Friday, January 29, 2016

Baby Flowers

    It's Friday today!  I would like to share some tiny dolls that I restored.  They all range between 7" and up to 11 1/2".

    Most of these little darlings needed a complete restoration, and even in some cases restrung, as well.

    This one came with some restoration attempted by someone.  Poor little blind baby!

                             Here are some of them ready for their flesh color, and facials!

       This is Baby Iris.  She was the poor little blind baby.  I gave her, "Charlie Brown-like" eyes.

       Here is Baby Lilly.  She needed very little restoration.  Freshened up her eyes and lips, and of course she needed a brand new crocheted outfit, and a bunting to stay cozy in.

                                 This is Daisy.  She is the littlest at 7 1/2", complete restoration.

                         This little darling is called, Kalina.  That is Polish for flower.  She is 9".

        This little beauty is called, Rose.  These dolls date from about 1930 to late 1940's, and are made of composition.

                    This is Blossom.  She is the biggest of the group, measuring at 11 1/2".

   I hope you have enjoyed this little bouquet of lovely babies.  I had fun recreating, and making them beautiful again.  They are all dressed up in their bonnets and buntings.  Thanks for stopping in today!

                                       Smile On!         Audrey

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Third Floor Tour of the Jubilee House

   The third floor of the Jubilee House is split into two bedroom.  One for the baby girl, and the other is for the teenage brother.  Spanning the two different age groups made for an interesting challenge in decorating the bedrooms.  Let's take a look.

  The baby's room is on the left side of the building.  I went with pink, and angels.  The gingham floor is an art paper.  The blue edging up along the wall, was a craft store find.

    This shows the entire room.  Baby Dixie is in her crib, with a soft crocheted blanket.  The rug on the floor was a find at an antique shop, disguised as a potholder.

   Here is a close up of baby Dixie.  Since taking these photos, I purchased some tiny accessories.  A box of diapers, and some shampoo, powder, and a tiny jar of Vaseline.   She looks real sweet sitting in her crib.

    Let's go over to the right, and take a look at her brothers room.  At the moment it's tidy, her brother is not known for picking up after himself.

    This young man has many interests.  Trains, dragons, biking, graffiti artist Keith Haring's work, and old movies.  Oops, looks like he forgot one comic under the door.

   He is in a band, and plays guitar.  At school he is studying the saxophone, that's resting on the wooden storage chest under the dart board.  Like the rest of the family he collects shells, and found the large one up on his dresser, next to the dragon sculpture.

   Oh, yes.  There is his dog, Max.  He loves to photo bomb, whenever he sees the camera out!  That's why he is not in focus, always on the move!

    Here is a closeup of that saxophone.  I just love the detail on this little gem, too bad it doesn't play as well!

    Well, here is a full view of the room.  This was a lot of fun to pull together.  I hope you enjoyed the tour of the Jubilee House.

      Thanks for stopping by, dear family and friends.......Smile On!!         Audrey

Monday, January 18, 2016

Jubilee House: Second FloorTour

      Welcome Back!   Let's take a tour of the second floor, here in the Jubilee House!

     The walls and carpet is gray, just like the living room on the first floor.  The trim is a nice clean white!  The bedroom set is a purchased one.  The cherry colored set, warms up the room nicely.  The jewelry stand on the far right opens up, and the drawers work just like a full size one.  There is a tiny bottle of Channel No. 5 on top.    
   The painting on the wall was done by an artist from the Stillwater area.  Love her work!  The basket of lilacs, is a floral arrangement I made.  It's really fun crocheting those little baskets, and finding flowers tiny enough to arrange in them.  In this basket, I painted white flowers to look like lilacs.
    The little poodle is hoping to get a closer look at the dove up in the bird cage on the dresser.

    There is a little light switch on the wall next to the lamp.  It adds just a little touch, unworkable, but cute!
I am still looking for some more art work for this room.  I am quite happy with how the door turned out, with the gold door knob.

   The bathroom is next to the master bedroom.  It's a really pretty lavender color.  The flooring and border along the wall is an art paper.  The wainscoting is also an art paper, covered with a clear glossy contact paper.   The basket and flowers are another arrangement I made.

   Here is a full view of the room.  The light I use is one of those little tea lights, I am not brave enough to attempt a full wiring of the houses...yet.  It's quite easy to change the batteries in these little lights.
   The door to the bedroom is on the far right of the room, couldn't quite get that in the photo.  The cupboard in the back of the room was a $1.00 find, that I painted, and added the towels and little bottles of perfume.  I even added an extra roll of toilet paper on the lower shelf.
   That's it for the second floor, next time the third floor!

                            Keep Warm!!   It's very cold here in Wisconsin today!!

                                                 Smile On!         Audrey


Sunday, January 10, 2016

The Jubilee Houses' First Floor

    The Jubilee House is nearly done, now.  I have been purchasing furniture, and odd little things to move into the rooms.  One of my favorite, is the living room.

Where else would a person dare to have white furniture?

   There is a gray carpet, and gray walls.  The floor boards are white, along with the rest of the trim around the door.  The family collects shells, and odd bits of coral.

    It's a relaxing room, and magically the white furniture never shows a speck of dirt, at anytime, or any where.  Go figure, only in the mini world!

    The kitchen is next to the living room.  The flooring is a paper covered with a clear coat.  The walls are a soft sage green.  The trim was left wood , to accent the wood in the floor.

    Looks like someone is ready for some toast and jam.  There is glasses with orange juice, and more juice sitting by the kitchen sink.  The fancy coffee pot is warm and ready to serve up a hot cup of java, too.

   Here is a full photo of the kitchen.  I purchased the appliances, with the table and chairs all together in one package.  Always bargain hunting, I had the good fortune to have a 40% coupon!

   That's the first floor of the Jubilee House!

Next time, we will take a look at the second floor.  

Thanks for stopping in today!

Smile On!        Audrey

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Another Miniature House

   I spent some time working on a "kit" miniature house.  I built it over the last seven months.  It required no nails.  Just glue, and some careful considerations as to what went where.  I am not a carpenter, but decided it was time to challenge myself.

   Finding old houses is a "lucky", chance.  And, renovating three old houses, just made me want to do more miniatures!  I think it's a little obsessive, but oh-so harmless.

    It measures about 30" tall, 23" wide and 11 1/2" deep.  It opens on the front, and has six rooms.  I did some kit bashing, as they say in the miniature world.  I removed all the stairs, so I could have more floor space for the fun little things I wanted to place in this one.

    I call it the Jubilee House, and imagine it's in a quiet neighborhood of New Orleans.

   Here are the colors I decided on.  The front door has a tiny key up on the door ledge to keep out the inquisitive, and uninvited.
   You will be invited to tour the rooms as I start the finishing touches, like floor boards, carpeting, and lights!

   What I like about miniatures is that it's an ongoing , little bit, by little bit, project.  Finding just the right piece of furniture, or accessory to go in that special room.

    The Jubilee House is on it's way.....Smile On!         Audrey

Saturday, January 2, 2016

                                                              Welcome to 2016!!

   Let's get ready to take another trip around the sun.  On your journey, may you see the extraordinary, in the ordinary days ahead.

   I plan to continue with my blog, sharing the adventures in Studio 2137.  I hope to make more toys, restore old dolls, and dabble in the world of miniatures.  There is a wide, wonderful world of creativity I plan on exploring through out this new year.  I hope you will visit from time to time.  As always.....

                                                                                ....Smile On!        Audrey