June This and That

An unexpected blip in my blogging as I jumped into helping my sister move the last couple of weeks.  I think we all underestimated the amount of things she had gathered and time it would take.  After all the packing/unpacking and crafting, what was supposed to be one week turned into three!

Here are a couple things that have been going on during my absence:



I finally learned how to use my sewing machine!  I made those 1:1 cushions in the first image for my sister's new place and have lots of material left to make 1:12 projects.  If you didn't know this already, Ikea sells great fabric for very good prices.  Especially solids like white, cream, navy, and black.  Perfect for miniature sofas! (I also made the gold frames shown)

I couldn't help but sneak out during the week and walk over to the Little Dollhouse Company while  I was in Toronto.  The store always has a glorious collection of tiny things and I had to keep reminding myself to only buy for the current build!  My favourites were the displays by the cash register that spin round and round.  So many beautiful pieces!

To be honest the majority of what I got this visit was modern miniature hardware!  Too much of the build is still unfinished! The folding doors are requiring a lot of hinges so I took every last one they had in black/pewter.  Below is what I brought home, although missing the many packs of hinges I've already opened.
I've always admired the electrical components on the outside of dollhouses for their realism, so I'm super happy to have found these Handley House electrical part kits.  And I just had to get the LDC's trunk kit because I saw what Kat did with hers and it's too much fun.  (Especially for when I get stuck on a build and need a quick motivation project!)

The one thing I unexpectedly fell in love with, but saved for another visit was the collection of 1:144 kits.  I'm such a sucker for the dollhouse within a dollhouse look.  Next time!

While walking around the Leaside neighbourhood I also came across this fabulous display by the Leaside Paint Centre!  (And to top it off the Realtor across the street had a dollhouse on display in her window!)
Meanwhile my boyfriend decided to get into the minis with me away.  He surprised me with maple floorboards all cut and ready for the build!  I can't wait to get these laid down.
This week I got real glass for the folding doors cut and I have the laser cutter booked for Monday so I'm working hard to get my files ready.  I'm hoping to cut sofa and chair pieces.

Hope you're all having a great weekend!

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  1. I love The Little Dollhouse Company -- have only seen them at the shows. They bring that spinning carousel of minis with them...it's a super neat case. I also love that you found minis in random places. :D

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    1. Their store is so much fun! I would think it's a lot like going to those miniature fairs though, it's an awful lot of minis to take in everywhere you look!

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  2. I bashed my trunk kit like mad! If you're looking for some fun tiny trunk lining paper, that's to scale, look at the mini pads of scrapbooking paper! They're perfect.
    Those spinning racks always get me too. By that point I've usually spent too much, so what's a little more!

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    1. I'm really looking forward to taking it out of the package and playing around with the kit. It will probably have to wait a little while though, I'm behind on this build!

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  3. I bashed my trunk kit like mad! If you're looking for some fun tiny trunk lining paper, that's to scale, look at the mini pads of scrapbooking paper! They're perfect.
    Those spinning racks always get me too. By that point I've usually spent too much, so what's a little more!

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  4. you must have felt like being in haven 😉

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    1. It's a lot of fun there! I really want to go to a shows like you did though!

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  5. The cushions you made are wonderful. I love your Sisters little corner of 'nature'. I'm glad you got a bit of mini time in the three weeks labouring :0) Looking forward to seeing all of your purchases make an appearance in the build :0)

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    1. Thanks! I was pretty darn proud of those cushions... and kind of relieved I can actually figure out the sewing machine! It's nice to know 1:12 cushions won't take up as much fabric! ;)

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  6. Glad you had fun :)

    I love The Little Dollhouse Company. I wish I had been able to go into the store last time I was in Toronto, but I was tagging along with my daughter and her friend that trip.

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    1. I go to Toronto a few times of year but I don't always make it to the LDC. It's always a treat! Hopefully you can stop in next time you are in the city!

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  7. Hi Kristine! I must say that the cushions you made for your sister, are Beautiful!!!
    I love the mix of patterns as well as the bold graphic nature of the saturated color mixes; Really Good!
    And I envy your visit to The Little Dollhouse Company. I know that they have some unique artisan pieces which sets this store apart from the norm, and so lucky you to have been able to visit there in person! :))
    I am looking forward to seeing how you customize the trunk kit, but I want to give a Shout Out to your boyfriend's getting involved in your hobby too. I think it's terrific that you are able to spend time creating minis together- now that's True Love ♡:)

    elizabeth

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    1. Thank you Elizabeth! I actually should admit that my boyfriend has been way more involved in the build then I've posted! It gets clunky in writing for the blog when I talk about what we did so he's taken a background role. I'm not a big tools fan... so he helps a lot with that. He's taken quite an interest and helps me get my pictures for the posts too. As you said it's a great opportunity to spend time together!

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  8. Is there anything you can't do? I doubt it! The pillows are fabulous! And that boyfriend of yours? The two of you together may just be the next Noel & Pat Thomas!

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    1. Haha, oh Jodi that's so sweet! Thank you, I've still got a lot to learn!
      As I mentioned above in response to Elizabeth, my boyfriend has been way more involved in the build then I've posted! It can get confusing when I flip between what we each did so he has taken a background role. He works in construction for his day job so his insight is really helpful! I've shared all your lovely comments with him!

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  9. Wow, I love your cushions :) very cute. The frames too, they have a really nice sheen to them. I can't believe you managed to find time to do these in such a busy month!

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    1. I lived, slept, and breathed crafting ;) Liz is well kitted out!

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  10. Ooohh.. I love a good miniature finds post. :) There aren't many dollhouse stores here in Australia.. so I like to live vicariously through the blogs I follow. :)
    Your boyfriend! He's a keeper... I suggested to my Husband the other day that maybe he should get into woodworking so that we can mini together.. he just looked at me, laughed and said... "Do I look like a woodworking kind of guy?" LOL

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    1. I understand, I love seeing what people find at the miniature fairs!
      My boyfriend was in real life construction for a decade and now sits at a desk. So he he's been more willing to get involved and do some projects with me! I'd be lost otherwise! Hopefully one day you'll find a project both you and your husband can enjoy that's still mini related!

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  11. Los cojines son muy bonitos. Es estupendo poder compartir la afición con la pareja pero a veces es muy difícil. Enhorabuena por haberlo conseguido.

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