Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Miniature chairs taking over! (and a new action figure!)

I've been buying a ton of mini stuff lately, which I guess is ok, because I haven't been buying clothes (I tend to get really lazy and buy new clothes when I don't feel like doing laundry.) Here are just a few of the things I bought...
A modern style tv from HBS. Flowers from a store we visited on fake vacation.
Colorful dishes from Ebay, lots of kitchen implements from HBS and Manor House.
New coffee table, tv, food, water, basket, vase.

Beer, tankards, Xander.
Not all of these are new, but this is my entire mini chair collection. I bought 3 of these on Ebay in the last few weeks.
There are more items not in the pictures. More stuff coming in the mail. More stuff all over my living room! More stuff I am "watching" in My Ebay. More stuff I envy on other blogs! Argh!

A dollhouse for my niece

My brother and his wife are having a baby girl, she is due to be born in June and her name will be Kylie. I know that everyone will be getting all kinds of baby clothes and stuff like that, so I am making her a dollhouse. Here is my progress so far (I've been working on it about 3 nights a week!)

It's not really my style, but my brother has like a dark wood dining room table and goes white water rafting. (In RL, my bf and I have a vintage formica dining room table and my outdoor activities pretty much end with drinking baybreezes at a local water park-- which has a bar, so... you know, two birds, one stone). The address on the house is their address, and I have all kinds of furniture kits to build. I figure, this way, she could play with it growing up, and every year for special occasions I can buy her something new for her little house. I want to miniaturize some family photos, especially of family members who she will never get to meet, but would have loved to have known her. Maybe I will include some dorky pictures of my brother when my mom dressed him up in toddler Miami Vice gear (he had some incredible height on his spiked hair!)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Buffy is wasted!

Buffy lives in the Georgetown house, with her mom and Dawn (Dawn currently resides in the bathtub because she is so annoying). After a hard day of slaying vampires, she enjoys several bottles of liquor and hanging out with her weapons.

One day I'd like more Buffy action figures (I'd love to have Angel and Spike work at the coffee shop, and Giles to live in the Emerson Row!)

Monday, March 16, 2009

New ReacJapan chairs?

While perusing the internets for some bargains on those glorious little ReacJapan modern chairs, I stumbled across this...Another series of designer chairs! Look at the Barcelona lounger! Anyway, the Reac website seems to be down at the moment, but the link for the pre-order for these is

Maybe they still will come out with more one day? And maybe expand their line to include other furniture-- the one mini thing I want so much more than anything is a tulip table.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Emerson Row bedroom

Just a few pics of the ER bedroom now that it has a wall to separate it from the other room. I suck with sawing a straight line, so instead of trying to saw a doorway, I made a fake door out of some molding and fun foam. I also suck at mitering crown molding, so I used little blocks in the corners to cover that up (hey, people do that in real life, too!)
Just an artsy picture!

Tables, tables, everywhere

Had a 20% of coupon for an entire purchase at Michaels, and combined with an annoying week at work, and voila- retail therapy...

Wandering through the wood aisles, I noticed these 3 inch candle stick holders (2.99 for a pack of 4) and these 3 inch circle cutouts (2 or 3 dollars for a pack of 6). I cut off a little from the candle holders and glued on the circles and now I have some tables for the coffee shop. They are painted and everything (forgot to take a picture). Also, the cut off bit could be a planter or a vase of some sort.
I ordered 2 Daisy House kits from Ebay from a going out of business miniatures store, and put them together. They were very easy, and seem to be very adaptable to different styles (much more so than the HOM kits). In the below picture is the plant stand kit from Daisy House, as well as the unfinished table now finished from the Manor House sale, and some little cute bird pictures I made from square woodsies, some paint chips, and cutouts from a catalog.
Here are the Daisy kits finished, painted black and modge podged in gloss. They remind me of IKEA Lack tables, with straight and simple Parsons-y lines. I'm going to squeeze them in the Georgetown with my modern decor.

Also, here is another weird grab bag I ordered, this time from Ebay. I think I'm going to stay away from grab bags for a while, because I get such strange things. The usable stuff included a gum ball machine, a little log holder for fireplaces, and a tiny Almond Joy candy bar. The other stuff, not so much. I guess maybe I have a little bit of a gambler in me... maybe next time I'll just buy a dollar scratch off ticket, because it would be cheaper and less disappointing!

Until next time...

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Tax Return Shopping Relief & Emerson Row Kitchen

So, this is the ER kitchen so far (no kitchen furniture, sorry!). I cut this paper wonkier than usual, but had left over ceilings, so I used it with the wall and it looks pretty nice. The floor is made from Greenleaf peel and stick tiles. This picture is without flash.

This picture is with flash so it's a little washed out, but it gives you an idea of how the room is shaped. Don't laugh at my window seat cushion, I can't sew! It's just fabric glued to a shape covered by fun foam.
Also, I did my taxes early. Usually, I save half of it and spend the other half on fun stuff. I bought my boyfriend his birthday present (we are going on a mini vacation to a town close by and staying in a nice hotel and going to do funny, cheesy touristy stuff). Also, I ordered a bunch of stuff from Manor House Miniatures.
I ordered 2 ReacJapan chairs (she has really good prices on these, too, and 2.95 shipping on any size order, so if you find ones you like, it's a lot cheaper than bidding on Ebay and paying like 12.50 shipping per item), 2 unfinished wood pieces for the Emerson Row, and a bunch of fun little things, like milk and juice containers and cakes (I always order a cake, even if I've started making my own) and little vases and all kinds of things for the kitchen.

Here is a closer view of some of the stuff... I love the little teaspoons and bundt pans. The beer tankards are for my dream of having a sweet bar in the Georgetown.

Also, there were grab bags up for offer, at 7.99 a pop. I ordered 3, and though they were kind of hit or miss, there were some fun surprises.
This one came it a bunch of little things. I like the books (who can't use some more mini books?), the brooms, and the little silver angels.

This one came with some nice cut out printie type things, which I've mostly put together and some sponge brushes, which are always useful. I also really like the holiday decorations, the stack of newspapers, and the head statue thing.

This bag had a bunch of curtains and a bedding set in it. I have been trying to get my mom into minis and have been toying with the idea of starting her a house... these things could be saved for that. I like the lamp.
Every one of these came with lady bugs and a bunch of Dollshouse Emporium plates. I'm wondering if I can paint over the designs on the plates somehow... that way I can use them. Also every bag came with a little kitten and Halloween puzzle. Weird. All in all, they were fun.