself on the wood?
  7. What's everyone working on?

    The design is very elegant - super idea!  Did you use panels from miniature wallpaper, or ???
  8. What's everyone working on?

    Grazhina, you might like to try some ash from an incense stick.  It's very fine, and dusty-coloured.  I've been thinking it could be used in fireplaces, dust in the attic, etc.  
  9. trinket box/ GREAT TREASURE CHEST on Amazon

    The dollar stores are familiar and wonderful hunting grounds indeed, Holly!  I will cruise their aisles with renewed vigour, and report back if I'm in luck.  Meanwhile, the little chest is on my wishlist.  I found it interesting to note that the description on the Canadian site was for a treasure chest, intended to hold Roleplaying/Gaming Dice.  
  10. trinket box/ GREAT TREASURE CHEST on Amazon

    I like that chest a lot!  Unfortunately, it doesn't ship to Canada.    I'll have to scout around and see if there are any similar ones available here.  What a treasure - I could use something like this in a few different projects! Okay, I just found the same one on a Canadian site - almost double the price, of course!  Thanks for sharing the info, Grazhina.
  11. doll collectors forum

    I'm not usually a fan of knitted clothes - although my granny knitted and crocheted some seriously gorgeous outfits for me when I was a child - but I continue to be a fan of your mum's beautiful work!  This blue dress adds such lovely colour and style to the doll,  The beaded tiara is sweet, and gives her a serenity that I find really appealing.  Another successful job well done!
  12. What's everyone working on?

    Wow, Jackie - you're a fast worker!  Pretty colours - and yes, they do look yummy!
  13. What's everyone working on?

    Ooh, yes, Miranda - a Wizard's place can be taken in several directions all at the same time!  No holds barred - what fun! Christine, do you have any pics of your cottage?  I like the hint you dropped of a love story ... it makes a difference to a dollhouse ... giving it a history, a life of its own ... every house needs to be a home - even a miniature one. Isn't it disappointing when you can't match up the paint?  Never mind, Grazhina - if I know your work (and I do) it will be the most wonderful gnome home, chosen by the gnomes particularly because of the beauty of the bark exterior. 
  14. What's everyone working on?

    The bark look is very effective, Grazhina!  The little door is already so inviting ... I can't wait to see more.  Do you know who will move in when you're finished?
  15. What's everyone working on?

    I love him -  well done!  
  16. What's everyone working on?

    I know what you mean, Keith.  You are more tool savvy than I, and your projects are awesome.  Even so, I can relate to your situation.  I'm so stuck right now I'm thinking of signing up for a subscription to a paper miniatures kit company.  If I commit to a book kit every month, I have to follow through and actually make them ... a kind of forced kickstart for my muse ... at least, that's my plan.
  17. What's everyone working on?

    That's a super tutorial, Alannah.  Using a paper punch to make the square "tiles" is brilliant!  So quick and easy using a border punch with many cutouts.  Thanks so much for sharing the link.
  18. What's everyone working on?

    It would also be fun to try a mosaic table with polyclay.  You could bake the small pieces first, and press them into raw polyclay for the grout.  I'd love to see what you come up with, Anna. Keith, congrats on plugging ahead with the window - consider the first one as the dress rehearsal, and the final one as the masterpiece.  It can be so discouraging when your hard work is spoilt like that ... but I bet the second window is even better than the first!
  19. Showcase Our Miniature Finds

    I didn't know there were these replica kits - I watched some of the Dark Shadows when I was a babysitter, many moons ago!  Good luck with the search, and keep us updated with your progress, please!
  20. Showcase Our Miniature Finds

    Amazing!  What a treasure.  
  21. What's everyone working on?

    And I love the look of the priest, Anna!  He will fit in beautifully.   Cynthia, your bedding is lovely.  What a wonderful way to preserve family history!  
  22. What's everyone working on?

    That's great, Anna!  Please post a pic, if you can!  I would love to see him.  Happy for you!
  23. What's everyone working on?

    The kitchen is looking great - after all that work, why take it out?  I think it's beautiful.  I suppose it depends on who will be at the auction ... people who could finish it off themselves, or people who want it all done already.  All I can say is, I would love to have a kitchen like that - in a dollhouse, or in Real Life.      
  24. What's everyone working on?

    Hope the workshop was fun today, Anna!  Wish I could have taken it with you. My granddaughter had a sleepover, and we made flower fairies with beads, pipecleaners, fabric flowers, etc.  Not the usual sort of minis made here, but we had a good time.  Even my mum made a fairy!    
  25. What's everyone working on?

    I like the soft colours, Anna.  Whenever I buy a little something like that, I spend time handling the item, appreciating the texture of the glaze versus the feel of the unglazed material beneath, the "real" weight of a pottery/ceramic object (as opposed to a plastic/wooden one).  It feeds my imaginings of the miniature person who will heft the vessel in their arms, and go about their miniature business.  I can go into raptures over one little jug - and just look at your beautiful collection!  Do you have plans for them all already?