Thursday, April 3, 2014

Brick Borders Complete

I have finished adding brick borders to the 30 windows! phew!
I especially like the borders around the tower windows and the oval windows.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Patching the Oval Window

During the bathroom remodeling project, I had closed off an oval window. As you can see, I had pasted a piece of paper on the inside before putting up the wallpaper.

Using the window frame as template, I cut out an oval piece of paper to paste on the outside wall. I used an old business card so that the paper would be heavier than regular paper.

I glued on a layer of paper clay, smoothed out the edges, textured the clay and finally sculpted the brick pattern on it. 

I sadly discovered that the number of rows of bricks on either side of the window did not match. You will notice it if you look closely at the top left corner of the newly covered oval shape in the photos above and below.

Of course, when I originally bricked around the window, I wasn't anticipating that one day I would have to close it up.

Once the paper clay dried, it also shrunk a little, causing cracks around the edges of the oval.

I patched the cracks with more paper clay, blending and applying texture as I go.

I also added a thin layer of clay to hide the mismatched brick layers. Once the clay was semi-dry, I sculpted brick shapes to match the surrounding area.

The end result is not perfect, but it will do.

Monday, February 24, 2014

The Garfield China: Cherry Blossom Collection

In 2007, I bought my first dollhouse food set, the salad and bread, from Amanda of Northern Miniatures. The pattern on those dishes eventually became the official china pattern for the Garfield Manor.

Over the years, I bought a few more food sets from various sellers on eBay: like the soup and the spaghetti with marinara sauce.

The Indian dinner was made by Fran. There is potato curry with rice, daal, naan, samosa and potato cutlet.

In 2008, I bought a number of porcelain dinnerware sets in the Cherry Blossom pattern from, and requested Amanda to create a full course dinner to go with her salad set. She made soup, roast beef with asparagus, potatoes, carrots, Brussels sprouts, and finished with heart-shaped ice-cream served with chocolate syrup and cherry on top. There is also tea with cream and sugar to wrap up the night.

In 2011, I went on a buying binge and bought the rest of the pieces that make up the Cherry Blossom Collection. I might have gone a little overboard ...

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


This is the layout of the kitchen right now. The refrigerator is around the corner, but I might put it beside the china cabinet.

It is still very stark, as I have not started decorating it yet.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Working Sifter

I love collecting minis with working parts! My latest favorite acquisition is the tiny copper working flour sifter. It is a bit big for 1:12 is nearly an inch high. But when I turn the handle, the wire sifter turns inside!

The sifter and the double-boiler were bought for $9.28 (+ $3.47 shipping) on eBay.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bathroom Remodeling: Complete

I have moved up the side screens to the front. Initially, I was going to hide the toilet and the sink behind the side screens and have the bathtub and vanity in the front.

But this layout is more spacious. I will leave the screens unglued so that they can be moved as needed.

I still need to add the smaller accessories like the toilet paper holder, towel rack, etc.

Bathroom Remodeling: Replacing Wallpaper

After removing the window and wooden moldings, I used the removed fabric "wallpaper" as template for the new wallpaper. The bathroom is a tricky room to paper after assembly because the wall is interrupted by part of the slanted roof.

I used a dark brown fabric to cover the wall, so that the cork sculpture would contrast against the solid dark background. I used the back of the brown fabric, because it looked like small brown tiles. I used this fabric also because I did not have a piece of the original fabric big enough to cover the back wall ;)

This is what it looks like after the wall was redone and the moldings back up.

Doesn't the cork sculpture look lovely against the dark chocolate wall?