Monday, June 15, 2009

Recycling old objects

When I redesigned my dollhouse to fit the vampire theme, I took out a lot of objects that didn't have a place on it. Many of them are now in my mom's dollhouse. But I have been able to recycle some others.
One of them used to be a quite ugly wood jewelry box, its inside covered in baby blue velvet, with a pearl necklace on display. Although it is not very clear in this picture, this is how it was before:

Here is a catalog picture of the box:

My mom helped me to remove everything from the inside, and I re-made it into a Tarot card box. I covered the inside with red velvet paper, and decorated the lid with a golden sun charm. Now it rests in my dollhouse's shop window:

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Crafting with my mom part 3

While my mom was making all the clothes, I was busy with a new project for my dollhouse. She brought me a pretty cabinet that she didn't need anymore, and I wanted to recycle it for my vampire's study. It was a cabinet from a collection called "Rustic Mediterranean House". This is how it was before - I took out the glass covers from the doors before taking the pic:

As you can see, it is quite lovely, but not suitable for my dollhouse theme. So I turned it into this:

I liked the pattern of the lines, so I kept them, but I painted the cabinet black and the lines in a beautiful burgundy/wine red - mom helped to choose it. The drawer does open, and I covered its inside with a paper that looks like suede, in the same burgundy as the lines. This is how it looks like in the study, with all the accessories already in place (I am waiting for a brass mortar and pestle to add to the lower shelf):

My mother was more anxious than me to see it finished. She wanted to see it in its place before leaving for Spain. She got her wished fulfilled!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Crafting with my mom part 2

Yesterday, after finishing the cloak, my mom entered a sewing frenzy and decided she wanted to make a dress for her dollhouse. Something simple, but recognizable if layered over a bed or ironing board. She made a lovely black velvet dress with spaghetti straps. When she finished, she decided the burgundy taffeta fabric looked much more interesting, and she made this dress:

Isn't it lovely? Well, she made a matching capelet too:

After that, she decided that she did not want the black dress anymore, so I took it for me. And she was so nice as to make another one for me, this time in burgundy:

They both hang now in my closet. I went online after that to order some nice wood hangers... I'm waiting on them :)

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Crafting with my mom

It's been a while since my last post. My mom came to visit, and we've been very busy! Apart from all the stuff you do when you have a relative visiting, we have been crafting for our dollhouses. It's much more fun when we do it together!

Some posts ago, my friend and team colleague Hexotica suggested that I put a velvet cloak hanging from a hook. I am not very good at sewing, so I asked my mom to make the cloak for me. And here it is:

She says it looks like a ghost. Now that I see it on picture, it looks to me like the cloak of the Grim Reaper :D
The lady you can see in the frame is my grandma, when she was young.